Call for Submissions HIVE EMPORIUM

HIVE EMPORIUM opens its gallery doors on Thursday, June 18! We invite all Gabriolan artists to submit works for the inaugural exhibition Best in Show.

Exhibition: Best in Show
June 18 – 28, 2015 @ HIVE EMPORIUM 575 North Road
Opening –  Thursday June 186 – 9 pm (note new date!)
Submission Deadline: Friday May 29, 2015

Please send us photographs via email of two of your favourite pieces and we will choose one work for the exhibit.  Submission images: Low Res 72 dpi ONLY.  (Zipped files most helpful). Email to

All art must be appropriately prepared for presentation:  two dimensional works stretched and/or framed and three dimensional works stabilized and/or where applicable powered for display.

Size Limitation:
Paintings, prints, sketches – 2’ x 3’ width or height
Sculptures, ceramics, installations – 2’ width 3’ height
Please include the following information about your submitted work.

Name of Artist:
Genre: (painting, print, ceramic, photography, installation etc)
Media: (oil, charcoal, wood, metal, giclee, silk screen, electronics etc.)
Price: We offer a  60 / 40 split in sales.  60% paid out to the artist within 30 days of the exhibition closing. Please indicate the market value of the work you expect. For example $300 market value ($180 artist/$120 HIVE)

All artists will be notified by Monday, June 1 about which works will be accepted for the exhibition. Receipt of accepted works will take place at HIVE on Saturday June 6 and Sunday June 7  – 11 am to 2pm.

We hope to include the work of as many artists as possible for this opening event. Please submit on time and pass this message onto other Gabriola artists.


Call for Submissions: Upcoming Curated Group Shows for the Summer

Please forward short written proposals to

For the Bees  (July 1 – 19)

How do bees teach us about our own communal purpose?

This call is for work specific to honey bees and their importance to understanding our environment.

Inspired by the life-work of SFU professor Mark Winston who writes—“from the low hum of tens of thousands of insects and the pungent smell of honey and beeswax, to the sight of workers flying back and forth between flowers and the hive. The experience of an apiary slows our sense of time, heightens our awareness, and inspires awe.”

Submit ideas by June 7 – subject heading ‘For the Bees’)


Lost in the Woods – Ephemeral Creations (July 23 – August 3)

Artists are invited to re-imagine the gallery, considering local and distant landscapes as a presentational space.  Two-fold, the work should be placed in a safe and non-environmentally sensitive location, documented and then immediately dismantled. The artefact and documentation will then be installed in the HIVE Gallery.

Submit ideas by June 21 – subject heading ‘Lost in the Woods’


Artisan Wares and Functional Art and Design Inquiries

Please contact us via email to — Subject – Artisan and Design


If you have already contacted us and responded to our questionnaire we will get back to you as soon as we can. If you would like to be on our mailing list, please send an email to and indicate whether you would like to be on our list to receive Calls for Submission or News and Event Announcements, or both.

Economusée Information Meeting

If you are an artist or artisan making handcrafted items using traditional methods, please come to this meeting. A team from Economusée BC will be here to talk about an exciting proposal for Gabriola Island. This includes food producers, bakers, herbalists, and makers of all kinds.

Check out their website for details about what they do.
The meeting is on Wednesday, May 20 at 2 pm at the WI Hall.

Questions? Ask Michelle.

Beautiful live-edge maple desktop and rosebud drawer pulls.

What’s Happening at the Hall?

May 1 update:

Check out this gorgeous live-edge maple desktop, and these incredible cherry-wood cupboards, and the superb and talented team of volunteers and donors who are making it all happen.

The GAC and kitchen are almost completed. Next steps: kick that rotting foundation into place, and then turn the main room into a dreamy arts-and-culture centre.

April 1 update: Read more…

Medicine TJ Dawe

GAC Presents: Medicine by TJ Dawe!

A deeply honest and generous—not to mention smart and entertaining—piece of theatre … Dawe is a skilled performer … More than once, his openheartedness brought tears to my eyes.”
-Colin Thomas, Georgia Straight

One-act play | Written and Performed by the TJ Dawe

Saturday, April 25 | Reception 6:30pm, Show 7:00pm, Q&A 8:45 | Ages 14+ | Tickets $20 online below and $10 for ages under 17, at North Road Sports or at the door | Community Hall | 2200 South Road | More info: or 250.247.7409

Fringe Festival legend TJ Dawe shares his funny, at times heartbreaking and enlightening experience with Gabor Maté, the Amazonian psychotropic plant medicine ayahuasca, Read more…

GAC Public Art - Dallyn - are we there - even smaller

Mentorship Opportunity — Public Art

The Gabriola Arts Council, in association with artist Deborah Dallyn, is offering an exciting mentorship opportunity.

Deborah Dallyn has been awarded the first Public Art Commission for a work to be placed in the newly appointed Sculpture Garden in the woods behind the WI Hall. The project includes the opportunity for another artist to assist in the process of seeing this exciting new project come to fruition, and also Read more…


Isle of the Arts photos!

Don’t miss any of the great images of Gabriolans making beautiful, interesting art. Follow Bill Pope’s Flickr feed, and keep checking back for more. See what’s coming up next at the Isle of the Arts Festival here.

Leah side head

ARTY Award Winner 2015

Congratulations to Leah Hokanson, the recipient of the 2015 ARTY Award. Here’s why the GAC Board decided to honour Leah this year:

In Lulu Performing Arts’ tenth anniversary year, it seems fitting to honour Leah Hokanson for the enormous, creative contribution she makes on Gabriola, from Read more…