Quadra Island is a haven for artists and art enthusiasts. With lush forests, picturesque ocean and mountain views, and an air of seclusion, the island is the ideal setting for practicing and displaying art. As a result, Quadra is home to dozens of artists from potters, to winemakers, to bike designers. So if you are an artist yourself, a connoisseur, or simply an admirer, there’s no better way to spend your day.
Luckily, the Quadra Artist Community makes it easy for anyone to experience a sampling of the local art scene all season long. The Quadra Island Studio Tour consists of a self-guided tour stopping at the studios of 14 artists all across the island. I was lucky enough to partake in the tour over the weekend and met some amazingly talented and knowledgeable artists keen on sharing their passion. Here are a few examples of stops you can expect on the tour:
James Pottery - http://www.jamespottery.com/
Gordon & Martha James of James Pottery have been producing pottery since 1976. A winding dirt path off the main road opens up into a stunning acreage with panoramic views of Georgia Strait and a 1905 Heritage Home-turned-Pottery Studio. Watch as the two artists create sculptural and functional pottery in their open-concept studio. Find a distinctive piece that resonates with you—you’ll have a tough time leaving without it.
Southend Farm & Vineyard - http://www.southend.ca/
At Southend Farm & Vineyard, co-Owner Jill Ogasawara served up a selection of their wines, from whites aged in floral Acacia barrels to reds using grapes solely from Quadra and the nearby Comox Valley. Their secluded Cape Mudge property consisting of a charming vineyard and log-cabin tasting room is the perfect destination for a day-trip on bike or by car. The winery produces roughly 500 cases in a season so their selection is quite exclusive, making their wine a wonderful souvenir to add to your cellar. I took home a bottle of my favourite—the Bara Rosé, which pairs wonderfully with oysters and fresh seafood.
Long John Silvers - http://www.longjohnsilvers.info/
Continue on down the road and you’ll arrive at John Hansen’s cceanside fused glass studio, Long John Silvers. John heats hand-cut glass designs up to 835°C to achieve remarkable custom pieces including bowls, lampshades, clocks, and the like. John’s family shares a passion for his craft: you might even receive a demo from one of his granddaughters.
If you’re planning on paying us a visit, the Front Desk at April Point or Painter's Lodge can provide you with a Studio Tour Map and recommend transportation. Our scooter and bike rentals make for an excellent way to experience all or a portion of the tour. For more information on the Studio Tour visit http://www.quadraislandarts.com
Thanks for stopping by,