The Eastside Culture Crawl is an annual 4-day visual arts festival taking place each November, which involves artists on Vancouver’s Eastside opening their studios 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, weavers, potters, printmakers, photographers, glassblowers — from emerging artists to those internationally established. The Eastside Culture Crawl officially began in 1997 with 45 visual artists in 3 Strathcona area studio buildings and was attended by a few hundred people. Since that time, the event has grown to include over 400 artists, craftspeople and designers attracting an audience of more than 25,000. The organization itself has evolved to represent the heart of the East Van creative community, and has become a highly anticipated event to look forward to each year. EVV’s own Kettle Society will be participating in this year’s Crawl, with a unique series titled “Art Against Stigma.”’ A gallery style art show and sale, this is the only art series of its kind in our city, with some 1,000 pieces of art on display from 60 different artists, all of whom live with a mental health disability. Many of these artists are well-known in Vancouver’s art scene, and 100% of the proceeds of art sold will go directly to the artists. You are invited to join the Opening Night Reception, hosted by The Kettle on Thursday, November 19th, from 5PM to 7 PM. Mingle and sip refreshments generously provided by Take Five Café, and hear from Expressive Arts Therapist Carla Shirley, who will speak on the topic of “Communicating Through Our Intuition.” For information on submitting artwork or if you’d like to volunteer for the event, click here. For additional information, visit The Kettle Society’s website, and check out The Eastside Culture Crawl’s website for more.