Tour in Motion!

Artist Image Submissions

Photo for Brochure: We require a NEW square image for the 2017 brochure—resubmissions of last year’s photograph will not be accepted. Please send a clear, uncluttered, representation of your best work on a plain background. A full size JPEG image file in “RGB” colour space is preferred. TIFF format is also acceptable but please do not convert your image to “CMYK” colour for print—we will handle this in production. For those familiar with pixel dimensions, a minimum file size of 800 x 800px is required, but larger would be great. Or simply send the original file from your camera or scanner with directions as to how you would like to see it cropped square. If you plan to crop your image in advance with photo editing software, please leave an allowance for our printer’s page bleed requirements which may trim off up to 1/4” of your image on either side. Remember that size and scale should be considered when selecting the image for your listing thumbnail. Sometimes a colourful detail or tight crop of your work is most effective at 1 inch square. Deadline for images is January 15, 2017.

Name your image file with your last name, first name and 2017 (e.g. “Mitchell Joni 2017”). Email your photograph to


Well folks, it looks like an exciting year to be had! 2017 21st annual Gabriola Studio Tour artist registration is now closed, with 82 artists in 63 studios, including 15 new artists!

Have any questions? Email

Thanks, everyone!


In a record 24 hours, all 60 studio slots have been filled. There are no limit to guest artists, so if you’d like to display your work at another studio and have a listing in the brochure, you can still register. Please contact Alina if you have any questions!

2017 Gabriola Thanksgiving Studio Tour registration

Want to register as an artist on the 2017 Tour? Stay tuned! The online registration form will become available RIGHT HERE at precisely 10am Friday, December 2nd. If you have any issues with the form, please email alina:, or call 250-247-7409. [more…]

Studio Tour 2017 Registration Dates Announced!

Big news! Tour registration will begin Friday, December 2nd, 2016 at 10am. You can register online (the link will be provided at the start time), or pick up a hard copy registration form at the Arts Centre starting on December 2nd (there will be registration forms in an envelope on the door if we’re not there). Hard copies can be dropped off with payment in the Arts Centre mailslot, or mailed to PO Box 387. We will be at the Arts Centre on Friday December 2nd from 10am-1pm should you need any assistance with your registration.

Early Bird registration ($175!) and First-Time Artist Registration ($100!) ends at 5pm on December 9, 2016. The final deadline for registering for the Studio Tour is December 12, 2016 at 5pm ($200). The Tour filled up in the first few days of registration, so make sure to do it as soon as it opens. You must be a member to participate in the Studio Tour.

For First-Time artists on the Tour, there are a maximum of 10 spots at the first-timer rate, and these spots are first-come first-serve. These spots filled up in the first few hours of registration last year, so be sure to get in early!

There will be a maximum of 60 Studios accepted. Don’t be disappointed!

Email for more information.


Tour Passport

We hope you had fun with the new Tour passport this year! Completed passports are still slowly trickling in, so we will be drawing for the great prizes on Monday, October 24th, 2016 (postponed). If you still have yours please drop them off at the Arts Centre dropbox (476 South Road, Gabriola), or mail them to: ‘Gabriola Arts Council, PO Box 387, Gabriola BC V0R1X0. Please contact us if you have any questions!

Speaking of Thanksgiving…

The 2016 20th annual Gabriola Island Thanksgiving Studio Tour was a success!

screen-shot-2016-10-11-at-10-28-04-amHuge thanks to the fabulous 81 Tour artists, the wonderful volunteers and GAC board directors, the very fun and supportive Gabriola community, the sponsors and advertisers, and to the many off-island visitors! We couldn’t have done it without you! Gabriola Island rocks!


