Hop through 16 galleries at South Granville’s annual ArtWalk

Michael Tickner's Drawn To The Light | Pousette Gallery |Photo from ArtWalk website

Michael Tickner’s Drawn To The Light | Pousette Gallery |Photo from ArtWalk website

It’s time for one of the most sophisticated block parties of the year.

This Saturday (June 20) is the annual South Granville ArtWalk. If you’re on the hunt for that perfect piece to hang above your mantle or are just curious about the latest in Canadian and British Columbian art, come on down: everyone is welcome.

Just south of downtown over the Granville Street bridge, the South Granville neighbourhood is an area of high-end boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants. (The latter include the famed Vij’s restaurant, which is near the Stanley Theatre.)

Stretching over about 10 blocks, South Granville has the highest concentration of fine art galleries in Vancouver.

They feature a diverse range of art, including Canadian and international conceptual, European modernism and old masters, and photography. There are also two galleries devoted to First Nations and Inuit work.

David Alexander's Infinite Travels with my Father | Bau-Xi Gallery |Photo from ArtWalk website

David Alexander’s Infinite Travels with my Father | Bau-Xi Gallery |Photo from ArtWalk website

All but one of the 16 featured galleries for ArtWalk are clustered from about 5th Avenue up to Broadway. Activities run over the course of the day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and include everything from artist talks to winetastings, silent auctions to live music performances.

For example, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Bau-Xi Gallery, browsers can enjoy a coffee tasting courtesy of Bump ‘n’ Grind Cafe and a chocolate sampling from Daniel Le Chocolat Belge. Artist David Alexander will be giving a talk and tour at 1 p.m. on his exhibit Waterland: Landscape Paintings.

Stop in at the Pousette Gallery to check out the Canadian art and the view of the city and mountains from the large patio. From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., artist Luciana Alvarez will be painting the vista.

At 3:30 p.m., Leanne Christie will be giving an intriguing talk entitled:  “You don’t know why you like it – the secret sauce.”

Forton Wolf Panel Alano Edzerza (Tahltan) |Douglas Reynolds Gallery | Photo from ArtWalk website

Forton Wolf Panel Alano Edzerza (Tahltan) |Douglas Reynolds Gallery | Photo from ArtWalk website

The Douglas Reynolds Gallery, which specializes in northwest coast Native art, will be showing its 20th anniversary exhibition. Materiality explores the various materials used in Northwest Coast art from pre-contact to contemporary times; artists include Don Yeomans, Doug Zilkie, Marcel Russ, and Robert Davidson.

Gallary owner Douglas Reynolds will host a talk at 1 p.m. on Northwest Coast modern art.

Katsumi Kimoto Kuroshio | Kimoto Gallery | Photo from ArtWalk website

Katsumi Kimoto Kuroshio | Kimoto Gallery | Photo from ArtWalk website

The Kimoto Gallery is presenting Kuroshio, an exhibition of new paintings by Katsumi Kimoto that pays tribute to the artist’s formative years on the Pacific Ocean.

The artist will give a talk on the exhibition at 3 p.m., followed by a sake tasting and wine reception at 4 p.m.

See the South Granville Business Improvement Association’s website for a complete ArtWalk schedule. 

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