The Village Christmas Art Fair in Qualicum Beach celebrates it 40th Anniversary Nov. 15, 16, 17 this year. It is the longest continuously running Christmas Art show on Vancouver Island. It actually started when Qualicum Beach was indeed a “Village”.

This gathering of local professional artists showcases the long standing community and regional support for arts and artists. Local pottery legend Larry Aguilar has been in the show since the beginning and he continues to follow his passion and create his beautiful pottery. Local stone carver, Del Mark and master leather craftsman, Armando dos Santos are also long time participants whose works will grace homes for generations. Another favourite is Ted Jolda whose glass graces many homes. He was “discovered” by Opra many years ago and locally by many who love the colourful drinking glasses he first created for his neighbour whose arthritic hands had trouble holding a glass.

The show is organized by a core group of artists who then invite other artists to join each year, with a few guest artist spots changing from year to year so more artists receive exposure.

Admission is free, Fred Saliani will provide background music and delicious food is available.

On Saturday the QB Farmers Market has their stalls outside on Veterans Way.

Be sure to save the date on your calendar, come and congratulate Larry, Del, Armando and Ted on their stamina and creativity and enjoy the range of quality art created by locals. Nov. 15, 16, 17 at The Old Community Hall in Qualicum Beach - Memorial Ave. - just over the tracks.