Nanoose Bay artists host art tour

Artists in Nanoose Bay are hosting a self-guided studio tour Thanksgiving weekend

Artists in Nanoose Bay are hosting a self-guided studio tour Thanksgiving weekend.

The third-annual event on Oct. 8-10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., features diversity of mediums and styles among the 18 participating artists.

Three pottery studios include the work of Al Knut of Pottery Plus, Linda Phillips and Betty Assaf.  The potters offer a selection of stoneware, porcelain, and raku.

Lee River Wood Turning is where Ron Zaborniak turns local wood into bowls and vases.

The photography of Craig Carmichael of Island Exposures Gallery and Dorothy Morrison is a feast for the eyes.

Leanne Helin crafts original Tsimshian Native Jewellery.  Her studio is located near BuckinghamStencils on Morello Road. This is where original stencils are created. You will also find lasered wood art, quilt kits and stenciled bags in the studio.

If you are curious about how metal is hand forged into art pieces, visit Dave Kasprick at the Red Cod Forge. Kasprick recycles steel to create abstract and freeform sculptures.

Trish Widdershoven “recycles the beach” into driftwood framed mirrors, picture frames, boxes and wall art.  In her studio you will also find the fibre art of Gail Steinberg.

Besides oils, acrylics and watercolors in the two-dimensional category, the Nanoose Bay artists work in encaustics, drypoints and graphite. Included in this group are the studios of Madeleine Neill-St. Clair, Peter Kiidumae, Pauline Nadeau Evans, Janice Booth, Nancy Day, Deanna Corrigan and Lyndia Terre.

Nanoose Edibles certified organic farm on Stewart Road is an unofficial stop on the tour. Locally made cheeses, fish products and salad dressings are available, in addition to fresh produce.

A brochure with a map of the open studios is available at the Nanaimo visitor centre or can be downloaded from www.nanoose