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A&E column: Art Prize winners announced

The latest from Cowichan’s arts and entertainment community

The Salt Spring National Art Prize winners have been announced.

Top $20,000 prize winner was Kriss Munsya of Vancouver for his work Dream Tonite. Highway Reflection, The Eraser, Edition 3 of 3.

Juror’s Choice Awards also went to Virginia Morgan for Raven Steals the Sun; Klehwetua Rodney Sayers for Hot Rod Pink; Jacqueline Huskisson for Shock; and Sherry Park for Lunch.

People’s Choice Award winners are, in first place, Erin Stagg for Métis Pride; in second place Charles Choi for Seize the Moment; and in third place Micheal NF Cywink for The Return.

The Youth People’s Choice Award went to Duncan’s own David Gluck for Still Water.

Finally, the Salt Spring Artist Award went to Connie Kuhns for Canadian Farmhouse 1.

All finalists’ artworks will now travel to Victoria and Vancouver for exhibitions.


Ready to put the “fun” in “fungi”? The Cowichan Valley Naturalists are hosting a talk on Monday, Nov. 1 at 9:30 a.m. with one of the co-authors of Mushrooms of BC: A New Royal BC Museum Handbood, who promises to do just that.

Dr. Kem Luther will review the reasons for producing the new guide, the process involved and some recent developments in mycology that complicate the production of mushroom guides. The Naturalists promise it will be a “rollicking” time.

The book illustrates more than 350 mushroom species and mentions another 850.

The talk will be offered online through Zoom. For the link email


New window displays are going up at Imagine That! on Craig Street in Duncan on Oct. 29.

The two new artists featured until Nov. 26 will be Massimo Pintus and Patti McNeice.

Pintus works in the Cowichan Valley as an artist, musician and teacher, and presents ‘Gaia Tone Art’.

“He creates metal musical instruments, deepening his experiences with sound-creation and increasingly connecting his work to the healing resonances of the earth,” says a press release. “Massimo keeps his passion for music improvisation alive by undertaking creative initiatives with various artists and healers, and occasionally offers sound journeys and sound healing meditations.”

In the second window McNeice presents ‘Eclectic by Nature’.

Her focus is decorative pottery.

“My grandmother and my mother root my curiosity. Our three spirits dance when I create. It is a magical time; somewhat addictive, I must confess,” McNeice said in a press release. “I am inspired by pattern, textures, and the mystery of seeing something for what it is not. There are no artistic rules in my studio. Things happen by chance, without intention or influence. I move clay and colour around, then add curiosity with bling and bits.”

Andrea Rondeau

About the Author: Andrea Rondeau

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