Vancouver USA hosts a First Friday Art Walk that will give you an excuse to enjoy an evening on the town in an un-crowded, upbeat, historic setting. Every first Friday of the month throughout the year, participating art galleries, merchants and restaurants open their doors to celebrate opening night of various art exhibits. Live music and citywide receptions welcome all in Downtown Vancouver!
A great place to start is downtown Main Street. Look for the bright lights of The Kiggins Theater. Niche Wine Bar, next to Kiggins Theater, offers 160 wine selections by the bottle, and more than 30 selections by the glass and half glass. Next to Niche is the gallery with works from local artists. This month we enjoyed seeing new multi-media art by Anni Becker, who is widely known for her portrait photography. I enjoyed the simple lines and colorful washes used on these ethereal portraits in paint.
It was a mild November evening and there was much to see. Across the street at a Divine Consign, the local Rotary Club was previewing a fund-raiser with professionally decorated Christmas trees as an enticement. Festival of the Trees will be a major Christmas event held at the Vancouver Hilton Hotel.
With election day around the corner spirited citizens cheered on their favorite candidates in enthusiastic displays of support. It all added to the fun.
It was then off, winding our way through downtown, stopping in at galleries for dips and fruit and newly hung art. Our destination was a special event at VOCA, a contemporary art event space. It was full of people, art and artists celebrating the Open Studios preview.
We were getting hungry and thirsty at that point and headed north. As we walked along the streets we enjoyed the lighted historic buildings such as the beautiful St. James Catholic Church. The Cellar 55 Tasting Room was having a special event with wine, tapas and wonderful music. There you can taste wines from 4 boutique wineries from Walla Walla and Eastern Washington.
Since we were now in Uptown Vancouver, we walked over to Mon Ami on Main Street. Mon Ami was pouring wine and offered local beer as well. A small buffet was free to customers. Music added to a lively scene. We made our way to the back and found a table so we could end our evening relaxing and listening to music.
As I left this vibrant scene, the rain started and the lights reflected on the shiny streets. It was an easy drive home. Parking was free. I was glad to have attended yet another First Friday event in Vancouver, the city across the I-5 Bridge from Portland.