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Welcome to the fun and fabulous

8th Annual Isle of the Arts Festival ... connecting art, artists, and art lovers to celebrate all that makes life colourful.

What better year than the Gabriola Arts Council’s 20th anniversary to choose community-driven art as the festival theme. We’re celebrating our socially, politically, and creatively active community, and enthusiastically following our Mission: to engage, enhance, and inspire the community’s cultural vitality through collaboration, leadership, and service. This Isle of the Arts Festival offers more than 65 multidisciplinary arts workshops—from painting to felting to cooking to martial arts to dancing to photography (and more!)—and 11 arts-based events over 10 days, including a community mural project with this year’s Artist in Residence. In recognition of our theme, and to inspire Gabriolans to even more socially active art, we are bringing the world-renowned, interactive, community-based textile installation All Beings Confluence to the Island all the way from Saskatchewan. We’re getting involved. Are you?

What previous years’ festival-goers had to say: “I had a great time at the Isle of the Arts Fest. I was pleased to be part of such a stellar line up of fellow writers, and particularly pleased to discover the Gabriolan enthusiasm for supporting the arts.” —Sonnet L’Abbé, Poet and Critic

“I loved the communal art work we created.” —2016 workshop participant


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More Art on Gabriola Gabriola Theatre Festival

August 18-20, 2017

Eight Professional Theatre Productions … FREE Outdoor Stage … Street Art + Street Fair … A Lively Hub … Pancake Breakfasts … and MORE! This can’t-be-missed Theatre Festival—now in its ninth wonderful year—fills a summer weekend. Enjoy high-quality, innovative theatre productions in a bustling hub filled with fabulous music and performances, art to fill your heart and home, pancake breakfasts, and so much more. This year’s theme is Under The Sea—delving into all that surrounds us! Visit for programming details.

21st Annual Studio Tour

Year-round, All Studios Open Thanksgiving Weekend Visit Gabriola Island any time of year and be welcomed into more than 65 artists’ studios and galleries. Did you know that Gabriola has the sixth highest concentration of professional artists in Canada? The Tour brings art lovers from far and wide to this beautiful island. If you’ve been before that doesn’t mean you’ve seen it all! The Tour features 15 new artists in 2017. Get ready to be entertained, inspired, and informed—these artists have something amazing to share with you! Check for a map and a complete list of participating artists.


Kitty J. Heller Healing Power of Art Program

In this innovative program, professional art and drama therapists work directly with community members to address a variety of health and wellness-related issues. The goal of this program is to help people to understand and cope with physical or mental health concerns through the healing powers of artistic expression. Gabriola Island—where ART is the heart of the community!


Workshops & Events April 6–16 Registration: •

You must register in advance for all workshops and events. Registration opens on Friday, March 10 at 10am.

Register in person at the Gabriola Arts & Heritage Centre from 10am to 1pm, Thursdays to Saturdays. You may also register online at

Workshops have limited space—spots are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. A waiting list will be kept for workshops that are full. Register early—don’t be disappointed!

No refunds or exchanges will be given after March 31.

Except where indicated, the registration fees include materials costs.

Check for updates and additions!

Workshop & Event Locations: •

AGI HALL 465 South Rd—across from the Post Office

GABRIOLA ARTS & HERITAGE CENTRE 476 South Rd—beside the Post Office

GABRIOLA COMMONS 675 North Rd—across from the Elementary School

SURF LODGE 885 Berry Point Rd

THE ROXY Twin Beaches Mall, Berry Point Rd

FOR ALL OTHER LOCATIONS —see the workshop listings


Joëlle Anthony | Lorna Crozier | Monique Gray Smith | Jeremy Reynolds


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Thursday, April 6 Festival Launch:

Stories at Sunset

6:30 pm reception, 7:30 pm readings at the Surf Lodge » with Joëlle Anthony, Lorna Crozier, and Monique Gray Smith » music by Jeremy Reynolds Join us for an extravagant evening of literary delights, where we satiate all palates with delectable readings from stellar writers, delicious food from the Surf Lodge, lovely music, and incredible ocean views right from your seat. Joëlle Anthony is a writer, playwright, actress, and writing teacher. She’s the author of three novels for teens, Restoring Harmony, The Right & the Real, and Speed of Life (published under the pen name J. M. Kelly), and her debut middle grade novel, A Month of Mondays, will be out in the spring of 2017. She enjoys teaching workshops to writers of all ages, and has been the Writer in Residence at Gabriola Elementary School for six years. | @joellewrites Lorna Crozier is the author of 17 books of poetry and two works of non-fiction. Her most recent book is a collaboration with photographer Ian McAllister, The Wild In You. Crozier is Professor Emeritus at the University of Victoria. She has received a Governor General’s Award, the Canadian Author’s Association Award for Poetry, the National Magazine Award (Gold Medal), the Dorothy Livesay Award, and is a three-time recipient of the Pat Lowther Award. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and an Officer of the Order of Canada. Crozier received the University of Victoria’s Distinguished Professors Award and has received numerous honorary doctorates for her contributions to Canadian Literature. In 2013, Crozier received the B.C. Lieutenant-Governor General’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Monique Gray Smith is a mixed heritage woman of Cree, Lakota, and Scottish descent. An award-winning author, international speaker, and sought-after consultant, she focuses on fostering paradigm shifts that emphasize the strength and resiliency of Canada’s First Peoples. Her novel Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience won the Burt Award for First Nation, Métis and Inuit Literature; her children’s book My Heart Fills with Happiness was on the BC Bestseller List for 37 weeks. Monique is known for her storytelling, spirit of generosity, and focus on resilience. Jeremy Reynolds is a young Gabriolan cellist. He has studied for almost 3 years with Brendan Millbank and he performed last June at the Ladysmith Marine Festival with the Vancouver Island Youth Orchestra. $30  |  INCLUDES A SAMPLING OF DELECTABLE BITES  |  CASH BAR BOOKS WILL BE FOR SALE


Friday, April 7 Rug Hook a Little Mat | Part 1 of 2 9:00 am – 12:00 pm » with Maia Levine

Maia Levine | Chris Straw | Cheryl Jacobs



Learn the basics of pulling loops in the ages-old craft—and art!—of traditional rug hooking. Beginners, and those who haven’t hooked in a while, will hook a one-of-a-kind mat to take home. Maia Levine inherited her Gram’s rug hooks in 1999 and has been happily rug hooking ever since. Her work has been featured in events and galleries and most recently juried into Celebration magazine. Hooking rugs is her art and craft, her challenge, and her joy. Materials to bring:  Cloth scissors. COMMONS (LARGE ROOM) | $50 | AGES 14+ | MAX. 15 PARTICIPANTS ∙  Part 2: Saturday, April 8—9:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Drumbeat of Reconciliation

9:30 am – 11:30 am » with Monique Gray Smith

Don’t miss Monique reading at the Literary Launch!

