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Pop up artmarket showcases locals gifts

ARTIST LISA KIRK is one of 40 from the Comox Valley in the Popped Art show and sale at the Muir Gallery. - PHOTO SUBMITTED
ARTIST LISA KIRK is one of 40 from the Comox Valley in the Popped Art show and sale at the Muir Gallery.
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There's something special about the Comox Valley.

Well, in fact there are many something specials about the Valley and over 30 of them will share their gifts at the Muir Gallery from until Dec. 23.

Join the Comox Valley Community Arts Council (CVCAC) for its members Popped Art show and sale! More than 40 local artists — some of whom have not participated in any of the local craft fairs this season — will be represented.

This pop-up artmarket — a quick, short-term arts & crafts store — was devised and organized in just 10 days, and promises to bring the best locally-grown artisan gifts for your shopping pleasure. Designed more like a store and a lot less like a craft fair, Popped Art is all about the artists. Proceeds go directly to the artists with just a small commission paid to the Arts Council for the Muir Gallery Sustainability Fund.

It's no secret that the Muir Gallery, at 440 Anderton Ave., has been under constant pressure to be able to keep its doors open. At the recent CVCAC annual Meeting, however, it was made clear by members present that it should be maintained — and supported — by artists and the community at large. It was also made clear, that the Arts Council needs to make a bigger splash in the community — so, here we are at Popped Art!

The Muir, if you haven't been, is a volunteer-run community gallery in downtown Courtenay, steered and programmed by the CVCAC. It features primarily local artists throughout the year, as well as many ongoing workshops, arts group meetings, classes and small musical events.

The CVCAC is dedicated to being a proactive, leading force behind the arts and culture in the Valley. Recent budget cuts have caused some temporary setbacks while staff and board have needed to regroup and rethink and they are excited about plans for 2013, which include a terrific new online presence to improve communication with members and the public.

Popped Art runs through Dec. 23 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Coffee & tea — and maybe even cookies — will be available as you browse the wares. This  is the longest-running craft fair of the season.

Participating artists:

Sabine Arends, Bent Whyr Orgones, Elizabeth Borsato, Kim Burns, Margaret Burns, Loretta Busch, Bev Byerley, Claude Dalley, Mary Donlan, Charmian Dunaway, April Dyck, Colleen Hussey, Martha Jablonski-Jones, Judith Jancowski, Elija Juhala, Sheron Jutila, Lori Ann Kenney, Lisa Kirk, Tracy Kobus, Sandra Lamb, Roberta Meilleur, Mary Anne Moore, Kira Neumann, Natalie Nickerson,

Wendy Norton, Lily Price, Mary Reed, Patt Scrivener, Sofie Skapski, Lynn Smith, Ute Stein, Jim Swift, Douglas Walker

Heimke Webb and Grace Wolff.

Plus Comox Valley Writer's Group authors:

Bob David, David Esson Young, Desmond Lindo, John Peters

Wolfgang Schwartzchild.

— Comox Valley Community Arts Council

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