Granville Island Artisans on the Move - Summer 2012

Summertime is the height of the season for our members. In addition to the hustle-bustle of Granville Island with thousands of visitors from all over the world, our artisans have traveled here, there & everywhere to outdoor shows and markets, packing up their vans and hoping for sunshine. Some of our destinations included: Creative Chaos (Vernon); Harmony Arts Festival; (West Vancouver); Filberg Festival (Comox); Hackett Park (Sechelt); and countless farmers markets (in a town near you).

Certainly none travel farther and wider than Brian & Louise of Silks by Louise Valentine and Brian Provencher. Their eight-show US schedule has been particularly busy, and with two prestigious awards under their belt for this tour, rewarding as well.

Recognition of the beauty of their hand-painted and shibori silks came at show #1 in Bellevue, Washington at the Bellevue Arts Museum ARTSfair in July, where they picked up the CAROL DUKE ARTIST AWARD OF EXCELLENCE in the Fiber Category.  "Because this show is so heavily oriented towards Wearable Fiber it was a complete surprise to be singled out for recognition. We are grateful to the Bellevue Arts Museum and Tiffany & Co. for providing this assistance to the arts and crafts community", stated Brian.

The second award was in Bend, Oregon at Art in the High Desert, where they were again recognized with the Bench Mark Award of excellence. “This is a very special award that will have a place of honour our home!” said a thankful Louise.

Their tour ends at the Saint Louis Arts Fair in Missouri (Sept 7-9). Next in Vancouver at the Circle Craft Christmas Market Nov 7-11, 2012, with more Granville Island Market dates to follow.

Please see Brian & Louise's website for information and photos, as well as their show schedule and a complete listing of their many awards.

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And finally, a big Thank-you to YOU – our supporters – who attend these amazing summer ART celebrations, appreciate our made-by-hand art & craft, and tell us so! You make our summer a whole lot sunnier...