BIZ IN THE BAY – Locals growing and showing

Oak Bay Kiwanis Willows Beach Tearoom opens for the season on Saturday, April 21.

David Feys in his new Oak Bay location of Feys and Hobbs Catered Arts. Feys closed his downtown Victoria location in December and opened on Oak Bay Avenue in February.

David Feys in his new Oak Bay location of Feys and Hobbs Catered Arts. Feys closed his downtown Victoria location in December and opened on Oak Bay Avenue in February.

Day jobs and more

Joan Hill of Artistic Statement Gallery & School of Fine Art has another set of letters to add to her name. Hill graduated from the Canadian Personal Property Appraisers Group appraisal program in February. Hill has been operating the gallery, studio and art school for two years from the Monterey Mews location in Oak Bay. She is now qualified to perform all types of personal property appraisals.

Artistic Statement Gallery and School of Fine Art, #107, 2250 Oak Bay Ave., 250-383-0566.

Surreal show at Winchester

University of Victoria fine arts grad Brad Pasutti has a solo show of new surreal acrylic paintings. Labyrinths of spaces figure strongly in his work. The show continues until April 28 at Winchester Galleries, 2260 Oak Bay Ave., 250-595-2777.

Cuppa tea at the beach

Oak Bay Kiwanis Willows Beach Tearoom opens for the season on Saturday, April 21.

The tearoom at Willows Beach has been in operation for 63 years and is a primary source of revenue for the service club. A staff of 25, including volunteers and paid students, continue to serve up summer treats such as Chapman’s ice cream and popsicles, but is best known for tea, served in a properly warmed pot.

“We’re going to bring in some higher-end items for adults like Breyers or Haagen Dazs bars,” said last year’s tearoom manager Ken Smith. Delphine Straith takes on the post this season.

Original front and side windows were replaced over the winter in the tearoom.

The tearoom is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m through to the end of September. Kiwanis Willows Beach Tearoom: 2740 Dalhousie St., 250-592-1612.

Red Art in the black with expansion

Red Art Gallery announced a new addition to the family last week – Red Studio.

They have expanded into the next door commercial space at 2031 Oak Bay Ave.

Red Studio will provide a live painting venue as well as a facility for presentations, visiting artist demos and functions. Red Art Gallery and Red Studio are located at 2033 and 2031 Oak Bay Ave., 250-881-0462.