2022 Thanksgiving Studio Tour – all the details you need to know

Gabriola’s biggest art event of the year is here – the Thanksgiving Studio Tour. Gabriola artists will open their studios and their hearts to visitors from far and wide to share their talents and creativity. There is something for everyone on the Tour – from pottery to paintings, jewellery, photography, sculpture, glassblowing, mixed media, leatherwork, metalwork and more!

This year we are celebrating our 26th year and expecting more than 1,500 visitors – what fun!

When is Studio Tour?

October 8-10th 2022. Studios are open from 10am-5pm on Saturday, Sunday and Monday of Thanksgiving Weekend.

What does it cost?

Studio Tour is FREE.

You can tour studios at your own leisure throughout the weekend. Visit as many artists as you’d like – their doors are all open from 10am-5pm.

Who is participating this year?

65 artists, in 56 studios, all members of the Gabriola Arts Council. Learn more about each studio here.

Gabriola Studio Tour Artists

Where is Gabriola Island?

Beautiful Gabriola is only a 20 minute ferry ride away from Nanaimo, BC. Check the Gabriola ferry schedule here. You also have direct access to Gabriola from Vancouver (downtown and YVR South) thanks to Gulf Island seaplanes.

What accommodations are available on Gabriola?

Coming from afar? No worries, we’ve got many great B&Bs and places to stay here on Gabriola. Our friends at the Haven have beautiful oceanfront rooms available for rent.

How do I find the open Studios? Is there a map?

Use this handy digital map to help you plan your route or pick up a brochure at Tour Central. You are welcome to start at any Studio you wish – this is a choose-your-own adventure crawl, so don’t be shy – start wherever you’d like.

Tour Central

Visit Tour Central where you can preview artwork from each of the participating studios. Tour Central is located in the Village, not far from the grocery store. We’ll be upstairs inside Nova Art and Craft Boutique. 575 N Rd, Gabriola, BC V0R 1X3

Tour Central hours:

  • Opening Night, Thursday October 6, 7pm-9pm
  • Friday October 7th: 10am-5pm
  • Saturday October 8th: 10am-5pm
  • Sunday October 9th: 10am-5pm
  • Monday October 10th: 10am-5pm

Stop by Tour Central in the village, where you can see artwork by each of the participating Studio Tour artists.


Opening Night Celebration – You’re Invited

Come celebrate with us as we open the Tour Central preview gallery. Thursday October 6th at 7pm
Mingle with artists, view their work, have a snack. There will be music by Sarah Osborne. Don’t miss it!
Do you have any other questions? Don’t hesitate to reach out to info@artsgabriola.ca
Grant Lawrence and friends storytelling music show Gabriola Island BC

Grant Lawrence and Friends: An Evening of Stories and Songs

Grant Lawrence, CBC broadcaster and author, is bringing his West-Coast style Vinyl Cafe live show on the road and will be visiting Gabriola in September. Grant Lawrence and Friends: an evening of stories and songs.

“In his inimitable, high-voltage style Lawrence interweaves the rich and harrowing history of the Desolation Sound area with his own experiences of life on the coast.” CBC.ca

You may remember Grant from his well-received show at the Cultivate Festival in Aug of 2018. He has recently released new book “Return to Solitude“, a sequel memoir about spending summers in Desolation Sound.

Here are some links where you can see – or rather, hear – more of Grant’s work:
Watermark Project


Event information:

Grant Lawrence and friends: an evening of stories and songs

Note: All ticket proceeds go to the artist and production. If you wish to support the Gabriola Arts Council in bringing more acts like these to Gabriola, please consider making a donation to cover our administrative costs.

The Healing Power of Art

Mindful Creation: Addressing Anxiety through Art for Adults and Teens

We are pleased to offer a a new program brought to you by the Gabriola Arts Council’s Healing Power of Art program.

This class will meet regularly on 8 consecutive Wednesdays, beginning on October 5th. There are sessions for teens and for adults (different times) and the cost is by donation.

Are you looking for a way to ease anxiety and develop healthy new habits – while incorporating more art into your everyday? This is it.

Mindful Creation: Addressing Anxiety through Art for Adults and Teens

Every Wednesday, October 5 – November 23 (8 weeks total)
Teens – 4:30-6pm
Adults – 6:30-8pm (SOLD OUT)

Location: Gabriola Arts & Heritage Centre
Cost: by donation

Limit: 12 participants per session.

Registration has now closed

Would you like to be notified when we offer this class again? Join the waitlist here

Triumph: Celebration for Nesters and Island Pharmacy staff

The Triumph grant is in full swing with the first community celebration honouring the staff at Nesters and Island Pharmacy for all they went through for us during the darkest two years of the pandemic. Their worlds were turned upside down in very different ways and they were navigating new rules at a fast pace in order to serve community.

We’re celebrating them with a big outdoor party at the Commons. A lantern parade, an 80s dance party with DJ Tim G, juggling, flow dancing, face painting, food, drinks and a time to relax. A time to be appreciated by community for coming through for us during a difficult time.

Workshops are Monday August 15 – Thursday August 18 from 5:30-8:30pm at the Gabriola Arts & Heritage Centre. You can register to build a lantern at gabriolatriumph.ca and you can find out more about the celebration.

The celebration is Saturday August 20th at the Gabriola Commons from 7-10pm.