Ladysmith Christmas Art Tour
On December 9 and 10, 2006, the Ladysmith Arts Council organized their annual Ladysmith Artists and Artisans Christmas Tour. GoNanaimo.com had the pleasure of visiting all nine galleries and studios on the tour, and a special Ladysmith arts page will be added to this site within the next two weeks.
A required first stop on any Ladysmith cultural tour is the Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery at 610 Oyster Bay Drive between the Island Highway and the waterfront. Open Thursday to Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm, Sunday from noon to 4 pm, the gallery showcases the work of many Ladysmith painters, sculptors, jewelers, glassworkers, metalworkers, and potters. Most items on display are for sale at very reasonable prices.
On the Christmas Tour, we especially enjoyed a lively demonstration of raku pottery firing by Vic Duffhues of JoVic Pottery. Vic and Jo's workshop at 4781 Shell Beach Road is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and it's always well worth a visit. Check their website for driving directions. The showroom presents a large selection of their colourful stoneware pottery.
Over the years, Dan Ostler was created some of Western Canada's finest watercolours. Dan welcomes visitors to his studio home at 442 Battie Drive, Ladysmith, although you should call ahead at tel. 250/245-0577 to let him know you're coming. Collectors of realistic painting can carry home a numbered and signed Dan Ostler print, if an original is beyond the budget.
Other talented Ladysmith artists and artists we visited on the Christmas Tour include the noted potter Lilach Lotan, glassworker Jacquie Stewart, designer Carole MacLeod, painter KC Brock, potter Jano Thibodeau, and ceramic artist Lois Ireland. Art lovers can easily contact any of these people through the Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery.