Here at Art Alchemy we are ending November and starting December with a bang.

On the final weekend in November, we are participating in the fall edition of the Central Island Studio Tour. This time there are 51 studios to visit from Black Creek to Parksville. The studios are open from 10 am to 4:30 pm on November 25, 26, and 27. Full details of this event and downloadable maps are available at Art Alchemy is #35 on the map. Here at Art Alchemy, all our 9 artists are preparing new work for this exciting event and reorganising our individual studios to display our paintings to advantage while still emphasising the designated working space. Most of us will be on hand throughout the weekend to meet and chat with all the visitors while we work on our current projects. Some of us will have cards and prints for sale, and special priced work, so there will be something special for every budget! This is a very fun event, so put it on your calendars, get your maps, and plan your own weekend itinerary.

The following weekend is our biggest yearly event  – the Square Foot Show!

The Art Alchemy Square Foot Show has become a much anticipated tradition here in Courtenay. This year marks the sixth square foot show put on by the Alchemy collective, and it is shaping up to be the best square foot show ever. As well as paintings from the nine artists in the collective, over 50 other local artists have been invited to submit work to this notable, juried event.

What sets a square foot show apart from other shows is that every piece of high quality, original art is the same size, 12” x 12”, and the same price, $200. All other studio work is put away, and the entire studio space is transformed into an intoxicating patchwork of one of a kind paintings. Wine, cheese, and other refreshments and appetizers will be served along with the art in a party atmosphere.

This year’s square foot show opens on Friday, December 2, with a spectacular grand opening celebration from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. The show runs through the weekend, Saturday December 3rd and Sunday December 4th, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Many of the contributing artists will be in attendance throughout the show, along with the members of the Art Alchemy collective. Art Alchemy is situated at 362c, 10th Street in Courtenay.

This is a great opportunity to choose the perfect gift for that special person on your Christmas list, or add to your own collection. At $200, these square foot beauties are a great price. Get there early to choose your favourites; the paintings will be flying off the walls!



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