Get crawling! Canada's largest open studio event is being held this weekend and you're invited to explore artists studios, meet the artist and get inspired! Arts Off Main artists Ellen Scobie and Joan Tayler have their studios open to the public.
Map to Ellen's studio
Map to Joan's studio
Overcast skies didn't keep you away - on a usually quiet Sunday afternoon, 110 people came by Arts Off Main to check out the Culture Days happenings. Sabine Simons drew a real crowd interested in the technical aspects of this ancient art form - using pigments mixed with wax as a painting medium. For those of you who saw Sabine at work that would like to see some finished pieces, she has three new works, about 8x8 inches each, hanging in the gallery. Lovely, Sabine!
Drift artist Penny Lim and Arts Off Main artist Eileen Mosca get Penny's table ready for making art books with the kids. Thanks, Penny, for your energy and ideas and Eileen for the display of artwork on the gallery's outside wall!
Arts Off Main consignee and Drift artist Julie McIntyre led a community paper quilt project at Urban Source. Twelve participants who happened by the store joined in the making of this collective creative endeavour. Afterwards, Julie sewed the individual squares together - thank you, Julie, for your creativity, enthusiasm and dedication! Julie has a great photo of this collective effort on her Facebook page.
Drift artist Varouj Gumuchian also participated in Culture Days at Arts Off Main with a sculptural installation - sorry, no pictures! Thank you, Varouj!
Thank You... for making Culture Days 2011 a success! Canadians throughout the country expressed their creativity by participating in over 5,500 activities in 800 cities and towns over the Culture Days 2011 Event Weekend (September 30, October 1 & 2). Thanks to all who participated! http://www.culturedays.ca/en
Come out and celebrate Culture Days this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at Arts Off Main Gallery. Art demonstrations will be held outside the Gallery, by Drift and Arts Off Main artists, on the boulevard each day (weather permitting).
Saturday, October 1
11am – 2pm – Lee Sanger - hand-embellished Giclee prints
2pm – 5pm – Anne Montgomery – sewing/felting http://www.thedrift.ca/artists/anne-montgomery
11am – 5pm – Laura Skuse – abstract expressionism
Sunday, October 2
11am – 1pm – Penny Lim – stamping and simple paper books with children
11am – 3pm – Sabine Simons – encaustic painting
11am – 3pm – Eileen Mosca - illustration
11am – 5pm – Laura Skuse – abstract expressionism
2pm – 5pm – Varouj Gumuchian - Art sculpture installation
Other Artists In Action:
Julie McIntyre will be leading the creation of a community Art Quilt at Urban Source, 3126 Main Street on Sat. Oct. 1, 1-4pm. The quilt will hang in the window of Urban Source until Monday, Oct. 3. Everyone is welcome to participate – kids and adults.
Roz McLean will be demonstrating her illustration at Beansprouts, 4305 Main Street, Sunday, Oct. 2, 12-4 pm.
Culture Days is a 3 day, annual collaborative pan-Canadian volunteer movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. www.culturedays.ca
June 14 -19
Opening reception: Tuesday, June 14th, 7-9 PM
Artists in attendance
You are invited to the Opening Reception of "Recharge", an exhibition of the work of Arts Off Main members. We have come together to recharge our art practice. Presenting a collaborative showpiece made up of 10x10 inch panels (shown at left) one by each member. As well, each artist will be exhibiting several works representing a variety of media: painting, photography, drawing, illustration, mixed media, polymer clay and pottery.
Matthew Freed, Jennifer Harwood, Nicola Morgan, Eileen Mosca, Riitta Peirone, Annamaria Potamiti, Lee Sanger, Ellen Scobie, Sabine Simons, Joan Tayler
Tuesday June 14, 7-9 pm
Sway to the sounds of guitar and accordion duo Dave Taylor and Tyson Naylor, while you mingle with the artists and learn about their work.
Sunday June 19, 1-4 pm
Get a charge out of Company B Jazz Band, a six-piece group known for rousing crowds to dance and smile with their cheerful renditions of classic repertoire from the 1920s through 1940s. Chat with the artists as we perform demos and paint on location. Company B will be on stage at Panorama Park, adjacent to the gallery.
SEYMOUR ART FESTIVAL
Arts Off Main is appearing during the Seymour Art Festival, a biennial special event hosted by the Seymour Art Gallery, in the Deep Cove Cultural Centre. June 7 - July 3, 2011.
We've switched up the walls at Arts Off Main -- lots of new art and new cards in stock. Riitta Peirone is working on a new series of paintings called "Passages" seen here. Some pieces are too large for the gallery but see them on-line.
Nicola Morgan has created miniature original paintings each packaged in its own sheer red bag. She calls them "Love Bytes" and they're priced at only $20! Why give a card when you can give a byte? Valentine's cards by Eileen Mosca and Ellen Scobie are in the gallery too. View online at flickr.com
The new year is off to a great start with a kick-off meeting hosted by Eileen. We all enjoyed great food and conversation and welcomed the chance to meet together "off site" to plan for next year. Lots of great ideas were discussed for events and promotions throughout 2011. Number one is a revamp of our website - the result of which you see here! We'll also be posting new work to our Flickr site and Facebook so sign-up for updates on those sites if you'd like to be kept informed of new work. You can also sign-up for our email list to receive timely notices in your in-box. And if you've had enough of looking at art online, just come in and see us! We'd love to see you. Here's to a great 2011!
Arts Off Main is an artist-run gallery in Vancouver, BC offering affordable local art, gifts and framing.