The West of Main Art Walk

It’s been 25 years since Vancouver has welcomed the West of Main Art Walk to its streets. And to celebrate, Artists in Our Midst (AIOM), the group behind the West of Main Art Walk, promises its largest ever year with over 50 artists participating in more than 30 garden studios, cafes, shops and community centres throughout the city. Judy Osburn, President of Artists in Our Midst, says “I can think of no finer way to welcome the warmer months than stretching one’s legs […] and discovering some of the amazing artists who are a part of Vancouver’s lively art scene”. Keep reading to see why we’re excited to see what’s happening at the West of Main Art Walk

Judy Osburn, "Berry Barry", high fired ceramics

Judy Osburn, “Berry Barry”, high fired ceramics

HISTORY OF THE WALK

You may not have attended the West of Main Art Walk before, but this artistic exploration has had its doors open since 1993! It was started when painter Pnina Granirer and fellow artist Anne Adams led their own open studio tour after attending Paris’ great Génie de la Bastille in 1991. 25 years later its evolved to include satellite exhibitions, artist talks, and philosopher’s cafes. Today, it extends from Point Grey to Main Street and from Granville Island to 41st Avenue!

 

Alice Philips, "Eco Lines #7", hand felted merino wool and silk

Alice Philips, “Eco Lines #7”, hand felted merino wool and silk

THE ARTISTS

With over 50 artists participating in the West of Main Art Walk, it’s a snapshot of some of Vancouver’s most talented, innovative, and creative artists. Here are just a few artists you can expect to see:

  • Alice Philips, Fabric artist working primarily in feltmaking: Her abstract landscape art can be found on scarves, hats, jackets, kimonos, throws and tea cozies!
  • Amy Stewart, Painter: She explores emotion and experience with layers of paint which play with dimension, shade, and light.
  • David Dumbrell, Wood sculpting and Metal working: His works introduce motorized movement in wood and metal mechanics.
  • Gary Nay, Digital Painter: His whimsical style is playful and colourful but with a though-provoking edge.
  • Mary Downe, Textiles, Painter: Her paintings are inspired by her garden and its powers to renew and bestow peace. She also works with colours and textures in decorative patterns of fabrics.
Gary Nay, "REFLECTIONS", acrylic on canvas

Gary Nay, “REFLECTIONS”, acrylic on canvas

PARTNERSHIPS

New for 2017 is the AIOM’s special partnership with Arts Umbrella and the Lord Byng Secondary School Arts Program. Throughout the Art Walk there will be a silent auction where bidders can win one-on-one classes or pieces of art. All proceeds will go toward the West of Main Art Walk Legacy Scholarship Fund to provide young and emerging artists from Arts Umbrella and Lord Byng Secondary School the opportunity to continue developing their skills in visual arts. You might even see some of their own art work displayed through the Walk!

Mary Downe, "Bengal", silk and natural dyes

Mary Downe, “Bengal”, silk and natural dyes

THE WALK TODAY

The 25th Anniversary of the West of Main Art Walk starts this weekend on Saturday May 27th and runs through to Sunday May 28th. Bring your friend, your partner, whoever and walk from Point Grey to Main Street or from Granville Island to 41st Avenue all day from 11 am to 5pm. For more detailed information or to download a brochure or map visit their website here.

Deanna Cheng authored this blog post. Deanna is a team member of Super Sacha, loves the arts, culture and has an interest in International Relations.