I love participating in open studio events.
My studio will be open this Saturday April 2nd noon-5pm for First Saturday Open Studios. This event sees artists in different neighbourhoods around Vancouver open their studios to the public. Check their website to see who is open this month.
This is a special month for my studio as it is our official public celebration of our new studio. Come see me and my studio mates in our new space in the historic Strathcona neighbourhood in Vancouver, BC.
I’ll also have an Art Materials Garage Sale featuring great prices on art books, canvases and panels, frames, matboard, and more. Bring your loonies and toonies.
Bring your friends and drop in for coffee and a chat about art. I’ll also be doing the final bits of preparation for my upcoming exhibition.
Open studio days are great for a number of reasons:
- they are an unintimidating way to see how art happens
- opportunity to talk to the artists about their process or inspirations
- have a leisurely look at their work with no pressure to buy
- the events are usually free
- you can pop in for 15 minutes, or an hour
Make a date with a couple of friends to have brunch and a few studio visits, or visit first then head to one of the cool brewery pubs or restaurants in the neighbourhood.
If you can’t make it this Saturday, there are eight more First Saturdays in 2016, and in November I will be participating in Vancouver’s mega-open studio event, the Eastside Culture Crawl, which draws tens of thousands of studio visits over 4 days. It’s the 20th anniversary this year, so look for upcoming news about all kinds of art-related programming coming up.