If you love art, you will want to set aside Saturday, Sept. 10 for the first Cowichan Valley Arts Council Art Studio Tour.
“Seeing a finished piece of art, no matter how fabulous, only tells part of the story,” says a press release for the event. Get a glimpse into the rest on the self-guided tour of 25 studios from Mill Bay to Chemainus.
They are “home to some well-known and award-winning artists, potters, sculptors and photographers. Some of the hillside and waterfront studio settings are as inspiring as the art.”
The studios are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., so you’ll want to plan your time by checking out the map and list of artists ahead of time on the CVAC website (https://cowichanvalleyartscouncil.ca/), print out a pdf, or pick up a map at the CVAC gallery.
“Grazing cattle, working cowboys in the saddle and panoramic vistas of B.C.’s grassy plains. Those are the images celebrated in an upcoming art show,” promises a press release for a show called B.C.’s Grassland Cowboys at the Cowichan Valley Arts Council’s Annex gallery from Sept. 6 to 20.
On display will be the watercolours of renowned artists Harold Allanson, depicting the working life of B.C.’s farms and ranches.
“Allanson captures the soul of the working ranches he saw while growing up in B.C.’s Interior,” says CVAC.
Allanson is a full-time painter who now lives in Crofton. He has traditionally made several trips a year to the Chilcotin region, capturing photographs of the branding and calving at Douglas Lake Ranch and the Gang Ranch, the release said.
“His very collectible work is bold and realistic, pushing the limits of the watercolour medium.”
A member of the Federation of Canadian Painters, he most recently won an award of excellence at this year’s Sooke Fine Arts Show.
Allanson will be on site at the show opening Sept. 7 from 4 to 6 p.m. He will also lead a three-day watercolour course for CVAC from Oct. 15-17, on how to capture and compose a vibrant farmer’s market scene.
The crew responsible for entertainment at Riot Brewing dropped us a note saying the Mark Crissinger will be there, live, on Sept. 2.
The show will run from 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
“Blending traditional themes, clever lyrics and modern arrangements, Mark performs original blues and roots music that reveals his singer-songwriter soul and the blues in his heart. It’s a fun, upbeat, dynamic night of music, live at Riot Brewing,” says the press release.
The Cowichan Folk Guild has scheduled their next coffee house for Sept. 10, with headliner Anneda set to perform.
“Anneda is able to call on over two decades of experience as a live performer to put on a rousing show and bring audiences to their feet — more than just an entertainer, she is an artist. She has toured Canada extensively, performing at iconic venues from The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern and The Opera House in Toronto,” said a press release for the event.
“Anneda uses her powerful voice to weave stories of love and loss. She draws from a deep well of personal experience and uses a broad palette to bring a depth of colour and texture to her music. An accomplished story teller, a dexterous guitarist, and an insightful pianist, Anneda is able to combine traditional technique and modern technology to create and share meaningful songs.”
Now that’s an enthusiastic recommendation!
The coffee house is at the United Church Hall in Duncan, 246 Ingram St., and doors open at 7 p.m., with Anneda starting at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for non-Folk Guild members and $5 for members.