We are in unique times. Many are asking what our role is in reconciliation. This engaging, thoughtprovoking session will provide examples and insights while exploring Canada’s history through an Indigenous lens. We will look at the Four Blankets of Resilience developed by Monique through working in Indigenous communities for over 25 years. This leads to a deeper understanding of why respect, relationships, and resilience are critical elements of reconciliation. See Page 5 for Monique Gray Smith’s complete biography. THE ROXY | $10 | ALL AGES | MAX. 25 PARTICIPANTS


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“Maia was an amazing instructor! Her love for hooking was infectious.” —2016 rug hooking workshop participant

Photo Encaustic

10:00 am – 4:00 pm » with Chris Straw



This workshop will introduce you to the history of the encaustic medium. Learn how to choose appropriate images, embellish them with wax, and frame them to present a finished piece. Chris Straw is a photographer and mixed-media artist. He is also an experienced instructor, having designed and delivered a wide variety of training initiatives for CBC Radio. Materials to bring:  Lunch, at least 3 photographic prints (either 5"x7" or 8"x10"), an apron/old clothing, notebook, pen. Optional: heat gun. This workshop is offered at two separate times. See also Sunday, April 9. ARTS CENTRE | $75 | AGES 18+ | MAX. 10 PARTICIPANTS

Beginners Metalsmithing

11:00 am – 4:00 pm » with Cheryl Jacobs Learn the basics of metalsmithing: sawing, piercing, sanding, filing, polishing, patinas, and more. You’ll leave this workshop with a pair of earrings or a pendant that you’ve designed and fabricated. Cheryl Jacobs has been producing and selling unique jewellery throughout North America for over 30 years. She teaches at the jewellery program at North Island College, as well as private classes out of her studio in Cumberland. Materials to bring:  Safety glasses (optional). AGI HALL | $65 | AGES 8+ | MAX. 14 PARTICIPANTS



Raku | Part 1 of 3


12:30 pm – 3:00 pm » with Graham Sheehan

In this 3-part workshop, you will be guided through the creation of several pieces of ceramic art. This process is organic; the glazes soft and colourful; the firing process dramatic and immediate. Graham Sheehan has operated Sunstone Pottery on Gabriola for 40 years and has conducted many workshops for both children and adults. Materials to bring:  Apron, lunch. SUNSTONE POTTERY, 520 ARGYLE LN  |  $55  |  AGES 12+  |  MAX. 8 PARTICIPANTS • Part 2: Wednesday, April 12—drop-in  • Part 3: Friday, April 14—12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Why Poetry Matters

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm » with Lorna Crozier

Don’t miss Lorna reading at the Literary Launch!

Work with award-winning poet Lorna Crozier to understand why the world would be a lesser place without poetry, and humans would suffer if poetry were not part of our lives. You’ll also consider the pragmatic: why choose one word over another, how images exert an uncanny power, and how metaphor connects us with the unsaid and the spiritual. You’ll leave with at least one poem and ideas for more. For both experienced poets and those who have simply loved words all your life. See Page 5 for Lorna Crozier’s complete biography. Materials to bring:  Notebook, pen. COMMONS (LARGE ROOM) | $30 | AGES 18+ | MAX. 18 PARTICIPANTS

One Book, One Community: Reading & Reconciliation

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the Arts Centre Join friends and community members in reading, contemplating, and engaging in the stories, history, and experiences of Canada’s First Nations. Inspired by the Truth and Reconciliation process and the 94 Calls to Action, this program is intended to build community through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same books while contributing to a country-wide process of fostering new and positive relationships with First Nations people. We are encouraging all Gabriolans to read Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese. Available in multiple copies at the Gabriola Library and Page’s Bookstore. Monique Gray Smith (Lakota, Cree, Scottish) and Celestine Aleck (Snuneymuxw) will be present for the Community Conversation. Hosted by Shelagh Rogers, an Honorary Witness for the TRC. See the GAC website for details and updates, and for an Additional Reading list. ADMISSION BY DONATION  |  LIMITED SEATING Project Partners: Friends of the Gabriola Library, Gabriola Island Branch—Vancouver Island Regional Library, Gabriola Museum and Heritage Society, Islands Trust, Page’s Bookstore & Marina


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Graham Sheehan | Elsa Bluethner | Joy Bremner

“Incredibly exciting and exhilarating to watch the process and see all the amazing results!” —2016 Raku workshop participant

Saturday, April 8 Greys Matter! A Colour Workshop for Painters 9:00 am – 12:00 pm » with Elsa Bluethner

In this workshop Elsa will share her techniques and methods of colour mixing and developing a harmonizing colour scheme for your work. We will determine colour temperature and values using comparisons to proximity colours. Find out why there is no such thing as a “muddy” colour. This workshop is for beginners and intermediates working in any medium. Elsa Bluethner’s work, whether sculpting in clay or painting in oil, is about communicating in her unique and expressive voice, provocative and subtle messages inviting the viewer to add their perspective to the narrative. Materials to bring:  Paints (the medium and colours you work in), mixing palette, brush/knife for mixing, pen/paper, and/or photos, gloves, apron, cleanup material, a snack. BLUETHNER ART STUDIO, 980 CHICHESTER RD  |  $35  |  ALL AGES MAX. 10 PARTICIPANTS  |  PLEASE ARRIVE 15 MINS EARLY TO SET UP

Rug Hook a Little Mat | Part 2 of 2 9:00 am – 12:00 pm » with Maia Levine ∙  See Part 1: Friday, April 7 for more information

Métis Beadwork

9:30 am – 11:30 am » with Joy Bremner The Métis are known for their exquisite flower beadwork. This hands-on workshop will take you on a journey through Métis beadwork history, then and now. Joy Bremner is Cree Métis, born in northern Saskatchewan. She has been doing beadwork for 45 years, and is President of the Mid-Island Métis Nation. She is one of the Nanaimo Art Gallery artists in the school, and does numerous beading, leather, and finger weaving cultural programs and classes. ARTS CENTRE | $20 | AGES 12+ | MAX. 20 PARTICIPANTS


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Caroline James  |  Amy Dawley  |  Build It with a Box!

Create Your Own Peace Work

12:30 pm – 5:30 pm » with Caroline James Working on a 6”x7” block, you’ll learn the steps required to create one of these delightful pieces. Create your own design then learn how to use a variety of tools, materials, and paint to bring it to life. You’ll take home a unique piece of art. Caroline James started making these gorgeous pieces in 2010 and her Peace Work is now sold in 12 beautiful retail shops and galleries all over the Pacific Northwest. 1490 HESS RD | $65 | AGES 14+ | MAX. 10 PARTICIPANTS

Build It with a Box!

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm » with Amy Dawley Discover the amazing power of imagination and have fun designing and building anything from an Arcade to a Zebra…all with cardboard boxes! The sky’s the limit. What will you make? Amy Dawley is the librarian at the Gabriola Island Branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library. Along with their collections, the Gabriola Library offers free, communityfocused programs that support the activities and interests of people of all ages. GABRIOLA LIBRARY | FREE | DROP-IN FOR CHILDREN OF ALL AGES WITH PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS

“Thank you so much for offering this wonderful learning experience.” —2016 workshop participant


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Bill McGann | Kind Cuisine | Vegeteers

Presentation Excellence: Keep Your Audience Engaged 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm » with Bill McGann

Prepare compelling and powerful presentations that will win over an audience. In this workshop, you’ll examine strategies to enhance your effectiveness in designing and delivering captivating presentations and talks. Bill McGann has worked as a speech therapist and communication consultant for over 30 years, and has extensive experience in workplace mediation. He has collaborated with educators, physicians, mediators, office staff, and others to improve the effectiveness of their presentations. Materials to bring:  Pencil, paper. COMMONS (LARGE ROOM) | $20 | ALL AGES | MAX. 25 PARTICIPANTS

Kind Cuisine: Transforming Your Familiar Favourites 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm » with Vegeteers

