Sunny skies in forecast for artist studio tour this weekend

Artist Donna Ion prepares for 19th Annual Oak Bay Artists’ Studio Spring Tour

The weather forecast predicts sunshine this weekend for the 19th Annual Oak Bay Artists’ Studio Spring Tour.

Oak Bay artists will open their home studios to the public for this free, self-guided event on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4:30 p.m. Donna Ion is one of the artists excited about chatting with the community as they pass through her home gallery.

“I really like meeting all the people who come through. They are really lovely and very respectful,” said Ion, who has been participating in the event for about 10 years. “It is a nice day for everybody.”

With 25 artists involved, Ion recommends grouping some studios together and doing one group on Saturday and one group on Sunday. If it is a nice day people can treat it like a walking or biking tour.

Ion, who has just come off a very successful show at the Oak Bay Marina in January and February, has been painting for about 15 years. She spent 20 years as a teacher, including at Willows and Margaret Jenkins, and would do art on Fridays. She always loved working with colour.

“When I retired I took some courses locally to learn how to manipulate the paint and it took off from there. It morphed into a really interesting hobby,” said Ion.

Mostly self-taught, Ion takes courses once in a while from other artists. She also spends a lot of time looking through art magazines and going to museums.

“If I see something I really like, I try to incorporate a version of that in my paintings,” said Ion.

Her biggest inspiration is Tom Thomson, a Group of Seven painter. Like Thompson, Ion paints views through the forest.

“I love painting trees. I like that feeling of being right in the forest,” said Ion. “I wanted to come up with a different way to paint the west coast.”

You can view Donna Ion’s work this weekend at 2682 Topp Avenue.

The free, self-guided tour on Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22, 2018 from noon to 4:30 p.m. visits 25 local artists showing paintings in watercolour, acrylic, and oil, as well as ceramics, photography, fibre art, paper castings, art cards, sculpture and more.

Several of the participating artists have received nationwide and international recognition. The Spring Studio Tour artists are: Marie-Andree Allison, Robert Amos, Sarah Amos, Myra Baynton, Jean Betts, Arlene Davey, Heather Midori Yamada, Anne Hansen, Donna Ion, Linda Lindsay, Vivian Lochridge, Victor Lotto, Sandi Madsen, Joanie McCorry, Lindy Michie, Avis Rasmussen, Paul Shepherd, Pam Stonehouse, Miriam Thorn, Erik Thorn, Joan Turner, Myrna Germaine-Brown, Bruce Vallance, Flo-Elle Watson, and Val Wouters.

A brochure with artist images, descriptions, and a tour map is available to download at www.recreation.oakbay.ca. Printed brochures are available at the Oak Bay recreation centres, Oak Bay municipal hall, and the Oak Bay library as well as at local businesses and through participating artists.

Now in its 19th year, the juried tour is produced by Oak Bay Parks, Recreation, and Culture.


 

keri.coles@oakbaynews.com

Follow us on Instagram
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Art Studio Tour

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

 

Donna Ion is one of 25 local artists participating in the 19th Annual Oak Bay Artists’ Studio Spring Tour. The free, self-guided tour on Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22, 2018 from noon to 4:30 p.m. visits 25 local artists showing paintings in watercolour, acrylic, and oil, as well as ceramics, photography, fibre art, paper castings, art cards, sculpture and more. (Keri Coles/Oak Bat News)

Donna Ion is one of 25 local artists participating in the 19th Annual Oak Bay Artists’ Studio Spring Tour. The free, self-guided tour on Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22, 2018 from noon to 4:30 p.m. visits 25 local artists showing paintings in watercolour, acrylic, and oil, as well as ceramics, photography, fibre art, paper castings, art cards, sculpture and more. (Keri Coles/Oak Bat News)

Donna Ion is one of 25 local artists participating in the 19th Annual Oak Bay Artists’ Studio Spring Tour. The free, self-guided tour on Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22, 2018 from noon to 4:30 p.m. visits 25 local artists showing paintings in watercolour, acrylic, and oil, as well as ceramics, photography, fibre art, paper castings, art cards, sculpture and more. (Keri Coles/Oak Bat News)

Donna Ion is one of 25 local artists participating in the 19th Annual Oak Bay Artists’ Studio Spring Tour. The free, self-guided tour on Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22, 2018 from noon to 4:30 p.m. visits 25 local artists showing paintings in watercolour, acrylic, and oil, as well as ceramics, photography, fibre art, paper castings, art cards, sculpture and more. (Keri Coles/Oak Bat News)

Just Posted

Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre to host a trio of acts

Aaron Pritchett, Alex Cuba and Valdy will each play four shows

Pacific Opera takes music to the streets

Artists travel around Capital Region District this summer for live performences

SKAMpede goes live in July

Beloved annual event returns with changes, pre-registration online

Victoria Flamenco Festival goes virtual for 2020 event

The show will go online from July 23 to 26

Campbell River teen produces quarantine musical

Ryver Santos Cegnar performed for friends and family over Facebook

Nanaimo Art Gallery summer camp moves programming online due to COVID-19

Teenage artists have until the end of next week to apply to Dazzle Camouflage

Symphony pop-up concerts coming to central Vancouver Island

Only 40 tickets available for each Vancouver Island Symphony private backyard show

Courtenay theatre gets support for livestream ‘hybrid’ shows this year

Island Coastal Economic Trust funds help Sid Williams Theatre with infrastructure, training

Virtual film industry career fair offers chance to talk with the experts

Experts in 11 different departments, three film union representative will be in attendance

Victoria Classic Boat Festival cancelled due to safety concerns

Organizers say Inner Harbour doesn’t provide enough space for physical distancing

Infringing festival finds a way to dance during pandemic

Nanaimo’s Crimson Coast Dance Society holding drive-in, micro and physically distanced events

Coastal scenes at the forefront for July shows at Victoria galleries

From sculpture to landscape paintings, summer art is about nature

Most Read