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Besides meeting IN the art gallery I don't recall a meetup to sketch the downtown core outside. A great place to start is the exterior of the Van Art Gallery. We'll meet on their new North Plaza under the curvy structure across from Nordstrom. So many things to draw nearby: Hotel Vancouver, Robson Sqr ice skating rink, Granville street, Pacific Centre mall. Lots of people, cars, buildings of every age and style. How to choose? As of now, the forecast says sunny and not super cold. We'll see. We can always jump in the mall if it gets wet. Bring your own art supplies and create whatever you like. Split up or find a sketch friend to tag along with. We'll meet back in two hours to show off our great masterpieces.
CHINESE NEW YEAR is a joyful and festive occasion! Our meetup will focus on the parade which includes several thousand participants, many in colourful costumes. The early start at the Pender Street (or North Entrance) of the International Village Mall will allow us to see the parade close up and as it forms up nearby at the Millennium Gate on Pender Street (between Shanghai Alley and Taylor Street). You can make fast sketches here of the excitement. If you feel too crowded or cold, consider just sketching the performances going on right inside the International Village Mall – Ground Level and in the rotunda area (between the escalators). Otherwise, nearby Dr Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Classical Garden with its small exhibition room (free green tea provided), costumed music performances, tea tastings, lion dancing, etc, is another option. It might be a little crowded but has a much more intimate and traditional atmosphere than in the mall setting. Admission is by donation on this occasion. Otherwise the surrounding cafés, bakeries, etc, are a great option if you just want to stay warm, avoid the crowds and sketch. We will meet at 10:30 am at the PENDER STREET ENTRANCE, INTERNATIONAL VILLAGE MALL. Afterwards we can share what we saw and sketched at 1:30 pm, upstairs on LEVEL 2 (in the FOOD COURT) also in the International Village Plaza Mall) Don't forget your art supplies and do dress warmly. Consider bringing a portable stool too. Excuse the length of this posting. :) See Chinese Benevolent Association link included the parade route: http://www.cbavancouver.ca There are events at the International Village Mall, which is also where we are meeting. This is super convenient, with a Starbucks and food court inside, not to mention a live stage performances for your sketching pleasure. http://www.internationalvillagemall.ca/pages/cny2019-events.php Year of the Pig Temple Fair at Dr Sun Yet-sen Garden which is a good option if you want to stay warm: https://vancouverchinesegarden.com/experience/events/year-of-the-pig-temple-fair/