Whether you’re getting started with plant-based meals or yearning to know more, come join us. Together we’ll chop, slice, grate, stir, blend, and simmer our way to a delicious meal for sharing. You’ll get a better understanding about preparing delectable and healthy plant-based foods. Vegeteers Kim Bjarnason, Alina Cerminara, Sigrid Bjarnason, and Kathi Chorneyko have each been preparing and enjoying their own tasty plant-based food and have presented fun, informative workshops on Gabriola. Kim is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. Alina makes and sells raw food. Sigrid and Kathi enjoy cooking and love to eat tasty plant-based foods. Materials to bring:  Good chopping knife, inside shoes, cutting board. COMMONS (KITCHEN) | $25 | ALL AGES | MAX. 12 PARTICIPANTS


Multi-Media Catalogue Poetry 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm » with Carla Stein

Learn how to create a “catalogue poem” and then incorporate selected words from your poem as graffiti into paintings using the “safety pin” motif as an expression of support for cultural and lifestyle diversity. This is a great opportunity to explore a simple poetic form and learn about using text in visual compositions. Carla Stein’s love of language led to a career in broadcast and freelance journalism. Her art and poetry has been featured in magazines and in anthologies. She is a co-founder of 15 Minutes of Infamy, a Nanaimo-based word craft performance venue. Materials to bring:  Notebook, pen, apron/old shirt, container for washing brushes, rags, lunch. ARTS CENTRE | $50 | ALL AGES | MAX. 10 PARTICIPANTS

Meditative Doodles

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm » with Melinda Wilde A meditative doodle is a creative endeavour that requires your full attention. You will create beautiful shapes and designs that are finished pieces of art in themselves. Let the world drift away as you immerse yourself in this meditative art form. Several “tangle” designs will be practiced and then away you go to create your own unique meditative doodle. Melinda Wilde is a painter of almost anything, on almost anything. She has been painting for 27 years and teaching watercolours for 25. COMMONS (LARGE ROOM) | $20 | AGES 8+ | MAX. 20 PARTICIPANTS

Hildegard’s Ghost

7:30 pm at the HIVE Emporium Hildegard’s Ghost exists in the realm of the unusual. Each tune a story, implores listeners to visit their ethereal world of classicallytinged contemporary jazz. Composer/pianist Roisin Adams performs with Elisa Thorn on orchestral harp, with Vancouver sidemen on acoustic bass and drums. TICKETS $15 IN ADVANCE  |  $20 AT THE DOOR AVAILABLE AT THE HIVE EMPORIUM, 575 NORTH RD  |  ALL AGES Carla Stein | Melinda Wilde | Mei Dunlop | Talia Peckel


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Sunday, April 9 It’s More Than Just a Stamp

9:00 am – 11:00 am » with Mei Dunlop Discover more ways to use rubber stamps than just paper stamping! By the end of the workshop, you will make and take home one rubber stamp that you can use to creatively brand your artwork. Mei Dunlop is a Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist who currently runs several Etsy stores, selling over 20,000 items on and offline. Her every waking moment has been dedicated to living consciously and responsibly. Everything she designs is created with intention. Materials to bring:  Lunch, sharp scissors, sticky-notes. Optional: your own rubber stamps. COMMONS (LARGE ROOM) | $25 | AGES 15+ | MAX. 20 PARTICIPANTS

Intuitive Art

10:00 am – 12:00 pm » with Talia Peckel Intuitive art is a way of tapping into your personal creativity free from the confines of planning, censoring, or judging—it’s an exploration based on process rather than result. Drawing and painting are the tools that lead you through this process. The goal is to get into a non-competitive, relaxing, playful state of mind—quiet your thoughts, get out of your head, and enter a state of creative flow. Talia Peckel is Gabriola’s Artist in Residence for 2017. She is a Toronto-based artist with a BFA in Drawing and Painting from OCAD University. She was an art instructor in a community-run studio in Toronto before traveling to complete a series of murals on a Salt Spring Island farm. AGI HALL | $10 | ALL AGES | MAX. 15 PARTICIPANTS

Photo Encaustic

10:00 am – 4:00 pm » with Chris Straw



Chris Straw will introduce you to the history of the encaustic medium. Learn how to choose appropriate images, embellish them with wax, and frame them to present a finished piece. This workshop is offered at two separate times. See Friday, April 7 for further details. ARTS CENTRE | $75 | AGES 18+ | MAX. 10 PARTICIPANTS

Paper Crane Community Project For Peace 11:00 am – 2:00 pm » with Shino Yoneda

The crane has been traditionally cherished and respected as a symbol of longevity in Japan. After Hiroshima, paper origami cranes have become a symbol of world harmony—let’s fold them together for peace. Currently living in Qualicum Beach, Shino Yoneda is a teacher from Japan. She has been volunteering for the 1000 Crane Projects for the community, and teaches origami as art and math, and Chinese brush writing. MAD RONA’S LAWN  |  FREE  |  ALL AGES  |  DROP-IN


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Catherine Hallam  |  Luanne McCollum & Lynn van Herwaarden Painting with Wool: The Art of Needle Felting

Intro to Screenprinting

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm » with Catherine Hallam



Discover the easiest way to screenprint at home. Learn photo emulsion and stencil techniques using water-based inks. You’ll take home your own 8×10 screen, burn, and your prints. Catherine Hallam teaches art full-time and runs a small screen-printing business, Cabisan Design. She has degrees from Ryerson University in Fashion, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Design, and UBC in Art Education. She has been teaching art for over 12 years. Materials to bring:  Light-coloured cotton fabric (t-shirt, etc.) to print on. Participants must email a high-resolution B&W (no grey) jpeg image 5 days before workshop to 1080 DESCANSO VALLEY DR  |  $75  |  AGES 16+  |  MAX. 6 PARTICIPANTS

Painting with Wool: The Art of Needle Felting

1:00 pm – 6:00 pm » with Luanne McCollum & Lynn van Herwaarden Come have fun and explore the exciting art of painting with wool. You will produce a beautiful, fully-finished, framed piece of art work, using the unique techniques of needle felting. Among many other mediums and fibre-related crafts, Luanne McCollum has been weaving for 35 years. Lynn van Herwaarden is a self-taught multimedia artist who enjoys needle felting and sculpting. Luanne and Lynn are both members of the Gabriola Spinners and Weavers Guild. Materials to bring:  Picture/idea to paint, scissors, snack. AGI HALL | $45 | ALL AGES | MAX. 12 PARTICIPANTS


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Astrological Archetypes | Tsiporah Grignon | Heather Menzies

Astrological Archetypes

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm » with Tsiporah Grignon Astrology is a tool that can offer potent psychological insights into why we choose to do what we do. You’ll learn how the 12 signs of the zodiac are archetypes of human consciousness, which facilitate an understanding of both our strengths and shadow energies. Tsiporah Grignon has been studying astrology since 1974. Upon reading Pluto, The Evolutionary Journey of the Soul, by Jeffrey Wolf Green in 1997, she was grateful to finally resonate with a method of synthesizing the symbols in a birth chart. Materials to bring:  Paper, pen. COMMONS (LARGE ROOM) | $25 | AGES 18+ | MAX. 12 PARTICIPANTS

Writing Yourself: Larger Narratives of Family, History, and the Earth 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm » with Heather Menzies



No previous writing experience required for this hands-on workshop—only a desire to find your voice and connect with story, from the personal to the larger and more public. You will work through a series of writing exercises from the simple and fun to the more serious. Let the inner voice of felt experience and memory guide the process of connection. Heather Menzies is an award-winning author of 10 books, plus numerous magazine articles and op-ed essays. She has worked as a teacher and speaker and has also occasionally taught creative writing workshops. Materials to bring:  Pen, writing pad/notebook. COMMONS (MEDIUM ROOM) | $30 | ALL AGES | MAX. 10 PARTICIPANTS


