The Comox Valley Art Gallery is presenting Creative Research: A Day of Making on Friday, May 31.
 
The full day of artist and community interaction is a partnership between CVAG, Spaces VR (Courtenay’s first virtual reality gaming lounge) and the ENTER program at School District 71.
The day features activities at both CVAG, 580 Duncan Avenue, and Spaces VR, 468 29 Street, in Courtenay. It includes community make-art projects, virtual reality art interactions, robotics experimentation and a public reception. All the events are free and open to all ages.
A day-long drop in and community make-art projects based on creative research will take place at CVAG from 10am to 5pm.
The day includes hands-on learning facilitated by students and teachers from the School District 71 Enter and E-2 programs. Presentations and interactive activities will give participants the opportunity to put their hands on Vex Iq robotics, 3D printing and slow technology experiences.
CVAG will provide participants with materials to make their own thematically related creations.
People can also participate in a virtual reality station, which will feature the work of artists who are participating in a creative residency sponsored by Spaces VR.
The Water Effect 2019 make art project features artist Rachel Grenon guiding participants in making hand molded porcelain boats. These boats will be presented at the June 27 opening reception of Grenon’s upcoming exhibition hold being held. Participants may collect their boats in the first week of July, after the presentation.
 
The Tiny Houses make art project features paper clay making, led by artist Gillian Turner.
Meanwhile there will be more events at Spaces VR, with an open house from 2 to 8pm.
 
The open house includes all-ages interactive engagement with the virtual reality research and creation of artists who are participating in the thematic program Constant Change which is currently showing at CVAG. 
 
Spaces VR is providing the public with access to its virtual reality stations so people can interact with the work created by the artists.
At 5pm, Spaces VR will host a public reception, featuring hospitality and artist talks.
Since February CVAG is been collaborating Space VR and the ENTER + E2 programs in creative research that is based in virtual reality, robotics and 3D printing. The May 31 presentations are a show case for all the work to date by the students and artists involved.
Matt Adamson, the owner of Spaces VR, says “virtual reality offers limitless potential for expression, but this is difficult to grasp without experiencing it firsthand.”


All of the day’s events are free and open to all ages. Donations are gratefully accepted to support the presentation of this program and the associated costs of materials and processes.
For details visit www.comoxvalleyartgallery.com or call 250-338-6211.