Alternative Creations Studio is opening its gallery doors once again for the Eastside Culture Crawl. This year’s festival is a celebration and a call to action. With a special exhibition that tackles an important issue for Vancouver’s art scene, the focus of the Crawl is on the spaces that make the neighbourhood a vibrant community for artists.
Displacement is the central theme of this year’s Crawl and the name of the special exhibition now on display at multiple venues, including Alternatives Gallery. This salon-style exhibition features works by artists who have faced the challenges of eviction or found ways to survive displacement.
The exhibit includes paintings, sculptures, glassworks and other mediums. Some works deal directly with the themes of displacement and eviction. Others represent the range of art the city is losing because artists lack places to work. The display at Alternatives features works by: Jeff Burnette, Chantal Cardinal, Rojia Dadashzadeh/Allison Hardy/Heather Craig/Monic McGarry, Espiritu Design Studio, Lee Gerlach, Claudine Gévry, George Rammell, and Connie Sabo.
Alternative Creations Studio is dedicated to providing the space and opportunity for people with developmental disabilities to share their creativity. Being part of the East Van neighbourhood has provided opportunities to develop new relationships and partnerships within the community. As a Community Affiliate of the Eastside Culture Crawl, Alternatives is proud to welcome art lovers and curious guests into the studio for a closer look at what the artists are up to.