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Take a virtual look at the lives of local artists during this year’s North Shore Art Crawl

Online event featuring more than 60 local artists on now until April 12
Gail Coney Studio
Deep Cove artist Gail Coney's glass, ceramics and pottery work will be on display during this year's virtual North Shore Art Crawl, on now until April 12.
Those hoping to take in some of the community’s most amazing art during the annual North Shore Art Crawl won’t have to crawl too far this year.

More than 60 artists from Horseshoe Bay to Deep Cove will showcase their creative best at this year’s virtual crawl, which kicks off today (March 12) for the next month.

The art crawl, which visitors can access by simply going online, will showcase curated web pages of visual artists working in diverse media across the North Shore, including watercolour, acrylic, oil paint, photography, ceramics, glass, woodworking, fibre art and jewelry.

In its 10-year history, the crawl has traditionally attracted thousands of visitors each year from across the Lower Mainland, as local artists opened their studios for receptions, demos, and workshops about their craft.

The crawl, which is organized by North Van Arts, is going fully digital this year due to the pandemic.

“During this pandemic, artists and creative professionals have been instrumental in generating positive outlets for the community. Artwork can inspire a smile, a conversation, start a dialogue, it can create change. And now local audiences and beyond can learn more about the talented artists on the North Shore,” stated Nancy Cottingham Powell, executive director at North Van Arts, in an emailed statement.

This year’s virtual crawl is particularly important during a year where many artists’ livelihoods have been challenged due to COVID-19. Not only does the crawl offer the opportunity to purchase their art, but also connect with the artist through social media, learning more about their artistic process and helping spread the word of their work to others, according to organizers.

Visit North Van Arts’ website to browse a digital brochure of artists and plan your online crawl. The individual artist profiles and web pages will also be available on the website starting today.

This year's North Shore Art Crawl runs from March 12 to April 12.