Three new exhibits open at Comox Valley Art Gallery this week

Andrea Kastner: Travellers

Andrea Kastner: Travellers

The Comox Valley Art Gallery will host an artist talk and the opening reception for three new exhibits on Friday evening, August 15.

Kamloops-based artist Andrea Kastner will open the evening with an artist talk starting at 6 p.m.

Kastner, whose exhibits have shown across Canada and is a finalist in the 2012 RBC Canadian Painting Competition, will talk about her artistic process and the content of her exhibit of paintings.

In her words, “The Waste Land is a body of work that traced the haunting nature of our rejected possessions through a collaged, recycled and surreal world.”

An opening reception for three new exhibits, including Kastner’s “The Waste Land” will take place at 7 p.m.

The exhibit will run until September 20.

The reception will also mark the opening of “Reclamation”, a new body of assemblages by Denman Island artist Cynthia Minden.

The work is composed “with gathered materials from the margins of wetlands, forest floor and foreshore, intertwined with cast off findings from human civilization,” writes Minden.

“Reclamation” will be on display in the CVAG community gallery until September 13.

The third exhibit is “Curiosity + Process = Discovery”, a group show by North Island College Fine Arts students. The show explores  notions of physical and metaphorical transformation, expressed through a wide range of media, including painting, drawing, text, sculpture and video. Exhibiting artists include Natalie Nickerson, Sarah Bergeron, Melissa Martell, Ariell Hallson-Amyot, Miriam St. Pierre, Denise Lawson and Fiona Thomson.

It will run in CVAG’s George Sawchuk Gallery until September 13.

The exhibits will be open Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is by donation.

CVAG is located at 580 Duncan Ave, Courtenay. For more details about the exhibits or coming events please call 250.338.6211 or visit

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