The talent of twenty five local artists was unveiled today at the Comox Valley Airport (YQQ) for the launch of the 2017/18 Public Art and Culture Exhibition.
Located in the YQQ terminal building, this year's exhibition, entitled “The Spirit of Vancouver Island”, will run for six months from November 2017 to May 2018.
The annual art program is a partnership between YQQ and the Comox Valley Community Arts Council. “Our artistic community plays a huge role in the cultural fabric of the North Island,” states Fred Bigelow, Comox Valley Airport CEO. “This art program is an opportunity to showcase our unique identity and offer a strong sense of place to everyone who passes through our terminal.”
Artists living in the northern Vancouver Island area were eligible to submit artwork for the juried selection process. In its call for submission, artists were requested to submit two and three dimensional art pieces that highlighted the region’s landscape, environment, people, places, activities or the artist’s own unique interpretation of the essence of Vancouver Island. Artwork could be in the form of paintings, original prints, photography, mixed media, textiles and/or sculpture.
“It is always incredibly exciting to see the interpretations on our annual theme”, commented Dallas Stevenson, Executive Director of the Comox Valley Community Arts, “Once again, the diversity and talent on display is remarkable.”