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Gabriola Island South Beach (Richard Pullano photo)

Gabriola Island South Beach

(Richard Pullano photo)

Gabriola Island

Art Galleries & Artists

Glass artwork (Danielle Hayes photo)

Glass artwork (Danielle Hayes photo)

Gabriola Island is known as "Isle of the Arts" for excellent reason.

It's not only home to possibly the highest concentration of artists in Canada, but it's also home to artists in almost every discipline: painting, pottery, jewellery, woodcarving, stained glass and music. Not to mention writers in every genre from mystery and science fiction to children's books and nonfiction. Talk about a creative hive.

Commercial Galleries and Private Studios

Gabriola comes peppered with commercial galleries and private artists' studios. Wherever the visitor wanders, art miraculously appears. Plan a full day for gallery-hopping. Artists post signs on driveways and welcome visitors. Works of art are often left out in shops and kiosks, unmanned. At Earth, Fire and Tears, peruse fine pottery at bargain prices. If a visitor fancies something, just leave cash or cheque, take the purchase and travel on. How easy can it be?

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