November 2021
Get set for Open Studios this weekend and discover the artists among us. Welcome to November!

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Advancing the arts
Open Studios Tour: Sat–Sun 10am–5pm
Get the most out of your self-guided tour

First, plan ahead by visiting the artists’ profile pages and deciding which artists you want to visit. You’ll find category filters at the top that will filter for wheelchair accessibility, and different mediums you might be interested in. Note the studio numbers you want to visit and use the interactive Google map on your mobile device to guide you on your route.
Remember the tour is free and self-guided. One great way to take the tour is to start right in your own neighborhood. Check the map to find the closest studio and start there. Who knows? You might discover your neighbor is an artist!

The intent of the tour isn't to visit all 50 artists (though it has been done!) but to select the artists you'd most like to see. You can just keep clicking the next red dot on the Google map and see where it takes you! One of the great things about Open Studios is that it's not only a tour of artists' studios but it's also a way of discovering areas of the County you may not have known about.

Along your way, you'll see Open Studios yard signs to guide you to each studio location.

To supplement the interactive Google map, you may also download or print a PDF showing studio locations and addresses.
Artists eager to connect with community
Experienced potter and sculptor Ann Fleming began exploring painting just five years ago. 
After a one-year pause, the popular self-guided tour of artists’ studios returns the first weekend in November. In its eighth year, Clark County Open Studios Tour celebrates the creativity of local artists and artisans as they open their doors to the public. Art lovers, treasure seekers, holiday shoppers, and the art-curious will get a rare opportunity to meet real live artists in their native habitat.

“This year we’ve taken special care to ensure that both the artists and visitors feel comfortable,” says Jennifer Williams, Open Studios Director. “COVID safety precautions will be in place for each studio configuration. We’ll also have alternatives to the in-person tour. Artists will be sharing video demos online leading up to the tour, and after the tour, many artists will be open for additional studio visits by appointment as well as for online shopping.”

For artists, Williams explains, this period of self-imposed isolation has meant more time in the studio, an opportunity to concentrate on their practice, and to hone their techniques. “Artists are resilient, always looking to learn new skills and finding ways to adapt. The results are prolific art making, new techniques, and some very powerful bodies of work. Open Studios offers artists the missing link—an opportunity to reconnect with an audience on a personal level and share what they’ve been creating.”

Each year, the event showcases both a wide range of art mediums and a diverse mix of artists—including regulars who have participated multiple years and those entirely new to the program or to the area. One such artist is Abhisar Gupta who arrived in America from India in 2009 and settled in east Vancouver in ... Continue reading
Abhi Gupta explaining soap film photography in his home studio. 
Discover artists at Open Studios!
Photo illustration by Cam Suttles.
Who are these six famous artists at the CAVE?
For the answer, take our quick survey and you'll be entered in a drawing for a chance to win:
  • A $50 Artstra gift certificate to buy art from any 2021 Open Studio Tour artist
  • Two tickets to Ne Plus Ultra Jass Orchestra live at the Kiggins, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m
  • A signed copy of We Meant to Bring it Home Alive by Clark County Poet Laureate Armin Tolentino
  • A signed copy of Before the Sun Rises, by past Clark County Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Morgan
  • A signed copy of Message from the Vessel in a Dream, by past Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna
  • An Artstra T-shirt
  • An Artstra tote bag
Deadline to submit survey: 11:59 p.m., Friday November 5, 2021
First Friday Pick
Open Studios Preview Exhibition
Art at the Cave
Get a sneak peek!
Get an advanced look at examples of work from each artist in this weekend's Open Studios Tour. You'll be able to see the work of 50 artists and artisans all in one place and in person. So please join us at the preview exhibition this First Friday. Once again, Art at the Cave has graciously provided the venue, and the show will be on display through the month of November.

Open Studios Tour Preview Exhibition
4–8 p.m., First Friday, November 5

108 E Evergreen Blvd, Vancouver
Cinema and music
VSO Chamber Music
Kiggins Theater
The Vancouver Symphony’s Chamber Music Series welcomes Rodney Sauer back to Vancouver for the showing of Harold Lloyd’s legendary comedy Safety Last (1923) at the historic Kiggins Theatre. Showtime is Thursday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m.

1011 Main St, Vancouver
Ne Plus Ultra Jass Orchestra
Live at the Kiggins Theater
Since 2016, The Ne Plus Ultra Jass Orchestra has been delighting audiences with the music of the roaring 20s and Depression era 30s. Under the leadership of master showman Sammuel Murry-Hawkins, the ensemble transports audiences to the golden age of hot jazz and sweet dance music, specializing in the tunes of Cab Calloway, Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, and George Gershwin. Guaranteed to delight and put a pep in your step!

Gallery picks
Washington Dance Creative: Photography
Corridor Gallery
Sui Juris by Ashlee Boone
Corridor Gallery presents the work of Washington Dance Creative, a local dance company which focuses on photography, film, concert and collaboration. From inception to production, this exhibit highlights artistic collaborations from Vancouver’s emerging artists and producers.The exhibit runs through November 13 and can be viewed Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the upper and lower corridors of the Esther Short Building. Featured photographers include Ashlee Boone, Julie Godbolt, Jessica Heriot, Justine Magnoni-Garver, and Katherine Warf.

Closing reception with live Music and Dance:
6:30 p.m., Saturday, November 13

Corridor Gallery
610 Esther St, Vancouver
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