While the biennial Days With the Arts studio tour has had longevity in the Alberni Valley, its 2011 organizers are new.
The Laureate Beta Iota chapter of Beta Sigma Phi traditionally organized the tour as a fundraiser for the community arts council, but the arts council has now taken over.
“It’s our first time, so we really want it to be good,” tour committee chair Colleen Goodrich said.
“It raises the profile of arts in the community and the arts council too. When people go around to the studios they will see the amazing amount of art that’s going on in this community. And it’s high-calibre.”
The $20 ticket cost gets you a wristband and map for the weekend, so you can take your time touring the 39 different venues. The self-guided tour is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.
The weekend pass also comes with draw tickets for the main draw, in which nearly every participant has donated something (prizes are displayed at the Clocktower Gallery in Harbour Quay).
Many of the studios will also have draws, Goodrich said.
The Rotary club supports the arts district on Argyle Street, and has rounded up restaurants who are participating in the studio tour by offering discounts on meal items.
Tickets are on sale until Saturday, April 16 at Echo Centre and the Rollin Art Centre. Please keep in mind that some venues—such as Echo and the Rollin—are only open for the Saturday.