Artist Rande Cook will speak at the Stan Hagen Theatre on Feb. 22 for the 2018 Artist Talk Series.

Artist Rande Cook to speak at North Island College

Feb. 22 event launches campaign to support future Artist Talk Series

Join accomplished northwest coast artist Rande Cook for an inspiring evening as part of North Island College’s ongoing 2018 Artist Talk Series.

The free public event, hosted by NIC’s School of Fine Arts and Design, runs Thursday, Feb. 22 at the Stan Hagen Theatre at NIC’s Comox Valley campus.

The evening also features a reception and the launch of fundraising efforts to support future Artist Talk Series.

“This is set to be a wonderful night,” said Sara Vipond, series co-ordinator and NIC instructor.

“Having Rande Cook on campus is a huge privilege for us,” Vipond said. “This is an artist who brings great cultural depth to his work. It will be fascinating to hear his insights.”

Cook was born in Alert Bay on Vancouver Island. The natural beauty of his surroundings served as inspiration in his early years, as did his grandparents, whom he credits for instilling important life and cultural values.

He has solidified his status as a talented artist in several mediums, including wood sculpture, metal work and painting. He trained under mentors in Italy and New York and his works can be seen in galleries inCanada, the US, and around the world.

He exhibits a desire to push the boundaries of traditional works such as ceremonial masks and potlatches with performance, carving, photography and painting.

Cook holds two hereditary chieftainships: the first from Matilpi on B.C.’s central coast, known locally as Hamatam or House of the Seagull; and the second for Gigalgam (Alert Bay) from the ancient ancestor Kwanusila/Thunderbird. He currently lives and works in Victoria.

Previous speakers in the Artist Talk Series included Rick Leong and Clive Powsey. Also scheduled to appear are artists Nadine Bariteau (March 8) and Brendan Tang (March 22).

The series provides artistic inspiration and opportunities for artists to learn about the local and international art world directly from distinguished professionals.

The signature reception outlines giving opportunities to sustain the series for years to come.

“This series offers so much to the community, whether you’re a new artist or a local supporter of the arts,” Vipond said. “Any support to ensure it continues in the future is appreciated.”

The evening starts at 6 p.m. with local wine, refreshments and sponsorship details. Cook will speak from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, followed by a chance for guests to meet fine arts faculty, artists and alumni.

For more information on the series, or to donate, visit bit.ly/2BhNczj

For more information on NIC’s fine arts programs and courses, visit www.nic.bc.ca/finearts

Just Posted

Cumberland mayoral debate announced prematurely; Leslie Baird declines invitation

Eduardo Uranga hoped to hold the debate Wednesday evening

‘Police are ready’ for legal pot, say Canadian chiefs

But Canadians won’t see major policing changes as pot becomes legal

VIDEO: Care-A-Van offers more than just care in a van

Mobile clinic brings medical and social services to the Valley’s most vulnerable

Comox Valley Regional District seeking input on development of Tsolum River Agricultural Watershed Plan

This fall, the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) is inviting the community… Continue reading

Lane closure in Courtenay at Lewis Centre

The City of Courtenay will be working on the water distribution system… Continue reading

Naked man jumping into Toronto shark tank a ‘premeditated’ stunt: official

The man swam in a tank at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

Transport Canada to take new look at rules, research on school bus seatbelts

Canada doesn’t currently require seatbelts on school buses

Courtenay’s Dingwall Road to be temporarily closed for construction

Next week, the intersection of Dingwall Road and McQuillan Road will be… Continue reading

Sockeye run in Shuswap expected to be close to 2014 numbers

Salute to the Sockeye on Adams River continues until Sunday, Oct. 21 at 4 p.m.

Michelle Mungall’s baby first in B.C. legislature chamber

B.C. energy minister praises support of staff, fellow MLAs

Canucks: Pettersson in concussion protocol, Beagle out with broken forearm

Head coach Travis Green called the hit ‘a dirty play’

5 tips for talking to your kids about cannabis

Health officials recommend sharing a harm reduction-related message.

NHL players say Canada’s legalization of marijuana won’t impact them

NHL players say the legalization of marijuana in Canada won’t change how they go about their business.

Automated cars could kill wide range of jobs, federal documents say

Internal government documents show that more than one million jobs could be lost to automated vehicles, with ripple effects far beyond the likeliest professions.

Most Read