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Art Finds A Way

Island artists responded quickly when the Cowichan Valley Arts Council asked them to submit works that were reflections on the personal impact of the pandemic. As a result, the more than 35 pieces in the Living in Lockdown show (on until Oct 21 at CVAC’s Portals Gallery in Duncan) explore the themes of isolation and humanity with approaches that are both whimsical and solemn. The eclectic show features everything from painting and mixed media to toilet paper roll papier-mâché and an interactive installation reminding us to breathe deeply. This is an exuberant exhibit that celebrates the human spirit.

Above: “Dr. Bonnie’s Day Off” by Pauline Duek

In these distressing times, art is good for all of us, so CVAC has recorded two video art therapy sessions. The first one is for the whole community. Suitable for all ages, the 30-minute sessions include simple brain-healthy and fun exercises using basic supplies you have at home. The session is led by local certified art therapist and registered clinical counselor (BCACC), Jodi Strom, who has training as an artist and educator. The second session is for creative people who need to unblock during times of stress, anyone who occasionally needs a kick start on art projects. You can find links to both of them on the CVAC website under News: cowichanvalleyartscouncil.ca/news/

This fall and winter, CVAC will continue to serve the community through online courses, small in-person activities, and new shows in the two galleries. Watch for more information soon about the children’s Lego show coming at Christmastime.

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