In the middle of a West Coast winter, what is a Season of Light?
These are the months in which we may need more light to brighten the darker, shorter days of the celestial calendar. Our routines may shift, our activities change, how we dress and what we feel changes, too.
It is also the time of the year when we might celebrate holidays such as Christmas, Solstice, Ramadan, Kwanza, Noel, or Chanukah.
The Comox Valley Art Gallery and Berwick Comox Valley team up to present an exhibit called Season of Light.
Artists were invited to create a 3D miniature scene or diorama, incorporating or expressing human interaction and/or celebration of the Season of Light.
Artists and designers were encouraged to use any materials such as stained glass, wood, metal, fur, bread, leather, candy, pop cans, paper, or carpet to build a scene of whimsical, innovative, theatrical and artistic endeavour.
Some of the submissions explore snow play scenes, winter nature scenes, winter urban scene — there are many interpretations for this theme, all unique and creative.
Everyone is invited to attend the opening reception and awards to get a first look at the artworks and celebrate the artists’ achievements.
The reception will take place at Berwick Comox Valley (1700 Comox Ave.) on Nov. 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is free, refreshments will be served and the artists will attend. The awards presentation will also take place at around 7:30 p.m.
The prizes, sponsored by Berwick Comox Valley, will be awarded and they are: $500 for Artistic Merit and Creative Response to Season of Light, $400 for Outstanding Message of Community, $300 for Most Creative Use of Materials and $300 for the People’s Choice Award (which will be awarded at the end of the exhibition). After the reception, the artworks will be displayed in the front windows of Comox Valley Art Gallery from Nov. 22 to Dec. 28. This Friday is also the kickoff of downtown Courtenay’s Moonlight and Magic, as well as Winterfest.
For more information, contact CVAG at 250-338-6211 or visit the website.
— Comox Valley Art Gallery