Emerging Vancouver artists present their work at Launch! Festival Friday night

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Sarah Jickling, one of the performers at the 2015 Launch! Festival. Bethany Menzel photo.

This Friday night, the Launch! Festival once again spotlights some of Vancouver’s most talented emerging artists.

Each year, Launch! selects a number of applicants from different artistic disciplines to showcase their work. Those selected also receive advice and guidance from professionals in their respective disciplines, which include music, theatre, film and dance.

For the Launch! Festival 2015, 10 artists have been chosen to perform and/or show their films on June 19 at the Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre at SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 W. Hastings St.). Here are some expected highlights.

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Emerging Vancouver artists present their work at Launch! Festival Friday night

A Midsummer Night’s Dream brings visual exploration of pleasure to Ayden Gallery

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Art by Jane Cheng.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a new exhibit opening at the Ayden Gallery this Friday (Aug 15). The show features work by eight Vancouver artists and illustrators and “is a visual exploration of pleasure,” says curator Pandora Young. “We will be examining aspects of pleasure like, ironically, pain, drive, loss, sensuality, inspiration, and all of us being ladies, femininity.”

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream brings visual exploration of pleasure to Ayden Gallery

Latin American art features the masks of Carlos Colín

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La Casa De Las Máscaras – House of Masks is a new photography exhibit that explores the mask-making culture shared by Latin America and Northwest Coast First Nations.

The exhibit features photographs by Carlos Colín, a Mexican artist living and working in Vancouver. The Fazakas Gallery’s collection of Northwest Coast masks makes it a fitting venue for La Casa de las Máscaras (House of Masks), which opens July 5.

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Latin American art features the masks of Carlos Colín

Vancouver’s Only Bi-Monthly Drawing Party

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Nothing connects people quite like art can, and Draw by Night does just that. This free, public event located in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, brings together artists and people who just love to doodle. It’s a great way to spend an evening, eating snacks and admiring other people’s artistic talents.

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Vancouver’s Only Bi-Monthly Drawing Party

Catch Vancouver artist Angela Grossmann’s ‘The Future is Female’ at Winsor Gallery until May 6

Black Bra Blue Background collage, 33 x 25.5” framed 2012. Photo credit: Angela Grossmann

Angela Grossmann, hailed as one of Vancouver’s best artists, is back with her first local solo show in 7 years: “The Future is Female.” Described as captivating, brazen and unsettling, Grossmann’s collection of oil paintings and mixed media collage shows at Winsor Gallery until May 6.

“The Future is Female” tackles the basic female body image conventions, cutting through clutter like consumerism, shifting cultural tastes and cosmetic surgery.

“I’m interested in those chance moments when a woman or girl takes on a power beyond all of that rubbish,” says Grossmann. “It might be the swing of a hip or the way a leg stands that is so beautiful, so extraordinary… I’m just trying to figure it out: why is that so captivating, so beautiful?” she asks. “I’m going after beauty.”

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Catch Vancouver artist Angela Grossmann’s ‘The Future is Female’ at Winsor Gallery until May 6