Comox Valley Art Gallery newsletter, Feb. 13, 2021


Our Winter Program "Space Between Us" includes Foroozan Taleifard's artwork in the Window Gallery. Most of the program runs until February 27, but Mackai Sharp's exhibition "Kill Yourself" closes February 20.


There is not much time left to see the artwork presented in our winter program SPACE BETWEEN US.

This thematic program includes three exhibitions: KILL YOURSELF by Mackai Sharp, the CVAG BOOK PROJECT INCUBATOR featuring multiple artists and writers, and an incubator of work created by Fine Arts students at North Island College. KILL YOURSELF is running until Saturday, February 20, while the other two exhibitions run until Saturday, February 27. See more details on our website: SPACE BETWEEN US.

North Island College produced an excellent video about the work of of Fine Arts Students. Check it out here.

In other news, we've got Valentine gift ideas in our shop, the Youth Media Project is recruiting new participants and a part-time Employability Coordinator, we're starting a virtual film series March 1, and A LETTER FROM THE OCEAN is our next exhibition starting March 4.

Note that we are operating on reduced hours to ensure we can fully implement our COVID protocols. We are open Thursdays to Saturdays from 10am to 5pm. We can also make special appointments if you contact us at

We require visitors to wears masks (we provide free masks if you don't have your own handy), sanitize your hands, and maintain social distancing. It's a little unusual, but is so worthwhile to safely experience potent artwork in these extraordinary times.

Stay warm and safe,

-The CVAG team


Work by Robert Moon and dozens of other artists from our region is presented in our SHOP:MADE.

One way the Comox Valley Art Gallery supports creative practice is by presenting and selling work created by artists and makers in our region in our SHOP:MADE.

The shop offers a selection of work that includes jewelry, glass, pottery, fabric, wood, toys, art cards and prints, small original paintings, and a variety of unique things. It's a wonderful place to purchase gifts -- including Valentine gifts! -- or add to your own collection.

Buying work at SHOP:MADE is a great way to buy local, while supporting CVAG and local artists and makers. See our website to find our more about SHOP:MADE.


Our YOUTH MEDIA PROJECT is accepting applications until March 8.

The Youth Media Project is a program that pays an allowance to five young people to learn skills and create videos.

We are now accepting applications for participants, with a March 8 deadline. For details, click here.

We are also hiring a part-time Employability Coordinator for the next program. If you have experience providing employment skills to young people and you are interested in this position, find more details here. The deadline to apply is March 1.


We can't get back into the theatre yet, but we will run a virtual film series starting in March.

Film-lovers, stay tuned for details about our plans to run a virtual film series starting March 1. Watch our website, Facebook page, or the next e-news for details about the films and links to buy tickets. We know it's not the same thing as going to the theatre, but we still want our audience to have access to great new films from the Toronto International Film Festival. So we'll do our best, virtually, for now. But we can't wait for the day somewhere in the future where we'll be back in theatre, in person.


Video will run in the window facing the CVAG plaza from March 4 to March 23.

During these COVID times we are offering new ways to encounter art. From March 4 to 23, while the interior of the Gallery will be closed as we install our upcoming thematic program VISIBLE LABOUR, we will present an 11-minute looped video performance in the window facing our plaza, from 6 to 9pm. Visitors are invited to experience this poetic film while keeping safe social distance from others. For details, visit our website.

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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