The Comox Valley Art Gallery welcomes the arrival of Victoria-based artists Valerie Salez and Lindsay Katsaktaske Delaronde with guest curator Toby Lawrence for Touching Earth Bodies, a collective exploration of Vancouver Island’s rainforest and the history of, and ongoing, deforestation practices and impacts. An exhibition, artist performances, a make art project and CVAG’s Creative Residency 2018 are part of the comprehensive thematic program.

On Friday evening, May18th at 7pm, the artists and curator will be present for an art opening, artist performances and the presentation of In Defiance, In the Shadow of Our Own Dust, and Touching Earth Bodies. Their collaborative and individual works explore the power of self-representation, ceremony, and engaging bodies in the land.

On Saturday, June 2 from 5–9pm the artists will facilitate a Make Art Project during which drop-in participants can learn to make corn husk dolls. At 7:15 the artists will break for art performances related to their exhibition.

Valerie Salez has been engaged in a multidisciplinary art practice framed as art provera or situationist in nature. She has exhibited extensively and her works are in private and permanent collections nationally including the Canada Council Art Bank. Multi-disciplinary visual artist Lindsay Katsaktaske Delaroned earned her BFA from Emily Carr University, followed by and MFA from University of Victoria and a second Master’s degree in Indigenous Communities Counselling. Lindsay is currently the City of Victoria’s Indigenous Artist-in-Residence. Toby Lawrence is a curator, writer and researcher who contributes frequently to art catalogues and publications and has held curatorial and programming positions with artist run centres and public galleries that include the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Greater Victoria Art Gallery.

CVAG events are open to the public and free. CVAG invites the community to visit its website: or call 250 338-6211 for more information.

Denise Lawson

Curatorial and Program Assistant, Comox Valley Art Gallery