Naomi Wakan

Kim Cowley-Adam

Carolyn Bell

Martha Cole

“I’m feeling very energized and inspired about my writing again.” —2016 workshop participant Words & Images: An Ekphrastic Writing Workshop 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm » with Naomi Wakan

This workshop is for writers and artists, whether you are an artist interested in how people describe your work, you want to add words to your works, you are a writer wondering what images your words could inspire, or you want to write about your favourite work of art. Use your own words and the writings and paintings of others to take a fresh look at how you approach your creative outlet. Naomi Beth Wakan is the Inaugural Poet Laureate of Nanaimo and Honourary Ambassador for the Federation of BC Writers. She has written over 50 books and has recently published “On the Arts”—a series of essays on various aspects of creativity. Materials to bring:  Writing material, a favourite small work of art (your own or someone else’s). ARTS CENTRE | $15 | AGES 16+ | MAX. 18 PARTICIPANTS

Gabriola Island Singers 40th Spring Concert

2:30 pm and 7:30 pm at the Gabriola Community Hall The Gabriola Island Singers present their 40th spring concert with many old and new songs and special guests. Join us in celebrating 40 years of song! The Gabriola Island Singers are a non-auditioned community choir which began in 1976. Memorable moments include singing at Expo 86, the opening of the Port Theatre, Remembrance Day ceremonies, and hosting the Soweto Teachers Choir and other choirs from Africa and Europe. The choir won the Lieutenant Governor’s Sing Me a Song contest in 2015 and 2016 for their original songs celebrating Canada’s sesquicentennial. MATINEE: ENTRY BY DONATION  |  EVENING: $15 AT THE DOOR  |  ALL AGES


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Monday, April 10 Weaving Without Boundaries

9:00 am – 1:00 pm » with Kim Cowley-Adam Throw out the rules and unleash your creativity! Explore the interlacement of threads and some unusual materials. You will be introduced to the methods and philosophy of “perfect imperfection”. Walk away with a piece of art and a head full of ideas! Kim Cowley-Adam is a textile and fashion designer. She has exhibited her hand-woven art in Canada, the US, and France, and demonstrates “artful anarchy” in her workshops. Materials to bring:  Lunch, scissors. ARTS CENTRE | $50 | AGES 8+ | MAX. 8 PARTICIPANTS

The Afternoon of 100 Drawings 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm » with Carolyn Bell



Over one afternoon, you will effortlessly create 100 drawings, and in the process, discover a new fluidity both on paper and in your day-to-day life. Some drawings will be interior based, and others will be from objects around you. Carolyn Bell is a painter, cartoonist, and illustrator. She has also worked as a dramaturge, editor, lounge singer, and pianist. In her years with non-profit organizations, sharing her experience in the arts has helped her to facilitate both learning and healthy risk-taking with youth and families. Materials to bring:  A few pencils, pencil sharpener, a small object that you would like to draw. 2590 ISLANDS VIEW DR  |  $25  |  ALL AGES  |  MAX. 12 PARTICIPANTS

Tuesday, April 11 All Beings Confluence | Part 1 of 4

9:00 am – 4:00 pm (one hour lunch break) » with Martha Cole Join acclaimed textile artist Martha Cole to create a panel to add to the “All Beings Confluence” travelling exhibit. In this enriching 4-day workshop you will use a variety of techniques to make a panel representing a being which has significance to you. These panels will be exhibited and there will be a public show and talk at the end of the workshop. Bursary available. For more info contact Martha Cole is a long time professional textile artist living and working in rural SK. She has been the “Companion of the Beings” since its inception in 2011. It’s her way of trying to save the world. Materials to bring: You will be contacted in advance. GABRIOLA FELLOWSHIP CHURCH, 775 CHURCH RD $100  |  AGES 16+  |  MAX. 8 PARTICIPANTS ∙  Part 2: Wednesday, April 12—9:00 am – 4:00 pm ∙  Part 3: Thursday, April 13—9:00 am – 4:00 pm  |  Part 4: Friday, April 14—9:00 am – 4:00 pm


Contour Drawing

Barry Strasbourg-Thompson  |  Shino Yoneda Understanding Your Video Camera  |  Raku Expression

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm » with Barry Strasbourg-Thompson Have fun learning and practicing the most basic of drawing skills that provides the ability to draw anything that your eye can see. Contour Drawing teaches observation (seeing rather than memory drawing), eye-hand coordination, awareness, and appreciation of the world around us. H.B. Barry Strasbourg-Thompson holds a BFA from University of Ottawa, Visual Arts. Barry is a retired Creative Arts Instructor from the Creative Arts Department of the Perley & Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre. His expertise is in areas of self-directed exploration, studying creativity and the visual language, and elements and principles of art and design. Materials to bring:  Lunch, a simple/favourite object. ARTS CENTRE | $25 | AGES 12+ | MAX. 15 PARTICIPANTS

Chinese Calligraphy

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm » with Shino Yoneda In this workshop, you will learn two things: how to write with a Chinese brush and ink, and how Chinese characters evolved. Basic Chinese characters from nature will be introduced. At the end of the session, participants will make a booklet of Chinese characters to take home. Shino Yoneda is a teacher from Japan who has been volunteering for the 1000 Crane Projects for the Qualicum Beach community. Shino teaches origami as art and math, and Chinese Brush Writing. She also instructs Japanese abacus as a way of doing arithmetic. Materials to bring:  Old shirt, apron, or smock. ARTS CENTRE | $15 | AGES 8+ | MAX. 30 PARTICIPANTS

“We didn’t have time to be nervous—just have fun and let the creativity flow!” —2016 workshop participant


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Wednesday, April 12 All Beings Confluence | Part 2 of 4

9:00 am – 4:00 pm (one hour lunch break) » with Martha Cole ∙  See Tuesday, April 11 for more information

Raku Expression | Part 2 of 3

Stop by for 1 hour between 10:00 am – 6:00 pm » with Graham Sheehan ∙  See Friday, April 7 for more information

Thursday, April 13 All Beings Confluence | Part 3 of 4

9:00 am – 4:00 pm (one hour lunch break) » with Martha Cole ∙  See Tuesday, April 11 for more information

Understanding Your Video Camera 10:00 am – 12:00 pm » with Todd Jones

Do you own a video camera and have an interest in shooting stories? Attend this workshop to learn the difference between having a camera, and knowing how to use it to its fullest capacity. Learn tips to help you create better-looking and -sounding videos easily and effectively! Todd Jones' career spans roles as storyteller, shooter, editor, and director. Outside of Shaw TV, he has shot and directed many local short films. Todd has 21 years of technical experience. Materials to bring:  Your own DSLR or handicam camera, paper, pen, curiosity, creativity. COMMONS (LARGE ROOM) | $15 | AGES 16+ MAX. 10 PARTICIPANTS


Thursday, April 13:  continued ... Producing Storytelling

10:00 am – 12:00 pm » with Derek Johnstone & Annette Lucas How do you tell a good story on camera? This workshop will walk you through the required elements—human interest, visuals, locations, audio—and demonstrate how to craft a story around these elements. Derek Johnstone has been working with Shaw TV for over 10 years and has told countless stories in that time. He is an avid film enthusiast, having written and shot many local short films. Annette Lucas earned a Diploma of Technology in Broadcast Communications, and has honed her journalism skills working as the News Director, morning news anchor, and talk show host on AM Radio. She officially joined the Shaw family as a community TV producer in 2001. Materials to bring:  Paper, pen, curiosity, creativity. ARTS CENTRE | $15 | AGES 16+ | MAX. 10 PARTICIPANTS

