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Fine Arts Show 2016

April 27, 2016 - May 1, 2016




This year’s event will host 132 pieces of original artwork by local artists and artisans.  Jurors will asses the show prior to opening and award the following, 1 Best in Show, 5 Awards of Excellence and 10 Awards of Honour.  Artists are invited to see the show first at the Artist’s Opening Celebration Evening on Tuesday April 26th from 7pm – 9pm.  The show will officially open to the public at 10am on Wednesday April 27th.  For more information please contact the CVAC office at 250-746-1633


Congratulations to our 2016 Cowichan Valley Fine Art Show Award Winners!

Best In Show – Katherine Stone – “Furs”

5 Awards of Excellence:

Jo Ludwig – “Flight Of Fancy #14”

Maureen Fatin – “Botella Roja”

Ati Emmerik – “Esther & Sister”

Bryan Wilson – “Walking Up The Widow Main”

Javier de Mendoza – “Suffer The Pain”

10 Honourable Mentions:

Jennifer Griller, Brenda Boreham, Abwren, Alison Irwin, Andrew Fryer, Eliza Hemingway, Corrine Wilson, Linda Helms, Karola Schabernak, Joanne Circle

The 2016 Cowichan Valley Fine Arts Show Jurors


Ken Guenter in Studio

Ken Guenter, Furniture Maker and Educator,  www.kenguenter.ca

Ken Guenter is a furniture maker and designer who has been producing limited edition and one of a kind furniture for forty years.  He has exhibited in galleries in Canada and the United States and has work in private and public collections throughout North America.  A certified joiner, with a BA in History in Art and a Masters in Art Education from  the University of Victoria, he has taught furniture making and design for over thirty years.  Currently he is a maker/designer for “Of The Woods Studio” in Victoria BC and an instructor at Camosun College in the Fine Furniture Program.





Lorraine Thorarinson Betts, Visual Artists,  www.lorrainebetts.com

Lorraine Thorarinson Betts is an abstract artist working in mixed media, painting and monotype from her studio in Metchosin, BC. A graduate of fine arts from the University of Victoria, Lorraine’s artwork is in private collections in Canada, Japan, England, and the USA.  “The journey of art is the telling of a story, a journal of a day, an era, a moment. As life is built day upon day, art is built layer on layer, in reflection. The complexity of technique layers into each work the ideas that read back to the journey, through the strata of colour, shape, and texture.  My work involves oil on paper in the form of monotypes and mixed media as well as acrylic on canvas and panel.   Making art just seems like a natural state of being.  I love the saga, the reflection, and the rendering of what fascinates.”







Francis Sullivan, Photographer,  www.francissullivanphoto.com

Currently living in Victoria, Francis is a self-employed photo-imaging specialist, offering custom printing services to photographers as well as hi-res digital art reproduction for artists. He also gives instruction and tutorials in a variety of printing and colour management topics, both individually or in small groups.  In his personal photography, he is engaged in a diverse range of interests, and is particularly drawn to the modern landscape, exploring our use of signage, icons, writings, constructs, cast-offs and transportation with an eye to understanding contemporary culture. Francis is curious and amused by how we inform and transform our urban and rural spaces, leaving imprints and hints of our values in the objects we construct and ultimately discard or abandon. His minds eye seeks graphically pleasing images instilled with a double take of, if successful, irony and amusement…and possibly a shred of residual underlying meaning.  An active member of the local arts scene, he is a member of both the Victoria Community Arts Council and the Gage Gallery Arts Collective where he is preparing to mount a solo exhibition of his work for April 12, 2016.  Over the years Francis has exhibited his work in a number of solo and group exhibitions in Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, Vermont and Washington states.




April 27, 2016
May 1, 2016


Cowichan Valley Arts Council
2687 James Street
Duncan, B.C., BC V9L 2X5 Canada
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PORTALS: Monday to Friday – 10:00 – 5:00 Saturday – 10:00 – 1:00  —  Closed Sundays and Holidays

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250 746-1633