Artwork original in show at Marina Park in Comox

The ninth annual Originals Only art show this Saturday and Sunday, held at Marina Park in Comox, is one of Vancouver Island’s more unique cultural events.

HERE'S A SAMPLING of what you can expect to see at the Originals Only art show this weekend.

HERE'S A SAMPLING of what you can expect to see at the Originals Only art show this weekend.

The ninth annual Originals Only art show this Saturday and Sunday, held at Marina Park in Comox, is one of Vancouver Island’s more unique cultural events.

With the emphasis on showcasing original art by painters and sculptors living on Vancouver Island and the outer islands, it is the only show of its kind that highlights the tremendous depth of talent that the islands produce.

Being open to artists of all levels, from students to those who have been around for many years, the show provides visitors with the opportunity to learn more about the creative process and how each artist is striving to express themselves.

In addition to learning more about the individual artists, visitors can also compare the differences between abstract and impressionism or contemporary and realism, to name just a few styles. They can also find out why watercolours are the hardest medium to work with and why some artists prefer working with oil paint rather than acrylic.

With close to 60 artists displaying their works, there will be thousands of pieces of art on display. As the name of the show indicates though, each piece will be an original work. In addition, as each artist has their own display space, visitors in essence can visit more than 50 mini art galleries in the spectacular setting of Marina Park.

While the artists who organize the show promote it as a learning experience for the community, it is also a learning experience for the artists themselves. For those who are just emerging onto the art scene, they have the opportunity to rub shoulders with more experienced artists and learn a few tips and tricks. For others, it is an opportunity to gauge reaction to their work when they introduce a new theme or style.

The show is also a terrific opportunity for art patrons to find that special piece that will complement their lifestyle and living space. Over the years, many people have shown up at the show with tape measures and color swatches. Others have come representing commercial galleries looking for new artists to add to their stable.

The show has also become a highlight for visitors to the Valley. The organizers report that some people have even indicated that they always take their holidays at this time of the year in the Valley because they want to take in the show, along with all the other great events that take place around this time.

The Originals Only Fine Art Show is an experience not to be missed if you appreciate art or want to learn more.

The artists who organize the show have even set up a food court to tempt your taste palettes, and, best of all, admission is free. The show is open both Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For further information about the show and to see examples of the kinds of work that will be on display, visit the show’s website at www.originalsonly.ca.

— Originals Only Fine Art Show

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The Baynes Sound Connector leaves Denman Island en route to Buckley Bay. Photo by Erin Haluschak
Baynes Sound Connector undergoing upgrades

The MV Quinitsa is providing service between Buckley Bay and Denman Island

B.C. Centre for Disease Control maps showing new COVID-19 cases by local health area for the week of April 4-10. (BCCDC image)
Parksville-Qualicum passes Nanaimo in new COVID-19 cases

Greater Victoria had more new cases than any other Island area: B.C. Centre for Disease Control

Erin Chan accepted her prize of a Staycation at The Kingfisher valued at $500, for winning the  Discover Comox Valley Vacation Guide Photo Contest. Photo by Nicole Fowler
Winner announced in Discover Comox Valley Vacation Guide Photo Contest

Erin Chan has been named the grand prize winner of the Discover… Continue reading

Three Legged Dog Productions performed Jesus Christ Superstar in 2019. Tim Penney photo
Non-profit plans musical renaissance in the Comox Valley

A non-profit society hopes to keep musical theatre alive this summer in… Continue reading

The development permit application is for the back of a property at 2522 Dunsmuir Ave. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Privacy, heritage reasons for secondary house denial in Cumberland

Majority of council wants to see something more in line with Camp Road’s character

A woman wears a protective face covering to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as she walks past the emergency entrance of Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, April 9, 2021. COVID-19 cases have been on a steady increase in the province of British Columbia over the past week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Top doctor warns B.C.’s daily cases could reach 3,000 as COVID hospitalizations surge

There are more than 400 people in hospital, with 125 of them in ICU

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

The following is a list of restaurants offering take-out and patio dining. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE
List of Comox Valley restaurants offering take-out, patio dining options

Restaurants in the Comox Valley continue to adapt to government-imposed restrictions in… Continue reading

The father of Aaliyah Rosa planted a tree and laid a plaque in her memory in 2018. (Langley Advance Times files)
Final witness will extend Langley child murder trial into May or June

Lengthy trial began last autumn with COVID and other factors forcing it to take longer than expected

The Connect Warming Centre has been operating as an emergency overnight shelter in recent weeks. File photo
Grant funds would provide urgent, temporary support to homeless in Comox Valley

At its April 13 meeting, the Comox Valley Regional District board agreed… Continue reading

The corner of 96th Avenue and Glover Road in Fort Langley now has traffic signals, and new “touchless” signal activation buttons. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
Busy Fort Langley intersection gets ‘touchless’ crosswalk signals

The new traffic light started operation in April

A crossing guard stops traffic as students wearing face masks to curb the spread of COVID-19 arrive at Ecole Woodward Hill Elementary School, in Surrey, B.C., on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. A number of schools in the Fraser Health region, including Woodward Hill, have reported cases of the B.1.7.7 COVID-19 variant first detected in the U.K. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
COVID-infected students in Lower Mainland schools transmitting to 1 to 2 others: data

Eight to 13 per cent of COVID cases among students in the Lower Mainland were acquired in schools, B.C. says

The 5th Street Bridge Project, which began April 14, is expected to take 6 months to complete. Scott Stanfield photo
5th Street Bridge Project begins in Courtenay

The 5th Street Bridge rehabilitation project began Thursday in Courtenay. The $6.5… Continue reading

Most Read