Nanoose artists are opening their studios this Thanksgiving to give visitors a unique look at their creative lives.
The annual self-guided Nanoose Bay Studio Tour runs Saturday to Monday (Oct. 8-10) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at various locations.
“It’s difficult to do all the studios in one day so that’s why we do it over three days,” said Pauline Nadeau Evans, an artist involved in the tour.
New this year is the Tour Info Centre in the multi-purpose room at Nanoose Place, located at 2925 Northwest Bay Rd. The centre features the artwork of five artists and is a place visitors can also get more information about the studios involved in the tour.
Nadeau Evans said the info centre also gives people a chance to pick up tour guides and enjoy some refreshments.
Nadeau Evans is displaying her work at the location along with photographer Gerald Fuller, carver Kees Luchs, painter M.A. Peterson and jeweller Ellen Atkinson.
Nadeau Evans works in acrylic and paints West Coast landscapes and flowers. She’ll be displaying some of her paintings and have some artists’ cards available.
She said inspiration can strike at any moment for a painting.
“It’s when I see a scene that really grabs me, sometimes it can be a blade of grass or a branch on a tree struck by sunlight,” she said. “It’s an image that you get really excited about and I think you want to pass that on … so someone can enjoy it. It is kind of connecting. You put your heart and soul on a piece of canvas.”
She said some people are uncomfortable asking an artist to open up their studio so they can see the work, but this is an opportunity where people can just show up without having to ask.
Artwork featured on the tour includes stained, fused and cast glass, handmade pottery, paintings, photography, sculptures and more.
For more information, including a list of studio locations and participating artists, please go to www.nanoosebaystudiotour.com.