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The Vancouver Eastside Culture Crawl returns for its 16th year from November 16 to 18. This free, well-loved annual community event draws art enthusiasts to the city’s creative hub. For three days, the public is invited to East Vancouver for a chance to obtain one-of-a-kind artwork directly from local artists while enjoying a rare opportunity to experience their creative workspaces.

Karl by Peter Loebel
[Peter Loebel, Karl]

When it began in 1997, the Eastside Culture Crawl attracted several hundred visitors to 45 studios in three buildings. Bordered by Main Street and Victoria Drive north of 1st Avenue to the waterfront, this year’s Crawl will see 300 artists open their doors to visitors in 75 buildings. Expect to see works from photographers, painters, sculptors, jewelers, and textile artists.

“We’re delighted to invite the public to the 16th annual Eastside Culture Crawl,” according to Executive Director Jeffrey Boone. “Visitors are offered a rare glimpse into the studios and the artistic process, while supporting the local creative community of artists and craftspeople.”
Some of 2012’s participating artists will include:
Sarah Hagen
Returning to the Crawl is celebrated classical pianist Sarah Hagen. Known for incorporating theatre, couture, and photography into her works, Hagen has performed in venues across North America and Europe. She is Artistic Director for Pro’ject Sound, an innovative performance that combines projected images with live piano. Her 2009 album, Glass House Dancing, was nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award.
Torrie Groening
Groening’s work has been exhibited in shows across Canada and in the US for nearly 30 years. Her collages incorporate printmaking, painting, and digital technology, creating evocative scenes with disparate objects. Groening splits her time between her adopted city of San Francisco and her native home of Vancouver.
Jerk With A Camera/Rielly Lievers
Lievers works as a mixed media visual artist, photographer, musician, and filmmaker. He creates images of the city using vintage cameras, records ambient sounds to mix music, and is currently creating a collection of “visual haikus”. Lievers and his artistic wife Miranda run a photography business from their loft on Vancouver’s East Side.
Lawrence Lowe
Using wood and linoleum, Lawrence Lowe focuses on relief printmaking, a subject he teaches at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Lowe also uses archival ink to draw images with a natural, organic feel. He often features familiar Vancouver landscapes in his artwork—favourite subjects are South False Creek bridges and boats.

Use the Culture Crawl’s handy interactive map to plan your day!
16th Annual Vancouver Eastside Culture Crawl
Dates: November 16 to 18: Friday, 5 to 10 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 11 am to 6 pm
Venue: All over Vancouver’s Eastside; visit the website for details
Free event; wear comfortable walking shoes

About the Crawl
The Vancouver’s Eastside Culture Crawl is a chance to obtain original artwork, view the workspaces of local artists, and learn about the creative process. Artists and craftspeople in a wide array of media are featured, with works available for purchase.

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