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April 16, 2015 at 8:00 AM

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Bring Your Art-Making Process Outdoors

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by Lea Chambers | painting: Theresa Eaton, Judge’s 3rd Place Selection in the Adult (19+) Category, Granville Island, OPC 2014

Care to leave the studio, classroom, or apartment with your art supplies?

On May 10th, Opus Art Supplies is having an Outdoor Drawing Challenge on Granville Island. There are 9” x 12” surfaces available to work on if you register, and a chance of prizes at the end of the day. It’s going to be an exciting day to be in the public space for all levels of art enthusiasts. Invite your friends and family members, and see what the day brings.

Granville Island is a unique space within Vancouver: it’s an island in the middle of the city! Visitors arrive for many reasons. The boats, kids programs, shops, and public market experience each have their charm. And the wandering that happens between these places is also what’s so joyful about being there. Getting lost along your way, you might find an amazing broom store, a beautiful green park, or a waterfront tennis court. Your feet will walk under the beautiful Granville Street Bridge, your tastes will bring you into Bridges for pistachio gelato, your eyes will draw you out to the open water views, and your curiosity will pull you back into the little alleys where you can find sake and tea seated as neighbours to a number of galleries.

What I love so much about cities is exactly what I find time and time again on Granville Island. There is so much happening on a regular basis within a short radius. On many days there is live music played in several public locations. You can walk from one end of the island to the other in about 5 minutes but why would you when there’s so much to see – and draw, sketch, and paint! Look ahead, mark the date –May 10th– and check it out for yourself.

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