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Grant Shilling – An Artist at the Core

Grant Shilling is a writer, artist,curator, surfer and homeless outreach worker.
He has worked with diverse populations including the Gaza Surf Club, Maple Pool United street soccer team and skateboarding youth in Ahousaht. He is the author of  two books: The Cedar Surf an Informal History of Surfing in BC  and  Surfing with the Devil:In Search of Waves and Peace in the Middle East. He is the founder and chair  of the non-profit Get on Board which uses board sports for youth outreach.

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Sharon Lalonde

Sharon Lalonde has been creating since a very early age, using all forms of artistic expression. Since moving to the Comox Valley in British Columbia in 2012, she has been able to immerse herself in painting and has achieved Active status with the Federation of Canadian Artists.

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Marilyn Peeters

Marilyn Peeters’ peaceful paintings are inspired by the Canadian landscape with her unique style and use of colour. She often incorporates cabins into her gardens and forest landscapes and waterscapes scenes.

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Sculpture

Bill Friesen

A discussion on the thought process that a sculptor uses when designing and building a piece of art. Where the ideas come from and how an idea is transformed into a finished sculpture.

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visual artist

Bev Petersen

Art is my therapy. As a child growing up in the forties and fifties, a time when children were to be seen and not heard art was a way to express what I could not verbalize. It was a way to escape the family dysfunction and chaos. Although art was not the occupation I chose it remained a necessary constant in my life. The most difficult aspect was accepting myself as an artist, which I really did not do until a few years ago and after struggling with anxiety two years ago I am finally able to understand the healing power of Art.

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musician

Anela Kahiamoe

Anela Kahiamoe, originally from Hawaii, is a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter who performs regularly around the Comox Valley. His styles include jazz, rock, country, blues and reggae with a Hawaiian flavour.

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musician

Judy and Bruce Wing

Judy and Bruce Wing are an award winning acoustic duo from Vancouver Island and long time hosts of two (pre-Covid) open mics in the Comox Valley. They love to write and encourage original music, and appreciate the grassroots connections they’ve made over the years.

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