Winterruption

Welcome to Winterruption 2017!

Granville Island's Winterruption Festival returns! Take a break from the cold, grey winter and come on down to the Island.

Our New Festival Hub: The Forge
What is The Forge? Once it was the home of Canada Chain and Forge. It rang with the sound of hammers on red-hot metal and was warmed from the blazing heat of blast furnaces. For Winterruption, we return it to life with red-hot music and the warmth that comes from great times with fun people! We are painting on the walls, setting up a stage, playing with cardboard and having a fine old time. Great music, great food, beautiful art, fun interactivity, heck there is even a maple-sugar shack! While there is activity in every corner of Granville Island during Winterruption, The Forge is our festival home under the bridge. Come in and stay a while.

So shake off the rain (or snow), get off the couch, and embrace winter in Vancouver with a burst of colourful music, art, performance and food!  Granville Island is waiting for you to join us!

Schedule by day

Site map

All Food Arts and Poetry Kids Stuff Music Theatre and Dance Film

Parent and Tot Gym

February 19, 2017

Parent and Tot Gym

False Creek Community Centre | 1318 Cartwright Street        

Feb 19, Sun | 9:30am – 11:45am | $1

 

Playtime fun featuring bouncy castle, slides, teeter totters, toy cars, hoops, balls and crafts. Registration not required. Best suited for children under six.

 

Presented by False Creek Community Centre

Rup Loops

February 18, 2017 to February 19, 2017

Rup Loops

The Forge | Under the Bridge

Feb 18 & 19, Sat & Sun | 11am daily | Free

 

An interactive, live looping performance, using vocal percussion, and an arsenal of eclectic instruments from around the globe. Rup utilizes his diverse skills as a musician to create a pulsating, entertaining and engaging musical experience.

 

Presented by the Vancouver International Childrens Festival

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Winterruption Art Exhibit

February 18, 2017 to February 19, 2017

Winterruption Art Exhibit

Arts Umbrella |1286 Cartwright Street

Feb 18 & 19 | Sat & Sun 1pm | Free

Winter-themed artworks created by visual and media arts students.

Presented by Arts Umbrella

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Afro hair Savoir Faire

February 19, 2017

Afro Hair Savoir Faire

Waterfront Theatre 1412 Cartwright Street

Feb 19, Sun | 1pm | doors at noon | RSVP for free tickets

An Intergenerational Celebration and Learning Lab on Black Hair Care. Includes a film screening on black hair, a slideshow and cultural history on black hairstyles and live hair tutorials. The program begins at the Waterfront Theatre followed by the Faire in Studio 1398. In Our Heads About Our Hair (79 mins), directed by Hemamset Angaza, examines issues Black women confront regarding hair and self-esteem. Despite a current natural-hair trend in some urban areas, many Black women say conforming to mainstream beauty standards makes it easier to find mates and corporate employment. This feature documentary celebrates natural beauty and also offers opinions (and wisdom) from people making other hairstyling choices.

RSVP for free tickets by Feb 16 to RSVP@giculturalsociety.org | Limit of 4 free tickets per household.

Presented by Creative Together, CMHC Granville Island and the Granville Island Cultural Society | www.giculturalsociety.org

Chix on Stix

February 18, 2017 to February 19, 2017

Chix on Stix


The Forge | Under the Bridge (and around the Island)
Feb 18 & 19, Sat & Sun | 10:30am – 3pm | Free
 

Mortal Coil’s 10-foot tall enchanted dragonflies will be buzzing and shaking it throughout Granville Island.


Presented by Mortal Coil Performance Society & Granville Island  | mortalcoil[at]bc.ca

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Waiting for Spring

February 19, 2017

The Revue Stage 1601 Johnston St.

Feb 19, Sun | 11am - 3pm | Artist talk 2:30 | Free

A short 5-minute film loop set in a dystopian future where the agricultural economy has collapsed due to rampant forest fires. A young woman in an abandoned orchard survives on nutrient-rich pomegranates and uses their leathery peels to fashion her clothing. Set in the near future where wild fires have devastated croplands, the film takes aim at the environmental impacts of climate change. Costumes created for the film will be on display.

