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Gallery & Fine Art Printery: Evening with Artists

This gathering is more than just a meet-and-greet; it’s a chance to delve into the world of fine printing. Whether you’re new to art printing or a seasoned professional, this evening has something for everyone.
🎨 Explore Our New Printery:
– See our state-of-the-art equipment
– Learn about fast turnaround times and our commitment to local artists
– Receive a discount card for your future printing needs

Ed Hill: Special Guest
– Gain valuable insights as Ed Hill shares tips and tricks for retail success while staying true to your artistic integrity.

This is your opportunity to connect with fellow artists, ask questions about the printing process, and see how we can help bring your masterpieces to life.

Let’s celebrate art and community together. We can’t wait to see you there!

Art Exhibition: TAM HARRINGTON | Fashion, A Complex Relationship

Illustrating the complex relationship between fashion and women’s oppression, exploitation, and empowerment, local artist Tam Harrington uses recycled metal and plastics to create wearable metal art and sculptures. Each piece in this exhibition portrays a time period or a woman that influenced the artist and contributed to the empowerment of all women. All sculptures and wearable metal art are made from recycled or found metal or plastic items that are traditionally associated with the feminine.

Join us for the opening reception on Saturday, Feb. 17th, 2pm – 4pm for conversation and light refreshments. All are welcome!

Opportunity: Call to Artists | Exhibit at GPAG in 2025

Deadline March 31, 2024.

We are now accepting applications for the Main Gallery and the Eve Smart Gallery. We accept submissions from both emerging and established artists working in all mediums and styles.

On our website under ‘Submissions’ you can find our exhibition policy, submission guidelines and entry form, and a sample artist-gallery contract; or you may stop by GPAG to pick up a paper copy. Before submitting your proposal please check the submission guidelines and requirements carefully. We accept digital submissions made via Google Drive, DropBox, or USB thumb drive. Please note that we do not accept submissions via email. We look forward to seeing your proposals!

Textures and design in abstract acrylic painting with Artist Sheri Peters

April 20 + 21 : Time: 10 AM – 1 PM
Instructor: Sheri Peters
Cost: $95 + $50 Supplies

The focus this weekend will be to discover different mediums to create texture within acrylic painting. Work on an abstract animal and a pure abstract using patterns and creating textures on the canvas to produce something unique. Students will take home two 11 x 14 paintings, and explore different ways to use:

-molding paste
– course textured gel medium
– pastels
– gesso
-glazing gloss medium

Art for the Inner I – Intuitive Portraits with Artist Rose Clarke

Dates: April 28

Time: 2PM – 4:30PM

Cost: $65, includes supplies

In this workshop, we will use INsight, INtuition & IMAGination to create meaningful, unusual, powerful self portraits and portraits of others.

You will be guided through a series of simple fun processes to help dismantle fixed viewpoints on what makes a ‘good or successful’ portrait and free up your inherent creative artistic abilities, using feelings, memories, imagination and senses.

You will have a range of painting, drawing, collage and other mixed media materials to use as you create your unique portraits.

All levels welcome. All materials provided.

Creative Mark Making,The Language of Abstraction with Artist Marlene Lowden

Dates: June 1 + 2
Time 9:30 am – 4:30 pm ( with a one hour lunch break)
Price $200 + supplies
Artist website:

Join Marlene Lowden for a two-day art course that takes you on a personal artistic journey into the world of abstraction. No prior experience is required; just bring your willingness to explore the unknown.
Immerse yourself in the captivating realm of abstract art as we challenge traditional notions of representation. Discover that marks on canvas go beyond mere gestures; they convey emotions, thoughts, and ideas. Learn the intricacies of mark-making, infusing your work with deeper meaning, emotion, and personality.
Engage in dynamic exercises rooted in the 7 Elements of Design that will unlock your intuition.

PR – Artist Card Trading Night

Do you know about Artist Trading Cards? Whether you do or don’t, we hope you’ll join us for ATC nights with host Harvey Chometsky.
In short, Artist Trading Cards are self-made unique works or small series, signed and dated on the reverse by the artist/producer, exchanged and collected by the people who participate in this collaborative event. There are only 2 “rules”: the cards must be 2.5″x3.5″ (the same as modern hockey cards or baseball cards), and they are only to be traded, not sold.
Make them ahead of time, or make them on the spot. We’ll bring some blanks and other art supplies.
And this is a family-friendly event!
Sign up here for reminders:

PR – qathet Art Centre: Gel Printing

Local multimedia artist Helen Farina will show participants the basic principles of gel printing & how to use a gel plate to create monoprints. We’ll experiment with mark-making tools to create interesting textures and designs, and create a series of botanical prints using different techniques.

All materials included, and participants will take home their own 5×7 gel plate!

Ripped Open: Anti-Fashion Cabaret

Join us for a unique evening of performance, poetry, and runway revelry: a showcase of one of a kind wearable art made of recycled materials with a pop-up shop to follow! An invitation to all those who dare to step over the threshold of the NORMAL, where you will be rewarded…

This is a full family affair. Kids of all ages are welcome.

