As an art appreciator, I can think of no more enjoyable way to spend a spring weekend than meandering along the Oceanside Route of Highway 19a and dropping in to random artist studios. If this is your idea of a great weekend, then start making plans to catch the 2018 Central Island Studio Tour.
This year’s tour hosts a record 102 open studios and galleries for you to peruse – with artists in attendance to talk shop, share their process, and offer amazing opportunities to buy direct to build your personal collection.
There are numerous pockets that can be well-visited in a day or focus your energy on the larger centres or the islands and blow out both days and have plenty of studios left over for another weekend.
Check out the facebook event page for the most up to date info, specials, changes and announcements!
Here's a tiny taste:
Explore all the beauty there is to find – both natural and created – in this stunning part of Vancouver Island. We are bursting at the seams with exceptionally talented and creative artists, representing almost every discipline and genre you can think of.
Whether your passion is pottery, painting, performance or pyrography – there is more than one studio to put on your hit-list. There are nine diverse glass artists, sixteen mixed-medium (at least), at least seven who make jewelry of some sort, 51 painters of in every genre, five photographers, four potters, three sculptors, two lamp makers and an assemblage artist, to boot. (there are actually more of those last few, but you get the idea).
There is, without question, something for everyone. And the artists are all eager to share with you. They want to tell their stories, and explain their processes, and excite your imaginations with their creative wares. Buying direct from artists is the absolute best way to support them. You get a great deal (no gallery commission markup), the artist gets the full value of their work, and you both get a story to share about how you came to acquire the piece.
Join our artists on May 26 & 27 – 10am-6pm daily – and fill your creative palette with all you can find!
The Central Island Arts Guide & Studio tour is produced by Comox Valley Arts with support from BCArts Council, the Province of BC and the City of Courtenay.