Cowichan Valley Arts Council launches new regional show: Surrounded by Water

Surrounded by Water: Art Show and Sale

Show Date: Sept 29 – Oct. 28, 2021 (NOTE: gallery is closed Sept. 30)

Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri 11-4 pm, Saturday 12-4 pm.

Surrounded by Water. The title is the definition of an island – but that doesn’t mean the work has a marine theme. Our goal is to celebrate regional artistic talent from Sooke to Cumberland in our centrally-located, spacious gallery. The 21 artists involved, some with national and international art pedigrees, each have unique perspectives on living on the coast.

“CVAC has the professional gallery space and the central location to make it the logical place for this kind of regional art show,” said Susan Down, managing director. “And the quality of the pieces will be a draw for art buyers as well and art appreciators.”

The resulting show is a powerful amalgam of creative talent from Natasha van Netten’s wire Superpod orca installation and David Goatley’s whimsical parade scene to work by other well-known artists including Anouk Hartwell, Laurel Hibbert, Dorothy Friesen, Jo-Anne Westerby, Bonnie Stebbings, Claudia Lohmann, Pattiann Withapea, Michael Dean, Pauline Dueck, Gill Riordan, Catherine Taron, Susan Purney Mark, Ilka Bauer, Carole Finn, Sue Smith, Maureen Walker, Robbie Stroud, Darin Corbiere and Rory MacDonald.

by Michael Dean
by Joanne Westerby

About the Cowichan Valley Arts Council

CVAC operates two community art galleries and a workshop space for youth and adults featuring about 30 exhibits annually at the Cowichan Community Centre in Duncan. CVAC hosts the largest non-juried art show (held in May) on Vancouver Island. The non-profit group was founded in 1971.

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