Artist talk: Ms. Dextras will take a look at the reductive post-apocalyptic fictions depicted in Hollywood films and the need for alternative nuanced stories about the future that focus on the dignity and strength of survivors.

Pomegranate tea supplied by Granville Island Tea Company

Presented by Nicole Dextras and Granville Island 

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Black Gardenia

February 19, 2017

Black Gardenia

The Forge

Feb 19, Sun | 1:15pm & 2:15pm | Free

 

A unique, darkly-relaxed blend of vintage jazz that takes listeners on a journey to an age where cool meant classy and noir was the norm. Daphne Roubini playfully named ”First Lady of Uke” sings and plays the Ukulele in her band Black Gardenia, the Vancouver-based five-piece whose ‘London Jazz meets Americana’ sound has delighted festival and club audiences on two continents. A unique, darkly-relaxed blend of vintage jazz, country, folk and blues from the 20′s, 30′s and 40′s.

“Daphne Roubini’s voice flows over you like golden syrup. Black Gardenia is that perfect balance between Louisiana Jazz and a hazy Maui afternoon.” Fleur Cooper, CITR radio

“A relaxed approach to old school jazz ... with some of the hippest Ukulele that you can hope to hear.” Ken Pickering, TD Vancouver Intl Jazz Festival

“The musical equivalent of taking a bath in a barrel of finely aged bourbon.” Robert Collins, Music Correspondent, CTV BC

Presented by Granville Island | www.blackgardenia.ca

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Only a Visitor

February 19, 2017

Only a Visitor

Performance Works 1218 Cartwright Street

Feb 19, Sun | 1pm & 2:10pm | Free

 

Vocalist/pianist Robyn Jacob’s eclectic avant-pop compositions and adventurous vocal arrangements evoke Bjork and Dirty Projectors. With drummer Kevin Romain, bassist Jeff Gammon and singers Emma Postl and Celina Kurz, Only A Visitor is “one of the most fascinating and singular musical projects to come out of Vancouver in recent memory” (Discorder Magazine).

Presented by Coastal Jazz and Granville Island 

 

Granville Island Market Tour

February 17, 2017 to February 19, 2017

Granville Island Market Tour 

Granville Island Public Market

Feb 17 – 19, Fri – Sun | 10:30am & 1:30pm | $54.99 + fees | $10 discount for children under 12

Meeting Point: Main entrance of Edible Canada Bistro,1596 Johnston Street
 

Take a delicious journey through the world-famous public market with Vancouver’s #1 Ranked Tour!
 

Join Vancouver Foodie Tours to skip the line at Granville Island’s best food shops and artisans. You’ll experience the animated culture and history of the Public Market, while savouring over 20 signature Canadian tastings: local cheeses, sourdough bread, BC produce, melt-in-your-mouth donuts, and more!

 

Presented by Vancouver Foodie Tours | Tickets at www.foodietours.ca or 604-295-8844

Upcycled Ocean Creatures Craft

February 17, 2017 to February 19, 2017

Upcycled Ocean Creatures Craft

Make | 1648 Duranleau St.

Feb 17 – 19, Fri – Sun | 12pm - 4pm | Free

 

Join us at Make for a Pacific West Coast-inspired craft made with upcycled materials!

Get swept up with inspiration at Make as we help you create an awesome octopus and sea anemone made with upcycled t-shirts and multicoloured yarn. Fun button-making will be happening too! Make is hosting this free interactive activity for all ages around our big craft table. Come join in!

 

Presented by Make | makevancouver.com or 604-684-5105 for more details.

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Live Stone Carving with Zimbabwean Master Carver Patrick Sephani

February 18, 2017 to February 19, 2017

Live Stone Carving with Zimbabwean Master Carver Patrick Sephani

Ukama Gallery | 1802 Maritime Mews

Feb 18 & 19, Sat & Sun | 12 - 4pm | Free

 

Join us at Ukama Gallery as art reveals itself before your eyes with Zimbabwean master carver, Patrick Sephani, who will be chipping away at stone by hand until a sculpture emerges! Sephani offers a rare glimpse at the world-renowned Zimbabwean sculpture movement’s art and history. Watch in awe, chat for insight, and certainly, enjoy! All ages welcome!  

