Gabriola Island is B.C.’s best destination this Thanksgiving weekend as more than 60 artists – 20 more than last year – open their studios to visitors from around the world during the 18th annual Thanksgiving Studio Tour on the “Isle of the Arts.”
The 54 Studios will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 11-13.
Gabriola Island is home to hundreds of talented artists; according to the 2011 census, Gabriola has the fifth highest number of artists in the workforce in all of Canada.
The artists on this tour will be presenting work in almost every medium imaginable. Whether your interest lies in painting, sculpture, photography, jewelry, textile, pottery, glass, leather, wood, mixed media – you name it, Gabriola artists are creating it. At many of the studios, the artists will be at work demonstrating their technique.
This year, the tour features 14 new artists, including veteran artists new to Gabriola and young artists just stepping out to make their mark.
The beautifully designed and user-friendly brochure includes a handy map to guide you to your favourite studios. The map is indexed by medium, by artists’ names, and by studio numbers. First-time artists are clearly indicated.
Pick up a brochure at the ferry terminal, or stop by Tour Central and the Preview Gallery at Gabriola Artworks when you arrive. The staff at Artworks will provide helpful information and a tour brochure. View or download the complete brochure or just the map from the Gabriola Arts Council website (www.artsgabriola.ca).