Your first hint that Vancouver has a budding art culture is to spot the rich variety of public art throughout Downtown Vancouver. From there, you’ll discover a fascinating array of art presented in ways that are unique to Vancouver USA.
Here are some suggestions from our local friends:
Your first hint that Vancouver has a budding art culture is to spot the rich variety of public art throughout Downtown Vancouver. From there, you’ll discover a fascinating array of art presented in ways that are unique to Vancouver USA. Here are some suggestions from our local friends:
Art on the Boulevard
Your first stop should be Art on the Boulevard, 201 W. Evergreen Blvd. A project of Friends of the Arts, Art on the Boulevard is a non-profit gallery with the mission of establishing a flourishing arts community. Here, you will see the work of more than 50 Northwest artists reflecting a wide variety of media and styles. Unique art is displayed throughout the atrium which is one of Vancouver’s most popular business and social meeting spots. Stop by Java House, Treat or Woody’s Tacos while you ponder which items to acquire.
Enjoy Angst Gallery, 1015 Main, and its adjoining neighbor Niche Wine and Art. You can sip on a half-glass or enjoy one of the 150 wine selections by the bottle while being inspired by creative art and cuisine. Angst Gallery lives up to its name of providing art with “an acute but unspecific feeling of anxiety, usually reserved for philosophical anxiety about the world or about personal freedom.” You’ll find an array of media including oils, water colors, pen and ink, ceramics, sculptures, jewelry and even poetry. Angst features themes throughout the year, such as “Bike Love” that showcases bike-related art. The gallery works closely with the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics located north of downtown.
Downtown Vancouver’s Aurora Gallery, 1004 Main Street was established in 2004 as a way to feature local artists from southwest Washington and the greater Pacific Northwest while providing top of the line custom framing to those same artists and art patrons from far and wide.
Aurora Gallery also offers the most comprehensive selection of custom framing options in the region. With over two decades of experience, Elizabeth and the gallery’s talented framing professionals provide custom framing selection, assembly, and repair as well as optional delivery and installation.
Aurora Gallery has quickly established itself as a launching pad for new local talent, a home for established artists and a single destination for art lovers and collectors alike.
North Bank Artists Community Project, 1005 Main St., was founded a decade ago by a band of Vancouver artists who envisioned creating an artists colony, offering studios, classes, workshops and galleries. The non-profit organization produces monthly shows, as well as juried shows. It participates in downtown Vancouver’s First Friday art walks. The body of work is considered eclectic, innovative, and sometimes provocative.
Mosaic Arts Alliance, a non-profit cooperative with about 20 artists, operates Gallery 360, 605
Esther Street.The alliance is dedicated to fostering arts in the community and is open to all artists and arts supporters. The gallery has been voted the best in Clark County in 2009 and 2010, and is supported by members as well as art philanthropists. Check it out in the fabulous Slocum House at Esther Short Park.
Portland Art Creations
Located at 1405 C Street, NW native James E. Dunbar is currently best known for his cityscapes featuring many of the bridges and local landmarks in Portland, Oregon. While not limiting his subject matter to cityscapes alone, he is passionate in painting many different subjects including Tuscan scenery, jazz and blues artists, coastal sunsets, and animals of the Serengeti.
He and his wife enjoy participating in the Northwest Art Festivals when time allows, and his work is represented weekly at the Portland Saturday Market.
Vancouver Arts District
Are you an artist? Love art? Have a culture-friendly business? You’ve found a home in downtown Vancouver! Our Vancouver Arts District shows we appreciate the power of art galleries, theaters, and performance spaces to enhance our quality of living. The designation is a product of the combined efforts of the City of Vancouver, Vancouver’s Downtown Association and Southwest Washington Art Galleries (SWAG).