 

Presented by Ukama Gallery

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Canvas Unbound featuring Carol Whitlock

February 17, 2017 to February 19, 2017

Canvas Unbound featuring Carol Whitlock

Federation of Canadian Artist Gallery, 1241 Cartwright Street

Feb 17 – 19, Fri – Sun | 11am – 4pm | Free

 

Creativity Abounds in Canvas Unbound! Frames can make or break a painting. In this exhibition, the notion of a "finished piece" is challenged by member artists creating works on canvas, designed to be displayed unframed. Visit our gallery and watch Carol Whitlock create original artworks in pan pastel.

Try this unusual medium for yourself | Sat 1 – 2pm

 

Presented by Federation of Canadian Artists | 604-681-8534

Face Painting

February 18, 2017 to February 19, 2017

Face Painting
The Forge | Under the Bridge

Feb 18 & 19 | Sat & Sun | 10:30am - 4:30pm | Free

Illuminate your face with art!

Presented by Granville Island

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Ola Volo

February 18, 2017 to February 19, 2017

Ola Volo

The Forge | Under the Bridge

Feb 18 & 19, Sat & Sun | 10:30am – 4:30pm

Artist Ola Volo will be onsite painting a large mural inside The Forge. Inspired by and created for Granville Island, come by throughout the weekend, say hello to the artist and see the progression as the mural emerges before your eyes.

 

Ola Volo (BFA, Emily Carr University) is a Canadian illustrator from Kazakhstan with a distinctive style drawn from history, multiculturalism and folklore. Her intricate works bring animals, people, architecture and nature together to articulate diverse stories rich with symbolism and elaborate forms. Ola creates winding narratives that lovingly acknowledge the subtleties of human nature while celebrating the little surprises of everyday life. Her work is widely recognized for its inventiveness and imaginative gesture; every character is full of spirited personality and inhabits a dynamic environment. Her work also lends itself often to the public realm with several of her murals helping to shape and beautify outdoor spaces in Vancouver. As well as creating commissions for a wide range of international clients including HootSuite, Vancouver Opera, LuluLemon and Honda, Volo also finds time to do her own gallery artwork and book projects.

Presented by Granville Island

 

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Maple Syrup: From tree to table

February 18, 2017 to February 19, 2017

Maple Syrup: From tree to table

The Forge | Under the Bridge

Feb 18 & 19, Sat & Sun | 10:30am - 4:30pm | $2 - $5
 

Maples' Sugar Shack presents the Art of Maple Sugaring on the west coast. Learn the process of turning sap into maple syrup with free workshops, tapping demonstrations and onsite sap boiling. Enjoy a cup of hot mapley sipping chocolate, sap tea or make your own maple taffy candy, Canada’s oldest tradition of maple syrup on snow!

 

Presented by Maples’ Sugar Shack | Maplessugarshack.com

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Rebel Kitchen

February 18, 2017 to February 19, 2017

Rebel Kitchen

The Forge | Under the Bridge

Feb 18 & 19, Sat & Sun | 10:30 – 4:30 | Market Price

 

Vancouver-based companies, Rebel Soup and Wood Shop Workers Coop join forces to create a Rebel Kitchen in the heart of the festival. With a focus on sustainability, these companies make use of the unwanted and discarded to create inspiring and useful products. Rebel Soup works with local farmers to buy their unwanted and unsellable vegetables, transforming imperfect, bruised, or banged up bits into delicious, nutritious, hearty meals. Wood Shop Workers Coop designs and manufactures one-of-a-kind wood furniture and interiors out of upcycled and repurposed wood from the Lower Mainland. Come by and check out the Rebel Kitchen, listen to some live music and enjoy a warm bowl of local, seasonal goodness.

