Artists I Love, Vancouver

Art on the Eastside

The Eastside Culture Crawl is taking place this weekend & I was lucky enough to nab a sneak preview at my friend Liane Varnam’s studio space in 1000 Parker Street. Vancouver has a pretty vibrant art scene & I really love events like the Crawl where artists open up their studio spaces to the public for a few days. Since I don’t have particularly visitor-friendly studio space, I’ve been happy to participate in The Drift, which pairs artists with shop spaces all along Main Street. At one of the Drift events last year I entered a raffle to win $500 worth of art from any fellow Drift artist. And I won!!! As someone who very rarely can afford to buy anything more than prints, I was beyond thrilled. So thrilled, in fact, that it took me this long to decide what to buy! I narrowed it down to Liane’s work very quickly, but which piece? Or maybe TWO pieces? My indecisiveness took over in one of the loveliest versions of a “problem” I’ve ever had.

Once I walked into the studio, however, there was no choosing. As soon as I laid eyes on this one, I knew she was coming home with me:

Some of my favorite works by Liane are pastel and charcoal drawings on old window panes. They serve as perfect frames & are terribly under priced, in my opinion. If you want to snag one for yourself, her studio is #350 in the Parker Street Studios.

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