West of Main Art Walk invites visitors into artist’s workspaces, garden studios and more

Graznya Wolski art.

It’s time once again for the West of Main Art Walk. Each year, Vancouver artists open the doors of their studio to show their work. This year features 60 visual artists, including painters, potters, sculptors, fabric artists, photographers, and more. The work is on display in garden studios, workspaces, galleries and gathering places from Point Grey to Main Street and from Granville Island to 41st Avenue.

Artists in Our Midst, the organizer, presents two main events. There’s the Art Walk itself, of course, on June 2 & 3. But first, on Thursday May 24, an exhibit of work by West of Main artists is on display at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre. The exhibit lasts all day.

See below for more details.

“Behind studio doors, in back yards and off alleyways from Main Street to Point Grey is a treasure trove of art waiting to be discovered,” say Alice Philips and Judy Osburn in a media release. The two are Co-Chairs of Artists in our Midst, the presenters of the West of Main Art Walk.

“An Art Walk visitor could come upon a gallery of beautiful paintings, a display of rich textiles, fascinating art made from found objects, powerful ceramic sculpture, and so much more. There’s an extraordinary range and variety of wonderful works of art to see and experience. And as exciting is the chance to meet the talented artists who create them and hear the stories behind their work. What better way to spend an early summer weekend?”

Jodie Blaney art.

Venues include Lord Byng Secondary School (3939 W. 16th Ave., Saturday only) and Kitsilano Neighbourhood House (2305 W. 7th.). Visitors are invited to meet and chat with the artists about their work and creative processes.

At the Roundhouse exhibit, attendees can view the works produced by West of Main artists to raise funds for Coast Mental Health. The funds go to acquire art supplies for CMH’s free art programs in downtown Vancouver.

Rae Mate art.

West of Main Art Walk and exhibition

Roundhouse Exhibit

When: Thursday, May 24, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., with a reception from 7-9
Where: Roundhouse Community Arts & Rec Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews (Yaletown)

26th Annual West of Main Art Walk

When: Saturday and Sunday, June 2-3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: between Point Grey & Main Street, Granville Island & 41st Avenue

All events are FREE to the public

For more info visit artistsinourmidst.com.

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