Presented by Rebel Soup & Wood Shop Workers Coop

www.woodshop.coop     www.rebelsoup.ca

 

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Cardboard Island: Imagined Landscapes

February 18, 2017 to February 19, 2017

Cardboard Island: Imagined Landscapes

The Forge | Under the Bridge

Feb 18 & 19, Sat & Sun | 10:30am – 5pm | Free

 

Winterruption invites creative adults, youth and little builders to take part in an interactive life-size art installation built entirely by YOU! Participants will create a magical version of Granville Island entirely out of cardboard, inspired by imagination.

Artist Heather Dawn Sparks will facilitate a process of collaboration, where participants will construct buildings, roads and the surrounding landscape out of cardboard. This collaborative art piece will evolve throughout the weekend reflecting a landscape in transformation. This is an on-going event open to all participants eager to immerse themselves in the creative process. Participants are invited to play, experience, imagine and construct their ideas.

Artist Bio - Heather Dawn Sparks | www.heatherdawnsparks.com
Heather Dawn Sparks engages collective action and inspired participation through immersive sculptural and performative works. Her dreamscape environments vividly bring to life forms from nature and the sublime absurdity of play.

From transformational puppetry in Ghana Africa, large scale interactive sculptures for Vancouver’s International Children’s Festival, to immersive shadow sets built for internationally touring performance troupes, Sparks repurposes objects as maverick building components, uniting ethics with innovation. 

 

Commissioned by Granville Island and the Vancouver International Children’s Festival 

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Traditional Glühwein

February 18, 2017 to February 19, 2017

Traditional Glühwein

The Forge | Under the Bridge

Feb 18 & 19 | Sat & Sun | 10:30 – 5pm | Market Price | 19+

 

Traditional Glühwein is the perfect winter warm-up. This mulled classic berry wine created by Waeldertau is a well-known family recipe from Germany. You can also enjoy a white Glühwein made from roasted apples by Waeldertau. Heated and spiced with cinnamon sticks, vanilla pods, cloves, citrus and sugar; a sip will have you glowing!

 

Glühwein is an alcoholic beverage. 2 pieces of government issued ID required.

 

Presented by The Vancouver Christmas Market

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Pop Up Dances

February 18, 2017 to February 19, 2017

Pop Up Dances

The Forge | Under the Bridge (starting location)

Feb 18 & 19, Sat & Sun | 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm | Free | all ages

Expect the unexpected as intriguing and exhilarating dances pop up in unusual spaces throughout Granville Island. See what happens when architecture, industry and performance intersect. Participating artists: Alex Wells, Isabelle Kirouac, Nayana Fielkov, Martin Reisle, Monica Shah, Naomi Brand & Adam Grant Warren. Pop Up Dances is a tour of site specific dance performances lead by Bloco Energia.

 

Presented by New Works and Granville island | www.newworks.ca

 

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From the Heart , , , and just for fun

February 17, 2017 to February 19, 2017

From the Heart , , , and just for fun

Dundarave Print Workshop + Gallery | 1640 Johnston Street

Feb 17 – 19, Fri – Sun | 11am to 5pm | Free

Linocuts, Monotypes and Etchings by Alex Gage

Meet the artist, have fun and be surprised at how imagination can be printed onto a piece of paper!

Artist demonstration: Sat 2 pm

Presented by Dundarave Print Workshop | www.dundaraveprintworkshop.com

Showcasing British Columbia

February 17, 2017 to February 19, 2017

Showcasing British Columbia

Karen Cooper Gallery 1506 Duranleau Street

Feb 17 – 19, Fri – Sun 10am – 5pm | Free

 

Uniting beautiful images with cutting edge digital technology to create unique and visually striking artwork. Karen Cooper is an international award winning photographer.

 

Presented by Karen Cooper Gallery | www.karencoopergallery.com

 

 

The Myrtle Family Band

February 18, 2017 to February 19, 2017

The Myrtle Family Band

The Forge | Under the Bridge

Feb 18 & 19, Sat & Sun | 3:30 & 4:10 daily | Free
 

The Myrtle Family Band puts the awwww back in "awkward" with old-time music, sister harmonies and tap-dancing! The Myrtle Family Band is a collaboration of professional and award winning East Vancouver inter-arts performers presenting high quality theatre, clown, dance and music. They engage and delight audiences of all ages with their porch stompin’, wash-tub bass bouncing jug-time traditional jazz, their twinkling-tap numbers, and, of course, their unstoppable charm!

