Cowichan Lake Idol, here introduced at The Flats Stage by Katherine Worsley, isn’t the only way Sunfest supports young talent. They also donate to the Cowichan Valley Performing Arts Foundation. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

Cowichan Lake Idol, here introduced at The Flats Stage by Katherine Worsley, isn’t the only way Sunfest supports young talent. They also donate to the Cowichan Valley Performing Arts Foundation. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

Column: Get art smart, fill up your calendar, and celebrate young talent in year-end grab-bag

Take a peek at what you could be doing in January, and then start scheduling.

Our friends at Imagine That! Artisans’ Designs have shared the news that the gallery is celebrating its 24th year by showcasing the work of selected artists beyond the holiday shopping season into the new year.

If you’ve never visited this special shop in City Square in Duncan, or if you haven’t been for a while, this is the time to go.

In both the main and boutique windows, you will see some of the finest hand-made work from Vancouver Island, and some of the adjacent islands.

The displays open a cornucopia of craftsmanship, diversity, beauty, and practicality.

This special show continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017 until Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. (I don’t usually write the year, but for this I can.)

***

Meanwhile, the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre will be gearing up quickly for January 2018 as well.

They’ve got a merry melange of offerings for every taste, including:

• CVRD Placemaking presents Gil Penalosa in a discussion on how to create healthy, vibrant, and sustainable communities for everyone regardless of age, gender, or social status on Tuesday, Jan. 16 starting at 7 p.m.

• International Guitar Night, featuring another remarkable night of guitar showmanship from a group of superb players returns to its Cowichan roots on Thursday, Jan. 18 starting at 7:30 p.m.

• The Vancouver Island Symphony takes to the big stage on Friday, Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m. with selections by Mozart and Haydn.

• The Cowichan Hospice Reel Alternatives film series brings the story of Hedy Lamarr, the world’s most beautiful woman in her day, who was also, surprisingly, the inventor of secure Wifi, bluetooth, and GPS. See her story in a film called Bombshell on Monday, Jan. 22 starting at 7 p.m.

• More super stuff on the big screen takes place Thursday, Jan. 25 when the National Theatre of Britain presents Young Marx, featuring Rory Kinnear in a brilliant comedy about that revolutionary guy, Karl Heinrich Marx.

• And, of course, the Metropolitan opera is back onscreen on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 9:55 a.m. (No explanation is needed about that for any opera fan). This time, it’s Tosca! Clear the decks, unbridled passion rules supreme in this Puccini favourite.

***

Erin Richards, the Marketing and PR manager for Laketown Ranch, passed along the news that the Laketown Ranch Benevolent Society has presented a $5,000 cheque to the Cowichan Valley Performing Arts Foundation (CVPAF) for 10 scholarships to young, local musicians.

For Laketown Ranch and Wideglide Entertainment — the event production company that created Sunfest Country Music Festival and Laketown Rock Music Festival — supporting young musicians in the Cowichan Valley is important. They gave stage time during Sunfest to Lake Cowichan Idol and this just adds to that effort.

“Giving back to our community has always been a part of our mandate and a measure for the success of our events. Last year we created the Laketown Ranch Benevolent Society in order to continue this giving in a more official capacity,” said Greg Adams, owner of Laketown Ranch and president of Wideglide Entertainment.

The Laketown Ranch Benevolent Society chose to donate to the CVPAF because of the group’s tireless support of Cowichan Valley youth in the performing arts and their families.

“First and foremost, we want to support the families in our community. We hope these scholarships will not only help these kids pursue their musical passions, but also give their parents a break from bearing the financial weight of music lessons,” said Adams.

Just Posted

Sierra Acton, regional district director for Shawnigan Lake. (file photo)
New parkland in Shawnigan creating connections

Used to created parking for the popular Masons Beach Park

By protesting uninvited in First Nations’ territories, conservationists are acting in a neocolonial or paternalistic manner, says Huu-ay-aht Chief Robert Dennis. Photo by Heather Thomson
A closer look: do Vancouver Island First Nations support the war in the woods?

First Nations/environmentalist old growth alliance uneasy, if it exists at all

Chris Wilkinson
Chris Wilkinson column: This could be the worst thing done to you during the pandemic

As a result, all of us will contend with more ‘scarcity’ thinking and mindset.

The Crofton trailer park home where the bodies of two people were found. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Mom still waiting for answers after daughter and her fiance found dead in Crofton

Pair discovered dead in their Crofton home in May identified as Rachel Gardner and Paul Jenkins

FILE – Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, takes part in an event on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Indigenous Peoples Day must be a ‘call to action’, says Assembly of First Nations chief

Discovery of children at Kamloops residential school site must lead to change, Perry Bellegarde says

The border crossing into the United States is seen during the COVID-19 pandemic in Lacolle, Que. on February 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
VIDEO: Border quarantine to soon lift for fully vaccinated Canadians

Eligible travellers must still take multiple COVID-19 tests

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross. (Photo by Peter Versteege)
BC Liberal leadership candidate condemns ‘senseless violence’ of Okanagan church fires

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross says reconciliation isn’t about revenge for past tragedies

A coroner’s inquest will be taking place at the Capitol Theatre in Port Alberni for the next week. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Teen B.C. mom who died following police custody recalled as ‘friend to many’

Police sent Jocelyn George to hospital after intoxication had gone ‘beyond the realm’ of normal detox

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2020, file photo, Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta. Nassib on Monday, June 21, 2021, became the first active NFL player to come out as gay. Nassib announced the news on Instagram, saying he was not doing it for the attention but because “I just think that representation and visibility are so important.” (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
Nassib becomes first active NFL player to come out as gay

More than a dozen NFL players have come out as gay after their careers were over

Penticton Indian Band Chief Greg Gabriel speaks to the Sacred Hearts Catholic Church burning down early Monday morning, June 21, 2021. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Penticton band chief condemns suspicious burning of 2 Catholic churches

Both Catholic church fires are deemed suspicious, says RCMP

COVID-19 daily cases reported to B.C. public health, seven-day moving average to June 17, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infections drop to 90 on Sunday, 45 Monday

Pandemic spread dwindles as 77% of adults receive vaccine

Emergency vehicles are parked outside of the Wintergreen Apartments on Fourth Avenue. (SUSAN QUINN / Alberni Valley News)
Port Alberni RCMP investigate stabbing on Fourth Avenue

Two men were found with ‘significant’ injuries near Wintergreen Apartments

A blood drive in support of 1-year-old Rielynn Gormley of Agassiz is scheduled for Monday, June 28 at Tzeachten First Nation Community Hall in Chilliwack. Rielynn lives with type 3 von Willebrand disease, which makes it difficult for her to stop bleeding. (Screenshot/Canadian Blood Services)
Upcoming blood drive in honour of Fraser Valley toddler with rare blood condition

The Gormley family has organized a blood drive in Chilliwack on June 28

Most Read