ART+EARTH Festival – thru September in Campbell River

ART+EARTH Festival events

Whether it’s outdoors, online, free or ticketed,
there’s plenty to discover!


Sat, Sept 11, 12-4pm
Sun, Sept 12, 12-4pmSybil Andrews Cottage Garden
2131 South Island Hwy

As part of the ART+EARTH Festival the Arts Council is opening up the grounds of the Sybil Andrews Cottage for International Plein Air Painters Worldwide Paint Out weekend. Outdoor painting is called en plein air, meaning “in the open air.” Sybil’s lawn and garden are the perfect places to be outside, enjoying the beautiful natural surroundings and vistas. Drop by and observe the painters in action. Compare their techniques, learn a few tips, and be inspired to try it yourself sometime!


Sat, Sept 18, 7-9pm
Walter Morgan Studio
2131 South Island Hwy

Meet our Artist in Residence Sarmad Al Mouallem and visit the Walter Morgan Studio. It’s our first open house with an artist and a great opportunity to learn about Sarmad’s photography and recent projects. Affectionately known as The Shed, the Walter Morgan Studio is part of the Sybil Andrews Cottage property. Walter was Sybil’s husband; a skilled carpenter and boatbuilder. Steeped in history, the studio is an inspirational location for artists. Read more about Sarmad’s residency and artistic methods here, and drop by to say “Hello”!


Sun, Sept 19, 7-9pm
Tidemark Theatre
1220 Shoppers Row

This first ever ART+EARTH Festival lecture at the Tidemark Theatre presents three contemporary viewpoints concerning the state of old growth forests on Vancouver Island and surrounding areas. From artistic, scientific and First Nations perspectives, the evening will highlight three illustrated talks. David Ellingsen, a photographic artist, will speak about his recent series Falling Boundaries. Gina Thomas, a Guardian Watchman for the Tlowitsis First Nation, will share her experiences and observations of the accumulative impacts of natural resource extraction on her traditional territory. Julie Neilsen, currently completing her PhD in forest ecology at Simon Fraser University, is working as a consultant for the Nanwakolas Council Society in Campbell River. A Q/A session follows.

Read more about it in the Campbell River Mirror here.

This event may be attended in person or streamed live.


Sat, Sept 25
Haig-Brown House
2250 Campbell River Rd

Drawing can be an art form, it can be applied as design or illustration, or it can be a personal preoccupation. In this workshop we’ll review these notions of how drawing and painting is an opportunity to observe the world of forms with intense scrutiny and, in the process, realize something about them. We’ll apply these approaches to rendering local plants and, while doing so, look and consider how to recognize these plants in the wild again.

For those who don’t draw or paint we’ll take a schematic approach and for those who do draw and paint we’ll devote more time and effort to textures, lighting or mixing and applying colour. As well, some people might like to consider overall shapes of trees and shrubs (a useful, but not conclusive, way to identify a species) and rendering bark. The workshop should provide time to practice drawing and painting plants and the instructor will provide introductory tips for creating both artful drawing and diagnostic schematics in the field, as well as personal one on one coaching and encouragement.

If you paint or draw, bring your regularly used materials to this workshop. If you don’t, a basic list of sketching and painting materials can be provided.

More details to come!


Sun, Sept 26, 11am-3pm
Haig-Brown House
2250 Campbell River RdSeptember 26 is Rivers Day. Spend it on the banks of the Campbell River at Haig-Brown House for a gathering that celebrates stewardship with live music, vendors, activities and food. Many festival features are still in the works, but there will be tours, talks, readings, and games. Find out more here.


Sun, Sept 26, 7-9pm
Tidemark Theatre
1220 Shoppers RowThis year’s Haig-Brown Festival lecture features Dr. Suzanne Simard as she discusses her book Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest. Her book has been called “a journey of passion and introspection” – read more about it here.

This event may be attended in person or streamed live.


Every Day!
In the cultural heart of Campbell River
on Shoppers Row at 11th Avenue

First Nations Poles:
Created by Artists of the Carving Shed
(Photographed, with permission of Bill Henderson, by Eiko Jones)River, Land & Ocean Photography:
Created by Eiko Jones

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