More than 100 artists have been gearing up for the 2020 Central Island Studio Tour… but it seems COVID-19 has other plans.

In a quick pivot, Comox Valley Arts, the Community Arts Council and organizer of the tour, has regrouped to bring audiences into artist studios virtually, for anytime, year-round viewing.

The tour – which is comprised of artists from Parksville to Campbell River - was already digitally accessible through a robust website full of photos of the artists work. CV/A is taking this opportunity to build out the website even further with upcoming livestreams, recorded tours, artist interviews, and panel discussions. The first few are already up and more are on the way.

It’s easy to explore. Visit centralislandartsguide.ca and click on an artist! If you know an artist by name, you can search for them, or search a genre, location, or a type of work. You can save your favourites. You can connect directly with each artist to learn more.

Or start on the Virtual Tours page, and go from there.

You can follow the tour artists via social media, too, of course. Most of them have facebook or Instagram profiles where they share their work.

Order a hard copy of the beautiful 2020 Arts Guide, free by mail… as they can’t currently be distributed to usual pickup locations.

Artists within the region are also able to join in if they hadn’t already chosen to participate. See website for details.

CentralIslandArtsGuide.ca

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