The Comox Valley Art Gallery celebrates the holidays in style. CVAG is gearing up for its 44th Winter Art Market (November 23-December 26), and is joining Courtenay’s Moonlight and Magic Festivities (November 23). The Gallery will host a series of community interactive Make Art Projects (Saturdays – December 1, 8, 15 and 22). November 23–30th is a special market week leading up to the December 1st launch. Says Director Sharon Karsten – “We are thrilled to once again open our doors this holiday season to a festive hot-bed of local making. Whether you are keen to buy gifts, make one-of-a-kind objects, or interact with local established artists, there is something here for everyone”.

The Winter Art Market (formerly called Christmas Craft Fair) launch celebration takes place on December 1st, with a Make Art Project (11am-3pm), celebration cake and hot drinks (12-2pm).  The Market features hand-made art and artful things by over 50 local makers. Come out and see treasure troves of awesomeness – made even more awesome by the friendly CVAG staff, volunteers and community. Saturdays are special days, featuring an array of hands-on free make-art stations to get your creative and gift-giving juices flowing. Community Make-Art Project themes include:

DEC 1: HONOURING THE LIGHT – lantern making + artful transparencies.

DEC 8: DIGITAL DRESS UP – staged portraits with costumes + props = take home digital image and prints.

DEC 15: THE GOLD BUILD – join us to imagine and create space and place using an enormous amount of gold stuff.

DEC 22: PRINTED MATTER: CARDS + HANDMADE BOOKS – create, collage, print and gift your art.

Those itching to get a sneak peak of the Market and hang out with local artists are invited to come out to Moonlight and Magic festivities at CVAG on November 23rd from 4-8pm. This event celebrates the artwork of Cheryl Jacobs (silversmith/jeweller), Dale Rouleau (fine woodworker) and Alan Burgess (ceramicist).  Geek out with Julian Rendell (director of the Comox Valley Makerspace) on sensors and projection technologies. Make your own art-buttons to wear for the holidays or give away to friends. Visitors will see a fantastic array items for sale in CVAG’s Winter Art Market. The CVAG family looks forward to celebrating with you.