The Window Project

CVAG: 40 years of art in the Valley

special 40-year birthday celebration on the afternoon of Friday, Nov. 21




This year the Comox Valley Art Gallery’s annual Christmas Craft Fair is also a chance to celebrate the gallery’s 40-year birthday.

The fair, which runs from Nov. 14 to Dec. 27, will include a special 40-year birthday celebration on the afternoon of Friday, Nov. 21.

CVAG, initially named the Central Island Arts Alliance, was formed in 1974. That same year the first Christmas Craft Fair took place, and it has been an institution in the Comox Valley ever since.

“The craft fair has become a very important part of our community,” says Rhonda Burden, CVAG’s gift shop manager.

“The fair provides people in the Comox Valley with the opportunity to buy locally-made gifts at a reasonable price. Of equal importance, the fair supports dozens of artists throughout our region.”

The craft fair will be open from Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., starting Friday, Nov. 14. On the first day (Nov. 14) customers will also receive a 10 per cent discount and CVAG members will receive a 15 per cent discount on most items.

The opening day, and every Saturday afterward, will also feature free warm beverages and cookies.

On Friday, Nov. 21 CVAG will throw a special celebration to mark its 40 years of operation.

Starting at 4 p.m. there will be snacks, warm beverages, a cash bar and a birthday cake. At 5 p.m. there will be remarks to honour the occasion. The craft fair will stay open until 9 p.m. that day, in conjunction with the Moonlight and Magic celebration that will see stores throughout downtown Courtenay open late.

The event will also celebrate two exhibits. “Window Project”, a light installation by Robert Moon with Carrie Tannant, will be on display in the gallery windows.

“Layered Democracy”,  an exhibition by The Print4 Group (Emily Carr  University external degree students Tonja Bjermeland, Karissa Comer, Lukas Roy and Mariya Vancheva), will be on display in the George Sawchuk Gallery from Nov. 7 to Nov. 27.

Prior to the Christmas Craft Fair, the CVAG gift shop will keep its regular hours of Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for Monday, Nov. 10, when the shop will be closed.

For more information call 250-338-6211 or visit


Just Posted

Valley Father-daughter duo share a special bond over a kidney

Annual kidney walk is set for Sept. 23 at Simms Park

Stolen Victoria vehicle crashes in Black Creek

On Sept. 15, 2018 at approximately 10:45 p.m., the Comox Valley RCMP… Continue reading

Courtenay getting a tool library

New facility allows do-it-yourselfers to borrow tools

Pacific white-sided dolphins spotted near Little River Ferry Terminal

A pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins spent the evening of Sept. 13… Continue reading

Comox Valley Men’s Group meets Mondays

Where can men go when they are seeking a non-judgmental forum to… Continue reading

B.C. RCMP turn to Const. Scarecrow to shock speeders into slowing down

New addition will watch over drivers from a Coquitlam median for first-of-its-kind pilot in Canada

B.C. home to 1/3 of Canada’s overdose deaths in first 3 months of the year

There were 1,036 overdose deaths in the first three months of the year, with 94 per cent accidental

B.C. candidate moves from hospice care to council race

He beat terminal cancer twice and entered hospice when he decided to run for council.

Canadian tobacco exec pushes back against vaping health concerns

A warning from Interior Health about the unknown health risks of vaping is getting a partial rebuke

Seminal British band performs in Courtenay

Wishbone Ash is approaching its 50th year of existence

Ministry of Agriculture commits $300,000 to help B.C. farmers obtain land

B.C. Land Matching Program supports access to affordable farmland for young farmers

Canadian air force short 275 pilots

Attrition outpaces recruitment and training claims Air Force

Teacher suspended after physically shushing, saying ‘shut up’ to student

Grade 5 student reported feeling ‘confused and a little scared’

A B.C. society helps to reforest Crown land after wildfires

Forest Enhancement Society of BC focuses on wildfire mitigation and the reforestation

Most Read