Chemainiacs are used to following trails to find great art, but if they let their footsteps wander onto the Polka Dot Trail Oct. 2 to 4 they’ll discover a whole new world of talented artists in their own community.
Seventeen artists are participating at 14 studio locations on the Polka Dot Trail, said organizer Connie Manning. The self guided tour goes from 2 to 8 p.m. on the Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Their materials and techniques are as diverse as the personalities of the artists themselves. “People can expect to see a diversity of talented artists, subject material, media types and skills,” Manning said.
Painting, digital art, photography, mixed media, silk painting, heritage fabrics reconstructed, glass blowing, rug hooking, carving, pottery… travellers on this artistic expedition will get to see how rich and varied the arts community of Chemainus really is.
This is the second year for the studio tour. Manning said people doing the tour will not only get to experience the diversity of art and artists in their community, they will get a chance to see how the artists work.
“There will be a focus on artists demonstrating their skills to show how they do their work, what inspires them, and the process of creation for them,” she said.
Stops on the tour are: Carlyle Art Studio, Polka Dot #1; Pottery by Peggy, #2; Blue Crow Studio, #3; Linda Westrom, Rhythms Artglass, #4; Renditions in Rags, #5; Diana Durrand, #6; Will Walker, #7; Fred Law, #8; Lorraine Taylor, Tracy Taylor and David Whittles, #9; Sage House Studio, #10; Cim MacDonald Studios, #11; Sheryl Sawchuk, #12; Bound to Be Different, #13; and Mary Ann Gerwing, #14.