Art tour in Alberni deserves an encore: organizer

Gordon Dick

More than 240 people took in the two-day Days With the Arts studio tour in the Alberni Valley last weekend, making it a successful fundraiser for the community arts council.

“It went really well,” organizing committee chair Colleen Goodrich said.

The community arts council took over organization of the tour this year after the Beta Sigma Phi sorority handed over the reins. More than 100 artists showed their work at 39 venues, including seven public venues like Echo Centre, the train station and Maritime Discovery Centre.

Goodrich had been a little worried last week as only 40 tickets had been sold by mid-week.

Only five of the 100 artists had to cancel due to illness, she said. And while the event committee hasn’t had a chance to debrief yet, she said it looks to be a success.

She asked artists whose studios she visited how things were going and was met with enthusiasm. She asked them all to contact her with their feedback on the event, which is run every second year. The garden tour runs the opposite year.

“There’s probably things we could do better,” Goodrich said. She would like to see a youth ticket price and a youth venue in two years, something she felt was lacking this year.

Restaurants that offered deals to people with tour wrist bands were full, and there was a buzz at Char’s Landing when the winning raffle tickets were drawn, she said (all winners have been notified).

“As far as raising the profile of arts in the Alberni Valley, it was extraordinary,” she said.

editor@albernivalleynews.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Alberni Valley fire departments hold car wash to raise funds for Wounded Warriors Run

Come out Feb. 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to learn more about the run

67th year for Port Alberni’s men’s open bonspiel

Public is welcome to cheer on teams throughout the weekend

Alberni Valley residents vent anger over proposed Beaver Creek cannabis project

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District grapples with limited authority to restrict operations

Paper Excellence, owner of Crofton mill, hit by malware

Paper production in Crofton, and other mills, impacted by incident

B.C. NDP’s throne speech speaks of benefits to B.C., says MLA Scott Fraser

Fraser agrees to meet with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs over pipeline

HIGHLIGHTS: Day one and two at the 2020 BC Winter Games

Athletes had sunny – but cold – weather to work with in Fort St. John

Zamboni driver, 42, earns NHL win over Maple Leafs

Emergency goalie called into action for Carolina Hurricanes

Governor general says multiple solutions needed for ‘complicated’ overdose issue

Julie Payette met at a fire hall with firefighters and police officers as well as politicians and health experts

Landlord ordered to pay $11K after harassing B.C. mom to move days after giving birth

Germaine Valdez was pressured to move just a few days after giving birth by C-section to her child

Heart attacks strike B.C. husband and wife just over one year apart

Courtenay couple share personal stories to bring awareness to heart month

‘Nothing surprises us anymore:’ U.S. border officials find brain in package

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents found the brain packed in a glass mason jar in a Canada Post shipment

B.C., Ottawa sign sweeping 30-year deal for northern caribou habitat

West Moberly, Saulteau co-manage new protection on two million acres

Eyes on police after Trudeau orders blockades torn down, injunctions enforced

The RCMP in B.C. have sent a letter to the traditional leaders of the Wet’suwet’en Nation

B.C. massage therapist suspended following allegations of sexual misconduct

While suspended, Leonard Krekic is not entitled to practice as an RMT in B.C.

Most Read