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Susan and Cheyenne, 2009

Susan and Chace, 2019

The Island Arts Magazine started in March 2008. At that time, we were a quarterly full-colour high-gloss printed publication produced by Young at Art Studios, owned and operated by Canadian Fine Artist Susan Schaefer. We are now a digital interactive magazine currently published five times a year.

For more information on Susan Schaefer, the artist, please visit her website at


After moving to Vancouver Island, BC, in 2007, Susan was amazed at West Coast artists' vast array and talent. She found there was a real need for a quality arts magazine. Having spent over 20 years in the graphic design and publishing business, she was confident that she could produce a top-notch publication that would be helpful to both artists and art patrons. Thus, the Island Arts Magazine was born.

Working out of her home office, travelling up and down the island, interviewing artists and attending the many art openingsā€¦her dream has been realized.

Because of the COVID-19 epidemic in 2020, Island Arts Magazine joined the virtual world and is now published online.

Last Updated on: 2023-12-29