South Rock Art Tour continues the great tradition of open studio days

The tradition of art tours on the Semiahmoo Peninsula – a chance for potential art buyers to meet local artists in their own studios or workshops – continues this weekend (September 24-25) with the first South Annual Rock Art Tour.

Some 29 artists and artisans living and/or working in White Rock, Ocean Park, Crescent Beach and South Surrey will take part in the open studio event.

Following in the footsteps of the Peninsula Art Tour, which ran from 2010 to 2019, it includes 17 separate venues that will be open between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on both days (some artists will be sharing their spaces with other artists who additionally have small studios or workspaces not easily accessible to the public).

Artists and artisans will be in their showrooms or workshops to interact with visitors and answer questions about their work – which offers a wide variety to please all tastes.

Included will be oil, acrylic, watercolor and mixed media paintings; as well as jewelry, ceramics, mosaic, glassware, sculpture, woodturning, wearable art and home decor, and the majority of the work will be for sale.

To learn more about the artists and artisans – and for a map showing all the locations – visit www.southrockarttour.com

Peninsula artists featured are Adele Samphire, Alyson Thorpe, Armida Ortega, Audrey Bakewell, Bruce Kleeberger, Carla Maskall, Caroline Baasch, Catherine Sheppard, Cheryl Bodnar, Ciel Ellis, Colleen Lumb, Constance Glover, David Klassen, Deb Swartz, Doris Anderson, Eileen Fong, Georgina Johnstone, Jacquie Janzen, Jeanette Jarville, Joanne Carter, Laurie Thomasson, Lisa Samphire, Mindy Hardiman, Nicole Carrie, Richard Schmid, Sandra Tomchuk, Sid Samphire, Sylvie Peltier (Esspé) and Tammy Bailey.

During the tour, Maskall will be giving away his new coloring book featuring local scenes from White Rock and South Surrey. She also illustrated the book What the Seal Saw which was recently chosen as “Heather’s Pick” at Indigo Grandview Corners.

Produced by Peltier and her husband, Greg Nosaty, the tour is presented by Arts of Course – Peltier’s online watercolor school – and sponsored by CIBC Wood Gundy, The City of White Rock and Nautilus 1500 Oxford.

“The tour is the new post-Covid version of the Peninsula Art Tour which ran for 10 years and was produced by Nicole Carrie,” Peltier explained.

“It stopped during Covid, and after a two-year hiatus, Nicole wanted to let it go.”

Peltier said that as an artist who had been on the tour before and visited other artists this way, she felt it would be a great loss to the community if the event did not continue in some form or another one.

As the founder of Arts of Course, I thought this would be a great opportunity to give back to the community, she added.

“With my husband Greg, we decided to change the name and develop the Tour. We were fortunate to have CIBC Wood Gundy as a sponsor and we were able to involve the town of White Rock and the Nautilus 1500 project which presents also the work of the touring artists in their sales office.

– During the tour, artist Carla Maskall will be giving away her new coloring book featuring local scenes from White Rock and South Surrey. She also illustrated the book “What the Seal Saw” which was chosen as “Heather’s Pick” at Indigo.


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