Browse and visit with hundreds of talented, unique, creative, and fascinating artists during the 8th annual Sunshine Coast Art Crawl happening October 20-22, 2017! Artists and artisans will be hosting special workshops, sales, demos, and more during this weekend-long festival at more than 140 venues.
Sunshine Coast Art Crawl 2017
Where: Lower Sunshine Coast, from Langdale to Earls Cove.
When: October 20-22, 2017
Admission: FREE! Artists may have activities in which you can participate for a fee. Otherwise simply bring your cash and cards to shop some of their amazing and unique pieces.
I visited two talented artists this summer who will both be participating in the Sunshine Coast Art Crawl. The first was Chris Motloch at Molten Spirit Glass Studio in Roberts Creek and the second was Tim Kline at Coast Chimes in Gibsons.
With Chris, I tried my hand at glass blowing, like you can do at his studio during the Sunshine Coast Art Crawl.
For the past few years, participants have been able to visit Motloch’s studio, browse his masterful pieces that whimsically spill out onto the forest floor around his studio, and make their very own glass pumpkin.
“Pumpkins are the most enjoyable things I make out of glass because it doesn’t matter how funky they look. Asymmetrical? Perfect!”
For such a playful final look, there is a lot of precision that goes into the process. “It’s all about heat control and timing,” Motloch told me as he cranked up the ovens to show me – in the spirit of the Art Crawl – how to make my own pumpkin.
My second stop was visiting a successful online entrepreneur, who is also an incredibly talented artist who loves opening up his studio space during the ‘Crawl.
While 90 per cent of Kline’s business is online – he’s been featured as a top seller through his Shopify store — during the Art Crawl, you also get to see his pieces live and talk to the artist himself. It’s what he loves, meeting people face to face during this annual event.
“There’s enthusiasm, an element of surprise,” Kline says. Visitors find it refreshing to see his blue, emerald, and olive glass chimes in person, and to find out how affordable they are.
For the past two decades Kline has been perfecting his chimes, and the tools with which he makes them, like his own sea glass tumbler. He looks to make pieces that are durable, beautiful, and have a great sound.
Chris and Tim are just two of over 300 artists participating in the Sunshine Coast Art Crawl. Plan your trip this fall and pick up a brochure for the self-guided tour at Sunshine Coast Credit Union, Visitor Centres and BC Ferries.