Comox Valley Art Gallery newsletter, May 26, 2021


OUR YOUNG GIRLS by Deborah Dumka is part of the VISIBLE LABOUR exhibition. Join us Friday or Saturday on the CVAG plaza to make T-shirts, postcards and posters in solidarity with this work. 


Make T-shirts, posters and postcards on the CVAG plaza:
Friday, May 28, 4 - 8pm + Saturday, May 29, 11am - 4pm

Join artist Anne Steves for virtual collage making:
Saturday, May 29, 11am - 4pm


This is the final week of our exhibition VISIBLE LABOUR and we're marking the occasion by inviting people to participate in outdoor and virtual Make Art projects that are free and open to all ages.

And if you're downtown, come and see (or re-see) VISIBLE LABOUR while you can. We are open Thursday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm. While you're here visit SHOP:MADE,  where we sell well-made things created by dozens of local makers.

Read on for details. See you soon and stay safe!

-The CVAG team


GIRL POWER logo created by Zoe Klassem-Somerset.

Join us to make T-shirts, postcards and posters in solidarity with Deborah Dumka’s OUR YOUNG GIRLS interactive installation exploring gender + digital empowerment + access + technology + safe spaces + art.
Drop in to the CVAG Outdoor Plaza any time of the following days:
Friday, May 28, 4-8 pm
Saturday, May 29, 11 am – 4 pm
Wednesday, June 16, 1-7 pm
Wednesday, June 23, 1-7 pm
Wednesday, June 30, 1-7 pm
Bring your own T-Shirt (white) to screen print and hand colour. T-shirts will also be available to purchase.

More details here.


This Saturday is the final virtual drop-in for the Make Art Project Anne Steves hosted throughout May.  Photo by Taylor Robinson.


You are invited to drop in by zoom to make collages alongside Anne Steves, an interdisciplinary artist working with themes of place, distance and connection. The event is free and open to all ages. You can join any time between 11am and 4pm at this link.

Steves is an interdisciplinary artist who is currently in a creative residency at CVAG as part of the gallery’s Offsite_Onsite program. She is expanding on her unique collage project A Sense of Abandon / But Not a Lack of Discipline.

She says: “The collages I have been making for this project act as a portal into the artist’s studio. I have asked artists and writers from across the country to share an image of behind the scenes in their studios or work spaces. Into these images I have been collaging with found imagery from magazines and newspapers to create imagined futures, emotional landscapes, distant connections and impossible creatures. The final project will consist of 75 works made over a one-year period while we have been kept apart by the pandemic.”

Images from Steves’ project are visible 24-7 from the gallery’s outdoor plaza, on a large monitor installed in the southern-most window.

Find out more on our website.


The final three days to see the VISIBLE LABOUR are this Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 5pm.  

March 25 - May 29, 2021

VISIBLE LABOUR  is a convergent program that reveals the ever present constancy of the work that is going on all around us – through exhibition, outreach projects, offsite and onsite creative residencies and community engagement activities. The program includes:

Visible Labour – exhibition with Deb Dumka + Claire Sanford, Connie Michele Morey, Kristin Nelson.

A Sense of Abandon / But Not of Discipline – project by Anne J Steves.

Offsite_Onsite – collaborative research + production residency with Abir Bouhkari, Nisrine Bouhkari, Shelley Vanderbyl and CVAG’s curators.

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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