The Georgia Straight - - Arts -

PARTY Musqueam weaver and graphic de­signer Debra Spar­row (shown here) will be paint­ing a mu­ral on the two tow­er­ing ce­ment pil­lars of the Granville Street Bridge near the Granville Is­land Pub­lic Mar­ket next Satur­day (May 12). It’s all part of a series called Blan­ket­ing the City, in which the Van­cou­ver Mu­ral Fes­ti­val is help­ing to cel­e­brate the resur­gence of Coast Sal­ish weav­ing by hav­ing con­tem­po­rary artists like Spar­row turn Indige­nous tex­tile pat­terns into gi­ant mu­rals in pub­lic spa­ces. Spar­row’s work will also be the cen­tre­piece of a new, free pub­lic event on Granville Is­land called Art Smash, which runs the same day from 1 to 9 p.m. and fea­tures eight new mu­rals and an all-ages street party. Other par­tic­i­pat­ing artists in­clude Spain’s Ruben Sanchez, San­deep Jo­hal, and Jnasty. Blan­ket­ing the City con­tin­ues this sum­mer with in­stal­la­tions in Strath­cona and Mount Pleas­ant. The VMF’S an­nual sum­mer fes­ti­val takes place from Au­gust 6 to 11 this year.

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