The talent of twenty local artists was unveiled today at the Comox Valley Airport (YQQ) for the launch of the 2016/2017 Public Art and Culture Exhibition. Located in the YQQ terminal building, this year's exhibition, entitled “The Elements”, will run for six months from November 2016 to May 2017.

In its call for submission, artists were requested to submit pieces that were an interpretation of an elemental connection to life on Vancouver Island through a basic element of art making. Artwork could be in the form of paintings, original prints, photography, mixed media, textiles and/or sculpture. Artists living in the northern Vancouver Island area were eligible to submit.

“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.”

The Comox Valley Airport Art and Culture Program, a partnership between YQQ and the Comox Valley Community Arts Council, is intended to showcase the rich artistic tradition of northern Vancouver Island by presenting an annual public art exhibition for YQQ passengers and the community. A call for submissions is issued each spring and artwork is selected by a jury made up of representatives from the Airport and the Arts Council.

“We want to showcase a strong sense of place to everyone passing through our terminal,” states Comox Valley Airport CEO Fred Bigelow. “The Art Program is integral to portraying the unique identity, environment, cultural values and artistic vitality of our Comox Valley.”

More information about this program, the featured artists and their work on display at the Comox Valley Airport can be found on www.comoxairport.com/arts. For information about how to get involved in YQQ's Art and Culture program and other community arts projects, visit www.comoxvalleyarts.com.

About YQQ’s Public Art and Culture Program

The Comox Valley Airport (YQQ) is the first point of entry for many Vancouver Island tourists. Part of the Airport's responsibility is to help form passengers' first perceptions of the Comox Valley and Northern Vancouver Island. This provides an ideal opportunity for the airport to host a public art and culture program featuring the work of local artists. To view YQQ’s current art exhibit please visit: www.comoxvalleyarts.com