in which andrea joins a book club, and also instagram

So, I finally have my new site up and running. I'm so happy with the changes – my shop is now incorporated into my site, I have a new events page, and I have finally updated my portfolio with work from the past couple of months (and years). 

Other news:

I joined instagram recently. After years of resisting the advances of technology, I finally surrendered and got a smart phone (in my defence, it was free, and it is several years old). And I love it more than I thought I would! If you're interested in vanity shots progress photos of my work, this is my instagram handle: @andrea.armstrong.


The next couple of months are looking good! I'll be in the Crawl for my 4th year, and I feel so honoured to participate as an artist living and working in East Van.

I also recently joined a book-club-slash-arts-collective, the aptly named Open Book Arts Collective. We have been reading and responding to Lars Gustafsson's The Death of a Beekeeper. It's about death. And other stuff. Come to our show on October 5th to see our art!

eastside culture crawl, again


My brother Joel notified me today that I am featured on the Globe and Mail BC! It is an article about this weekend's Eastside Culture Crawl. To be honest, nowhere in the article am I mentioned at all, but they did use one of my paintings as the image. So that's kind of fun, hey?

And while we are on the subject of the Culture Crawl, oh yeah, it starts tomorrow! I am in the middle of hanging paintings, new ones and old ones. Here is a glimpse at a couple of the new faces you will see if you come and visit.


Hamilton Bank Building #4, 1895 Powell Street

Friday 5–10 Saturday 11–6 Sunday 11–6

Update: Found the printed version of the newspaper, and there I was again!

And yes. I know. Nothing says 'amateur' like getting so excited about seeing oneself in the newspaper.


on display


This is what I did today.

I am getting better at setting up my work. It usually takes around 500 hours to get everything organized and figure out where to place stuff on the wall. But today I did it in 2 hours. Nice. I took myself out for coffee afterwards.

My work* is on display for February/March in the lobby at Presentation House Theatre in North Vancouver. They have some pretty sweet programs there (theatre for kids!) Also, I heard that Fred Penner will be performing there next month.

* originals and prints

eastside culture crawl



I'm very excited for this event! Eastside Culture Crawl, November 26 - 28.

I'll be opening my studio up to the public, along with hundreds of other artists in East Van.

This is the first year that my building will get to display the iconic yellow balloons since the Crawl expanded their boundaries. The Hamilton Bank Building is beautiful, super old, and brimming with crazy stories. 4 other artists here will be in the Crawl, and we are all working hard to get ready. Check out their stuff via this link, along with a map of our location.