Art in the ARC… some picture I took at the ARC.

Had a fun visit to The ARC (1701 Powell Street). Start on the 7th floor and work your way down… lots and lots to see, do and hear! Nice bunch of people (as are all the artists at the Eastside Culture Crawl).



Inspired by Michelle Sirois-Silver – hand hooked rug artist at the Eastside Culture Crawl.

Every year at the Eastside Culture Crawl I get inspired. I think about my desire to be an artist – then realize it might be best if I simply support the artists and their creativity by buying and talking about the work and the people behind it.

This year I met Michelle Sirois-Silver who does hand hooked rugs. I am dazzled by her work. The wall art she created is out of this world and the “pictures” she created from fabric are so rich and beautiful. I want to learn how to do it… and she said she would help! She has her finger on the pulse of the rug hooking groups and there are lots of place to learn – and she says it is a relaxing, easy (ish) and has great history.

Go check out Michelle at The Mergatroid Building at 975 Vernon Street – get inspired, learn more and maybe we can take a class or two together.

Server issue for the Eastside Culture Crawl. Trying to rectify. Here’s the map and list of artists.

With the weather so icky, don’t build an ark – visit the ARC!

The ARC at 1701 Powell Street is a a great place to check out for the Eastside Culture Crawl. It is on my list every year… I love a visit with Wendy D, photographer extraordinaire, seeing the colours in Martha Jablonski-Jones’ work and others. Now, one of the things I love there is the fact you never quite know what to expect… what music is playing, is there an installation, who are the door greeters and this year I truly and I mean truly, loved the elevator tour guide. This gentleman is a GEM! I wish I got his name – but I was entranced by his panty-hose and nose. He takes you up in the vintage elevator to the top floor so you can start at the top and work your way down the bottom of the building. He makes the start of the adventure so fun!

The Eastside Culture Crawl ends tomorrow – be sure to check it out. You certainly need to meet the man in tights at the ARC though.


Sign of the times… Eastside Culture Crawl signs for the weekend!

Look for these vibrant signs when you are out and about the Eastside of Vancouver this Saturday and Sunday. It’s the sign of good things inside!

8 arms needed at Octopus – really, to carry all the things you want to buy.

This the 2nd year that Octopus Studios have been part of the Eastside Culture Crawl. I was there last night it is a place to have on your Crawl list. Highly impressed with the variety of the creations there. Soap, jewelry, paintings, felt work, leather bags (honest, those bags will be featured in Vogue one day), change purses, banjo/guitars made from cigar boxes and more!

The Octopus is at 393 Powell Street… metre parking all around. Be sure to check it out…. I brought home a necklace and need to own one of the leather bags! Dear Santa….

Something for mommy and baby… The Eastside Culture Crawl

I had the opportunity to check out some spaces at 1000 Parker Street. I fell in love with Julie Pongrac work  in studio 424. Her shawls were amazing and the use of botanicals on fabric impressive. I also loves the t-shirts for babies and little kidlets… super soft and cute!

Check out the colours of the shawls… lovely for the holidays and summer parties…