WHO, WHAT + WHY
Artists in Our Midst is a dynamic group of artists dedicated to bringing public awareness to art created in our community and to promoting visual art in Vancouver. In 1993 artists on Vancouver’s West Side opened their studios to the public, starting a vital dialogue that has continued for 28 years. We have built lasting relationships between the public and artists outside the more formal museum and gallery settings. Our mandate is to promote art education and to provide opportunities for community members to enjoy and enrich their lives with visual art.
We achieve these goals by giving free public art talks and exhibits, by our volunteer art residencies and artists programs at Lord Byng Mini School for the Arts, and by including their emerging artists in our main exhibition. We are supported by merchants who showcase our art, by local donors, and by the diverse communities coming to our events.
Artists in Our Midst is proud of its contribution to Vancouver’s lively art scene. We look forward to celebrating our 28th year with you.
Roundhouse Exhibition & SALE
Preview the amazing diversity of our artists’ works, including paintings, ceramics, jewelry, textiles and photography, and participate in the free artists demo’s by day. In the evening join us for a free opening night reception all at the Roundhouse Community Centre. Meet other participating artists, view their work, enjoy light refreshments, and map out your weekend tour for the West of Main Art Walk. Artwork is available for purchase.
During this exhibition we showcase a fundraising event on an Art For All Wall (now in its 3rd year). Proceeds from the sales of these donated pieces go directly to help Coast Mental Health. See below for more information.
Go here for further details about the 2019 Roundhouse Exhibition. (2020 info coming soon)
West of Main Art Walk
From Point Grey to Main Street, and from Granville Island to 41st Avenue - explore and engage with artists in their individual studios over one weekend in spring. Also be sure to visit Kits Neighbourhood House, where you’ll find more of our artists’ works along with art demonstrations and more.
Go here for further details about the 2019 West of Main Art Walk. (2020 coming soon)
Go here for our 2019 PDF map. (2020 coming soon)
Go here for our interactive google map. (2020 coming soon)
Art for all
We are very proud to have taken part in the launch of ART FOR ALL in 2018 and are now looking forward to our third year in 2020. Artwork donated by many of our artists and available for purchase at the Roundhouse. These funds went to help Coast Mental Health provide art supplies for their free art programs in downtown Vancouver.
Merchants in Our Midst
Local merchants welcome artwork by Artists in Our Midst members into their stores and businesses. Over 65 participating merchants display artwork during the spring month leading up the Roundhouse Exhibition and West of Main Art Walk. It is a pleasure to be able to display work at the community level, where it can be viewed every day.
Go here for further details about Merchants in Our Midst.
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