Celebrating art, artists, and creativity—this is what the Guemes Island Art Initiative, an offshoot of the Guemes Island Community Center Association, is all about. With GICCA’s mission being to enrich and connect the Guemes Island community, artists and art lovers are definitely important to the community. So how exactly did this Initiative come about? The initiative rolled out in January 2021 and in the first year grew to represent 42 artists. Additional artists are in the wings preparing to join in 2023.
What are the elements of this Initiative?
As we look forward to 2023, there will be a special event focus that includes:
Important Message to Guemes Island Artists
GICCA is offering island artists the opportunity to display their favorite creations on the website, whether it be painting, carving, weaving, sculpture or other art medium. No matter what your background or experience, consider sharing your personal profile and skills and become an integral part of our growing artisan community.
Who may apply? Any artist who lives, works, or owns property on Guemes Island and feels ready to share their visual creations with the Community.
How to apply? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application.
Is there a cost? No, it’s free! GICCA Board wishes to make this Initiative accessible, affordable, and open to all island artists.
How did this start?
GICCA Board members gathered in 2020 to discuss ways to foster community and build connections amid a global pandemic. What started with the idea that Guemes Island has a long history of encouraging and celebrating visual arts and shifted to begin tallying up the number of professional and amateur artists who lived, worked, and owned property on Guemes Island. To the amazement of many, literally dozens of artists fit the bill and with time even more are being discovered. The idea developed into an online “art gallery” as a way for island artists to display and share their passion for art.
GICCA relies on donations to support ongoing programs and projects, including the Guemes Island Art initiative. Donations to GICCA, as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, make a difference in this community. Every donation helps.