Important Dates

Registration: ONLINE March 27 – April 20

In Person – March 27, 1-3 pm

ART DROP-OFF DATE:  Monday, May 1,  10 am to 2 pm

SHOW DATES: May 5 – June 2, 2023    

Show Hours: Monday – Friday 11:00 am – 4:00 pm           

Saturdays: 12:00 am – 4:00 pm   


What is the Fine Arts Show?

The Cowichan Valley Fine Art Show is the largest open (non-juried) art show on the Island and features work by emerging and renowned artists including painting and sculpture, jewelry design, furniture, photography and more. It has been organized annually since 1971 by CVAC.

What is an open art show?

An open art show accepts every entry. Although it is an open show, when we run out of room, that’s it. We had 140 artists participate last year. Only one piece per artist. The jurors choose the award winners.

Fine Arts Show Events

Opening and Awards, Thursday, May 4, 7 – 8:30 pm

Tea Event, May 13 (by donation)

Art Attack, Friday, May 26, 7 – 9 pm (a fast-paced contest for artists who are registered for the fine arts show).

Have any questions? Visit the FAQ page with answers to our most frequently asked questions (below).


  •  Tony Bounsall has been an award-winning professional photographer for close to 30 years, and has worked in several different mediums, including digital artwork, collage, iPhoneography, mixed media and encaustics. A photo arts graduate of Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson Polytechnical University), he currently teaches at Camosun College, the University of Victoria and the Vancouver School Of Art. One of the founding members of “The Imagists” (a Victoria based arts collective), he serves on the board of MISSA (Metchosin Summer School Of The Arts). He exhibits and sells his own digital fine art prints and mixed media work throughout North America.
  • Sandra Carr Is the program leader for Camosun College’s Fine Furniture Program (the program from which she graduated in 1997) and a furniture designer/maker who co-owned a successful bespoke furniture company for over 15 years in the Cowichan Valley, specializing in residential work. Sandra is currently focusing on green woodworking.
  • Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, David Gluck currently resides in Duncan, with his wife Katherine Stone where he works as a full-time painter and tattoo artist. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in art education from Penn State University before immigrating to Canada. David currently divides him time between fine art oil painting and tattooing at Black Label Tattoos in Duncan. He was a finalist in the 2021/22 Salt Spring National Art Prize.


  • Distinction Awards (2) -$250
  • Awards of Excellence (4) – $100 
  • Jurors’ Awards (3) $100
  • People’s Choice Award  ($250 gift certificate to Canvas Plus) chosen by online and in-person votes

Registration Opens on March 27

Click here to register for our Fine Arts Show

Not a member? Sign up HERE

“Through art and culture, we illuminate inner lives, encourage new ways of thinking, and inspire spectacular potential.”
– Janet Magdanz, CVAC Board

Basic requirements for Fine Arts Show:

• All entrants must be individual members of CVAC and be over 18 years old.

• CVAC will process sales and levy 20% commission

• Maximum size (2-D) 12 square feet (no diptychs or triptychs)


• Only original art, that is your own idea, composition and image.  It cannot be a direct copy of a photograph unless you took the photo yourself or obtained permission to use the image; it cannot be a copy of another artists’ creative work or an image from a publication or the Internet unless permission is obtained from the artist or publication.

• Artists’ work must be culturally appropriate in its content with images the artist is authorized to use. 

• The art can be any age but must not have been shown or won a prize at another gallery in the region.

• CVAC reserves the right to disallow entries that are deemed offensive, or promote hate. 

• Eligibility of any artwork is up to the discretion of CVAC.


• All art works must be framed or suitably prepared for hanging. No clip frames allowed.

• Metal wire securely attached to the sides of the back of frame (see video under Resources on CVAC website)  

• Frames and matting must be clean and in good condition.

• Works on canvas cradles do not require frames but must be wired

• Wrapped canvases must be painted on the sides with no staples showing.

• Oil paintings must be dry and odour free.


• Art that is delivered past the deadline will not be hung.

Frequently Asked Questions

So why do you have a jury?

We have three jurors who will select the prize winners. Cash prizes this year!

When can I register?

Registration ends April 20.  The show runs May 5- June 2

Why should I enter this show?

To see your work hung in a professional setting, reach thousands of viewers and to enjoy the camaraderie of other Vancouver Island artists at several special events. Many established artists enter the show each year so the overall quality of the art is very high. The show is posted on the website as well as in the gallery.

What if my art piece isn’t finished right now?

Not a problem. You don’t have to submit a photo right away. 

Should I register right away?

Yes! Although it is an open show, when we run out of room, that’s it. We had 140 artists participate last year. Only one piece per artist.

Where do I find out more?

More questions? Call 250-746-1633