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May 2021

Saturday 1, May

CVAC’s Annual Fine Arts Show 2021

May 1 @ 11:00 am - May 22 @ 4:00 pm
PORTALS Gallery, 2687 James St.
Duncan, BC V9L 2X5 Canada
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When things get tough, artists really get creative. So considering the year we’ve just been through, the Cowichan Valley Fine Arts Show promises to be exceptional in 2021. As the largest show of its kind on Vancouver Island, it features work by emerging and renowned artists including painting and sculpture, jewelry design, furniture, photography and more. It’s our privilege to celebrate the high-calibre artists who live and thrive here. The Cowichan Valley Fine Art Show is a joyous celebration of…

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June 2021

Saturday 5, June

Canadian Bookbinders & Book Artists Guild

June 5 @ 11:00 am - June 19 @ 4:00 pm
PORTALS Annex, 2687 James St
Duncan BC, BC V9L 2X5 Canada
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New works by Island members of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild. Since 1983 the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild has worked to support the development of the book arts in Canada. The book arts include bookbinding, artists’ books, papermaking, calligraphy, letterpress printing and typography, wood engraving, paper decorating, restoration, and conservation.

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July 2021

Wednesday 28, July

Forest: Breath of Life

July 28 @ 11:00 am - August 24 @ 4:00 pm
PORTALS Gallery, 2687 James St.
Duncan, BC V9L 2X5 Canada
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Forest: Breath of Life showcases works from 27 working artists from across British Columbia. It is a Cowichan Public Art Gallery juried exhibition. “Forest: Breath of Life will explore the multi-faceted nature of forests: as home to a vast number of flora and fauna; as a source of beauty, healing and solace to humans; as a source to be harvested; an ecosystem under threat; and a source of every breath we take.”

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August 2021

Thursday 5, August

Cowichan Valley Shakespeare Festival 2021

August 5 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Evergreen Independent School Grounds, 3515 Watson Avenue
Cobble Hill, bc V0R 1L2 Canada
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The Shawnigan Players present Shakespeare's " The Winter's Tale", directed by Alex Gallacher Starting August 5, the Evergreen School grounds in Cobble Hill (Watson Road - Different location than former years!) will become the hub of all things theatrical in the valley. This is the tenth year in a row The Shawnigan Players are presenting a full live theatre show with a large cast in colourful costumes under the starry sky. The Winter's Tale is a story as it would…

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Wednesday 11, August

Cowichan Valley Shakespeare Festival 2021

August 11 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Evergreen Independent School Grounds, 3515 Watson Avenue
Cobble Hill, bc V0R 1L2 Canada
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The Shawnigan Players present Shakespeare's " The Winter's Tale", directed by Alex Gallacher Starting August 5, the Evergreen School grounds in Cobble Hill (Watson Road - Different location than former years!) will become the hub of all things theatrical in the valley. This is the tenth year in a row The Shawnigan Players are presenting a full live theatre show with a large cast in colourful costumes under the starry sky. The Winter's Tale is a story as it would…

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Monday 23, August

Mycelium Forest: Place Makers and Participants in Time

August 23 @ 11:00 am - September 8 @ 4:00 pm
PORTALS Annex, 2687 James St
Duncan BC, BC V9L 2X5 Canada
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Three Haida Gwaii and Vancouver Island artists (Sheila Karrow, Pam Vipond and Debra Gardiner) explore the beauty and natural patterns of mushrooms in the coastal rainforest.   Meet the artist – Monday Aug. 23 at 4 pm

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Friday 27, August

Watershed Show

August 27 @ 11:00 am - September 25 @ 4:00 pm
PORTALS Gallery, 2687 James St.
Duncan, BC V9L 2X5 Canada
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The inspiration for the show and programs will be the seven aspirational targets set by the Cowichan Watershed Board – everything from estuary health to protected riverside habitats and clean drinking water.  Activities for families will include outdoor painting and crafts. “Our goal is to use an experiential, artistic approach to raising awareness in the Cowichan community about the value of managing our watersheds wisely,” said CVAC President Janet Magdanz. “Art is a great way to help people experience nature.”

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September 2021

Wednesday 8, September

Volunteer Show

September 8 @ 11:00 am - September 29 @ 4:00 pm
PORTALS Studio, 2687 James St.
Duncan, BC V9L 2X5 Canada
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Our volunteers work hard to create an inspiring organization. The annual Volunteer Show is back again, as our BIG thank you to all the hardworking members who make CVAC as great as it is. The show will be hosted in our studio space for three weeks, from September 8th to 29th.

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Monday 27, September

Six of the Best

September 27 @ 11:00 am - October 12 @ 4:00 pm
PORTALS Annex, 2687 James St
Duncan BC, BC V9L 2X5 Canada
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An art show featuring fabric pieces by Gill Riordan, Lesley Comassar, Dale MacEwan, Susan Purney-Mark, Wendy Duffield and Richard Riordan.

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October 2021

Sunday 3, October

Special Event with Local Indigenous Plant Experts

October 3 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre, 1845 Cowichan Bay Road
Cowichan Bay, British Columbia V0R 1N0 Canada
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Meet authors Dr. Luschiim Arvid Charlie and Nancy J. Turner at a talk and book signing for Luschiim’s Plants: Traditional Indigenous Foods, Materials and Medicines ($29.95, Harbour Publishing). The Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre will host the outdoor event on Sunday, October 3 from 3-4pm. Please dress for the weather, wear a mask and bring your own coffee cup if you would like a drink. The book will also be available for purchase. Luschiim’s Plants is an unprecedented collection of botanical…

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