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A&E column: Cowichan Fine Arts Show winners announced; Hot Flash Comedy coming

What’s coming up in Cowichan arts and entertainment

The winners of the Cowichan Valley Fine Arts Show were announced on opening night last week with more than 130 guests there to cheer them on.

Awards of Distinction, sponsored by Hand of Man, went to “Eternal Ribbon”, a stone sculpture by Daniel Cline and “Passionnée” a mixed media piece by Wilma Millette.

Awards of Excellence went to “At Cowichan Bay”, an oil painting by Karen Severson; “Finding April”, an oil painting by Brenda Estill; “Oil Well Fades Over Time”, photography by Willie Harvie; and “Get Out More”, a mixed media piece by Elizabeth La Rose.

Juror’s Awards, sponsored by Canvas Plus and The Old Farm Market, went to “Maple & Leather Basket” by Roman Kononowicz (chosen by David Gluck); “The Gifts of Tsuru” by John Robertson (chosen by Tony Bounsall); and “Billy the Kid” by Christine Earl (chosen by Sandra Carr).

A People’s Choice Award will also be announced when the show closes. Until then, anyone can vote for their favourite.

This show is the largest fine arts show on Vancouver Island and everything exhibited is for sale.

“Because the Fine Arts Show is an open show, artists have a lot of choice about what works they choose to submit. As a result, this exhibition really has something for everyone and every age,” says CVAC President Janet Magdanz.

Admission to the show is free. It’s at the Cowichan Valley Arts Council’s gallery in the Cowichan Community Centre in Duncan. It’s open from Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays from noon until 4 p.m. All works can also be viewed online at


Hot Flash Comedy is coming to Duncan on Thursday, June 1, with headliner Syd Bosel.

You might remember Bosel from her stint on Canada’s Got Talent.

The show will be hosted by Melanie Rose, with guest Carilynn Nicholson.

The group playfulling gives the show a PG-43 warning and tells audiences to bring their friends…and their pantyliners.

Bosel, 63, started her comedy career in earnest just six years ago, taking classes in Vancouver and eventually moving to Comox, and was spurred to revisit her dream after a successful battle against breast cancer, she told Black Press in an interview for a show earlier this spring. But she originally planned to pursue her dream of becoming a comic in the early ‘90s, but was not able to work the late nights required as she was raising her kids.

“I like to showcase mature comics if I can because I find we are quite underestimated,” said Bosel. “My latest campaign is really focused on letting women see other women doing stuff that we are doing before waiting for all our ducks are in a row. Life takes many turns, and if you wait until that happens or this is accomplished, you may not end up doing it at all. Do what you want at whatever age you are, but don’t wait until everything is perfect.”

The show takes place at Duncan United Church, starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 at the door or online at ThunderTix.

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Riot has entertainment coming your way.

On Saturday, May 20 at 7 p.m. it’s Trivia with Coop & Math. So sharpen your Monty Python, people.

It’s $10 for a team of four, and $5 for single players.

On Friday, May 26 at 8 p.m. Topic Mayhem take the stage.

“Bringing their signature laid back beach vibes to Riot, this talented trio perform classic rock for you to chill out and get down to. Watch out, there may even be a conga line!” said a press release for the show.

Then on Saturday, May 27 at 7 p.m. it’s Fanfare.

A solo artist, Fanfare plays violin, loops and beatboxes.

“Multi-talented multi-instrumentalist Cameron Boyce will entertain and enthrall with his mix of folk, klezmer and hip hop styles that become something totally unique,” said a press release. “Come be amazed at what one talented dude can do!”

For reservations to any of the events, call 250-324-7468.

Andrea Rondeau

About the Author: Andrea Rondeau

I returned to B.C. and found myself at the Cowichan Valley Citizen.
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