The weekend of Oct 17-19, 2014 saw hundreds of art lovers crawling slowly up the Sunshine Coast between Langdale and Lund, a distance of about 165 kilometres, including one ferry trip! This event is the highlight of the artistic year here, involving 140 local artists. This was my first year of participation and I have nothing but high praise for the organizing team. I've been part of studio tours in the past, even heading up a committee or two, but I must say that this extravaganza was handled as smoothly and competently as any I've ever been part of. Advertising and signage was terrific, and the support for artists exceptional. Two of the committee members made a point of visiting my studio during the tour to ensure that all was well and offering help if needed. Their presence was very much appreciated! I so enjoyed meeting the dozens of new people and chatting with them about art and life on the coast. Everyone seemed to be having a good time, and many mentioned how much they look forward to this annual event. With so many artists to visit, most folks mentioned that they do only a section of the crawl each year, so they see fresh works and meet new artists every time. I think if you set out to see ALL the studios over the three days, you'd really be exhausted! However, the well-organized passport system encouraged folks to visit three or more sections of the tour to qualify for more ballots in the draw, with bonuses for making it north of the ferry connection, so even artists at the far reaches of the tour got some visitors!
And a very special thank you to those who purchased works or cards from me--I hope you enjoy them very much in your homes, and are inspired to stay in touch!
Please note that I will have works in the Nov 8th Rotary Club of Pender Harbour Art Auction, with a silent auction between 6:00-7:30 followed by a live auction at 8pm, in the Royal Canadian Legion hall in Madeira Park here on the Sunshine Coast. A dinner is also available, tickets in advance or at the door. Come out for a fun evening, and support local artists and all the wonderful work the Rotary Club does at the same time!