Cowichan Valley Fine Arts Show (CVFAS)

Online registration to Exhibit in the Fine Arts Show begins April 5th.

Jury Information

Registration Form PDF



May 2-6, 2018

PORTALS- The CVAC Centre of Arts, Culture and Heritage and the Cowichan Suite

Island Savings Centre    2687 James St. Duncan, B.C.

The Cowichan Valley Arts Council presents its 48th annual open Fine Arts Show.
A selection of pieces will be selected by a three jurors, based on the following:

Best In Show (1)
Award of Excellence (5)
Honorable Mention (10)
People’s Choice (1)

About the entrants:

  • Must be a CVAC member in good standing at the time of registration. ($25 a year)
  • Show fee $25
  • Must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Must ensure that valid “model release” forms have been completed in cases where individuals are represented or photographed and may be recognizable in the work being displayed.

About acceptable entries:

  • Must be original work of the entrant.
  • Must be for sale.
  • Must be no larger than 18 square feet or 40 cubic feet.
  • Must be framed and/or ready to hang including a taut wire stretched between eye hooks affixed to both sides of the frame, 1/3 from the top of the frame.
  • All wire ends must be neatly taped.
  • Unframed canvases must have finished edges and no staples may be visible.
  • Must not have been shown previously on Vancouver Island.
  • May be the work of collaboration if collaborators are acknowledged (note new collaborator’s entry fee).
  • CVAC reserves the right to decline entries that do not meet the above conditions.
  • No refunds will be issued for late or unacceptable entries.
  • The CVFAS acknowledges and respects the cultural rights of our First Nations. We ask that artists' work be culturally appropriate.

About the show:

  • 160 entries will be included on a first come, first served basis; a waiting list will be kept.
  • As closely as possible the show will include 70% 2D and 30% 3D pieces of art.
  • A 2% processing fee will be applied to single electronic purchases over $300 (Visa, MC).
  • All purchases are subject to a 15% CVAC commission charge.
  • Unsold entries not collected, are subject to a storage fee of $3.00 per day



In Person:  Thurs., April 5   10-5  and  Friday, April 6   12-7

On-line:  Thurs., April 5  10 am - Sunday, April 8   8 pm

Registrations will be taken on-line at the CVAC website ( and in person at PORTALS in the Island Savings Centre, 2687 James St., Duncan, B.C. No mail-in registrations accepted. First come, first served, up to 160 pieces.

Art Drop

Thursday, April 26th   12 pm-8 pm and Friday, April 27th   8 am-1 pm
Art drop-off in PORTALS. NO exceptions.
Show passes will be given to participants at this time.

Show Dates

Monday, April 30th      7:00-9 pm         

  • Preview and Sponsor evening
  • Invitation only

Tuesday, May 1st         7:00-9 pm                       

  • Artist evening
  • Admission by donation

Wednesday, May 2nd   - Friday, May 4th          10-8pm

  • Fine Art Show     $5 admission
  • Free admission with Participant Pass

Saturday, May 5th        10-5 pm                             

  • Fine Art Show     $5 admission
  • Free admission with Participant Pass

Sunday, May 6th          11-3 pm                             

  • Fine Art Show     $5 admission
  • Free admission with Participant Pass

Art Pick-up   

  • Art pick-up on Sunday, May 6th from 3:30-6 pm.
  • NO “Early Birds”.
  • Artwork not picked up by 6 pm will be subject to a storage fee charge of $3 per day.


Artwork Categories for the Cowichan Valley Fine Art Show 2018

  1. 2D  (acrylic, oils, watercolour, pastel, graphite, encaustic, original printmaking, mixed  media collage, fibre, digital imagery)          
  2. 3D  (sculpture, jewellery, glass, assemblage, fibre, furniture, wood, metals, functional ceramics)       
  3. Photography    (non-manipulated (cropping allowed))      
  4. Photography     (manipulated)