Annual art tour coming to Denman Island

Where does creativity come from?

Have you ever wondered where artists get their ideas, why they feel the urge to create or exactly how they bring their works into the world?

The artist’s studio is the ultimate creative space, and the Denman Island Art Studio Tour is your chance to peek into 25 unique studios.

PAINTER CONNIE TREEN

PAINTER CONNIE TREEN

Where does creativity come from?

Have you ever wondered where artists get their ideas, why they feel the urge to create or exactly how they bring their works into the world?

The artist’s studio is the ultimate creative space, and the Denman Island Art Studio Tour is your chance to peek into 25 unique studios.

Witness the creative process and the beautiful, original creations of 25 unique creators. Our tour this year is diverse and inclusive, featuring the spaces of established professional fine artists and craftspeople alongside young emerging artists and talented newcomers experimenting with unconventional media.

From sculpture, painting, photography and ceramics, to collage, shrine-making, mixed media and felting, there is something to please every taste and persuasion.

Before visiting our 25 featured studios, be sure to stop in the Denman village and participate in our hub of activity around the Arts Centre.

Inside the Arts Centre will be a warm welcome, information about the tour and about each studio, and a fabulous exhibit based on The Sketchbook Project, a community creativity initiative showcasing the creative talents of 40-plus Denman residents.

In addition, our Island Quilters Guild will be hosting an exhibit and quilting demo at the Senior’s Hall, and The Denman Craft Shop has special tour-related demos and activities lined up for visitors as well.

New for this year’s tour is the the Sketchbook Project Denman Island, inspired by the International Sketchbook Project and curated by Bronwyn Simons.

Work began on this community creativity initiative back in February, when book artist Marc Randall began to create the 50 handmade journals that will be showcased in the exhibit.

In April and May, the books found their way into the hands of 50 Denman Islanders, folks of all ages and every artistic persuasion. Their brief was simple: Go Forth and Create!

Collage, journaling, painting, sketching, illustrated poetry, comic books, doodles, rants, and raves … anything goes.

At the beginning of August, the artists will return their sketchbooks for exhibit, and you will have a chance to see them in an innovative hands-on exhibit in the Arts Centre Aug. 13 and 14.

— Denman Island Art Studio Tour