New local art display at Comox Valley Airport

The exhibition features photography, sculpture, painting and textiles by artists Brian Argyle, Bert Badey, Lisa Cross, Bill Kerr...

HANS PETER MEYER is one of 14 local artists whose work will be displayed at the Comox Valley Airport until May 1.

Twenty pieces of art by 14 talented local artists will be displayed at the Comox Valley Airport until May 1.

YQQ’s Art and Culture Program launched its 2013/14 exhibition Coastal Explorations – Celebrating Island Living last week. The works represent the artists’ views of the unique way of life on northern Vancouver Island.

“All work presented in this year’s display celebrates island living through representations of the people, places, employment opportunities and natural environment of this region,” said Jen Alton of the Comox Valley Community Arts Council. “We were absolutely thrilled with the high calibre of submissions we received for this exhibition. We have a really interesting variety of work on display this year.”

The exhibition features photography, sculpture, painting and textiles by artists Brian Argyle, Bert Badey, Lisa Cross, Bill Kerr, Sandra Lamb, Brian Latta, Marsha Mackinnon, Hans Peter Meyer, Uli Ostermann, Marilyn Peeters, Heimke Webb and Grace Wolff.

For the first time, the YQQ Art and Culture Program features a unique fabric art installation by Althea White as well as a soapstone carving by Ron Moffat.

“This exhibition is an excellent way to connect our passengers with the northern Vancouver Island cultural community and provide a truly enhanced experience at our airport,” explained YQQ CEO Fred Bigelow. “We are proud to work with the Comox Valley Community Arts Council on this highly successful public art program, which is now entering into its third year.”

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 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 on www.comoxairport.com under Airport Services/Art and Culture Program.

For information about how to get involved in YQQ’s Art and Culture program and other community arts projects, visit www.comoxvalleyarts.com.

— Comox Valley Airport (YQQ)

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