May 2020


Welcome to the first addition of my Red Boat Studio Newsletter!  

My name is Karole and I’m the artist here at Red Boat Studio. I’ve been thinking about putting together a newsletter for many years and I’ve decided that now is the time to make it happen.  Mostly since you’re a captive audience during this COVID-19 outbreak 😊

In each issue I will give you…

  • a glimpse of studio life
  • show you works in progress
  • works available in my studio and my on-line shop
  • upcoming shows, events and sales of my work as well as other local artists
  • links to local arts galleries, restaurants, café’s and businesses who support local artists by displaying their work. I am keeping it local by focusing on Deep Cove North Shore
  • Local artsy news

Studio life

These sure are different times.  Maybe for you but for me it’s business as usual... sort of.  My daily commute consists of a walk downstairs to my studio as I normally do.  In fact, when the self isolation started and we were told stay home I thought great!  For an introvert like me being told I can stay home and spend as much time as I like creating in my studio sounded pretty darn good to me!

I did have a hard time getting going and felt scattered and disorganized. I’ve read that this common during this time.  Having a list of what I need to make each day really helps. There’s great satisfaction in checking things off at the end of the day.

I’ve been able to get my supplies by ordering on-line from Opus Art Supplies and Greenbarn Potters Supply. They’ve been great and it’s worked out very well.  They call when the order is ready for pick up and then I call them when I arrive, they leave my parcel outside for me.

The shops that my work is sold in are closed so sales are slow but I’m looking forward to them re-opening when it’s safe.

I was planning on having a Mothers day open studio but that’s been kyboshed. Instead I’ll be having a Mother’s Day Sale on-line through my website.  10% off Gift Cards and On-line purchases (use promo code MOTHERSDAY2020). I’ll even deliver your purchase for free in the lower mainland.


If you see something on-line that you’d like to see in person just message or call and I can make arrangements with you to come by the studio.  For example, if you let me know what you’d like to see and when you’re coming, I could leave it outside for you.  We can chat about it from a safe distance.

Arts in the Cove

Seymour Art Gallery – On Line

Vanessa and Kara have been busy creating a series of free online workshops for kids, families and adults to bring inspiration and creative projects to your home.  Good work ladies!



Arms Reach Bistro

Paintings by Lynne Michelle at Arms Reach Bistro

Covert Cafe

Cove Creek Gallery

Original works by local artist Sharon Perkins – hours, openings and “pop-ups” are variable but you can always phone or e-mail for more information and appointment.

Bel Art Gallery


Arts on the North Shore & On-line

Willow Florists


Willow Florists in the Dollarton Plaza not only has gorgeous fresh flowers & arrangements but also supports local artists by giving them a lovely shop to display and sell their work.  Be sure to stop in the next time you’re at Dollarton.

Blueshore Financial

The BlueShore Financial Arts in View program is designed to foster the artistic and cultural development of our community. Blueshore Financial supports local artists by providing an opportunity to exhibit their work at our local Parkgate branch and many others across the North Shore.

The Polygon

The Polygon gallery at the foot of Lonsdale Avenue is offering The Polygon Podcasts, Kids First Saturdays and gifts cards for the lovely items in the Polygon Shop.



North Shore Arts Council

https://northvanarts.ca/education/ programs for children, youth and adults including an Introduction to Acrylics on-line class with local artist Jeff Wilson May 5-26.  The North Shore Arts Council is offering their on-line courses on a “Pay-What-You-Can” basis which is great during times like these.

Another project by the North Shore Arts Council is the North Shore Culture Compass . Here you can navigate to new experiences with the interactive database connecting you with the arts, culture and heritage.


North Shore Culture Compas Facebook page

Parkgate Pottery Studio – beautiful work by talented artists is available in the display cabinet in the front lobby of the Parkgate Rec Centre.  While you are there take a wander down the hall past the gym to the Pottery Studio.  There are more display cabinets just outside the studio full of fantastic work by the studio members.

Ron Andrews Rec Centre

There is always something to see in the lobby of the Ron Andrew Rec Centre by local artists.  Take a look the next time you go for a swim!


Shout out!

Have I missed any local restaurants, café’s and businesses who support local artists by displaying their work?  Let me know!  I’d be more than happy to give them a “shout out”.

May 2020 Inspirational link

Destination BC @helobc – Love their clever “Explore BC… Later” campaign! Loads of stunning pictures from all over our beautiful province.

In the end

I’ve shared this newsletter to my community of family, friends and business associates who I think may be interested.  I will never share your information. I’ll find the right frequency to provide you with local, artsy info without being annoying.

If you do not wish to receive my newsletter please unsubscribe… my feeling won’t be hurt – I appreciate that everyone gets tons of e-mails these days. 

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