Vancouver has a thriving art scene with gallery openings and events happening across town on any given day. With so much going on, it’s sometimes hard to figure out what to do or when to go. ROVE, a one-night art event in Mount Pleasant, solves that problem twice a year by designating a path for people to explore select galleries and art studios within a short walk or cycle from one another. Mark your calendars for September 25th.
“I started ROVE to create a simple way to spend an evening in East Vancouver with a focus on discovering unexplored local culture,” says Jamie Smith, who spearheaded the event and is celebrating the fifth ROVE art walk this month. “I hope people will experience the thriving art scene in Mount Pleasant and then visit these spaces and artists again. There are many art openings and events happening in this area all the time and hopefully with a little more familiarity people will feel welcome attending. ROVE is an easy and fun way to get your foot in the gallery door and see what you think!”
Twice a year, Smith curates a group of galleries and studios and creates the ROVE map so people can use the evening to engage with the local art scene. “The intention of the art walk format is to have ROVERS explore all the locations on the map in a single evening.”
Why Mount Pleasant? Smith says that it has a distinct neighbourhood feel with a number of galleries all in a walkable area. “With a little organization the centralized pocket of the Mount Pleasant art scene can be shared with a wider audience. The galleries in this area showcase talented artists of diverse mediums, many of whom live in the area.”
Smith is a mixed media artist who facilitates creative workshops and events from a studio called THRIVE. “Right now I am obsessed with using photographs in my work,” she says. Her mixed media paintings are inspired from her travels and focus on the sediment of memory. “Each painting feels like a little window into a past memory and far away place.”
If You Can Only Make It To One Gallery
Smith recommends Gene Studios, number four on the map. “People can explore five different artists’ studios, where they actually create their artwork. If time is limited then this a great option to see a variety of different work at one stop.”
Pick up a map at any of the associated locations including grunt gallery, MAKE, LPY Studios, Gene Studios, Kafka’s, Omaha Studios, Burrard Arts Foundation and Field Contemporary. To find out more about the locations and artists, visit www.roveyvr.com.
ROVE takes place on the third Friday of May and September every year
Header art: Rebecca Chaperon