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QUADRA ISLAND - DISCOVER THE ARTS!
STUDIO TOUR 2016
The opportunity to explore the working space of an artist is like a glimpse into a treasure box, or like being let in on a precious secret. That experience is being offered to visitors to the Quadra Island Studio Tour on June 4th and 5th. With map in hand, explore the creative spaces on the island where the artists spend much of their year working on projects, exploring ideas and creating wondrous and beautiful objects to be revealed on this big weekend event.
Starting from the north end of the tour, check out the fabulous sculpture and inspiring surroundings of stone carver Lee Gass. Be amazed by the presence in the portraits by Perrin Sparks and enjoy a demonstration of her printmaking technique. At Kathryn Manry’s studio try your hand at printing a woodblock print and check out her luscious paintings of water. Numerous artists display their work at the Community Centre, which is also a great place for a delicious lunch. While there, check out the exhibition on the stage for a sampling of all the artists participating in the tour.
Kevin MacKenzie’s enthusiasm for his chosen media is infectious as he demonstrates his techniques for cutting and colouring metal. Off of Noble Road, find several painters: Maureen Maryka depicts skies filled with light and colour, Gail Rankin’s work is evocative of her garden and coastal environment, and Perry Johnston captures the nuances of the landscape in watercolour. Also on Noble Road, Nick Knuit’s skilled carvings in antlers show how artists are inspired by their materials. At Perriwinkle Cottage, Helen Lee’s wonderful watercolours are on display. Further south, John Hansen does amazing things with glass and Gary Falck creates lovely organic designs in raku fired clay. James Pottery is always a delight both for the wonderful ceramics and for the beautiful location at the south tip of the island.
And this is just a sampling of what is in store as you explore around Quadra Island. There will be over 30 artists making themselves and their creative spaces available to visitors.
View the artwork, chat with the artists, experience their working spaces and learn what inspires them. It is a great way to celebrate the visual arts and perhaps to take home some artwork that will delight you for years to come.
Quadra Island is a friendly community just a short ferry ride from Campbell River. Situated in the Discovery Islands, it is the perfect destination for exploring the wild and beautiful coastline of the area. Breath-taking views, a relaxed and welcoming island culture, rich recreation opportunities and the talented offerings of the many local artists make Quadra a place unequalled on the west coast. While you are visiting, take a kayak tour, try out the golf course, do some rock climbing or hiking or simply relax and wander the beaches.
Mark your calendars for June 4th and 5th, 2016.
Tickets can be purchased for $5 per person (kids under 12 are free) from:
Inspirations Office and Art Supply
Quadra Tourist Info Centre
Campbell River Public Art Gallery
Comox Valley Art Gallery (Courtenay)
And at Quadra Island resorts
More details can be found at www.quadraislandarts.com
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For those who cannot make the opening weekend - some of the studios are open year-round.