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Welcome to Gabriola Island’s Annual Artists’ Studio Tour! Twenty-one years and going strong!

Over the past 21 years, Gabriola artists have opened up their studio, gallery, and workshop doors all year long to welcome you into their space and share their work: a fabulous way to meet the creators of wonderful pieces of art.

With 65 studios open on Thanksgiving weekend, and 55 open year-round, you can visit Gabriola Island artists in their studios as soon as you step off the ferry. All you need is the website, the comprehensive brochure, and a love of the arts.

Gabriola’s Studio Tour has been a success since its inception 21 years ago, and continues to be one of the grandest fine-art events in the northwest. From art for your wall to art for your hand, the Gabriola Tour is every art enthusiast’s dream—a dynamic showcase for artists working in all media:

ceramics
glass
photography
acrylics
watercolour
silver
basketry
leather
mixed media
textiles
wood
and more!

There’s something for all interests, tastes, and budgets! You’re bound to fall in love with a piece of art to take home.

Gabriola Island has the sixth-highest concentration of artists in the workforce in Canada. Soak up the unique, creative atmosphere of this vibrant and inspiring island community with a delightful mix of shops, cafés, restaurants, as well as spectacular beaches, trails, forest, and wilderness.

Make sure to look up each artist and artisan in our online directory

We are the Isle of the Arts

Gabriola Island is a thriving artistic community, drawing artists, art lovers, and art supporters from all around the world. As the Isle of the Arts, we live in a world where cloudy paint strokes, glass stars, wooden creatures, and silver linings are with us in our day-to-day lives. We attract more artists to move here every year, and that’s resulted in Gabriola Island having the sixth highest concentration of artists in the workforce in Canada (Hills Strategies Report, 2011). Gabriola Island is also a gorgeous place, full of inspiring natural and artistic wonders. The people and businesses on this island work together to make it a satisfying and culturally rich place to live or visit.

Check out the sponsors and supporters for your guide to the best that Gabriola has to offer. Or visit www.gabriolaisland.org to discover more.

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