The COVID-19 virus threatened to derail the Cowichan Valley Arts Council’s 50th anniversary show, but this group has figured out a way to celebrate despite stay-at-home orders.
“Both artists and art lovers will appreciate the Cowichan Valley Arts Council’s decision to forge ahead and hold a different version of its popular spring art show,” the group said in a press release.
Due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions and the fact that the Cowichan Community Centre (where CVAC’s large gallery space is located) in Duncan has closed, the board was faced with a difficult choice: cancel this year’s Cowichan Valley Fine Arts Show or change it, and offer an online alternative to an in-person gallery event, the release said.
“This is the 50th anniversary of the show, and instead of giving up, we’re celebrating what the next 50 years could look like,” said CVAC president Janet Magdanz. “I am really proud to showcase Vancouver Island artists online on our new website. We will reach a larger audience than ever before and help the Island’s exceptionally creative community continue to share fine art.”
The CVAC Spring Fine Arts Show is the largest non-juried show on Vancouver Island. Exhibiting is open to all Vancouver Island artists over 16 years old. Entry fees have been reduced to $15 per artist in addition to a membership in CVAC. The show is scheduled for Tuesday, May 5 to Friday, May 22. Registration takes place from April 15 to April 26. The virtual opening reception is May 5.
“It won’t be just artwork posted,” said show coordinator Lynda Baker. “The show will be interactive. Viewers can vote for their favourites for the people’s choice award, buy art online and watch video artist statements and catch a glimpse of their studios.”
Just like the previous gallery show, CVAC will accept a maximum of 160 pieces (one per artist). There will be jurors’ awards and viewers can vote online for the artist they think deserves the people’s choice award.