Learn how to make a lantern at the Comox Valley Art Gallery.

Learn how to make a lantern at the Comox Valley Art Gallery.

Pucker up! Art Gallery’s weekend schedule includes a kissing booth

Lantern making also part of the Saturday schedule

The Comox Valley Art Gallery will be buzzing on Saturday, Dec. 12 with an all-ages lantern making workshop, a community solstice celebration, the opening of a new exhibition, a drop-in for the gallery’s volunteers and supporters … and a kissing booth.

The lantern making workshop is for all ages, and runs from 1 to 5 p.m. in the CVAG studio. Admission is free, and donations are welcome. Materials are supplied, but bring your own jar and tea light if possible.

Also from 1 to 5 p.m. the gallery will serve snacks and beverages as part of a drop-in to thank the gallery’s volunteers and supporters, and to celebrate the opening of a new exhibition. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The new exhibition – “Telling Story” – is a group show of work by students at North Island College/Emily Carr University of Art and Design. It will run in the CVAG community space until Dec. 26.

Starting at 3 p.m., media artist Carrie Tannant will set up a kissing booth where she will record video images of people kissing (couples, friends, parents/children). The images she captures will be added to her installation “Gift”, which is on display in the CVAG window gallery until Jan. 1.

The day’s activities will culminate with remarks and a community celebration at 5 p.m. in the CVAG plaza. Local artist Medwyn McConachy will lead a welcoming of the solstice with a lantern-lighting ceremony.

CVAG’s annual Christmas Craft Fair is underway until Dec. 26. The fair is open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with additional special hours that can be found on the CVAG website: www.comoxvalleyartgallery.com