Todd McAneeley’s woodwork will be featured in the windows of the Imagine That! gallery in downtown Duncan during February. (Woodwork by Todd McAneeley)

Todd McAneeley’s woodwork will be featured in the windows of the Imagine That! gallery in downtown Duncan during February. (Woodwork by Todd McAneeley)

A&E column: Art of wood and math coming to Cowichan

Two art displays and a reminder to get your Sunfest tickets

Art is on the way in the Cowichan Valley.

Imagine That! gallery in downtown Duncan will be putting up their new window displays for the month, and from Jan. 28 to Feb. 25 Todd McAneeley will be featured.

In Our Island Wildlife: Todd McAneeley, the artist brings wood to life.

“Todd is an artist whose wood sculptures and furniture capture nature in a positive, beautiful way,” said a press release from Imagine That! “He creates his pieces from wood offcuts, and they come to life with bears, otters, birds, whales, and more. His display this month includes pieces which celebrate our local wildlife.”

Check it out.

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In March The Cowichan Valley Arts Council is bringing math to life at their gallery at the Cowichan Community Centre in Duncan.

The Art of Math runs from March 1 to 14 and “explores the beauty of mathematics.”

“Numbers can be beautiful, whether expressed in the spiral of a seashell, the patterns of a fern or the angles of a geodesic dome,” said a press release for the show.

So who are the artists? We don’t know yet. CVAC is calling on Cowichan Valley schools from elementary to secondary to create original work to display at the show. Participation is free. Submissions can be original work in any medium (sculpture, video, photography, drawing, painting). The math topics can include the Fibonacci sequence, tessellations and linear relations.

“This special program is a way to ease both math and art anxiety,” said CVAC President Janet Magdanz. “The main goal is to reveal the patterns of arts and math in everyday life. The show will include work by professional artists as well as school groups.”

The show is being sponsored by Island Savings Credit Union and will include prizes of $100 for top class and individual projects.

To register, sign up on the website (www.cowichanvalleyartscouncil.ca). Those interested can also find details on each math topic there. Schools are being encouraged to book times to see the show.

All submissions will be posted online and some will be selected for display in the CVAC Studio at the Cowichan Community Centre.

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Sunfest Country Music Festival is reminding music lovers to get their tickets soon before prices increase on Feb. 15.

Celebrating their 20th year, Sunfest for 2022 will feature headliner Darius Rucker, along with Dallas Smith, Billy Currington, Hardy, and Kip Moore.

The festival runs over the B.C. Day long weekend.

Go to www.sunfestconcerts.com to get tickets and more information.

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