Eastsside Arts Society is developing an annual summer art-making event: Create! Arts Festival


Eastsside Arts Society (EAS) Announces 2nd Annual Creation! Festival of the Arts an innovative, multi-disciplinary and interactive arts event, taking place outdoors at Strathcona Park on July 23 and multiple Eastside studios on July 24, 2022.

Now in its second year, CREATE! The arts festival will bring together local artists and the community to explore, learn and create art together through a series of affordable and accessible workshops for adults and children, public art activities and art demonstrations. Attendees can choose from a wide variety of artistic mediums, including ceramics, printmaking, glass fusing, poetry, painting, bookbinding, music and much more.

“Last year we piloted the 1st CREATE! festival and were thrilled with the response where all the workshops sold out within days,” says EAS Executive and Artistic Director Esther Rausenberg. “Obviously, many people want to experiment with creating art and seek new ways to participate in the creative process themselves. The curiosity of the public has inspired us to continue to offer this summer festival which offers unique and engaging opportunities to learn how to create art.

On Saturday, July 23rd, the festival will offer 51 visual and performing art-making workshops taught by Eastside artists, including Eri Ishii, Russell Wallace, Christine Moulson, Naomi Yamamoto, Chantal Cardinal, S^yowah, Megan Majewski, and Amberlie Perkin ( Children’s workshop). The workshops are suitable for a variety of ages and interested participants can check the website for more details. All Saturday workshops are held outdoors at Strathcona Park (857 Malkin Ave).

Nouveau cette année; CREATE! features an art zone with 3 public art activities by Bruce Walther (mosaics), Richard Tetrault (painting) and Serena Chu (drawing), art demonstrations by Matthew Holmstrom (ceramics), Madeleine Chaffee (textiles) and Naomi Steinberg (conte); plus licensed beer, wine and cider service by Strange Fellows Brewing and food from Melt City, Johnny’s Pops, Camion Cafe, Scavenger Coffee & Bistrovan food trucks. Come and spend the day there!

On Sunday, July 24, 12 artmaking workshops will be held at multiple Eastside studios including Terminal City Glass Co-op (1191 Parker St), Grace Lee (eikcam ceramics), Aja Billas and Bruce Inglis & Edge City Woodworking at the Mergatroid Building (975 Vernon Dr).

Part of this year’s festivities on Sunday is the in-person return of EAS’ popular summer event, the Art! Bike! Beer! Crawl Collecte de fonds. Participants will cycle or walk to visit 3 of the 9 participating breweries for a pint or flight at each and the event will conclude with a wrap-up party at Strange Fellows Brewing. In addition to beer tastings at a total of 4 breweries, attendees can admire the art and also have the chance to win amazing door prizes from event partners. Participating breweries include: Bomber Brewing, Callister Brewing, East Van Brewing, Luppolo Brewing, Off the Rail Brewing, Parallel 49 Brewing, Storm Brewing, Strathcona Beer and Strange Fellows Brewing (19+ event). Event Partners: Bowen Island Ebikes, Fouriste Bakery, The Culte, Ollie Quinn, East Van Jams, Blueprint, Mobi by Shaw Go, Race Face, Licker Geospatial.

CREATE! The arts festival is designed to deepen the connection between public and local artists, while expanding opportunities for artists year-round. Create it! Arts Festival is made possible through the generous support of the City of Vancouver, the Province of British Columbia, Canadian Heritage/Government of Canada, Vancouver Foundation, Herschel Supply Co., Opus Art Supplies, Ruth & David Group, Westcoast Reduction, Strathcona Business Improvement Association, The Stonehouse Team, Strange Fellows Brewing, Westbank/Crombie Reit, Las Casa Gelato and Alternative Creations Studio.

Tickets for the workshops are $30 per workshop ($10 for the children’s workshop) and include access to the art zone. General admission tickets are $5 / children 12 and under are free, which includes access to the art zone (does not include any workshops).

The Art, Bike Beer Crawl fundraiser is $50 (19+ only). For more information and tickets, visit createArtsFestival.ca.


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