Annie Holmes, June Shoemaker, Jules O’Donnell, Gerry Stefanson, Gary Holmes, Sandy White, Mosey Cerminara, Monique Morley, Gary Holdgrafer, Lu Handford, Joy Reeves, Oscar, Reeves, Franz Gigl, Regine Eder, Shawntah Toy, Mike Toy, Carol Martin


Sunset Beach B&B
Woodfire Restaurant & Catering


Village Food Market
Ravenskill Orchards
Arbutus Home & Building Centre
Twin Beaches Gallery
Pier Gallery
Withey’s Water
North Road Sports
Nature Earth Spirit Market
Mad Rona’s Coffee Bar
The Lynch Group
Gabriola Automotive
Hive Emporium
The Haven
Silva Bay Inn
Marigold Theatre
Tinson Point Cuts
Robert’s Place
Surf Pub & Lodge
Gabriola Museum
Island Pharmacy
Carol Martin


Studio Closures

Bus for Studio Tour now available!

Don’t want to drive on Studio Tour weekend? Want to share the Tour experience with a group of friends and neighbours? Want to cut down on carbon emissions? Take Gertie on Tour!

Gertie has made a random selection of artists’ studios — 6 per each day, on Saturday and Sunday — and for $25 you can hop on Gertie and be driven to each studio, have 20-25 minutes to browse and shop, and then hop on the bus to the next studio.

For information or to register, email

The studios are:

Saturday — 10 am to 1:00 pm:

No. 2 — Caroline James Fine Art Studio
No. 3 — Tammy Hudgeon Studio
No. 5 — Gabriola Studio (5 artists at one studio!)
No. 13 — Modern Bohemian Design/Thistle
No. 15 — Brush with Nature
No. 18 — 1935 Murray Road

Sunday — 1 pm to 4:00 pm

No. 23 — SpiritSong Studio
No. 24 — Delfin Designs
No. 27 — The Orange Chicken Art Studio
No. 33 — The Green Bough
No. 42 — Outcast Design/Gabriola Gadgets
No. 57 — Maison Bleue

Don’t miss this great event on Thursday!

The Rogue Turkey Show!


Saturday, October 8th | 7:00 pm | Gabriola Island Community Hall

A Gabriola Arts Council/Lulu Performing Arts Society Co-production

Join us for an evening of musical thanksgiving and fun in the spirit of the rogue turkeys that roam our island home. In a co-production extravaganza, the Gabriola Arts Council and Lulu Performing Arts have pulled together a (free) range of musicians. Some are well known and loved, others will surprise as their talent emerges from behind  other identities such as  beachcomber, drywaller, marina manager, business owner, and elementary school student.

The lineup includes [more…]

Heed this warning

Well, after what seemed to be the quickest summer ever, September has hit, and so has (apparently) Fall. We are so blessed to live in a beautiful place, packed to the brim with nonstop arts events, arts presenters, arts supporters, and artists! And while we’ve had a blast this summer and thank everyone who was a part of the big first ever Canada Day Night Market and Festival, and the 8th annual Gabriola Theatre Festival, we’re already looking forward to the 20th annual Gabriola Thanksgiving Studio Tour! With that crisp bite in the air, we’re getting excited for fallen leaves, hot apple cider, and artists welcoming them into their cozy homes, galleries, and studios. It’s the silver lining with the end of summer.

Warning: when you’re out and about on Gabriola, please pay careful mind to artists who may be wandering the streets, paths, beaches, grocery stores, ferries, and coffee shops with an artful, dazed look in their eye. They too need to escape the confines of their art-making worlds. Drive slow and be alert. If you should happen to graze one of these with your car or shoulder or shopping cart, please pull them off to the side of the road and call the staff & board at the Gabriola Arts Council. Thanks, in advance.

Studio Tour Brochure

Read or download the Studio Tour brochure

It’s another Thanksgiving weekend not to be missed on Gabriola Island! Enjoy being welcomed into 62 studios including 14 new tour artists and Tour Central.  Every year more and more artists move to the Isle of the Arts, continuing to make Gabriola Island as vibrant and creative as ever!

2016 Brochures have arrived!

The new brochures are in! The Tour artists had a party to celebrate! They’ll be available online soon. [more…]