First Saturday Open Studios offers monthly glimpse into local ateliers

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      Before the Eastside Culture Crawl became a four-day, multi-block-spanning arts and culture extravaganza, it was a much more intimate—though no less inspiring—affair, with only 45 artists showcasing works across three ateliers. Local maker Valerie Arntzen’s First Saturday Open Studios seems reminiscent of those days, offering the public a monthly glimpse into the workspaces of almost 50 artists in Vancouver, North Vancouver, and New Westminster.

      February’s event takes place this Saturday (February 6) from noon to 5 p.m., when you can stop by the studios of creatives like contemporary printmaker Kari Kristensen, painter Ray Ophoff, and fashion designer Kjaer Neletia Pederson to learn more about their art, techniques, and inventive processes.

      Here are the artists participating in this month’s First Saturday Open Studios session:

      Artist Shannon Harvey's "Message in a Bottle" mural.
      Shannon Harvey

      Vancouver

      Shannon Harvey, painting/printmaking
      593 East Georgia Street

      Valerie Arntzen, assemblage/collage
      800 Keefer Street

      Ray Ophoff, oil painting
      Back Studio (884 Georgia Street [alley entrance])

      Joan Tayler, polymer clay
      Back Studio (884 Georgia Street [alley entrance])

      Mary Blaze, painting/drawing/collage/repro prints
      108-1000 Parker Street

      Tannis Hopkins, painting/drawing
      108-1000 Parker Street (entrance at yellow door off east loading bay)

      Kate MacDonald and Les Sears reimagine everyday objects as religious symbols in their Vera Crux/Imago Dei project.
      K8L35

      Kate MacDonald and Les Sears (K8L35), mixed media/painting/photography
      315-1895 Powell Street (buzz 007 at orange door)

      Sonya Iwasiuk, mixed media painting
      1000 Parker Street (call 778-998-7894)

      Sherry Cooper, painting/mixed media
      108-1000 Parker Street (entrance at yellow door off east loading bay)

      Kari Kristensen, printmaker
      1000 Parker Street, Studio 204

      Kris G. Brownlee, painting
      1000 Parker Street, Studio 204

      Alannah Anderson, painting/mixed media 
      315 East 17th Avenue

      An acrylic piece from artist Lori Goldberg's True Canadian series.
      Lori Goldberg

      Lori Goldberg, painting
      2063 Grant Street (garden Studio)
      RSVP by phone (604-313-8039) or email

      Doris MacDougall, drawing/painting
      #280-1000 Parker Street (ring buzzer on railway side of building)

      Michael Fitzsimmons, painting
      #280-1000 Parker Street (ring buzzer on railway side of building)

      Patsy Kay Kolesar, jewellery
      The Onion Studio (103 Union Street)

      Jana Kucera (JMK Designs), jewellery
      The Onion Studio (103 Union Street)

      Galen Felde, painting
      #209-339 Railway Street (buzz 209)

      Designer Kjaer Neletia Pedersen's vibrant silk garments function as wearable art.
      K-O.ME/Kerri-Jo Stewart

      North Vancouver

      Kjaer Neletia Pedersen, fashion
      195 Artist Studios (195 Pemberton Avenue)

      Mary Savage, drawing/painting
      195 Artist Studios (195 Pemberton Avenue)

      Gabriele Maurus, mixed media
      305 Mansfield Place

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