Isle of the Arts Festival, Gabriola Island BC

Pro D Day – The Story of an Artist

Date: Apr. 9, 2023
Time: 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Gabriola Arts & Heritage Centre

More Info: Lunch included
Tickets: $75

Join us for a day of exploration: the inner artist, banking, EDIA, the perspective of a gallerist, and how you too can expand your practice from casual to professional. All this and lunch!

9:00-10:00 From an Acorn, Grows a Mighty Oak | Tammy Hudgeon

10:00-11:30 Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the Arts – influence and opportunities | Lisa Webster 

11:45-12:15 Artisan options on Banking and Insurance |Dimitri Tzotzos  

12:15:-1:15 Lunch

1:15- 1:45 Galley Insider | Catherine Hallam 

2:00-3:30 Mining your Inner Critic | Louise Amuir


Tammy Hudgeon- From An Acorn Grows a Mighty Oak” (real life experiences of a career artist)

Tammy will reflect on her experience of becoming a successful career artist, sharing tips and advice on developing the skills to show your artwork, from social media, to galleries and solo art shows, why art galleries matter, and why rejection and failure (as challenging as they feel at the time) can strengthen our art practice.

Tammy is a fused glass and mixed media artist, an online art teacher, and author of “Tender Brave Spirit: An Expressive Life Almost Missed.”

Lisa Webster – Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the Arts – influence and opportunities.

Artists need an understanding of how EDIA affects the world of arts and culture.  A working understanding of the concepts surrounding EDIA can assist artists in tailoring their offerings to a diverse audience in a culturally safe way and ensure greater success within their grant applications.

Lisa ‘altogetherlia’ Webster is a multi-dimensional artist in spoken and written words, visual arts, and music.  She is the very proud mom of a wonderful young man, who participates in the GAC Art Friends Program – and sees first hand the benefits of inclusion.

Dimitri Tzotzos – Banking and insurance for artisans and small business

This discussion will explore some banking options available to businesses. It  will also provide information and resources relating to personal and commercial insurance, business services, and life insurance.

Dimitri and his family have lived on Gabriola since 2000. He has been with Coastal Community Credit Union for nearly 7 years, helping members improve their financial well-being.

Catherine Hallam – How to approach a gallery

You have been creating art for some time, you’ve shown your work to encouraging friends and family. Now you want to take the next step – but what is that? This presentation and Q & A will cover some of the most common questions heard from artists.

Catherine is the owner and curator of Free Spirit Gallery on Gabriola Island

Louise Amuir – Mining the Inner Critic

This workshop style presentation will offer you some tools to transform a bullying inner critic into an ally.

Louise has led inner critic and self-compassion work at The Haven to support personal transformation. Using creative expression, she/they brings humour, mindfulness, curiosity, and play to work with people.




You must register in advance for all workshops and events. Workshops have limited space – spots are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. A waiting list will be kept for workshops that are full. Register early – don’t be disappointed!

Registration for GAC members begins on March 13th.

Registration for the public begins on March 14th.

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