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A&E Column: Both finished and work-in-progress artworks, plus lots of music at Riot | Pro Club Bd

Artist, choose your poem!

The Cowichan Valley Arts Council invited 12 prominent Vancouver Island poets to compose works on the themes of disruption, isolation and empowerment. They are now trying to match the resulting poems with artists who will create a work inspired by the poems.

Only four artists are allowed to create a work for each poem, and artists can choose a maximum of two poems, so those interested should engage in reading and make their choice.

The 48 artworks that result from the pairings will be included in a printed catalog and displayed in an art exhibition called Ecphrasically reversedwhich is scheduled for April 3rd to May 1st 2023 at the CVAC gallery in Duncan.

Authors include former poet laureates from Nanaimo, Ladysmith, Tofino and Victoria (John Barton, Kamal Parmar, Naomi Wakan) and household names such as Lorna Crozier and Richard Osler.

Stunned by “ekphrastic”? It means “description” in Greek, so an ekphrastic poem is a colorfully written description of a work of art. Since in this case the poem came first, the show is “reversed”.

The closing date for entries is August 31st. Read the poems and register at

Admission is $30.


Celebrating local artists and the start of Imagine That!’s 29th year! as an artist co-operative, the gallery on Craig Street in Duncan will be presenting two new windows from 29th July to 26th August.

Sandra Greenaway will exhibit them in a window summer collection.

“Sandra’s creations are a mix of contemporary and vintage fabrics, attachment techniques, an artful eye and couture sewing,” reads a press release.

“She takes inspiration from traditional Japanese kimono design to create garments with elements of that tradition – simple lines, quilting, assembling fabrics and creative use of color and texture.

“It’s the fabric – its beautiful colours, exotic motifs and quality of weave – that draws us in. Clothing as an art form is more relevant today than ever. With the global availability of mass-produced products, we crave something unique and personal.”

The second window shows the work of Lana McQueen capture the moment.

“I started my photographic journey about 12 years ago and it is very spiritual and rewarding for me. I like to experiment with double exposure, macro and zooming in on a subject’s secret movements,” McQueen said.

“My greatest joy is capturing the moment. Whether animal, bird, flower or insect – this moment is a fraction of a second. I wonder what’s going through the subject’s head, what survival instincts come up. Is there danger? What is there to eat? Is it attracting a partner or just enjoying the quiet solitude? Patience on my part is key. I also enjoy sunsets, landscapes or seascapes. All subjects have their own challenges.”


Riot Brewing in Chemainus has entertainment planned for the summer.

On Thursday July 28 at 7pm, Game Show Night with Ryan Barmegeddon promises to bring the house down with “hilarious and imaginative” pub games. Admission is free.

Amanda Movio brings soulful jazz fusion on Friday, July 29 from 6pm to 8pm, then Downtown Brown & The Hitch Outlaw Country brings music on Saturday, July 30 from 5pm to 8pm , which she believes has its roots in rockabilly and honky tonk .

On Friday 5th August from 6pm to 9pm it’s Clana Morna with East Coast music inspired by Irish, Scottish and English traditions. On Saturday August 6th from 5pm to 8pm Jay Gavin brings his signature guitar, three chords and truth. It’s a fusion of country, folk and bluegrass with a “distinctive voice full of emotion”.

Then, on Friday, August 12, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the duo Woodstick will head to Riot Brewing with “folk, earthy, and fun… chilled out tunes.”


The Cobble Hill Events Society draws hundreds of people each week to its Music in the Park Thursday night concerts.

There is no admission fee for these events, which take place from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at Cobble Hill Village in The Commons Park.

Upcoming bands are The County Line on July 28th, Caleb Hart Trio on August 4th, Black Angus Full Band on August 11th, The Prowls on August 18th, Whiskey Business on August 25th and Born Reckless on September 1st.

There is also an arts and crafts tent for children hosted by the Cowichan South Arts Guild.

The concerts in this fifth season of the series average about 700 people each.

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