Burnaby artists in Eastside Culture Crawl

Two Burnaby artists are among those taking part in the 21st edition of the Eastside Culture Crawl.

Vancouver’s four-day celebration of visual arts, design and crafts runs Nov. 16 to 19 in more than 500 artists’ studios, homes and garages throughout Vancouver’s Eastside.

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Tannis Hopkins and Corrinne Wolcoski, both Burnaby residents, will be on hand in their Parker Street Studios.

Hopkins is a painter who works in an impressionistic style in both oils and acrylic.

“My work expresses a love of life and heartfelt connections, and the sensory experiences that define our existence,” Hopkins says in an artist’s statement. “Coming from a ‘food-centric’ family I followed in my mother’s footsteps, cooking and entertaining as both a creative and communal outlet for me. It became only natural to evolve to painting food culture.”

She also explores urban settings, the unexpected and the human spirit.

“These works evoke a range of emotions, from curiosity and a sense of the surreal, to thought provoking and sadness, to whimsy and a childlike sense of wonder,” Hopkins says.

Wolcoski, meanwhile, creates paintings inspired by the West Coast landscape.

“My paintings are a direct response to the silent beauty of light penetrating the darkness, which brings a sense of calmness to all it envelops,” she says. “Travelling along the coast has provided an endless source of material from which I create my landscape paintings.”

Both artists have studios at 1000 Parker St. Hopkins works out of Studio 108 and Wolcoski is in Studio 460.

The Eastside Culture Crawl is on Nov. 16 from 5 to 10 p.m., Nov. 17 from 5 to 10 p.m., Nov. 18 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Nov. 19 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Along with visiting studios, visitors can also take part in a series of workshops and demonstrations to learn about such arts as live chainsaw carving, photo transfer, stained glass, ceramics and wax carving.

Check out www.culturecrawl.ca/events for a full listing of events and workshops.

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