Many will already know 1000 Parker Street as it is one of the largest artist studio buildings in Vancouver. It is a busy place teeming with artists, each one working on a myriad of creative endeavours.
The building was originally opened as a mattress factory in 1914, in the 1980’s it became a space that housed a profusion of artists across all four floors, which it still is today. A fascinating place to visit, one can spend a week at Parker Street and still not have seen all of the artists and studios within the building.
Parker Street Studios is at its busiest during the East Side Culture Crawl where hundreds, if not thousands descend upon the building over the course of a fall weekend. Should the mass crowds of the crawl prove daunting… fret not, there is a new event series at Parker Street that my just be the perfect remedy and it is happening a week from today.
The Parker Art Salon: Night Vision will transform the long and large corridors of the third floor at Parker Street into an exhibition hall featuring artworks by 35 artists who have studios in the building. An interactive dialogue between visitors and the artists will occur naturally as everyone will be surrounded by the densely hung works along the hallway walls. By shifting the works out of the studios and into the hallways, the building will redirect the flow of creativity and conversation into the collective veins and arteries of the building. Michael Fitzsimmons, Eve Leader, Dana Johnson, Laurel Swenson, Bruce Russell, Elizabeth Barnes, Pilar Mehlis, Karen Kolland, Cybele Ironside, Carla Tak, Sylvia Oates, Miriam Aroeste and Meredith Aitken are but a small sample of the 35 artists who are participating in the Salon.
Night Vision, an invitation-only reception. Artist Niina Chebry has been a resident of Parker Street for 15 years, she looks forward to this experience as she sees it “Transforming the gritty 3rd floor into an ambient soiree and a magical wonderland for a weekend will give people a unique way of appreciating all that goes on here.”