Kitchen Arts

10:00 am – 1:00 pm » with Nancy Laird & Sharon Pattison This hands-on food preparation experience celebrates the beauty and life force of local ingredients. As you chop, combine, and transform, you’ll discuss the nutritional, artistic, spiritual, and healthful properties of a variety of whole foods. We will eat our creations together and sample some island specialties. Sharon Pattison is a school teacher and a homemaker who has spent most of her life cooking for a family of 5 and teaching school. She is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and holds a Food Safe Certificate. Nancy Laird is formally trained as a food chemist and has dabbled in the art and science of chocolate, wine, cereals, and sea vegetables, preferring her foods to be local, delicious, nutritious, and fun. Materials to bring:  A favourite knife, cutting board, inside shoes, camera (optional), container to take samples home. COMMONS (KITCHEN) | $50 | AGES 18+ | MAX. 8 PARTICIPANTS

Design Your Own Tarot Cards

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm » with Hayden Harvey Design and create a set of creative cards that are significant to your own life and spirituality. You’ll also receive a basic lesson in the art of reading Tarot cards. Hayden Harvey incorporates natural divinity, spiritual mysticism, and tarot into her art. She runs Salt & Silver Jewellery while creating art with the community in a fun, healing, and empowering way.

Materials to bring:  A special pouch/envelope to keep your cards in. COMMONS (LARGE ROOM) | $35 | AGES 10+ | MAX. 10 PARTICIPANTS


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Create a Small Art Quilt

Annette Lucas | Derek Johnstone | Nancy Laird | Sharon Pattison Hayden Harvey  |  Morag Orr-Stevens

1:30 pm – 5:30 pm » with Morag Orr-Stevens Create a small art quilt using traditional and new methods of piecing and adding small interesting pieces of fabric, yarn, ribbons, and decorative threads. Morag Orr-Stevens is an award-winning artist who enjoys exploring different techniques and themes that combine a variety of texture and media. Morag is a former vice president of the Gabriola Arts Council, and a member of Gabriola Fibre Artists and quilt group, and Vancouver Island Surface Design Association. Materials to bring:  Sewing machine and accessories. Optional: cutting board, rotary cutter with sharp blade, 12” quilters ruler, scissors, pins, safety pins, neutral-coloured thread, fabric scraps, anything else you can think of to decorate quilt. ARTS CENTRE   |  $40  |  AGES 18+  |  MAX. 8 PARTICIPANTS

Nectar of the Gods: The Music, Paintings, & Poetry of Wine 7:30 pm at the Surf Lodge

For thousands of years, wine has been the creative nectar of humanity. Countless references to wine appear in paintings and literature. Enhance your experience of enjoying fine wine by viewing a selection of paintings, sampling wines, and listening to a solo violin performance and a poetry reading. Jack Glatzer has studied with several of the greatest teachers of the post-war period, in addition to his musical studies at Yale School of Music and the Musik Akademie of Basel, Switzerland. Glatzer is celebrated not only for his interpretations of Bach, Paganini, and Bartok, but also for his performances of Locatelli, Roman, Ysaye, Bloch, Stravinsky, Elgar, Rochberg, and Sculthorpe. TICKETS $25 IN ADVANCE AT VILLAGE LIQUOR STORE $30 AT THE DOOR  |  AGES 19+ ∙ For pre-show dinner reservations please call the Surf Lodge at 250-247-9231


Friday, April 14 Landscape & Long Exposure

7:30 am – 9:30 am and 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm » with Quinton Dewing This outdoors workshop will cover equipment, techniques, and location shooting. We will then meet to share and discuss our day’s discoveries. Quinton Dewing is a self-taught freelance photographer. He is always learning new techniques, and is constantly exploring locations along Gabriola’s shorelines. Materials to bring:  Rain gear (weather-dependent), camera with full manual capabilities (point and shoot or DSLR), snack. MORNING: DRUMBEG PARK  |  AFTERNOON: ORLEBAR POINT $35  |  AGES 10+  |  MAX. 10 PARTICIPANTS

All Beings Confluence | Part 4 of 4

9:00 am – 4:00 pm (one hour lunch break) » with Martha Cole ∙  See Tuesday, April 11. Friday will include installation of the finished panels in the exhibit.

Create Your Own Shamanic Rawhide Rattle | Part 1 of 2 9:00 am – 12:00 pm » with carol weaver

The shamanic rattle is an ancient musical instrument that can be used for healing and is fun to play. During your time creating these together, you’ll learn some of the history and uses for your own personal rattles. carol weaver is a visual artist and musician. She has facilitated shamanic healing workshops and sacred drum circles for 28 years. Her passion is to create safe, sacred space for healing to begin for those called to the earth path. Materials to bring:  Scissors, full size pencil with eraser on the end, Sharpie felt pens to decorate your rattle. weaver will contact registrants regarding other items to bring. COMMONS (LARGE ROOM) | $70 | AGES 16+ | MAX. 12 PARTICIPANTS ∙  Part 2: Saturday, April 15—9:00 am – 12:00 pm


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Layer Upon Layer

Quinton Dewing | carol weaver | Patt Scrivener | Heather Cameron

9:00 am – 3:00 pm » with Patt Scrivener Explore abstract layering using cold wax medium, tube oils, oil sticks, powdered pigments, and a variety of implements. Using various tools and techniques, you will delve into ways to create textures, colour fields, and make marks. Enjoy technique demonstrations, student experimentation, group discussions, and printed resources. Award-winning artist Patt Scrivener has spent many hours painting, drawing, and making crafts. Patt is gifted as a teacher with a love of experimentation. She conducts workshops for Professional Art Groups and in her own studio. Materials to bring:  Latex/nitrile gloves, scissors. ARTS CENTRE | $45 | AGES 18+ | MAX. 20 PARTICIPANTS

Memory Cloth

10:00 am – 4:00 pm » with Heather Cameron A memory cloth is a piece of handwork that, through the meditative process of stitching, allows us to unravel memories, to mend old wounds, and to stitch together the past. This workshop will help participants to: preserve and/or release the past, gain insight into our individual histories, feel close to loved ones that may have passed on, embed new ideas in our consciousness, and express our own voice and experience. Heather Cameron is a professional visual artist working primarily in textiles. Heather holds a post-graduate diploma in art therapy. Her skills include embroidery, spinning, weaving, dyeing, knitting, crochet, rug hooking, and quilting. Materials to bring:  Lunch, family linens, baby clothes, clothes of a loved one, photos, thread/yarn that you may already have, scissors, notebook, writing tools, a mug. THE ROXY | $65 | AGES 18+ | MAX. 10 PARTICIPANTS


Raku Expression | Part 3 of 3

12:30 pm – 3:00 pm » with Graham Sheehan ∙  See Friday, April 7 for more information

Multiple Intelligences: Finding the Artistry Within 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm » with Amy Block

According to neuroscientist Howard Gardner, artistic intelligence can be identified in 8 “intelligences”. In this guided workshop, you will delve into the depths of your own artistic talents, discover varied ways for developing artistic expression, create a colourful graph representing your artistic intelligences, and design ways to express them creatively. Amy Block has been a teacher, counsellor, consultant, trainer, and facilitator for 37 years. She has spoken and facilitated at educational workshops and conferences, and strives to create a safe and participatory learning environment that encourages engagement, learning, and fun. Materials to bring:  Pen, paper, openness. COMMONS (LARGE ROOM) | $20 | AGES 16+ | MAX. 30 PARTICIPANTS

Copper Enameling Using a Micro Torch 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm » with Brendalee Astells

