Comox Valley Art Gallery newsletter, May 24, 2023
Dear friends,

Come visit us at CVAG this week! This is the final opportunity to see the exhibition in | at | on : RETURN TO WATER and the installations Stolen Sister and Emerge | Return | Together, which conclude on Saturday, May 27.

The public is also invited to attend CVAG's Annual General Meeting, which will be held at 5:30pm on Thursday, May 25. 

For those interested in getting involved with the work we do, we still have some opportunities for summer student Gallery Assistants
We also have a position for a recent graduate as a Design and Production Assistant, and positions as a Video Technician and Employment + Life Skills Coordinator with CVAG's Youth Media Project.

In addition, we are accepting applicants for the Youth Media Project summer program, which will run from July 3 - September 29. The program teaches video schools and provides hands-on experience to people aged from 16 - 30. 

Check out the upcoming gallery programming planned for June. On June 7, the Walk With Me project will host two Story Walks that will begin and end on the CVAG plaza. And our new exhibition Together Apart | Under One Roof, featuring Aganetha Dyck, Diana Thorneycroft, and Reva Stone, will open on June 15.

Our exhibition spaces will be closed from May 31 - June 14 while we install the new exhibition, but Shop:Made will continue to be open, featuring work created by dozens of local artists. 

All CVAG exhibitions and events are free (donations are appreciated). We are open 10am - 5pm, Wednesdays - Saturdays.

For more details, please continue reading.

- The CVAG Team
Thursday, May 25 at 5:30pm
Image courtesy of Alun Macanulty
Everyone is welcome to attend CVAG's Annual General Meeting, which features a beautiful review of the previous year's programming. We will also present this year's recipient of the Nonny Milne Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts, review and receive the financial statements for 2022, and select the Board of Directors for the coming year.

The public is welcome to attend at 5:30pm on Thursday, May 25 at CVAG. (Although everyone is welcome, only CVAG members have a vote.)

CVAG is run by a non-profit society with a volunteer Board of Directors that follows a governance model, setting overarching policy and vision for the gallery. Click here to learn more.
Intern Marlee Barry working with artist Marlene Creates. Image by Taylor Robinson.
CVAG is seeking candidates for an internship as a Design and Production Assistant. This is a 35-week position starting ASAP. The hourly wage is $18.00 and the work week is 30 hours. The application deadline is Wednesday, May 31.

We are also still hiring summer students for the position of Art Gallery Assistant. Applications should be submitted ASAP.

Design and Production Assistant: click here for job description 

Art Gallery Assistant: click here for job description 

Please email resumes to
YMP SUMMER PROGRAM: July 3 - September 29
Image courtesy of Youth Media Project.
CVAG's Youth Media Project uses digital media, creative facilitation, and artistic collaboration as a framework for youth to create media for community action. Those who come through the program end up creating long-lasting connections not just with each other, but with other community members and organizations in the Comox Valley. There are two upcoming programs that participants can apply for. The first program will run from July 3 - September 29, 2023. The second program will run from October 30, 2023 - February 2, 2024. 

We are currently seeking a Video Technician and an Employment + Life Skills Coordinator to assist with the YMP summer program (with possible extensions). Application deadlines are Tuesday, May 30. 

Please email resumes to

Video Technician: click here for job description (full-time position)
Employment + Life Skills Coordinator: click here for job description (part-time position)
Wednesday, June 7 from 10:30am - 12:30pm and 1 - 3pm
Story Walks conclude with a talking circle. Image courtesy of Walk With Me.
Walk With Me is an arts-based community action project that seeks to uncover the human dimensions of the toxic drug poisoning crisis as it has unfolded locally in the Comox Valley. Within and through it, a group of artist-researchers, front-line workers and people with lived and living experience have banded together in a spirit of solidarity, attempting to come to terms with the impact of the crisis on individuals and community groups through a practice of story sharing. Through stories, we aim to cultivate awareness leading to change.

Walk With Me will host two Story Walks in the Comox Valley on Wednesday, June 7. One will be from 10:30am - 12:30pm and the other from 1pm - 3pm. Participation is free.

Each Story Walk lasts for approximately 45 minutes and is followed by a Sharing Circle that is also approximately 45 minutes in length — where we serve soup and respond together to the stories. Walks begin and end at CVAG, and travel through surrounding parks and neighbourhoods.

Walk at 10:30am - 12:30pm on Wednesday, June 7: click here to register 
Walk at 1 - 3pm on Wednesday, June 7: click here to register 
April 12 - May 27
"Coastal Camera Obscura III" onsite installation by Donald Lawrence. Image by Marlee Barry.
All current installations at CVAG continue until this Saturday, May 27. Our main gallery spaces feature the group exhibition in | at | on : RETURN TO WATERwhile our hub gallery presents Stolen Sister by Gwen Monnet and Emerge | Return | Together by North Island College students.

The exhibition in | at | on : RETURN TO WATER includes the following installations: 
  • GO FISH — By filmmakers Scott Smith and Nettie Wild, this three-channel video and audio experience takes viewers inside the annual herring migration.
  • as the wind blew: the ground beneath me | at the water’s edge | in its path — Utilizing pinhole photography, lumen printing, and video, Sarah Crawley's ethereal images portray investigations at the place where land meets the water’s edge.
  • Coastal Camera Obscura III — Earlier in May, a floating camera obscura by Donald Lawrence floated in the waters surrounding Goose Spit and Comox. A presentation at CVAG describes the development and iterations of the project to date.
CVAG's shop and gallery hours are 10am - 5pm, Wednesdays - Saturdays.
Art Opening + Artist Talks: Thursday, June 15
Exhibition: June 15 - October 28
Our next exhibition, Together Apart | Under One Roof, will present the work of Aganetha Dyck, Diana Thorneycroft, and Reva Stone from June 15 - October 28.

Stay tuned for details about the opening events.
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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