Art/Culture – East Side Cultural Crawl

Enjoying ART & CULTURE on Vancouver’s EAST SIDEeastvan5

In it’s 19th year now, this year marked the biggest ever for the Vancouver Eastside Cultural Crawl, with artists showing off the best of their craft, and thousands of people in attendance.eastvan4

The crawl has grown from what started out as only three buildings and a handful of artists to over 80 buildings and almost 500 artists. Last year was the very first time I attended and I couldn’t believe the diversity of art and the number of people.  It was very lively and educational.  It was a good example of what this city has to offer for ART’s sake.  We have quite a few talented artists to be proud of.eastvan10

The crawl began on Thursday November 19th and ran through until Sunday, the 22nd giving the public four days to check out the various work of these artists in all the locations for free.

'Pieta' by sculptor David Robinson, one of the artists whose studio is open to the public for the Eastside Culture Crawl. (David Robinson )
‘Pieta’ by sculptor David Robinson

The massive building at 1000 Parker has the densest collection of artist studios on the map every year and so starting the crawl experience here is always advisable.  Not only was there something magical about this building on the opening night of the crawl (crowds were thick and fast with energy, studios full and artists ready to chat) but to cover as much ground as possible, Parker Street gives you that solid start.

Zoe Pawlak | Show Me with Your Eyes | Parker Street Studios
Zoe Pawlak | Show Me with Your Eyes | Parker Street Studios

There’s a lot to take in – so much to see.

Tanis Saxton's sculptures have been referred to as visual poems that inspire and often leave the viewer with a thoughtful stillness. Taken from website  
Tanis Saxby sculpts ethereal works of art.  They have been referred to as visual poems that inspire and often leave the viewer with a thoughtful stillness.  Taken from website.

 There really is something for everyone’s taste and budget. If you missed it, there’s always next year. eastvan9

If you attended I’d be interested in your comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Re-fresh Friday – hanging on

to SUMMER.  I don’t want it to end.

Sunset beach, West End, Vancouver.
Sunset beach, West End, Vancouver.
Dog Beach, Kitsilano, Vancouver.
Dog Beach, Kitsilano, Vancouver.
Taking the ferry boat from Sunset Beach to Maritime Museum in Kits.
Taking the ferry boat from Sunset Beach to Maritime Museum in Kits.

Have a refreshing weekend!

You can click on photos to enlarge.

Simply Satisfying –  RAIN or SHINE

Here’s the SCOOP……20140803_220939

And I mean the “perfect” scoop of ice cream with the best homemade waffle cone I’ve ever tasted.  I’m not just saying this.  You can trust my expertise as a pretty good judge of mouth watering delectables such as this – but everyone else who tried it agrees.  Everything is made locally on the premises including the waffle cones. I tried the salted caramel and London fog but was torn between that and the blueberry balsamic, honey lavender & coconut chocolate chunk.  Guess I’ll have to go back.20140803_221005

The good news: it happens to be conveniently located in my neck of the woods here in Vancouver. The bad news: I have virtually no willpower!

Did you know?

Rain or Shine (that really is their name) ice cream is made here in Vancouver using fresh, natural and sustainable whole ingredients sourced locally, seasonally, and organically whenever possible.

busy busy servers
Everything is made from scratch because they know that everybody loves ice cream and they believe it tastes better that way – it does! So eat up Rain or Shine!20140803_220230

Located in beautiful Kitsilano (Vancouver) – 1926 W 4th Ave.


Then tell me your favourite flavour!

 

Folk Fest – on the other side of the fence

vender2SUN day  was the third and final day of the 36th annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival at Jericho Beach. 

The beach at Jericho
Jericho has to be my all time favorite Vancouver beach – it’s never too crowded and it goes on and on and on……

Always an amazing musical  lineup of world class performers which you can hear quite clearly from the other side of the fence while perusing the other lineup of various vendors under white tents set up all along the beach – haute hippie style.

Lexi - owner of "Daub + Design" ultra comfort panties
Lexi – owner of “Daub + Design” ultra comfort panties
Style is Individual
Style is Individual
These women are from  the Republic of Ghana, Africa.  Their booth was lovely.
These women are from the Republic of Ghana, Africa.
beauty products to
natural beauty products too
Jia Jia got a feather in his fur
Jia Jia got a feather in his fur
my purchase - a lovely cornelian/sterling ring from Fossil Grotto located Duncan, B.C.
Love at first sight: my purchase – a lovely *carnelian/sterling ring from Fossil Grotto located in Duncan, B.C.

*Energy of carnelian resembles a peaceful, warm afternoon filled with genuine happiness.  YES!

Bonus: Its joyful energy has a nourishing and protective quality to it. Carnelian has courage, confidence and creativity at its core; all these qualities being combined in a calm and grounded kind of way.