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         courtesy of   PARKSVILLE QUALICUM BEACH NEWS - July 4 , 2017

                       Free studio tour features 18 local artists

                                San Pareil painter founder of event, running July 8 and 9

It’s the second year for the studio tour organized by San Pareil artist Larry Stuart, and the free event has grown.

Now featuring 18 artists from Parksville, Errington, Qualicum Beach and San Pareil (located between Parksville and Rathtrevor), the tour will have 11 locations to visit in those areas on Saturday and Sunday, July 8 and 9.

Stuart, who founded the tour last year said he was inspired to do so after a chat with his brother and fellow painter, Ron Stuart, about Nanoose Bay’s studio tour, and how San Pareil and other areas need one of their own.

“I just felt it was time,” said Larry.

Though the idea is nothing new, he said it’s nonetheless been a battle at times to get artists to buy into the event.

Even when they do, some doubt they’ll get many visitors.

He recalls last year, one group of artists had told him, “‘Oh, well it’s going to be a nice day. Nobody is going to be out here, but we’ll all sit in our backyard and we’ll have fun anyway.’”

After the event, Larry said one of the artists contacted him and said they’d had 40 or 50 people come by for the tour.

Now, Larry said he’s got artists already interested in participating in the third edition of the event next year.

This year’s tour will feature mostly two-dimensional artists, with many of the artwork being shown in artists’ yards.

Both Larry and Ron will be participating, providing a contrast of realistic landscape work in acrylic from Ron, and single-subject images of things like clouds, plants and waves from Larry done in an array of media.

To pick up maps and brochures for the tour, head to 856 Terrien Way — the start of the tour where Larry, Kimberly McLennan and Nancy Robinson will be showing their work. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. For more info, go to





Sidney Fine Art Show  2017

opening night  of juried show in Mary Winspear Centre

title - " Into  the Wave"  

 out of 1100 submissions about 400 were chosen for the show, so I was elated 

Nanoose Bay Art in the Garden 2018


 " Tidal Pools  "  Art show     at the Ladysmith Waterfront                        Gallery

title - " Into the Wave " 

media - oil on canvas 

size - 36" x 36"

This painting was inspired by  the large waves and high tides during the winter and I wanted to look deep into the wave to  witness the various colours, moods , and show the tranquility of wave  in spite of it's supreme power 

"I am fortunate to have been accepted into the Sooke Art Show by the jury and look forward to the exposure from the exhibition."

      Sooke Fine Arts  Show 

                      July 27 - August 6, 2018

title - Sud France

media - oil on canvas

size - 20" x 20"

title - Creation

media - oil on canvas

size - 59" x 49 " approx.


Entry to the Sooke Fine Arts Show


"Sud France " on display 


"Sud France " on display  


"Creation  " on display 

      Sidney Fine Arts  Show 

                      October 12 - 14 , 2018


title - Grandma's Treasures

media - oil on canvas

size - 30" x 30 "

Grandma's Treasur es 2018- 24_x 24_.jpg
Rolling Wave  - 36_ x  36_.jpg

title - Rolling Wave

media - oil on canvas

size - 36" x 36"


title - Passing Storm 

media - oil on canvas

size - 30" x 48" 

This painting was entered into the Ladysmith Art Show  " Local Landscapes "

Larry Stuart 1.jpg
Depths of the Sea - 30_x 42_ diptych  (

These 2 paintings were chosen from 1150 submissions to be placed in show of 400 works 

title - Depths of the Sea

media - oil on canvas

size - 30" x 42" ( diptych)

title - Momentos

media - oil on canvas

size - 20" x 24" 

Momentos 20_ x 24_.( Larry Stuart)

        The RAW 2 Show                 November 21  - December 20 , 2019


        Fine Arts Show - Gallery 2021                May 1 - 22  , 2021


                     title - Creation

              media - oil on canvas

                   size -diptych


                  from the judges 

many thanks to Cowichan Valley Arts                                   Council

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