An Abundance of Artistry on Mayne November 12 -14 2021

Published On: November 1, 2021

story by Deborah Strong

Mayne Island’s annual Fall Studio Tour is back for another exciting year to brighten up the season, and once again Arts on Mayne is pleased to be organizing the event. From November 12-14, thirty-six artists/artisans will show visitors what they make and, in many cases, where they make it. It’s a great opportunity to shop locally and support Mayne’s creative community, and it goes without saying it’s perfect timing to purchase holiday season gifts.

There will be 18 locations opening their doors to visitors on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm. Tour-goers can see potters, painters, photographers, sculptors, jewellers, and others while enjoying a scenic drive around the island. These locations include home-based studios, farm stands, and galleries. Some studios will be sharing space with a guest artist/artisan.

Additionally, on Saturday and Sunday only, a dozen artists/artisans will be setting up at the Community Centre. This hub of activity will feature a diverse range of art and craft products all under one roof. You may recognize some of the talented, creative people and their wares from Mayne’s seasonal Saturday market while others will be less familiar.

A long-time islander who is new to the tour this year is Julie Emerson – one of the artists setting up at the Community Centre. She will be debuting a new series of paintings she calls “The Nine Elements of Comfort”. Another new artist is Jenny Ritter, also at the Community Centre, with her folk-art inspired work that draws on themes of nature and local culture. For a little Christmas cheer, visit Fernhollow Farm for locally grown/made products and an array of crafts, with part of the proceeds benefitting the Mayne Island Food Bank. There are too many artist/artisans on this year’s Studio Tour to mention here, each with a special creative flair!

You’ll find lots of information about the tour and all the artists/artisans on the Southern Gulf Islands Arts Council website: There’s an interactive map, profiles of all the participants, and links to their websites and/or social media profiles to see more about them and what they make.

If you prefer paper, you can pick up a full-colour tour map at locations around the island or you can download a printable version from the website. Whichever option you choose, when you’re out on the tour watch for white Art Tour signs that will help guide you.

Should you get hungry or thirsty while looking at the abundance of art and crafts, the map also features a list of food/refreshment venues that are open during tour hours.

At all locations, appropriate Covid-19 measures are in effect, so be sure to bring your mask. If shopping is your goal, note that many artists/artisans are unable to accept electronic payment and cash may be preferred.

We hope you’ll enjoy the 2021 Fall Studio Tour! Here’s some advance warning for next year: in 2022 we are planning to launch a Spring Studio Tour on the Easter long weekend, so mark your calendars now.

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