Monday, August 5, 2013

Art in the Heart of Vancouver USA: Hearts, Art Walks and Galleries

Gallery opening during First Friday
Vancouver, USA, on the Columbia River, is surprisingly artsy. Vancouver is known for public art. The Esther Short Park Salmon Clock Tower is one of my favorites. But recently I became aware of their ever-expanding arts scene.

A First Friday Art walk led me from gallery to gallery. I found the Downtown and Uptown areas bustling with people enjoying al fresco dining and bar-hopping. 

The festive atmosphere continued as artisan booths were set up along Main and Evergreen. Musicians added to the fun. 

When I walked along the sidewalks of downtown Vancouver Washington for their monthly Art Walk, I was surprised to see some people-sized hearts on display. 

The "HeArts" are dotted throughout central Vancouver. Hearts made by 30 local artists are be on display throughout Vancouver through September 16th.  These are BIG hearts created to bring awareness to heart health and raise funds for the PeaceHealth SW Medical Center Foundation. Click here for a map of the HeArt locations.

Our tour of art ended with wine and finger foods at Mon Ami Cafe in Uptown. A guitarist entertained us as we sipped on wine and enjoyed the delightful salads and cheeses provided by Mon Ami.

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