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The 27th annual Thanksgiving Studio Tour takes place on October 7-9th 2023. That seems like a long time from now, but we're already begin preparations.

We've got all of the instructions ready for you to review. We're excited to see who is going to participate!

Learn more about participating in Studio Tour - who is eligible and what is required.

Studio Tour 2022 Interactive Map

Find participating studios on the map below.

Getting to Gabriola Island

Gabriola is a 25-minute ferry ride from Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. Click here for the ferry schedule.

You can also get here by float plane directly to Silva Bay on Gabriola.

Visit hellogabriola.ca for more info.

History of the Studio Tour

Gabriola’s Thanksgiving Studio Tour has been a success since its inception 26 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.

Gabriola Arts Council

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.

 

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