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 80 kilometres from Langdale to Earl's Cove. Over 240 artists were featured in 2021!
Without the summer crowds, it’s a perfect time to slow down and meet the artists in their studios. In previous years, nearly 300 artists and 144 venues participated and this fall’s line up promises to be just as great.
Where and When
The annual event happens October 20-22, 2023 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 Earl's Cove.
Be sure to stop by the the studios on the path less travelled, like in Earls Cove or Sechelt Inlet.
Things to know
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 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, who create both traditional and contemporary carvings and paintings. The art crawl is a great 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.
When you go
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 SunshineCoastCanada.com for trip-planning ideas.
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