This long weekend, if you are near Saturna Island and are looking for something to do (because there really isn’t much to do… other than playing in or on the water, walking in the forest and trails, hanging out with friends and family, and so on…), why not take in the Saturna Studio Tour?
On Sunday, August 2nd, from 11 am to 4 pm, from one end of the island to the other, several artists will open their studios and invite everyone to drop in and have a look at their work.
Interested? Click on the link below to download the PDF brochure with links to the participating artists’ websites and locations:
Saturna Studio Tour 2015 Brochure
If you prefer, here is the brochure in pictures (links are not clickable). Keep in mind that several other artists are also showing their work at the ArtSaturna Point Store Gallery, above the pub (at the ferry dock), and at the Saturna Café. More reasons to come explore, have a bite, and fill your eyes with beauty.
My friend Anne Popperwell is an artist whose paintings are sensuous and beautiful.
Last week, she brought me these gorgeous “Blushing Beauty” tulips, and explained that she planted the bulbs in her garden because she wanted to paint the flowers, when they bloomed.
I can see why she wanted to paint them! I have never seen a tulip of that size before. They are very large and so elegant.
For several days, Beauty resided on my table.
Here is a final close-up…
Last Saturday was very special: I joined a group of artists, got on a boat (a fast boat) and travelled to Galiano, another Southern Gulf Island, to attend the opening reception of the Saturna Artists Show at Insight Gallery. Fresh air, open water (vroom vroom, fast), a gorgeous sunny day, art, artists, connecting, networking, and munchies. Couldn’t ask for more! Without further ado, a little visual report of that day.
Off we went, on a very fast boat! Above, that is the silhouette of Saturna Island as we made our way up Navy Channel, on our way to Insight Gallery, on Galiano Island. The gallery is a lovely space built by artist Tish Saunders and her husband.
The opening was attended by a good-sized crowd and after introductions, everyone really got talking, island-style, quite loud…
People moved around, and got a good look at the pieces on display. For several Saturna artists, this was a first chance to show their work on Galiano, and local art-lovers got to discover new people…
Tish curated the show and did an excellent job of grouping pieces and displaying them well.
And look at that sky! At the end of the event, going home was not exactly an ordinary commute…
All too soon, it seems, it was time for our gang of artists to go home. And during the boat ride back to Saturna, the sunset was spectacularly enhanced by some interesting clouds… That is one of the big BC Ferries on the horizon, on its way to Victoria, on Vancouver Island.
Through April, BC artist Jennifer Love is showing her new work in an exhibition titled Cuttings, at FibreWorks Studio in Madeira Park, on the Sunshine Coast of BC. Check out more photos of Jennifer’s gorgeous pieces here. I can see a spring road trip taking shape… and it will involve at least 3 or 4 ferries!
Saturna is a small place, adrift between the mainland of BC and Vancouver Island, with a small population. It must be the water, the air, the greenery… because this island inspires a considerable percentage of the population. Saturna is home to several artists who will be showing their work during Thanksgiving Weekend.
As the dates near, more information will be available on the Art Saturna site. In the meantime, here is the poster!