Discover how to use a micro torch to hand-fire enamel onto copper discs. Learn the basics of enamelling with a few design techniques and soon you’ll be creating a variety of fun, colourful pieces you can use to make charms, earrings, or pendants. You’ll have time to experiment with what you’ve learned and take home several pieces to wear. Brendalee Astells creates jewellery inspired by her natural surroundings. Her first love is metalwork and her second love is sharing the joy of creativity through teaching jewellery making. Materials to bring:  Apron, optivisor/magnifying glasses, micro torch (optional). 1969 CLAMSHELL DR | $50 | AGES 16+ | MAX. 8 PARTICIPANTS

All Beings Confluence Exhibit 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the Net Loft » Public talk at 7:45 pm

All Beings Confluence is an ever-expanding, interactive, community-based textile installation that consists of fabric panels made on Gabriola and around the world, each representing a single living Being—a ladybug, bird, tree, or blue-green algae providing our planet with oxygen. No single panel is ever seen by itself, but always “in community” with other Beings. Come walk among them and experience directly being part of the complex and interconnected Whole, which is Planet Earth. This show will be hung and accessible from Tuesday April 11th to Sunday April 16th. BY DANA/DONATION  |  THE NET LOFT, 1960 MURRAY RD


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Amy Block | Brendalee Astells | Kelly Milholm | Michele Fire-River Heart

Saturday, April 15 Create Your Own Shamanic Rawhide Rattle | Part 2 of 2 9:00 am – 12:00 pm » with carol weaver ∙  See Friday, April 14 for more information

Make Your Own Upcycled Bear 9:30 am – 1:30 pm » with Kelly Milholm

Create a family heirloom out of a favourite old shirt. Turn a flannel or denim shirt into a sweet, squishy bear buddy. You’ll create the bear from start to finish, and voila … your new best friend is born. A great family workshop! Kelly Milholm has attended numerous artisan markets on Vancouver Island with her shop, Sweet Peas Kid’s Crafts, and is a regular vendor at the Cedar Farmers’ Market in Nanaimo. You can find Kelly’s creations in her Etsy shop. Materials to bring:  Flannel/light denim shirt of your choice (shirt of a loved one makes a great “memory bear”), scissors, pen/pencil, pins, needle. THE ROXY | $40 | AGES 12+ | MAX. 20 PARTICIPANTS

Sacred Self Collage

10:00 am – 1:00 pm » with Michele Fire-River Heart Using the medium of symbolic collage, create a representation of each age—a journey from birth through childhood, teens, adult, elder, and culminating in the Goddess/God self. Meditating at each stage allows history to rise and be released before you continue to the next stage. Tools for healing will be taught. Michele Fire-River Heart started her shamanic healing journey in 2004, and has not stopped learning, healing, and growing. Shamanic coaching certification came in 2012. She offers her gifts and knowledge through one-on-one coaching and experiential shamanic and healing art workshops. Materials to bring:  Scissors, a few magazines. AGI HALL | $20 | AGES 18+ | MAX. 20 PARTICIPANTS


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Workshop Participants Mike Richards  |  Lottie Anderson

Embellished Image Transfers

10:00 am – 4:00 pm » with Patt Scrivener Learn how to transfer a toner-based image (photocopy) onto a hard surface using a rapid and simple method. Finish by adding paint, collage, and text to tell a story. Award-winning artist Patt Scrivener has spent many hours painting, drawing, and making crafts. Patt is gifted as a teacher with a love of experimentation. She conducts workshops for Professional Art Groups and in her own studio. Materials to bring: Scissors. ARTS CENTRE | $40 | ALL AGES | MAX. 20 PARTICIPANTS

The Art of Karate Kata

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm » with Mike Richards Kata—or forms—are an intrinsic component of many martial arts. Originally used to pass on the art of self-defense (Goshin Jitsu) without words or writing, they have evolved into many beautiful and spectacular variations. Explore some of those variations and how different interpretations determine the artistic nature of the forms. Learn basic moves from several kata and the selfdefense interpretations behind them. Mike Richards is a martial artist with more than 30 years experience. He has taught karate and self-defense in Canada, Australia, and the UK, and currently teaches on Gabriola. He holds a thirddegree black belt (Sandan) in Kyokushin Karate and is a nationally-qualified referee and judge. Materials to bring:  Comfortable clothing, water. AGI HALL | $10 | AGES 13+ | MAX. 12 PARTICIPANTS

Handmade Brushes & Mark Making Tools 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm » with Lottie Anderson

Using found materials, such as grasses, twigs, leaves, and other fibres, we will create one-of-a-kind tools that can be used in your art practice or kept as stand-alone works of art. Lottie Anderson is a multi-media artist best known for her use of bold colour, textures, and boundless energy in abstracted painting, and printmaking forms. Formally educated at York University, Lottie’s creative practice takes risks in art making and has been enjoyed and appreciated by collectors and followers worldwide. Materials to bring:  Apron/work shirt. LOTTIE’S STUDIO, 377 BERRY POINT RD  |  $30  |  AGES 18+  |  MAX. 8 PARTICIPANTS


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» Workshops for Budding Artists!

Gabriola’s young artists are going back to school—Gabriola Elementary School, that is—for the 5th year in a row! Students will learn first-hand from professional artists about a variety of art forms & practices. It’s always a fun and creative week at GES during the Isle of the Arts Festival!

Workshops Running April 10–13:

• Intuitive Art: Finding Our Creative Flow  »  with Talia Peckel • Silly Little Monsters  »  with Lee Stead • Let’s Fold! Welcome to Origami  »  with Shino Yoneda • Contour Drawing  »  with Barry Strasbourg-Thompson • Chinese Letter Writing  »  with Shino Yoneda • Create an Easter Bonnet  »  with Lisa Rey

Thursday, April 13: Art Show and Demonstration


1:45pm–2:20pm » with Guest Performance! AT THE GABRIOLA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL  |  FREE  |  FOR PARENTS & STUDENTS


Draw Life!

Nancy Crozier | Cari Burdett | Tina Jones | Chris Humphreys | Angela Walkley

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm » with Nancy Crozier All skill levels welcome! Draw the human form using a variety of media. Have fun while stretching your drawing muscles. Be prepared for an adventure. A sense of humour is welcome! Nancy Crozier studied sculpture, the human form, and traditional art processes in Europe and North America. She brings her knowledge of anatomy and technique to the process. Materials to bring:  Preferred drawing tools—whatever you feel comfortable using to make marks. Some drawing tools and paper will be provided CRYSTAL COVE STUDIO, 380 STEPHENS DR  |  $40  |  AGES 18+  |  MAX. 8 PARTICIPANTS

Vocal Play

2:30 pm – 5:30 pm » with Cari Burdett Sing for joy with harmony, improvisation, and games in a joyful and playful afternoon of musical exploration. This workshop is geared towards intermediate/advanced singers who already love to harmonize and blend, but who would like expand their creativity by working with rhythm, resonance, improvisation, song writing, and more. Cari Burdett has 25 years in musical training including her BMus, MMus, Community Choir leadership, and advanced Vocal Improvisation. She is a well-received touring musician with her debut album, Magnolia. Cari embodies a vast repertoire of musical styles, methods, and expertise. Materials to bring:  Snack, water. THE ROXY | $2O | AGES 18+ | MAX. 20 PARTICIPANTS

Lantern Making for YOUTH! 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm » with Tina Jones

