Comox Valley Art Gallery newsletter, November 16, 2022
Moonlight & Magic 2021. Photo by Cassidy Gehmlich.

There's lots of cultural activity coming up in Downtown Courtenay, including Moonlight & Magic -- the annual kickoff to the festive season -- on Friday, November 18, from 5 - 8pm. There will be music, dancing, food trucks, tree lighting, and a fiery finale! Join us on the CVAG plaza, where we will team up with Comox Valley Arts (the community arts council) for all-ages art-making, projections, audio stories, and refreshments.

The shop and interior Gallery spaces remain closed for renovations to improve accessibility, but we continue to be active. Our Walk With Me project invites you to join a 'Story Walk' -- a guided audio journey that explores the toxic drug poisoning crisis -- on November 29. The CVAG film series is continuing, but tickets are sold out. Participants in the Youth Media Project are starting to create films that will be presented in the new year. Starting November 18, Everybody Deserves a Smile, an arts-based outreach program featuring work created by local students, will be on display in the CVAG lobby.

Read on to learn more about upcoming events. See you soon!

- the CVAG Team
Friday, November 18 from 5 - 8pm
Ignisia Circus will bring a fiery finale to Moonlight & Magic outside CVAG on Duncan Avenue.
Don't miss the annual Moonlight & Magic event in downtown Courtenay, which takes place on Friday, November 18 from 5 - 8pm. This year's theme is "Fire & Ice".

Throughout downtown, you will find live music, merchant specials, food trucks, face-painting, and more! The CVAG Plaza on Duncan Avenue will be one of the activity hubs. We are teaming up with Comox Valley Arts (community arts council) to provide an all-ages art-making station, video projection, audio stories and refreshments.

You can also pop into the Native Sons Hall for the Geeky Christmas Market, ArtWrx Studio/Gallery for the opening of the Square Foot Show, the Courtenay + District Museum for family fun, and the Sid Williams Theatre or Gladstone Brewing Co. for live performances during and after Moonlight & Magic.

The evening's schedule of events will include:
  • The annual community tree lighting at 5:30pm at 5th + England
  • The Comox Valley Children’s Choir, featuring special guests from the Immigrant Welcome Centre at 6:30pm at CVAG Plaza
  • The Winter Critters Dance Party at 7pm at 5th and Duncan (throw on your favourite animal onesie or come as you are)
  • A Big Community Sing at 7:45pm at CVAG Plaza
  • A fiery dance performance finale by Ignisia Circus at 8pm on Duncan Ave outside of CVAG.
Moonlight & Magic is a presented by the Downtown Courtenay Business Improvement Association in partnership with businesses, cultural organizations, performers, and non-profits of our community. Check out the Facebook event for more details.
Tuesday, November 29 from 1 - 2:30pm
Find connectedness with the people and places at the heart of the toxic drug poisoning crisis through a 'Story Walk' with Walk With Me. Photo by Cassidy Gehmlich.
Walk With Me is an arts-based community action project that seeks to uncover the human dimensions of the toxic drug poisoning crisis. As part of this project, we have been hosting 'Story Walks' this fall. The final walk of the year will be on Tuesday, November 29 from 1 - 2:30pm. 

Story Walks are guided audio journeys that bring participants through various outdoor 'reflective spaces'. Groups are invited to walk and listen, and to sit together -- responding to the stories in a sharing circle. Through this process, communities are encouraged to find connectedness with the people and places at the heart of this crisis.

Participation is free. We ask that people register to ensure a place, though we welcome drop-ins (space permitted).

Click here to register on Eventbrite.

The walk will begin and end at CVAG, and it will travel through surrounding parks and neighbourhoods.

Arrive Prepared: Please dress for the weather, including rain gear (as needed) and walking shoes. Listening options are available for people not wishing or able to walk.

Parents / Guardians: Stories contain mature content, including accounts of individual struggles with addiction and stigma. Parental and personal discretion is advised.

Click here to learn more about the Walk With Me project.
We regret that we are completely sold out of tickets for the three remaining screenings in the Fall 2022 CVAG Film Series. In response to popular demand, we had hoped to arrange a second screening for these films but sadly we couldn't pull it off. We will try to arrange two screenings of each film in the Winter/Spring 2023 Series -- stay tuned for details.

In the meantime, we'd like to remind all ticket holders to arrive at the theatre at least 10 minutes early for the screening. If you have a ticket but can't attend, try to let us know in advance, and we'll see if we can sell the seat to someone else (we have a wait list for each film). You can contact us at or by calling 250-338-6211.

We are so pleased that after two years of COVID cancellations, we are finally able to show films in the theatre again -- we're just sorry we don't have enough seats for everyone who wants to attend. 

We would like to thank Landmark Cinemas Courtenay for being such a great partner in presenting the films. And a special shout-out to Quinn, who has organized the film series for the past few years, and to Kim Holmes, who has ably taken the reins while Quinn is out of town.

Find out more about the CVAG Film Series by clicking here.
CVAG's shop and indoor exhibition spaces remain temporarily closed, as we undergo renovations. We appreciate your understanding, as this temporary inconvenience will result in important improvements to the gallery!

These renovations will make CVAG more accessible, widening doorways and facilitating movement throughout CVAG's public spaces. We are also making a few visual improvements, including new lighting and signage. These renos are made possible thanks to BC Arts Council and BC Gaming.

Please stay tuned to our social media for announcements about when our shop and exhibition spaces reopen.
Though CVAG is temporarily closed for renovations, there are many other local galleries to visit.

In addition to all the creative activities that will be part of Moonlight & Magic on Friday, November 18, ArtWrx Gallery will host the opening reception for 12th annual Square Foot Show, featuring work by 75 local artists! The opening will be from 6 - 9pm, and the show will continue November 19 to 20 ,from 10am - 4pm.

The next show on at the Gallery at Weird Church in Cumberland is Art of All Sorts by Kara Derma! Featuring musical guests Andrew Sim and Gregor Schoenberg, the opening event will take place on Saturday, November 19 from 2 -5pm.

Artful: The Gallery is showing Ancient Songs, a solo exhibition of work by local multi-media artist Kristina Campbell. Artful is open Wednesday to Saturday from noon to 5pm, and the exhibition continues until December 24. Campbell has reached back through her Danish ancestry to bring the Nordic gods to her mythopoetic sensibility as an artist.

In Comox, the Pearl Ellis Gallery's holiday show and sale is from November 15 to December 17.  Artists will be in attendance for the opening on Saturday, November 19.

Spirits of the West Coast Art Gallery is presenting Looking After a Legacy: Through the Grains of Cedar. Kwakwaka’wakw artists Bill Henderson, Greg Henderson, and Junior Henderson carry on the legacy of their father and grandfather, master carver Sam Henderson Sr. The exhibit runs until December 31.
Acknowledgements and gratitude

We acknowledge with gratitude that we are located on the unceded traditional territory of the K’omoks First Nation. We recognize the enduring presence of First Nations people on this land.

We are grateful for the financial support we receive from Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, BC Gaming, Government of Canada, Province of BC, City of Courtenay, Town of Comox, and Comox Valley Regional District.

We offer thanks to the Sherwin-Williams Paint Store and other key partners including SD71 Print Shop, ABC Printing and Signs, and Hitec Screen Printing for their support.

We especially thank all of our volunteers, donors, and members.


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