Tahsis BC

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Thursday, July 15, 2004

Tahsis Art Society & CoffeeHouse on the July long weekend a success

The Tahsis Art Society held their biggest Art Trail Event ever on Friday and Saturday July 2nd and 3rd in Tahsis, the west coast of Vancouver Island.

Tahsis Art Society Chair Alice Thompson explained: "this year we had several musical artists who wanted to be involved, and their enthusiasm and expertise allowed us to put on a bigger and more varied event with musical performances as well as paintings and carvings and other visual arts. Local musicians who performed at the CoffeeHouse include Willdeve, a local singer and songwriter who moved here from Saltspring Island, Conibear, a local singer with a strong theatre background, and Roy Delong who specializes in old country favorites.

Willdeve also put us in touch with Gerry Barnum, a talented Folk & Blues singer, songwriter and musician from Parksville, who put on the concert at Westview Marina on July 3rd. Gerry's performance was very well received, with more than 60 people hanging out at the Marina Dock during the performance.... his concert was definately the hit of the long weekend in Tahsis!

Artists on the Art Trail also noticed a big increase in attendance, especially in out of town visitors.

Alice continued:

"The last few years, a lot more artists and musicians have been visiting and moving to Tahsis, as they are gravitating to our beautiful natural setting and the developing artist community we have here. We have also had new stores open up that are showing local artist work, and we have more home art studios than in the past."

Tahsis merchants here are very encouraging to the Art Society, and have pitched in with advertising money and accommodation specials for the event to make it even more appealing for other residents of Vancouver Island to come to Tahsis for our Art Trail. The whole community is working together to make this event as interesting, fun and informal as possible. Visitors just pick up the Tahsis Art Trail map at Head Bay Station or White Feather Gifts as they enter town, and can go by foot or car throughout Tahsis and visit the Artists in their studios. The local Heritage Museum will be open as well, with displays of First Nations cedar weaving & carvings, and artifacts from Tahsis's Mill Town Heritage.