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Alert Bay Artfest began in 2008 in response to seeing artists having to leave the island to exhibit their artwork. 10 local artists and art lovers organized the first annual Artfest to coincide with Seafest in 2008. The venue was the former Lionís Den and the reviews were rave! The following year needed a bigger venue to accommodate the growing interest from local artists, and with the help of Vance Conway, the Netloft was transformed into an art haven for 3 days, showcasing the work of 18 local artists. 2010 featured 25 Alert Bay resident artists and 2011 included 29 artists - many different from the previous years! Each year since has seen more artists join and an average of $4000 of art sold within the 3 days, with artist's keeping 100% profit of the sales... and all artists are from Alert Bay!†

And its coming up again!!


Click here to download a pdf of this years application.

Sunday JULY 1st: Application Deadline*
Application available at link above or at the Library or ArtLoft Gallery!
*DUE: Registration fee, page 1 of application and bio and headshot. May be dropped off early to the ArtLoft.*

Sunday JULY 22nd 2-3:00pm: Artwork DROP OFF
at ArtLoft Gallery. Must be ready to hang with proper hanging hardware attached. No exceptions for late art.

Sunday July 29th 3:00pm: Artwork PICK UP
or transferred to ArtLoft Gallery.