Comox Valley Arts proudly presents the 2015 Central Island Artisan Studio Tour (Spring Edition) on May 23 and 24.
A growing community of artisan crafters, fine artists and emerging creators in Central Vancouver Island (Parksville to Oyster River) has come together by way of Comox Valley Arts to open their doors for the public to wander through at leisure.
For two days, more than 55 working studios will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for free, public exploration. More than 70 artists of every discipline will be in attendance to discuss their work, share their process, and of course, happily sell their wares.
From just south of the Oyster River all the way to Errington, art enthusiasts can explore the beauty of Vancouver Island, both natural and man-made. Artisan studios that run the gamut of styles and mediums make for a fun, educational and mind-expanding opportunity to get out and do something new!
Discover salvaged ancient wood given new life; upcycled and repurposed wood, metal and found objects styled into quirky, functional pieces for home and garden. Painted subject matter spans classic landscapes through contemporary abstracts in all manner of media from egg tempera to acrylics to mixed-media collage – realistic to interpretive styles that capture moments and ideas for all to share. Watch glass makers in action, creating fused, kiln-fired and stained glass for jewelry, household use and architectural applications.
The Central Island is home to numerous potters, jewellers, print-makers and photographers, too – each making their mark with unique techniques and styles.
Add in high-end leatherwork, armour-making, intricate quilts, silkscreening, tie dying, paper mache and stone carving and one begins to comprehend the breadth of skill, talent and commitment deep in the bones of this Island’s artisans.
From internationally recognized artists to those just sharing their work for the first time, participating makers and creators demonstrate the vital elements of our society that contribute so fundamentally to our common good, our spirit and our economy.
Pack a picnic, grab some friends and take off on a weekend of self-guided discovery that is sure to provide thrills and chills… perhaps some inspiration and maybe a new acquisition or two.
Full colour map guides are available at arts-friendly outlets throughout the region. Plus, there is a mobile app with live posting and photo sharing, a full gallery, directory and Google maps to all the studios.
Visit comoxvalleyarts.com and click on ‘STUDIO TOUR‘ to find all the information, artist profiles and map guide pick-up locations.