General News · 2nd July 2014
Saturday, June 28, 2014.
This year’s annual Creative Spaces Tour on June 28th sponsored by Cortes Island Museum featured a number of new gardens and studios for a rare glimpse into private creative spaces on Cortes.
At the Old School House Gallery a group of watercolour painting friends were joined by a felter who spins and hand dyes her wool and two potters displaying their colourful works. Visitors were invited to take up a brush and create their own masterpieces.
Quilters were represented at three locations, including the Museum, showing their delicate and intricate works for beds, dining tables and wall hangings. Weavers displayed their looms both small and large with unique woven rugs - some using denim, rags and neckties! - and glorious rugs or wall hangings using hand dyed wool in every shade and hue of the rainbow. Eclectic crafts were on display at some studios.
Most gardens were a mixture of flowers and vegetables. One co-operative garden was created in a forest clearing with milk goats (behind a double fence!) keeping their eyes on the growing veggies, herbs, grains and berries. Another was in an open meadow sloping gently to an ocean view from Seaford. One interesting rock garden was literally that - pockets of soil created (mostly by seaweeds from the bay below) behind rock walls on a solid rock bluff! At Loon Ranch a new veggie garden thriving on seaweed was looked over by an old goat barn, now fixed up for humans, and next to the ocean a well established hidden garden full of many colours of flowers, roses, shrubs and veggies. Visitors wanted to breathe deeply to enjoy the scents. A curved bridge by a small pond lead to a shady leafy tunnel.
At Sunny Brae Century Heritage farm, visitors were greeted by a small friendly flock of black-headed sheep and their “Keeper” guard, a golden retriever. A stroll through the orchard with some trees still producing after 106 years, past the chickens and field berries, found you in the blueberry patch of this working farm.
A highlight for many was the amazing photographic studio of an international award winning photographer (the fifth generation of his family on Cortes) whose artistic creations are done in black and white as well as colour.
The tour is a fundraiser for Cortes Island Museum. Though the day began with uncertain weather, the sunshine did come through in the afternoon. With thanks to all the generous hosts of gardens and studios who welcomed visitors for the day into their Creative Spaces, almost $700 was raised to support the public education programs and archives of the Museum. Though the day began with uncertain weather, the sunshine did come through in the afternoon. The Cortes Island Museum extends a thank you to all the visitors who purchased tickets in support of the Museum. And big THANK YOU to all artists and gardeners for showing their spaces!
pictures - Lynne Jordan, Gina and Jurek
More pictures from the Tour - in Picture Gallery!
Garden 4 - Noba at al.
Garden 7 - Hannes and Brigitte Grosse Garden
Studio 10 - David Ellingsen Studio
Studio 11 - Marion Bennet