Knut Pottery Plus is one of the studios featured in the Nanoose Bay Thanksgiving studio tour.

Knut Pottery Plus is one of the studios featured in the Nanoose Bay Thanksgiving studio tour.

Studio tours showcase local artwork

Nanoose Bay and Gabriola Island studio tours feature over 70 artists from across the region.

There will be no shortage of local art in the Nanaimo region this coming weekend.

Beginning on Friday (Oct. 10) and running until Monday (Oct. 13) Nanoose Bay and Gabriola Island will be holding their annual Thanksgiving studio tours.

The Nanoose Bay tour includes 14 studios and has been running for six years.

Organizer Pauline Evans explains that the tour is great for anyone who appreciates local art and want know more about how art is made.

“It’s a chance to meet the artists and seeing how the art is made,” Evans said. “We have so many great artists out here in Nanoose Bay.”

The studios involved in this year’s tour include Affinity Stone Jewelry, Rivers Edge Gallery, Beachcomber Studio, Willow Shack Studio and Knut Pottery Plus.

In addition to the Nanoose Bay tour, Gabriola Island will be holding their annual Thanksgiving Studio Tours.

The Gabriola Island tour features more than 60 artists from over 50 studios.

“They range from photographers to painters, potters, woodworkers, multi-media artists,”said Michelle Benjamin, Gabriola Arts Council executive director.

The Gabriola tour has been going on for 18 years now and features 14 new artists.

“The artists will be there to talk about their work and some of them will be doing demonstrations,” Benjamin  said.

For more information on the Nanoose Bay studio tour, please visit www.nanoosebaystudiotour.com. For more information on the Gabriola Island studio tour, please visit www.artsgabriola.ca.

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