The name says “crawl” but you better put on some comfy walking shoes for the Sunshine Coast Art Crawl. This event presented by the Coast Cultural Alliance, links artists, studios and art stores for 156 kilometres from Gibsons to Lund. This will be the sixth year and will include three days of events. Without the summer crowds, it’s a perfect time to slow down and meet the artists in their studios. Last year, nearly 150 artists and venues participated and this fall’s line up promises to be just as great.
Read Rebecca Bollwitt’s story and get your walking shoes ready.
Where and When
The annual event happens October 21 – 23, 2016 along the Sunshine Coast. Gibsons, at the south end has many venues but many more studios and workshops dot the Sunshine Coast Highway all the way to Lund. Be sure to stop by the the studios on the path less travelled, like in Earls Cove or Sechelt Inlet. Watch for signs on the road, the purple banners or better yet, download the app or map. A handheld brochure is available in most of the venues and the Sunshine Coast Credit Union.
At any of the venues, Visitor Centre or Sunshine Coast Credit Union be sure to pick up a passport. As you visit the artists, demo’s and shows, get your passport stamped for a chance to win some valuable prizes.. Last year there were gift certificates to vacation resorts and BC Ferries passes.
Friday night kicks off with venues opening in Langdale, Gibsons, Powell River and Lund, where you'll find many special events and demos happening.
Saturday and Sunday
Depending on where you start, wander up or down the highway and stop into studios to watch the glass blowers create functional and sculptural works of art. Some of studios specialize in using recycled glass. Check out the sculptor who chisels beautiful images from chunks of stone or another one who makes wildlife wood carvings.
Many First Nations artists can be found along the route creating both traditional and contemporary carvings and paintings. The art crawl is the perfect opportunity to talk to the artists and learn about the legends or lore that inspired their art
Meet painters as they create realistic or abstract paintings of the surrounding landscapes.
If your feet tire of all that walking, check out the sheepskin artist in Halfmoon Bay, where you might just find a soothing pair of sheepskin slippers.
For additional information and to learn more about the mobile app and map check out the Sunshine Coast Art Crawl official website
Interested in checking out the Sunshine Coast? Visit SunshineCoast.com for trip-planning ideas.
Read Rebecca Bollwitt's story and be ready to get inspired.
Need more inspiration? Here's another great event in the area: The Pender Harbour Jazz Festival.
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