A New IAA Opportunity!

At the recent meeting on December 12th
IAA announced some
Exciting News,
Now is the time to share it:

Island Artisans Association
will sponsor a
Fine Craft
Exhibition and Sale

at the
Oak Bay Beach Hotel
David Foster Auditorium and Atrium

October 25, 26, 27, 2019

This will be a Juried show
 We are also very excited to have hired Lisa Samphire who you may remember from the Starfish Gallery and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and a well known glass artist in her own right, as our coordinator.

There will be three opportunities for members to consider when applying:

‘The Exhibition in the Atrium’
‘Shop in the Atrium’
‘and/or a Table in the David Foster Room’

 Applications will be available online in mid-January. More information about
the jurying process and show will also be given at that time. It is important to note that you must be a member of IAA to apply for the show.
(Membership due in early January to be eligible to enter and to vote at the AGM)
Our AGM is on Tuesday, February 5th at Cedar Hill Recreation Centre.
Please save the date. This will be our only formal meeting in the Spring and an opportunity to find out more about the show.

Call for entry – Cowichan Valley


click link for full details

MAY 3–7, 2017

Portals- The CVAC Centre of Arts, Culture and Heritage and the Island Savings Centre, Cowichan Suite,

2687 James Street, Duncan, B.C.


The Cowichan Valley Arts Council presents its 47th annual open Fine Arts Show.
A selection of pieces will be selected by a three jurors, based on the following:

Best In Show (1)
Award of Excellence (5)
Honorable Mention (10)
People’s Choice (1)

About the entrants:
¬ must be a CVAC member in good standing at the time of registration.
¬ must be at least 16 years of age.
¬ must ensure that valid “model release” forms have been completed in cases where individuals are represented or photographed and may be recognizable in the work being displayed.

About acceptable entries:
¬ must be original work of the entrant
¬ must be for sale
¬ must be no larger than 18 square feet or 40 cubic feet.
¬ Must be framed and/or ready to hang including a taut wire stretched between eye hooks affixed to both sides of the frame, 1/3 from the top of the frame.
¬ All wire ends must be neatly taped.
¬ Unframed canvases must have finished edges and no staples may be visible
¬ Must not have been shown previously on Vancouver Island.
¬ May be the work of collaboration if collaborators are acknowledged (note new collaborator’s entry fee).
¬ CVAC reserves the right to decline entries that do not meet the above conditions.
¬ No refunds will be issued for late or unacceptable entries.

About the show:
¬ 160 entries will be included on a first come, first served basis; a waiting list will be kept.
¬ As closely as possible the show will include 40% 2D traditional, 30% 2D contemporary, 5% 3D traditional, and 25% 3D contemporary. (see website for detailed descriptions)
¬ A 2% processing fee will be applied to single electronic purchases over $300 (Visa, MC)
¬ All purchases are subject to a 15% CVAC commission charge.
Unsold entries not collected, are subject to a storage fee of $3.00 per day


Wednesday, April 5 to Saturday April 8
Beginning at 10 am. Registrations will be taken on-line at the CVAC website (cowichanvalleyartscouncil.ca) and in person at PORTALS from 10 – 5 (The CVAC Centre of Arts, Culture and Heritage, 2687 James St., Duncan, B.C.) No mail-in registrations accepted. First come, first served, up to 150 pieces.

Gifts Show – jewelry category opens up more space

Gifts for Myself and Others, Victoria’s premier Fine craft artisan craft show, apply by august 15th!

The Island Artisans Association, Gifts for Myself and Others,  continues it’s efforts to grow and improve the quality of its services to it’s membership.

Gifts for Myself and Others is delighted to announce the executive board’s decision to increase the number of juried and accepted jewellery vendors from 6 to 8 for 2016. This is exciting news as it means we still have space available and welcome new applicants in the jewelry category.

Get ready …. there is MORE NEWS!

Get your application filled out and submitted by AUGUST 15th and if you are an accepted vendor, you will receive paid bonus time on Facebook as a early dead line incentive.

We are looking forward to another great show this year!
Hope to see your application soon.


it is that time of year again, Call for entry for the Sooke Fine Arts Show has been announced, time to get those special pieces completed, not started yet, well lets get on it. The Sooke Fine Arts Show provides the opportunity for the finest artists from Vancouver Islan read more

Professional Development


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When you put together your art credentials, share them. They can be used in your bio, on your website, in your press kits, marketing materials or even in a jury submission. Sit down and take stock of those items that establish you as an authority.

Who are You?Here are some suggestions of experiences to include;

 Have you developed a unique or unusual technique that you use in your work?

Have you written books about art, or have you written any articles?

What press exposure have you gotten, including interviews and reviews?

In what publications has your artwork appeared?

Has your work been included in any art exhibitions?

What is your educational background? Do you have a degree in Art or an MFA?
What honors or awards have you earned?
Do you teach, or give workshops on art?
What art-related organizations do you belong to, and do you hold office in any of them?
Presenting your credentials highlights your skills and your experience, establishing you as a leader or an expert in your field. Developing this kind of authority reinforces your standing as a professional.

Although establishing your credentials is important, your body of work is the most essential part of your presentation. Your portfolio should be cohesive, with a strong signature style. All images of your artwork should be beautifully photographed.

Credentials together with visuals of your work should make impact that showcases yourself as an artist and brings attention to your work.


Gifts for Myself and Others 2014

THE NEW POST CARD FOR 2014! The Gifts for Myself and Others 2014 application for the finest Juried Craft show on the Island is now available on line. Don’t miss out, due to the success of last years show, this intimate venue fills quickly, we have but a few spots left. We have more details coming about the new “GALLERY SPACE” which artisans can take part in with only a few items.

Gifts for myself and others 2014



Life Drawing Workshops

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Two Life Drawing Workshops
April 12/13 (Saturday and Sunday) 9:30 to 4:30
April 25/26 (Friday and Saturday) 9:30 to 4:30 Location; Stone Cottage Studio at Mill Bay
Instructors: Kaye Smillie, Anne Jarvis, Richard Gibson, Sharron Campbell Coffee and Lunch included in the $250 fees per workshop

For artists who wish to enhance their drawing skills, life drawing is the ultimate discipline. Kaye will concentrate on action drawings, anatomy and volume, Anne will explore the use of line for expression, Sharron will give us some instruction on using colour effectively and Richard will free us all with a contemporary, creative approach to drawing the figure. Paper and materials for the colour section of the workshop are covered in the cost of the course, but please bring a large sketchbook, pencils (graphite and charcoal) and a kneadable eraser.

For further information call Kaye Smillie at 250 743 3083 carol.kaye@telus.ca or Sharron Campbell at 250 743 9052 sharron.campbell@shaw.ca