Gabriola Theatre Festival

Gabriola Island Artists Studio Tour




Give to the Arts on Giving Tuesday

Read on to learn about what you’ll get back …

Does Art Matter?

Dr. Sharon McCoubrey—Coordinator of Community Engagement for the Faculty of Education at UBC—has been collecting reports from around the world about the value of arts to individuals, communities, and society. Here’s a sampling from the reports she’s collected:

The Arts are important to individual health and well-being because they “enrich the experience of life” (PoGs, 2007), “provide pleasure and relaxation” (Bunting, 2007), are “integral to healing and resilience” (Green and Sonn, 2008), and “assist in recovery, communication and understanding, and in the management of pain, stress, and other symptoms” (Staricoff, 2004). Arts “build capacity and strengthen local identity,” “provide opportunities for income generation and tourism” (Mulligan et al., 2006), and “strengthen community identity and social cohesion.”

People who go to museums and concerts or create art or play an instrument Read more…

20th Annual Studio Tour Registration starts December 3rd

Thanks to those of you who participated in another successful Studio Tour Weekend! We saw more off-island visitors than ever, many of you reported great sales, and we received a huge amount of positive feedback!

What a great weekend! We’re getting ready for the 20th Annual Tour!
Studio Tour Dates: October 8-9-10, 2016, from 10am to 5pm.

Registration Process: Read more…

ONE WORLD: The Atlas Affair

The Gabriola Arts Council is hosting our 2nd annual fundraising gala on January 30th, 2016 at the Community Hall! Remember last year’s Chair Affair? A great time was had by all!

This year, we’ll find our way with MAPS! We’ve got old maps, new maps, and a whole pile of atlases that we’ll provide to a maximum of FIFTY Gabriola ARTISTS. You are invited to use and/or be inspired by the maps we provide, or you can use or create your own map. All kinds of maps are welcome—road maps, topographic maps, nautical charts, star charts, globes—the world’s the limit!

How do I get my map? Come to the WI Hall on Read more…

Join us at the Studio Tour planning meeting!

Everyone is invited to the 2016 20th Annual Thanksgiving Studio Tour Planning meeting!  Whether you participate in the Tour or not, bring your ideas for how to make the Studio Tour even better! We’ll also be brainstorming some ideas to make the 20th anniversary special. See you there!

Thursday, October 29, 2015 | 6:30 pm | WI HALL | 476 South Road

2016 Isle of the Arts Festival is seeking workshop proposals!

March 31st to April 10th, 2016

The call for fresh and innovative workshop proposals is now open!

Discover our most artistic and creative selves at the Isle of the Arts Festival, with dozens of workshops and events to help us enjoy, celebrate and explore arts and culture. 

From jewelry-making, to screen printing, Read more…

Gabriola Island Artists Studio Tour

Studio Tour Updates!


Studio 58 – Lindsay Stocking Godfrey – Not open for Studio Tour weekend

Studio 44 — Whalesong Studio — Not open for Studio Tour weekend

Studio 24 – Tim Gambrill Illustration & Design – Not open for Studio Tour weekend

Apologies for any inconvenience.

Check the Studio Tour website for up-to-the-minutes news.

Check the GAC Events Calendar for information about evening events before and during Tour weekend.


Intentional Aging

Exploring the Path from Senior to Elder

What does it mean to be an elder? Is it simply a process of growing older or does it require a conscious choice?

How do we take our place as elders in community?

As elders, what can we offer our community? Read more…