Arts and culture

Ceramic artist Ed Oldfield kneels next to his current raku pottery display at the Qualicum Arts Supply and Gallery, July 5, 2021. (Mandy Moraes photo)

Hidden treasures: Artist encourages people to find his raku pottery pieces across Vancouver Island

Ed Oldfield currently has work on display at Qualicum Arts Supply and Gallery

 

A screenshot of the First Peoples Cultural Councils First Peoples’ Map. (First Peoples Cultural Council)

Online resource blends B.C.-Alberta’s Indigenous languages, art and culture

Advisor says initiative supports the urgent need to preserve Indigenous languages

 

The Sid is looking to brighter days ahead. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Courtenay’s Sid Williams Theatre looking to move on from tough year

Community facility has had no real rental revenue for 15 months due to COVID

 

Chemainus Theatre facilities manager Damion Knight at the spot inside the gallery and gift shop where thieves smashed a window and grabbed masks. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Unique masks valued at $1,000 stolen from Chemainus Theatre Gallery

Thieves smash a window and grab the goods early Monday morning

Chemainus Theatre facilities manager Damion Knight at the spot inside the gallery and gift shop where thieves smashed a window and grabbed masks. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Inside the new shop operated by Wachiay Friendship Centre. Jared Kotyk (left), Jan Kotyk, Paloma Joy, Tim Gagnon, Jonah Hill, Jennifer Corbett and Tally, the shop dog. Photo supplied

Wachiay opens store-front arts shop in downtown Courtenay

There’s still tailor-work in the back of old AnnSew site, with the store in front

Inside the new shop operated by Wachiay Friendship Centre. Jared Kotyk (left), Jan Kotyk, Paloma Joy, Tim Gagnon, Jonah Hill, Jennifer Corbett and Tally, the shop dog. Photo supplied
What’s better than yakking with friends? Join the free Women’s Winter Yakfest to recharge. The online event takes place on the first and third Mondays of the month at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. (Submitted image)

Nuu-chah-nulth storyteller kicks off virtual 2021 Women’s Winter Yakfest series on Vancouver Island

‘It’s part book club, part hen party, part learning conference — and all fun’

What’s better than yakking with friends? Join the free Women’s Winter Yakfest to recharge. The online event takes place on the first and third Mondays of the month at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. (Submitted image)
Ellen Lyons, with husband William, was a pioneer in collecting and selling fine art photography. Lia Crowe photography

Ellen Lyons, A Pioneer In The Art Of Collecting Photographs

The William Lyons Gallery of Photography opened in 1979

  • Dec 18, 2020
Ellen Lyons, with husband William, was a pioneer in collecting and selling fine art photography. Lia Crowe photography
Brother, I Cry tells the story of Indigenous siblings, Jon and Ava, struggling with the effects of inter-generational trauma in their own ways while staying spiritually connected. (Supplied image)

Q&A with VIFF’s B.C. Emerging Filmmaker Award winner, Jessie Anthony

Her feature film, Brother, I Cry premiered at VIFF this year

Brother, I Cry tells the story of Indigenous siblings, Jon and Ava, struggling with the effects of inter-generational trauma in their own ways while staying spiritually connected. (Supplied image)
Lisa Beare Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. Ministry staff photo

Province announces $2M in arts and culture funding under BC Arts Council

The program will go toward renovating arts and cultural spaces in BC and to buy special equipment

Lisa Beare Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. Ministry staff photo
North Island College fine art alumnus Keegan White has received a $4,000 scholarship to attend Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Photo supplied.

North Island College fine arts alumnus wins scholarship to Emily Carr

North Island College fine art alumnus Keegan White is preparing to take…

  • Jul 28, 2020
North Island College fine art alumnus Keegan White has received a $4,000 scholarship to attend Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Photo supplied.
“Gestation” by Inuvialuit artist Maureen Gruben is one of the pieces currently on exhibit at the Comox valley Ary Gallery. Photo submitted.

Comox Valley Art gallery reopens to the public

The Time of Things — a powerful exhibition of work by five Indigenous women - runs until Sept. 11

  • Jul 8, 2020
“Gestation” by Inuvialuit artist Maureen Gruben is one of the pieces currently on exhibit at the Comox valley Ary Gallery. Photo submitted.
The Sid Williams Theatre is receiving some funding for livestream programming. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Courtenay theatre gets support for livestream ‘hybrid’ shows this year

Island Coastal Economic Trust funds help Sid Williams Theatre with infrastructure, training

The Sid Williams Theatre is receiving some funding for livestream programming. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Royston scratchboard artist Sharon Lennox, seen in this file photo with her Juror’s Choice Award from the 2017 Sidney Fine Arts Show, is one of the many artists featured on the Central Island Arts Guide website.

2020 Central Island Studio Tour goes digital

More than 100 artists have been gearing up for the 2020 Central…

  • Apr 29, 2020
Royston scratchboard artist Sharon Lennox, seen in this file photo with her Juror’s Choice Award from the 2017 Sidney Fine Arts Show, is one of the many artists featured on the Central Island Arts Guide website.
Comox Valley Arts groups are sending out the message that the community still has access to arts and culture despite the challenges presented during the COVID-19 crisis. Photo supplied.

‘Culture doesn’t stop’ say Comox Valley’s cultural groups

“Even when our doors close, #culturedoesntstop.” That message was delivered by four…

  • Apr 27, 2020
Comox Valley Arts groups are sending out the message that the community still has access to arts and culture despite the challenges presented during the COVID-19 crisis. Photo supplied.
Stephanie Greaves takes centre stage

Stephanie Greaves takes centre stage

Victoria songstress is fueled by the music

  • Dec 18, 2019
Stephanie Greaves takes centre stage
The art of Kelly Corbett

The art of Kelly Corbett

Landscapes and wildlife of British Columbia

  • Dec 9, 2019
The art of Kelly Corbett
Kelly Derrickson’s music with a message

Kelly Derrickson’s music with a message

Musician traded in a law career for her musical journey

  • Nov 18, 2019
Kelly Derrickson’s music with a message
Fashion for fall and for art

Fashion for fall and for art

Three arts professionals show off autumn styles

  • Oct 4, 2019
Fashion for fall and for art
Artist Kathryn Fudge’s garden sculptures created from t-shirts

Artist Kathryn Fudge’s garden sculptures created from t-shirts

Coast Collective executive director’s dream is to have West Shore arts centre

  • Aug 14, 2019
Artist Kathryn Fudge’s garden sculptures created from t-shirts
Artist Blu Smith creates colourful abstract West Coast landscapes

Artist Blu Smith creates colourful abstract West Coast landscapes

Artistic journey from sign painting to fine art

  • Jul 10, 2019
Artist Blu Smith creates colourful abstract West Coast landscapes