Gibsons BC - Local Artists & Craftspeople|
By Tracey Jacquot
If you are lucky enough to make a trip to Gibsons BC on the famous Sunshine Coast you are in for a real treat. There are more local artists and craftspeople per capita than almost any other area of BC.
From potters & weavers, to painters and jewellers, Gibsons BC has some of the most beautiful local products available. It doesn't stop there either. Soap maker can be found making full lines of organic beauty products. Packaged beautifully for you to take away. One soap maker on the coast has over 100 different soaps available.
There are local galleries that display a wide array of works. some of the best pottery in BC can be found here, and fibre arts like weaving, knitting, wool spinning and fabric making are so popular, that there is even a Fabric Arts Festival held annually. Thousands of people ascend on this little seaside village for the event. worsted wool purses and hats, fabulous one of a kind fabrics, beautiful weaves and knitting to die for are just a few of the types of items you will find at the Festival.
Each Sunday, local craftspeople and artists have a vendors area in lower Gibsons. This spectacular setting with the one of a kind treasures you will find is just one way to spend an hour or so visiting the street vendors and walking through Mollys Lane that also is host to many more local craft businesses.
Sheepskin vendors who make slippers, custom quilts that will be heirlooms in your family for years to come and some of the most exquisite jewellery you will find await you. Local painters and visual artists work can be found in most local restaurants and the galleries through out town. You can also find an amazing little art shop at the bottom of the Gibsons Public Wharf.
Almost every street block has some type of hand made treasure to be found. Blown glass garden globes and hummingbird feeders are a personal favorite. Most local artists and craftspeople belong to the Purple Banner program. You can stop and visit any studio displaying a purple banner. These artists and craftspeople welcome you to their studios.
With the huge amount of talent, if you are into one of a kind arts and crafts, a trip to Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast is worth it alone. Just a 45 minute ferry ride from West Vancouver, you will find this talented little town.
For more information on local Gibsons Businesses visit http://www.sunshinecoast-bc.com/gibsonsservicedirectory.html
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