The Eastside Culture Crawl is a free annual 3-day November event that involves artists on Vancouver’s Eastside opening their studio to the public. The event is focused on the area bounded by Main St., 1st Ave., Victoria Drive, and the Waterfront and involves painters, jewelers, sculptors, furniture makers, musicians, weavers, potters, writers, printmakers, photographers, glassblowers; from emerging artists to those internationally established.
The Eastside Culture Crawl is a growing force in the city supporting the entrepreneurial spirit of designers. One such group of designers is the OGA Design Group. From November 16 – 18, the House of Doors will aptly open its doors to the public in an event hosted by OGA Design Group as part of the 2012 Eastside Culture Crawl.
The event highlights the work of in-house designers: Emily Carr Industrial Design graduates, pursuing independent design-related ventures in Vancouver. Their work includes a collection of furniture, acoustic pieces and objects for space, derived from wood, ceramic and metal.
Owners Logan Gilday and Danielle Jasinski started the OGA Design Group two years ago with the dream of creating and fostering a local design community.
“Operating as a door company has been our means to pursue the elusive design career here in Vancouver,” says Gilday,“We wanted to establish an affordable shop space that would encourage and attract like-minded designers into the area.”
The House of Doors manufactures and supplies custom solid wood doors to home owners and industry in Vancouver and lower mainland. This base business has allowed them to open up their shop to OGA and a tight-knit community of wood-working designers at an affordable rate.
“Our main goal of the Culture Crawl is to give people entering our space a reason to come back, as our doors are always open from nine to five, five days week.”
The House of Doors building is located at 1295 Frances St and will be open for viewing Friday from 5 – 10 pm and Saturday/Sunday from 11 – 6 pm as part of the Eastside Culture Crawl.
On Friday evening following the crawl, OGA’s real event begins. The newly formed Vancouver Industrial Design Alliance (VIDA) will hold its first meeting in the space – a meeting they hope will bring designers together to support entrepreneurial design growth in Vancouver.
In 2011 they had 364 artists in 75 buildings. This year the number of artists participating has increased to 427.
Eastside Culture Crawl 2012
Dates: November 16-18
Locations: Various, download printable map here.