Be part of Gabriola’s very first lantern making workshop and procession for youth! Learn how to build your own lantern with basic materials, to be lit by small LED lights. The theme is SPRING! Show off your lantern as we gather for Gabriola’s inaugural Lantern Procession to kick off the Blossom Night Market—7pm on April 15th at the Surf Lodge. Tina Jones is a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, best known as co-founder of the children’s ensemble The Kerplunks. She is also a visual artist and explores a variety of media in her work. As board member and lead director for the Gabriola Arts Council’s Youth in Arts Initiative, Tina has been offering exciting opportunities in visual and performing arts for Gabriola’s youth. Please note: dinner will be provided, sponsored by Robert’s Place. We will contact registered participants in advance for location FREE  |  AGES 11–19  |  MAX. 15 PARTICIPANTS


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Blossom Night Market

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the Surf Lodge Don’t miss Gabriola’s fabulous annual night market! Welcome the Spring blossoms while enjoying the Island’s finest art and artisanal wares under sparkling lights! Sample delicious food, enjoy atmospheric music, and hang with the coolest cats on Gabriola. Go home with a new treasure and new awesome memories! Support Gabriola’s economy and buy local! And don’t miss the youth handmade lantern procession at 7pm. FREE EVENT!  |  FOOD AND DRINKS FOR SALE

Sunday, April 16 Character in Action

9:00 am – 11:30 am » with Chris Humphreys This workshop will explore what makes characters great—and how they are revealed by their words and actions. With exercises to free the imagination, you’ll spend the afternoon exploring the two great action arenas—swashbuckling and lovemaking—while writing your own scenes. Chris (C.C.) Humphreys has acted on stages from London’s West End to Hollywood’s Twentieth Century Fox. He has written several novels for adults and youth, and won the CWA Best Crime Novel Award in 2015. Materials to bring:  Pen/paper/computer, imagination. COMMONS (LARGE ROOM) | $25 | AGES 19+ | MAX. 20 PARTICIPANTS

An Artist’s Toolkit: Day-Long Professional Development for Artists 9:00 am – 5:15 pm at the Arts Centre

∙  See pages 32-33 for details

The Art of Change

9:30 am – 2:00 pm » with Angela Walkley Part personal exploration and part creative expression, this workshop is a great fit for those embracing or facing change. Look at the creative force of change, find visual metaphors that match your situation, find your source of self-connection and inspiration that will stay with you through the change, play with materials, and create a visual representation. Angela Walkley is a Compassionate Communication Trainer and will be your guide for the day. Angela brings a spirit of fun into the process while holding your personal experiences with care. STAMO FARM, 220 SEA MEADOW DR  |  $40  |  ALL AGES  |  MAX. 10 PARTICIPANTS


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Aaramë | Patrick Olmsted | Gwen Spinks

Drypoint Copperplate Printmaking 10:00 am – 1:00 pm » with Aaramë

Create your own drypoint copperplate etchings! You’ll spend the first part of the class creating an image on copperplate using an etching needle, and then use a real etching press to create your own drypoint prints to take home. Aaramë operates el Duende Studio, a home-based printmaking studio, creating handmade serigraphs, intaglio etchings, and hand-bound books. Her colourful screen prints express a joyful mysticism and love of the natural world, while her more complex intaglio etchings and handbound books are spiritual contemplations. Materials to bring:  Lunch, snack, water. AGI HALL | $65 | AGES 15+ | MAX. 6 PARTICIPANTS

The Mighty Uke

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm » with Patrick Olmsted When the Owl and the Pussycat set out to sea in their beautiful pea green boat with a small guitar, it was definitely a relative of the “mighty Uke”. Learn to play music from many of the world’s islands in a fun and interactive setting. Instruments provided by request at no charge. Patrick Olmsted has been playing and teaching music from all corners of the globe for more than 3 decades. He has performed, recorded, and learned from many legendary masters of music. THE ROXY | $20 | ALL AGES | MAX. 12 PARTICIPANTS

Dance ... a Jumpin’ and a Jivin’ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm » with Gwen Spinks

Learn the basic steps in the Single Rhythm Swing dance. No partner is needed—you will focus on the rhythm, turns, and dance connection. Gwen’s goal for this course is for people to have fun and gain confidence on the dance floor. Gwen Spinks has been teaching dance—including Latin, ballroom, country, and swing—for over 27 years. She is also a Feldenkrais practitioner. She offers knowledge, passion, and humour to her students. Materials to bring:  Water, snack. AGI HALL | $65 | AGES 10+ | MAX. 30 PARTICIPANTS


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Easter Bonnet Show & Parade

12:30 pm at the Gabriola Commons Field Easter Bonnets go back as far as the 1870s where it was tradition in Europe for ladies to wear flowers on their hats in celebration of spring. The tradition grew and spread to New York City where each year more than 30,000 men, women, boys, and girls show off their outrageous Easter bonnets in the world’s largest Easter Bonnet Parade. Wear your hand-decorated Easter Bonnet in Gabriola’s first-ever Easter Bonnet parade right before the annual Easter Egg Hunt. Whether you create your own Easter bonnet at the event, or join in as a spectator, it’s sure to be fabulous Easter fun! This event is a collaboration with GIRO, the Commons, and the Rod & Gun Club. GIRO is donating free materials to help you create a fabulous hat. Collect your materials at GIRO’s Easter Table on Saturday, April 8th and 15th. Anything goes! Will you be making a bonnet for the parade? Email to sign-up. FREE EVENT!

Artist Appreciation BBQ

5:30 pm at the Arts & Heritage Centre Celebrate 10 jam-packed days filled with creativity on our Isle of the Arts, and give love to all the artists, art lovers, and members of the Gabriola Arts Council Share stories, eat, drink, and celebrate. Unwind and revel in what you’ve learned and taught. Open to everyone. Dress for the weather. The 7th Annual Arty Award will be given to the Gabriolan voted Most Valuable Player in the Gabriola Art Scene for 2016—visit to nominate your favourite, or drop off your nomination form at the Arts Centre when you register for your workshop. Past Arty recipients include Gail Lund, Leah Hokanson, Sheila Norgate, Tammy Hudgeon, Kathy McIntyre, and Jim Wilson-Storey. FREE EVENT!  |  CASH BAR SPONSORED BY VILLAGE FOOD MARKET


An Artist’s Toolkit:

Day-Long Professional Development

Sunday, April 10

for Artists!

9:00 am – 5:15 pm at the Gabriola Arts & Heritage Centre $35 FOR THE DAY; 18 & UNDER $5  |  INCLUDES LUNCH, COFFEE/TEA Nutrition breaks sponsored by Red Roaster Coffee, Slow Rise Bakery, & Nature Spirit Earth Market

Creative Activism: A Panel Discussion

9:00 am » Facilitated by Martha Cole, Fibre Artist and All Beings Confluence Creator Can art change the world? Is creativity the key to positive social change? How do we use art to build a strong, engaged community? Explore these questions and more in a thought-provoking discussion with this group of artists who combine creative skill with political activism as they strive to make change and create a better—and more beautiful—world for all living things. Bob Bossin is a legendary figure in Canadian folk music and his 2014 book Davy the Punk won several honours including the Pinsky-Givon Prize for non-fiction. His award-winning music video Sulphur Passage played a significant role in preserving the forest of Clayoquot Sound. Laurie Burns has been privileged to live on Gabriola for the past 7 years. She is busy realizing her childhood fantasy of making things, and celebrating a life which includes time for dreaming each day. Kristin Miller has made quilts about war, prejudice, infertility, the oceanic web of life, community, and the environment. She started the UnspOILed Coast Quilt Project, and collaborated on the interactive Salish Sea Map and the Kinder Morgan Egg Challenge. Leanne Prain is a Vancouver graphic designer and author of 3 published books. She enjoys looking for the intersections between the handmade & fabricated, and the intentional & accidental.

