To all who participated in the 25th annual Thanksgiving Studio Tour, thank you.
To the artists who worked tirelessly to prepare and welcome guests in a COVID-safe way, thank you. To the young musicians who performed during Fresh Notes each night, thank you. To the Molloy family who donated a beautiful artwork, and everyone who entered our fundraising raffles, thank you. And of course, to the volunteers and friends who worked tirelessly to make this tour happen - thank you.
Gabriola’s Thanksgiving Studio Tour has been a success since its inception 25 years ago, and it continues to be one of the grandest art events in the Pacific Northwest. In 2019 more than 900 visitors from near and far enjoyed the Tour Central Preview Gallery.
The Gabriola Arts Council (GAC) has been supporting the arts on Gabriola Island for more than 20 years. Gabriola—a rural community with a high proportion of professional artists—ranks sixth across Canada for concentration of artists in the workforce. Artists are key to the island’s cultural, economic, and social fabric, and GAC aims to support artists and increase accessibility of the arts for people of all ages – both residents and visitors alike.
GAC’s principal events include the Thanksgiving Studio Tour, the Isle of the Arts Festival—featuring ten days of hands-on arts-based workshops and events—and Cultivate, a community-based weekend festival of music, theatre and art.
GAC also offers the Healing Power of Art Program, supported by the Kitty Heller Fund, where individuals share life’s challenges through art within community to support health and well-being. GASP!—the Gabriola Artist Support Program, offers financial support to artists for the pursuit of creative projects and learning opportunities.