Runway show starts at 3:30pm.
Location: 107-1161 Sunshine Coast Highway (C3 Gym)
Cost: $20 (50% off for Art Farm members. New members and any members from the past year will receive an email with a discount code).

Meet the Artist | Hiroshi Shimazaki

Sundays to Feb 11th – 2pm – 4pm. Meet GPAG exhibiting artist Hiroshi Shimazaki (The World As I See It) to ask questions and hear about his watercolour work and process.

Shimazaki will be in attendance on Sundays throughout his exhibition from 2 pm – 4 pm to speak with visitors and answer any questions you may have. We hope you will join us!

Sunday, January 21, 2pm – 4pm
Sunday, January 28, 2pm – 4pm
Sunday, February 4, 2pm – 4pm
Sunday, February 11, 2pm – 4pm

Max Wyman speaks about The Compassionate Imagination

Author, former art critic and arts policy-maker, Max Wyman, will read from his new book, The Compassionate Imagination. How the arts are central to a functioning democracy. He was an arts critic and columnist for The Vancouver Sun and CBC Radio for over 30 years. He is the author of seven books on the arts in Canada. Fundraiser: Sunshine Coast Writers and Editors Society.

Save a seat by emailing Please arrive by 5:45 p.m. to claim your seat. Suggested donation of $20 at the door as fundraiser for SCWES.

Art Exhibition: HIROSHI SHIMAZAKI | The World As I See It

to Feb 11th. The World As I See It offers a glimpse into the mental processes of a geographer/artist practicing watercolour landscape sketching and painting for 60 years. In so doing, he has come to realize that, for him, landscape painting has much more to do with what happens in his mind than with the mechanics of “how to paint.” Defining landscape as the drama of the interplay between heaven, land, and living creatures, Shimazaki here presents some five dozen paintings on a variety of papers and watercolour canvas and 72 original sketches. The arrangement of the paintings with accompanying texts offers five windows into the artist’s mind: why he painted, where he painted, when he painted, what he painted, and how he painted.

Opportunity: Call for Artists, Photographers & Authors- 3rd Annual Art & Words Festival

Be a part of the Art & Words Festival 2024, August 22-25, at Gibsons Public Market, where you’ll be paired at random with an artist to create magic works of literature and art.

New this year, on the first day of the festival we will have a book & art fair in the market, where participants can sell their art and books. We’re also accepting proposals for workshops.

Last year about 4,000 people came through the doors and saw the show, which included the awards ceremony of our SCWES Book Awards for BC Authors!

Forst Pottery Studio: Pottery on the Wheel

Six, 2 hour classes. This course focuses on developing wheel throwing skills. Projects like cups, small bowls and baking dishes focus on foundational skills such as centering and shaping. Glazing techniques will be covered in the last session.

Contact instructor Pat Forst for more info here.

I’ve always wanted to paint, BUT….with Artist Suzy Naylor

Dates: April 6/ 7 and April 13/14 2024
Time: 10am-4pm with an hour lunch break
Price: $275 plus cost of materials
This 4 day workshop is designed for beginners who are intrigued by the idea of painting but don’t know how to begin. In a light-hearted, fun, supportive and safe environment, this course is designed to get you started painting.

Beginning Painting Portraits with Artist Carol-Anne Almquist

Dates: February 4, 11, 18, 25 (weekly Sundays)
Time: 11-1:30 2.5 hours
Cost $170 + model fee of $10 on the last class, payable directly to your instructor.
This beginning portraiture will focus on getting an impression of the person.
During the first few classes I will teach sketching in the structure of the face, drawing the features and using geometric shapes to draw accurately. We will use photographs until the last class when there will be a live model to draw. The choice of photos and telling a story is the first goal.
A formula for using colours that are based in realism.
The materials will be your choice of acrylic or oils and they will be used in painted sketches rather than finished paintings.

Exploring layering in abstract acrylic painting with Artist Sheri Peters

Artist website:
Dates: March 16 & 17
Time: 10 AM – 1 PM
Cost: $95 + $40 Supplies (payable directly to your instructor)

Join me for this weekend to create layered paintings using a variety of supplies. Experiment with mixed media / abstract art:

Simple transfers: add a magazine picture onto a painted canvas using gel medium
Add depth and work in layers with collage using tissue papers to build up the surface on the canvas
Use glazing gloss medium to create translucent layers
Add stenciling
Please note, we are going to use the time together to experiment with different techniques that enhance layering in our abstract art pieces. We will focus on ways to start, choosing colors, making decisions while in process and how to follow your own intuitive voice.

Introduction to tapestry weaving – weave a tiny sunset

Learn the art of tapestry weaving using a handcrafted Everlea mini loom and a gorgeous array of naturally dyed yarns

This workshop will introduce you to the fundamentals of tapestry weaving, like building shapes and blending colors as well as some special techniques!

You will learn to use and take home the following:
-handcrafted mini loom
-5 naturally dyed card bobbins (enough to make 5 small tapestries
-weaving needle
-twine, magnet, pin – for mounting finished work
-support materials: ebook, access to online recording of learned techniques

Come gather with friends, learn something new, sip and snack!

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