Comox Valley Art Gallery newsletter, January 20, 2023
Highland Secondary School students during previous explore/make/interact day at CVAG. Image taken by Taylor Robinson.
Dear friends,

Join us Saturday, January 28, as we mark the final day of the Real Reality (RR) exhibition. We invite you to participate in a day of hands-on activities, artist talks, a movement performance by artist Geneviève Johnson, a film presentation, and conversations. Continue reading for the full schedule of events and activities.

Visitors who come by CVAG before January 28 will also be able to get creative at the onsite make stations connected to our current installations. Activities include: LEGO/stop-motion animation, felting/spinning, movement/making/stitching, and data art research. The gallery's hub team will be on-hand to support visitors of all ages and abilities.

Following the Real Reality (RR) group exhibition, our gallery space will become an Exhibition/MakeSpace conceptualized by artist Michael Fernandes. This project titled Don't Know, running February 4 to April 1, reconstructs boundaries between gallery and viewer. 

As we transition, the public space installation We Don't Know -- part one of Michael Fernandes's project -- can be seen and heard on the gallery's plaza, January 20 to February 3.

The CVAG Film Series continues this winter/spring. Due to the popularity of our last series, this time we are screening each film twice. This means you still have a chance to snag tickets! Continue reading to learn about the film line-up and how to purchase tickets.

CVAG's gallery and curated shop are open 10am - 5pm, Wednesdays to Saturdays.

All exhibitions and activities held at CVAG are free, with donations gratefully accepted.

- The CVAG Team
January 28 at CVAG
On Saturday, January 28, come visit us at CVAG for the fun, final day of the group exhibition Real Reality (RR).

Drop in any time between 10am - 5pm to see the exhibition and engage in the hands-on make stations:
  • Express your own inspirations at the LEGO make table + see the Integrating Reality installation by STREAM students.
  • Make a stop-motion short video using the set-up created by the STREAM students and Caresse Nadeau.
  • Try needle felting + drop spindle spinning (kits are part of Bran Mackie’s fibre-based project For the Future).
  • Collaborate by adding your own work to the stitching + movement installation by Geneviève Johnson (Threading Side by Side).
  • Contribute to the art data project by Sarah Emery Clark (Let’s Be Islands Together).
From 1 - 4pm, gather in the Main Gallery:
  • Watch Threading In-Between, a digital video presentation by Geneviève Johnson that was recently filmed onsite during the artist’s installation residency at CVAG.
  • Listen as the exhibiting artists present about their projects and creative processes.
  • Gather with the community, artists, curators, and CVAG team + make with materials related to the artists' installed projects.
Site-Specific Installation: January 11 - 28
Virtual Screening: January 11 - April 1
Still from Geneviève Johnson's new video Threading In-Between, shot onsite during her installation residency at CVAG.
Threading In-Between is a new digital video presentation by Geneviève Johnson, a component of the artist’s ongoing quilted path project, Threading Side by Side. This video is an addition to the Real Reality (RR) exhibition at CVAG, which runs until January 28.

Threading In-Between will be also be virtually screened until April 1. 
Click here to watch online. 
January 4 - 28: Data Art Research with Sarah Clark
Open Office incubator lab, where Sarah Emery Clark is developing her data art project Let's Be Islands Together. Image taken by Angela Somerset.
Join artist Sarah Emery Clark in a community exploration of loneliness and belonging. Sarah invites you to participate in this hybrid program either in-person or online. 

There are multiple ways you can get involved:
  1. Drop in at CVAG — Fill out a paper survey and have your data mapped in person. You are also welcome to submit your responses anonymously using the box provided at the gallery.
  2. Schedule an appointment — Meetings can be held either in person at CVAG or virtually during Sarah’s Open Office hours.
  3. Anonymous survey / Live data viz — Participate anonymously in the project. Sarah will live-stream the mapping of your response in real time during Open Office hours.
Open Office hours (when Sarah will be onsite at her installation lab at CVAG) are 10am - 1pm and 3pm - 5pm, Wednesdays to Saturdays until January 28.
January 8 - April 19 at Landmark Cinemas
The CVAG Film Series is a selection of titles from the Toronto International Film Festival circuit, offering diverse and innovative perspectives on the art and business of film. CVAG staff and volunteers organize the film series, and proceeds go towards our artistic programming.

Films screen at 5pm on Sundays and Wednesdays every second week at Landmark Cinemas (2655 Cliffe Ave, Courtenay).

CVAG Film Series - Winter/Spring 2023 Schedule: 
You can purchase tickets or season passes at CVAG, or by credit card over the phone at 250-338-6211.
  • Tickets are $14 for CVAG Members, $15 for Non-Members
  • Season passes for all 8 films are $98 for CVAG Members, $105 for Non-Members
We recommend that you purchase tickets in advance. The films often sell out quickly, and there may not be tickets available at Landmark Cinemas on the day of the screening. All seating is first come, first served.
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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