You’re invited to celebrate the arts and help build community in Burnaby.
Burnaby Neighbourhood House is hosting its inaugural Art Crawl Burnaby Heights event on Sept. 27 and 28. The two-day event is designed to help celebrate local art, artists and art lovers while raising money to keep the doors open at Burnaby Neighbourhood House North House.
The weekend kicks off with a ticketed VIP Art and Wine Tasting event on Friday, Sept. 27 from 6:15 to 9 p.m. Attendees can meet local artists and be the first to view and purchase original artwork, while enjoying light refreshments and wine samples courtesy of Blasted Church Winery.
The next day kicks off with an official opening at 10:30 a.m. at North House (4908 Hastings St.), where there will be a gallery of work on display, with featured artist Grant Withers. Mayor Mike Hurley will be on hand for the opening and ribbon cutting event.
You can collect your map and then head out on the “crawl” along Hastings St., anytime between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. The free, all-ages Art Crawl venues along the corridor will showcase 18 artists and their artwork in both two- and three-dimensional media.
You can visiting participating merchants’ venues at your own pace, meet local artists and, if you’re so inclined, take home your favourite works of art.
Check out the following venues:
Muckabout, 4759 Hastings St. – Ninna Snider and Dawn Livera
Forte, 4780 Hastings St. – Santhe Leblanc and Bill Thomson
Sleep Country, 4704 Hastings St. – Iris Mes Low
Modo Yoga, 4701 Hastings St. – Akemi Ito
Community Savings, 4590 Hastings St. – Maria Janicki
Caffe Divano, 4568 Hastings St. – Hanieh Khakbiz
Posh Pantry, 4548 Hastings St. – Beatrix Schalk
Royal Bank, 4382 Hastings St. – Moly Rashed
Caffe Artigiano, 4359 Hastings St. - Anna Beaudry
Vancity, 4302 Hastings St. – Ana-Francisca Haas
Fiordilatte Gelateria, 4233 Hastings St. – Wenyan Xu
Noodle Paradise, 4217 Hastings St. – Carolyn Sullivan
Waves, 4204 Hastings St. – Jennie Johnston
G&F Financial, 4191 Hastings St. – Sharon Steele and Anna Tsybulnyk
The event grew out of efforts by Burnaby Neighbourhood House to promote access to arts and culture in North Burnaby.
A press release notes the North House opened in 2014 in response to needs in the community. Since that time, a volunteer resident steering committee has guided the development of a range of programs. In 2017, the committee surveyed the community and learned that arts and culture were among the top elements identified as missing in the neighbourhood.
As a first step, the North House began a monthly “art wall” exhibition program, dedicated to showcasing works by local artists.
The Art Crawl is designed to take that effort even further, and everyone – from Burnaby and beyond – is invited to drop by Hastings Street to take part.
See www.burnabynh.ca/home/art-crawl for information or tickets to the Friday night VIP event. You can also buy tickets at Burnaby Neighbourhood House North House, 4908 Hastings St.
NOTE: This story was updated Sept. 13 with venue information.