 

Presented by Granville Island | www.myrtlefamilyband.com

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Rossi Gang

February 18, 2017 to February 19, 2017

Rossi Gang

The Forge | Under the Bridge

Feb 18, Sat | 1:15pm & 2:15pm | Free

Performance Works 1218 Cartwright Street

Feb 19 | Sun 3:45pm & 4:55pm | Free

A British Columbian twist on New Orleans hot jazz, this young quintet brings a raw exuberance to their swinging, greasy party music. Mardi Gras and Mingus-inflected fun with Conn Stewart sax/clarinet/cornet/vocals, Skye Lambourne trumpet, Noah Gotfrit bass, Aaron Levinson drums, and Noah Franche-Nolan keys.

Presented by Coastal Jazz & Granville Island

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Opus Daily Practice

February 19, 2017

Opus Daily Practice

Opus | 1360 Johnston St

Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm | Free

 

Join Opus staff member, Tristan Noone, at this drop-in event that will challenge you to create art every day. Receive instruction and consultation on how to use various social media platforms to build and connect with the creative community.

 

Presented by Opus Granville Island | 604 736-7028

Ikebana Floral Art

February 17, 2017 to February 19, 2017

Ikebana Floral Art

Various locations on Granville Island. Maps available at Information Booths and granvilleisland.com

Feb 17 – 19, Fri – Sun 10am – 6pm | Free

 

View Japanese inspired floral art in various locations around Granville Island. Ikebana is a Japanese cultural art which seeks to enrich life with plant material.  These flower arrangements aim to create a space which harmonizes people and the materials. Arrangements will be displayed at various stores throughout Granville Island.

Exhibit Map

Presented by Vancouver Ikebana Association | www.vancouver-ikebana.ca

The Winterruption Donut Spectacular

February 17, 2017 to February 19, 2017

The Winterruption Donut Spectacular
Lee’s Donuts | Public Market
Feb 17 – 19, Fri - Sun | 9am – 7pm | Market Price
 

Enjoy a surprising combination of flavours in these donuts made exclusively for our winter festival. With one bite launch your palette from winter into spring.

 

 

 

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Winterrupted Cocktail

February 17, 2017 to February 19, 2017

Winterrupted Cocktail

The Liberty Distillery | 1494 Old Bridge Road

Feb 17 - 19, Fri - Sun | 11am - 7pm | $8 +tax

Enjoy a special cocktail made exclusively for the Winterruption weekend.

Step inside The Liberty Distillery to enjoy “WINTERRUPTED”, a seasonal cocktail crafted with Liberty’s award-winning Endeavour Old Tom Gin, fresh apple juice, blackcurrant cordial, macerated cranberries and lemon zest.

 

The Liberty Distillery Tour

The Liberty Distillery | 1494 Old Bridge Road

Feb 18 & 19, Sat & Sun, 11:30am & 1:30pm | $10 +tax | ages 19+

Learn the process involved in mashing, fermenting and distilling. Feel the milled grain run through your fingers, nose the various stages of the spirit and enjoy a complimentary tasting at the conclusion of the tour. Max 10 persons. Reservations required one week in advance.

Information or reservations www.thelibertydistillery.com 604-558-1998

Improv Comedy

February 17, 2017 to February 19, 2017

Improv Comedy

The Improv Centre 1502 Duranleau Street

Laugh ‘til your face hurts with Vancouver’s #1 Improv Comedy company. No two improv shows are ever the same, relying on audience input to ‘write’ the script and move the action forward. Enjoy a variety of TheatreSports events throughout the weekend.

 

TheatreSports

Fri & Sat, Feb 17 & 18 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm | prices vary

 

Rookie Night

Sun, Feb 19 | 7:30pm | prices vary

Come cheer on our “stars of tomorrow” as young improvisers are put to the test in front of a hungry crowd.

