IceBear has an exhibition of his work at the CVAC gallery in Duncan, hosted by the Cowichan Public Art Gallery. (Photo courtesy of Cowichan Public Art Gallery)

IceBear has an exhibition of his work at the CVAC gallery in Duncan, hosted by the Cowichan Public Art Gallery. (Photo courtesy of Cowichan Public Art Gallery)

A&E column: Artists wanted, performances, climate festival

Some of what’s coming up in Cowichan arts and entertainment

The Cowichan Performing Arts Centre is looking for artists to show in their Lobby Gallery for 2023 and 2024.

Visual artists need to provide approximately 40 pieces that are ready to self-hang for a show, so group shows are encouraged. The commission rate is 20 per cent.

The Lobby Gallery is the space outside the big theatre in the Cowichan Community Centre, and artists will have their work seen by anyone coming for any of the shows at the theatre.

For details and booking contact Laura at 250-746-3428 or


Riot Brewing has added a couple of new items to their entertainment for August.

On Saturday, Aug. 20 it is Musicals! Trivia with Coop and Math from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Work in teams of up to four people for $10. Reservations are recommended.

Then on Aug. 26 Lawson Kelly brings their “signature mashup of alt-country, rock and folk” to the brewery for a show beginning at 6 p.m.

“With soulful originals and thumping covers, they’ll have your toes tapping and your mind reeling, and vice versa,” says a press release for the concert.


The Cowichan Public Art Gallery is hosting a special exhibit at the CVAC Gallery in the Cowichan Community Centre, which is on now until Aug. 19.

Modern Age Dreams of a Dreamer features the work of IceBear.

“Ice Bear’s fine art has evolved over the past 30 years, from a graphic style that combined the forms and shapes of traditional Ojibway art, to a free flowing technique which provide richly toned paintings that can change colour and depth as sunlight moves, and day turns to night,” says a press release for the show.

“His many years as art director, and over five years as muralist have given him a great interest in technique; how paint ‘works’, colour, brush-strokes, and layering, some IceBear paintings have close to 20 layers of paint and medium.”


The Transition Salt Spring Society is hosting a climate action arts festival on the island this fall.

From Sept. 1 to Oct. 1, On the Rise, an arts festival navigating climate grief and action, will include workshops, performances, poetry and shows.

Look for workshops to build costumes and puppets for the community procession, a ‘virtual art walk’ along the new king tide line in downtown Ganges, grief circles, a bouffant cabaret performance starring Climate Change itself, Indigenous performers and teachers, a mini-film festival, displays, art shows, poetry events, and a big family-friendly showcase of performers, music and public art in the central parking lot at the heart of downtown, in partnership with The Mateada, says a press release for the event.

The festival will conclude with a community processional through downtown Ganges and a dance.

Most activities are free and open to all, but there are a few that require tickets and advance registration. For more information check out


The Medford Singers are looking for some new blood.

The group is searching for new singers, particularly altos, tenors and basses. They’re also looking for an accompanist, who will be paid.

The choir director is Simon Leung and rehearsals are Wednesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Everyone must be fully vaccinated and masks are optional.

If you’re interested contact Michele at or call 250-748-0287, or email Carole at

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