Studio Tour 2015 Registration Time!

Thanks to those of you who participated in another successful Studio Tour Weekend! We saw more off-island visitors than ever, many of you reported great sales, and we received a huge amount of positive feedback!

What a great weekend! We’re ready for another!

Studio Tour Dates: October 10-11-12, 2015, from 10am to 5pm.
**You’ll notice that the hours have been increased due to ferry scheduling and a large amount of traffic after 4pm in 2014.

Registration deadlines:
• Registration opens on January 2. Registration forms will be available on that day (as PDF’s on this page, with online registration and payment, and we’ll let you know where in hard copy form closer to the date).
• Early Bird and First-Timer fees will be available until January 7.
• Final date for registration is January 14.
• Professional photography session for brochure images: January 13th (optional, associated fee). If you’d like to register, please email in advance.
• Final deadline for images is January 26.

Registration fees:
• First-time on the Tour: $100 (maximum of 10 special fee places available)
• Early Bird Principal or Guest: $175
• Principal or Guest Artist: $200
• Gallery: $275 (note that there are specific requirements for a location to be considered a Gallery for Tour registration purposes). Read more…


GAC is hiring a graphic designer!

If you would like to receive our submission package, send a request via email to Michelle Benjamin.

IMPORTANT | We are looking for a skilled and professional designer with a high level of design and print production experience. You must be competent and comfortable working with existing and original inDesign and Illustrator files. Flexibility, creativity, reliability and a willingness to collaborate are important. In the first year of this contract, which may be renewable, the design work will primarily be working with existing design files, and will involve changing and updating content as provided.

This is a contract position with design projects spread throughout the year, with the majority of the work in the next six months.

DEADLINE | Your proposal must be received by 4 p.m. on Friday, November 28.


Art and Craft Fairs on Gabriola!

So many amazing opportunities to support local artists, artisans, crafters, makers and generally creative folks!  Check them out!

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Isle of the Arts: Call for Workshop Ideas

Interested in giving a workshop at the Sixth Annual Isle of the Arts Festival?

Previous festivals have included everything from jewellery making to screen printing and from cob building to mushroom dying. We’re looking for proposals for workshops for all ages, for children, for youth, for seniors, for experienced artists and amateurs, and in all creative and artistic practices. The sky is the limit for ideas, and we want to hear yours!  Read more…


Give the Sustainable Gift of an Arts Experience!

Give your friends and family the gift of a Gabriola arts & culture experience this holiday season! Gabriola Arts Council Gift Certificates can be merrily applied to the Isle of the Arts Festival and the Gabriola Theatre Festival!

There are two options:

1.) Purchase a Gift Certificate in the denomination of your choosing, and your lucky loved ones can participate in a fun and exciting arts event of their choosing—Isle of the Arts Festival workshops or events, a professional theatre production, a GAC membership, and much more!

2.) OR, you can give a Bundle! For $150, the GAC Gift Bundle includes a five-show pass to the 2015 Gabriola Theatre Festival (worth $80), a $70 gift certificate for the Isle of the Arts Festival, a GAC membership (worth $10), all wrapped up with a hand-crafted ornament from a Gabriola Artist (worth $10). Who wouldn’t want to receive such a delectable gift?

To purchase a Gift Bundle or a Gift Certificate (or two! or three!), please email Alina

Check these sites for more info on the exciting experiences of the Isle of the Arts Festival and the Gabriola Theatre Festival!


Studio Tour Planning Meeting

Please join us for a review of the 2014 Studio Tour, and to start planning for 2015 and beyond. The 2016 Studio Tour will be the 20th annual event — what special events should we plan?

Tuesday, November 4 | 7 pm | WI Hall

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Gabriola Arts Council—Village Food Market Community Card

Support the Gabriola Arts Council when you buy your groceries!

How about this for an amazing community partnership? When you use a Village Foods-Gabriola Arts Council Community Card, five percent of every dollar you load on the card will be donated to the GAC WI Improvement Fund. This money will allow the Arts Council to make necessary repairs to the foundation, electrical and water systems at the WI Hall.

How does it work? You load up a Community Card with a minimum of $100 (there’s no maximum). You use the card like cash or a debit card, and you have access to the entire amount (i.e. there’s no fee to card users). Every time you load the card, Village Foods makes a contribution of 5% to the WI Fund at the Gabriola Arts Council.

It’s WIN-WIN-WIN! You support the arts and your local grocer at no cost to you! The Arts Council gets closer to being able to make the required repairs to the WI Hall building. Village Foods gives back to the community!

ALSO! These cards are fully transferable! You can give them as gifts or donations (to, for example, the PHC Food Bank!).

How do you get started? Read more…