Calling all artists: annual studio tour deadline looms

The Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Art Studio Tour is getting ready for its 18th annual show and sale.

Maple Ridge potter Mark Tiggs

Maple Ridge potter Mark Tiggs

The Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Art Studio Tour is getting ready for its 18th annual show and sale.

The growing event, which features both established and emerging artists, had a record 36 stops on the tour last year.

“It was a pretty big deal for us to have that many,” said organizer Kerry McLaren, adding that already organizers have 30 participants for the 2016 version of the tour already.

The tour has a limited number of spaces open, so all interested artists are encouraged to apply now, she said, as the deadline is Jan. 15.

This art crawl is held each year on the Mothers’ Day weekend, which this year falls on May 7 and 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Last year’s event saw approximately 1,000 visitors from all areas of the Lower Mainland.

It is a self-guided tour that allows the public to visit artists in their studios and learn about their creative processes.

The tour features a variety of art, such as painting, pottery, sculpture, jewelry making, woodworking, mosaics and much more.

A brochure and map of the artists will be published.

“Visitors can pick and choose which artists you would like to see,” said McLaren, who has been an organizer of the event for the past four years.

It is put on by a group of local volunteers.

• For more information and applications, visit the website at www.artstudiotour.ca or contact Kerry McLaren at kerrymclaren@shaw.ca