Preparing Your Portfolio 10:30 am » with Patt Scrivener

Grab the attention of potential collectors and galleries with a polished portfolio. Discover tools to put together a portfolio in a digital format using online tools, and one that can be printed, too. Learn what to include, how many images, and how to format it. Award winning artist Patt Scrivener conducts workshops for Professional Art Groups and in her own studio. Her goal is to help students discover their intuitive creativity.


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Activism Through Art

11:45 am » with Leanne Prain An exploratory tour of how artists and designers use their work to activate social or political change. Leanne will share and discuss how art can be used to implement civic collaborations, community co-creations, conversation-worthy street art, and covert storytelling. Author and designer Leanne Prain currently works at a public engagement program at Simon Fraser University. Her books are Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti, Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery, and Strange Material: Storytelling Through Textiles.

Inspired Lunch with Break-out Work Session 1:00 pm » Facilitated by Leanne Prain

A time to gather and workshop ideas on how to launch an unusual art project, rally community, and document collective work. Participants are encouraged to share stories of their own subversive art projects. Generously sponsored by Robert’s Place.

Iron Artist

2:00pm » with Chris Straw “Allez create!” It’s a battle of the artists. You’ll be paired up with another challenger, and armed with a stash of mystery supplies. Collaboration, innovation, spontaneity, and fun! The panelists from earlier will judge your creations at the end of 30 minutes, and the winning teams will get mystery prizes! Hosted and egged-on by Colour Commentator Chris Straw.

Navigating Etsy: Your Own Online Shop 3:00 pm » with Mei Dunlop

In this general beginner’s course, you will learn how to navigate the online marketplace, Etsy. Know your brand, and market your items attractively online by using keywords and good descriptions to get yourself found, and look at seller stats to track performance. Mei Dunlop runs several online stores on Etsy and has sold over 20,000 items on and offline. She’s very active in her community and is currently co-planning another Etsy market.

Social Media Success for Arts Businesses 4:15 pm » with Deidre Tansey

Learn clear, simple, creative strategies, to design a social media plan that works for you as an artist! With some helpful tools and shortcuts you can create pathways to engage your audience and reach people never before within your spectrum! With a background in Fine Arts Education and years of entrepreneurial experience, Deidre Tansey is the founder of the new creative digital media agency, Ampersand Media, that enables small businesses and creative individuals to reach their full potential within a realistic time budget.

Artist Appreciation BBQ

5:30 pm » at the Gabriola Arts & Heritage Centre •  See page 31 for more information


Martha Cole | Bob Bossin | Laurie Burns | Kristin Miller | Leanne Prain | Patt Scrivener | Mei Dunlop | Deidre Tansey


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The Gabriola Arts Council Thanks: Agi Hall, Fabricland, Gabriola Commons, Gabriola Ecumenical Society, Gabriola Elementary School, Gabriola Public Library, Net Loft, OPUS Art Supplies, Robert’s Place, The Roxy, The Surf Lodge, and all of the extraordinary volunteers, artists, instructors, performers, participants, and advertisers. We acknowledge the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia. Festival Manager: Alina Cerminara Brochure Design: Tim Gambrill Festival Photography: Bill Pope

Festival Lead Director: Mary Sullivan Holdgrafer GAC Executive Director: Michelle Benjamin

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Festival at a Glance April 12

Festival Launch: Stories at Sunset Reception » 6:30pm | Readings » 7:30pm

All Beings Confluence (Part 2) » 9:00am – 4:00pm Raku (Part 2) » drop-in 10:00am – 6:00pm

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April 13

Rug Hook (Part 1) » 9:00am – 12:00pm Drumbeat of Reconciliation » 9:30am – 11:30am Photo Encaustic » 10:00am – 4:00pm Metalsmithing » 11:00am – 4:00pm Raku (Part 1) » 12:30pm – 3:00pm Why Poetry Matters » 1:00pm – 4:00pm One Book, One Community » 7:00pm – 9:00pm

All Beings Confluence (Part 3) » 9:00am – 4:00pm Understanding Your Video Camera » 10:00am – 12:00pm Producing Storytelling » 10:00am – 12:00pm Kitchen Arts » 10:00am – 1:00pm Design Your Own Tarot Cards » 1:00pm – 5:00pm Small Art Quilt » 1:30pm – 5:30pm Nectar of the Gods » 7:30pm

April 8

April 14

Greys Matter » 9:00am – 12:00pm Rug Hook (Part 2) » 9:00am – 12:00pm Métis Beadwork » 9:30am – 11:30am Create Your Own Peace Work » 12:30pm – 5:30pm Build It with a Box » 1:00pm – 3:00pm Presentation Excellence » 1:00pm – 3:00pm Kind Cuisine » 1:00pm – 4:00pm Multi-Media Catalogue Poetry » 2:00pm – 6:00pm Meditative Doodles » 4:00pm – 6:00pm Hildegard’s Ghost » 7:30pm

Land/Long Exposure » 7:30am and 4:30pm All Beings Confluence (Part 4) » 9:00am – 4:00pm Rawhide Rattle (Part 1) » 9:00am – 12:00pm Layer Upon Layer » 9:00am – 3:00pm Memory Cloth » 10:00am – 4:00pm Multiple Intelligences » 12:30pm – 3:30pm Raku (Part 3) » 12:30pm – 3:00pm Copper Enameling » 1:00pm – 4:00pm All Beings Confluence Exhibit » 7:00pm – 9:00pm

April 9 More Than Just a Stamp » 9:00am – 11:00am Intuitive Art » 10:00am – 12:00pm Photo Encaustic » 10:00am – 4:00pm Paper Crane/Project For Peace » 11:00am – 2:00pm Intro to Screenprinting » 1:00pm – 5:00pm Painting with Wool » 1:00pm – 6:00pm Astrological Archetypes » 3:00pm – 6:00pm Writing Yourself » 3:00pm – 6:00pm Ekphrastic Writing » 5:00pm – 6:30pm Gabriola Singers 40th » 2:30pm and 7:30pm

April 10 Weaving Without Boundaries » 9:00am – 1:00pm Afternoon of 100 Drawings » 1:00pm – 4:00pm

April 11 All Beings Confluence (Part 1) » 9:00am – 4:00pm Contour Drawing » 2:00pm – 4:00pm Chinese Calligraphy » 5:30pm – 7:30pm

April 15 Rawhide Rattle (Part 2) » 9:00am – 12:00pm Make Your Own Upcycled Bear » 9:30am – 1:30pm Sacred Self Collage » 10:00am – 1:00pm Embellished Image Transfers » 10:00am – 4:00pm The Art of Karate Kata » 2:00pm – 4:00pm Handmade Brushes & Tools » 2:00pm – 5:00pm Draw Life » 2:00pm – 5:00pm Vocal Play » 2:30pm – 5:30pm Lantern Making for Youth » 3:30pm – 6:30pm Blossom Night Market » 6:00pm – 9:00pm

April 16 Artist’s Toolkit » all day Character in Action » 9:00am – 11:30am The Art of Change » 9:30am – 2:00pm Copperplate Printmaking » 10:00am – 1:00pm Easter Bonnet Show & Parade » 12:30pm  The Mighty Uke » 2:00pm – 5:00pm Dance ... Jumpin’ and a Jivin’ » 3:00pm – 5:00pm Artist Appreciation BBQ » 5:30pm


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April 6–16

Isle of the Arts Festival Brochure  

65 workshops. 10 events. 10 days. Gabriola Island this Spring.

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