The Cowichan Valley Arts Council Fine Arts Show announced 16 awards as part of the virtual opening ceremony for the 51st Fine Arts Show, which runs May 1 – 22, 2021 (in person and online) at the CVAC Gallery at the Cowichan Community Centre (2687 James Street, Duncan. During the exhibit the public can vote for the People’s Choice Award both online and in person at the gallery.

The 113 works in the show and sale range from painting and photography to sculpture and woodwork.  “Once again, these awards indicate the depth of talent of artists living in the Cowichan Valley and surrounding communities, some with national reputations,” said CVAC President Janet Magdanz. “And the show is welcoming to emerging young artists as well as longtime veterans.”


 Best in Show

Angela Andersen               Ghost

Angela teaches art at Queen Margaret’s School. An award-winning professional artist, she has a fine arts degree from McMaster University and an art education degree from the University of Victoria.

Awards of Excellence

John Robertson                 “C” Cruise

Rory MacDonald                Cherry Point

Jean Aten                          Oldtimer-Haida

Wilma Millette                     Un-housed

Pauline Dueck                    Curvaceous

Honourable Mention

Peter Spohn                          Khenipsen Estuary in Fall

Loretta Paoli                         She Walks Between: Gea

Sheila Karrow                      Still Life of Corn

Angela Carlson                    Flight

Larry Stuart                          Creation

Paul McCuish                       Cabinet on Stand in Maple and Beech

Kaye Smillie                         39 Days of July

Brenda Isaak Takao             Blush

Tony Mochizuki                    Uni 2021

Philip Backwell                    Harmonious Reflections

Meet the Jury

Kristen Turner MacDonald Kristen Turner MacDonald is an Australian family photographer and teacher. She’s half of the backcountry landscape photography duo The Great Unwashed and teaches photography and French at Shawnigan Lake School.

Harold Allanson, SFCA, TWSA Harold Allanson’s watercolours tell stories of ranching life in western Canada, award-winning paintings that have been exhibited provincially and internationally. He has taught workshops throughout BC, the United States, and Spain.

Jock Hildebrand Jock Hildebrand is a graduate of Emily Carr University with an international reputation for large sculptural projects from almost 40 years as a professional artist working in Asia, Europe, and North and Central America. Hildebrand founded the Okanagan Thompson International Sculpture Symposium in 2002, and he received the Okanagan Visual Arts Award.