Artists along with Comox Valley Airport CEO Fred Bigalow (top left) gather at the terminal Tuesday afternoon for the kickoff of the annual Public Art and Culture Exhibition. Work will be on display in the terminal until late spring 2016.

Island Connections at YQQ showcases local artists

Exhibition features photography, sculpture, painting and textiles

Seventeen local artists will have their work unveiled Friday at the Comox Valley Airport when YQQ opens its 2015/16 Public Art and Culture Exhibition in the terminal building.

This year’s theme, Island Connections, features 18 stunning pieces of artwork celebrating a connection to the many special places, people and experiences available on Northern Vancouver Island. Works are representative of the emotional, physical, literal and/or ethereal sense of being linked or associated with this part of the Island.

“When a person, an idea or a thing is brought together, associated or attached with something else, it is a connection,” said Dallas Stevenson, executive director of the Comox Valley Community Arts Council. “It is always incredibly exciting to see the interpretations on our annual theme and we are very pleased with the diversity and talent on display at this year’s exhibition.”

The exhibition will feature photography, sculpture, painting and textiles by Heather Alton, Karena Austin, Bert Badey, Ingrid Bollegraaf, Liz Carter, Ardythe Crawford, April Dyck, Angela Farquharson, Jayson Fuerstenberg, Heather Hughson, Cindy Mawle, Kimberly Roukkula, Laurie Savard, Patt Scrivener, Trish Smith, Perrin Sparks and Pam Young.

“The Comox Valley art and culture program exhibition provides a passenger with a strong sense of place from the moment they step off the plane,” said YQQ CEO Fred Bigelow. “Our annual public art and culture program supports the local art community, while providing a truly unique west coast experience for all of those who enter the terminal.”

The Comox Valley Airport Art and Culture Program, a partnership between YQQ and the Comox Valley Community Arts Council, is intended to showcase the rich artistic tradition of northern Vancouver Island by presenting an annual public art exhibition for YQQ passengers and the community.

A call for submissions is issued each spring and artwork is selected by a jury made up of representatives from the airport and the Arts Council.

More information about this program, the featured artists and their work on display at the Comox Valley Airport can be found at www.comoxairport.com/arts. For information about how to get involved in YQQ’s Art and Culture program and other community arts projects, visit www.comoxvalleyarts.com.

 

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