Looking for Oak Bay Artists for the Oak Bay Artists’ Fall Studio Tour, November 2 & 3, 2019

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Oak Bay Parks, Recreation, and Culture is proud to announce the 20th semi-annual Oak Bay Artists’ Studio Tour taking place Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3, from Noon to 4:30pm.  Many of Oak Bay's established and emerging artists will use their homes and studios as backdrops to display original watercolour, acrylic, and oil paintings, fibre, photography, woodcuts, glass, and pottery creations. The tour is juried and produced by Oak Bay Parks, Recreation, and Culture.

Oak Bay artists willing to open up their studios for a few hours during this weekend in November are encouraged to apply. “We have heard from many of the previous participants who are looking forward to this juried event again, but we always want to find new studios in Oak Bay,” said Mary Kucera, of Oak Bay Parks, Recreation, and Culture.

For those artists whose homes are not well suited to a studio tour, there is an option to apply to use a shared space in the Neighbourhood Learning Centre (adjacent to Oak Bay High School) to display artwork during the tour.  This is first come-first served as space is limited.

The Studio Tour is a great way to showcase Oak Bay's many talented artists. If you are an artist in Oak Bay who would like to be involved, fill out an application at the Oak Bay Recreation Centre, 1975 Bee St, and submit by Friday, September 20,  2019. There is a $45 registration fee which goes towards advertising and promotion.

This two-day special event is free to the public. Brochures with artist images, descriptions, and a tour map will be available on this web page in mid-October. Brochures will also be available at the Oak Bay Recreation Centres, Oak Bay Municipal Hall, and the Oak Bay Library as well as at local businesses and through participating artists prior to the show.

This year we are again giving artists the option to designate their studios as ‘family friendly’ and inviting more participation from families and children. Please indicate on your application if you would like to be included as a ‘family friendly’ studio. (We understand that some studios have fragile artworks, ceramics etc.) Note: the Neighbourhood Learning Centre will be designated as family friendly and our staff will be present during the tour to help the artists there. Families who visit 3 or more studios will be entitled to a 2 for 1 drop in pass for Oak Bay Recreation facilities. You may be asked to initial children’s tour maps to indicate that they have visited you.

For more information call Mary Kucera, at Oak Bay Recreation, Parks, and Culture at 250-370-7129 or email recoakbay@oakbay.ca

or Karen Manders, Acting Arts & Culture Programmer at 250-370-7908 or email  kmanders@oakbay.ca

Artwork shown above: by Donna Ion

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