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Prominent artists come to town

Island Arts Expo will feature 25 artists for show, sale and guest presentations

An art exhibition show and sale this weekend will feature 25 West Coast artists, workshops, demonstrations and some top-notch raffles.

It’s the fourth annual Island Arts Expo in Qualicum Bay and besides a lecture by renowned painter Robert Bateman, Janice Roberston­—Senior Federation of Canadian Artist (SFCA) member—is coming from the mainland. She will be doing a painting demonstration of fruit and floral still life in acrylics on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 10:30 a.m.

Nathan Scott, celebrated sculptor from Victoria who is best known for his Terry Fox piece at Mile 0, will be covering the sculpting process at 12:30 on Sunday. Other well-known artists will also be presenting over the weekend.

Visitors to the expo can view or buy paintings, sculptures, cards, jewelry, books, glass art, photography and textile art. There will be over $2,300 in prizes, including original paintings by Sofie Skapski and Therese Johnston.

Live music will fill the Lighthouse Community Hall during the exhibition and food will available.


The Island Arts Expo runs from 10- 4 p.m. Nov. 3- 4 at 240 Lions Way in Qualicum Bay. First Nations Elder Jessie Demerse will perform a blessing to kick off the event at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday. Entrance is by donation to the local food bank. There are fees to attend the guest presentations, register at or call 250-757-8003.