 

Presented by Vancouver TheatreSports League | www.vtsl.com

 

 

Signs of Change 2016

February 17, 2017 to February 19, 2017

Signs of Change 2016

Ocean Art Works | 1531 Johnston Street

Feb 17 – 19 | anytime

 

A selection of photographs from artist Nicole Dextras’ Ice Typography series. This series represents over 10 years of creating text-based sculptures made from ice, which speak to our present disconnect with the environment. It proposes a paradigm shift from our once undisputed ambition to tame nature, to a more respectful and low-impact approach to our ecosystem.

Each word was chosen to relate to its setting. For example, Consume was installed facing the upscale market of Coal Harbour in Vancouver, while Legacy was created on the Yukon River in a wilderness landscape. These everyday words placed within the context of the landscape are meant to provoke questions such as: what is the true cost of this View, who owns this Resource and what is your Legacy? For this exhibit, they are presented in a sequence that could be read as: Consume Local Truths and View the Resources that are your Legacy.

 

Presented by Granville Island Cultural Society | www.nicoledextras.com

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Open-Air Illustration

February 17, 2017 to February 19, 2017

Open-Air Illustration

Transit poster shelters around the island

Feb 17 – 19, Fri – Sun | anytime

Exhibit Map

Eight Vancouver artists install visually impactful illustrations on a grand scale in this Open-Air exhibition. Walk around to explore each location and view work by

Kaori Kasai

Laura Eveleigh (treeclouddesigns)

Michiel & Angela De Kraker (Picklepunch)

Flavia Chan

Golnar Sepahi

Lisa Cinar

Russell Alton (choplogic)

Kristian Adam
 

Sat 2 – 5pm | Russell Alton & Kristian Adam will demonstrate their drawing skills at Ainsworth Design, 1243 Cartwright Street.

Spreading the Love

February 1, 2017 to February 28, 2017

Spreading the Love

Ainsworth Custom Design | 1243 Cartwright Street

Show runs February 1 – 28 | Free event | Postcards for sale

Hours: Mon – Fri 10am – 6pm | Sat 12pm – 6pm | Sun 12pm – 5pm

 

A collection of original postcards made by the artists of Ainsworth Design. Collect them or mail them to your loved ones.

Artists Russell Alton & Kristian Adam demonstrate their live drawing skills as part of the show. Sat, Feb 18, 2 – 5pm. 

 

 

Presented by Ainsworth Custom Design | www.ainsworthcustomdesign.com

The Men in White

February 9, 2017 to March 11, 2017

The Men in White

Granville Island Stage 1585 Johnston St.

Show runs February 9 – March 11 | Ticket prices vary

 

A tale of home, brotherhood, and cricket written by Vancouver’s own Anosh Irani.

When Abdul’s cricket team decides to take action to end their losing streak, they talk of recruiting Abdul’s brother, Hasan, who is an expert at the sport. Follow this heartwarming story of how home can be found in sport and unite family across nations.

Show includes mature language and is not suitable for young children.

 

Arts Club Theatre Company | 604-687-1644

 

Canadian Citizenship Ceremony

Granville Island Stage 1585 Johnston St.

Feb 17, Fri  | 11am – 12pm | Free

 

This free public event will welcome new Canadians as they are sworn in as citizens.

The Arts Club Theatre Company, in conjunction with the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, is excited to host a Canadian citizenship ceremony at our own Granville Island Stage. Tying in with some of the themes of our current production, The Men in White, this event welcomes new Canadians and celebrates cultural diversity.

RSVP 604 687 5315 ext 244 or via email at kellis@artsclub.com

Inspired by material and process

February 2, 2017 to March 16, 2017

Inspired by material and process

Crafthouse Granville Island | 1386 Cartwright Street

Show runs February 2 – March 16 | Hours: 10:30am – 5:30pm daily | Free

 

An exhibition of works based in metal, ceramic and textile by emerging artists.

 

The Craft Council of BC is pleased to announce Inspired by material and process - an exhibition by emerging artists Jade Beck, Janet Harrison, Emily May, Laura Meyers and Christina Shimek. Each recognized for their passion for craft evidenced by the exemplary quality of work and their creative riskiness.

 

Presented by Craft Council of British Columbia | www.craftcouncilbc.ca