The Comox Valley Art Gallery is inviting people of all ages to join artist Anne Steves for virtual Make Art Saturdays that are taking place throughout the month of May.

Every Saturday this month from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. , you can make your own collage alongside Steves via zoom.

People are welcome to drop in any time, and stay for as little or as much time as they like.

There is no charge for the workshop, and you can get more information, find the zoom link, and download collage templates at www.comoxvalleyartgallery.com.

You can also pick up free templates at the Comox Valley Art Gallery during open hours, Thursday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Steves is an interdisciplinary artist who is currently in a creative residency at CVAG as part of the gallery’s Offsite_Onsite program. She is expanding on her unique collage project A Sense of Abandon / But Not a Lack of Discipline.

“The collages I have been making for this project act as a portal into the artist’s studio,” said Steves. “I have asked artists and writers from across the country to share an image of behind the scenes in their studios or work spaces.

“Into these images I have been collaging with found imagery from magazines and newspapers to create imagined futures, emotional landscapes, distant connections and impossible creatures. The final project will consist of 75 works made over a one-year period while we have been kept apart by the pandemic.”

Images from Steves’ project are visible 24-7 from the gallery’s outdoor plaza, on a large monitor installed in the southern-most window.

Her project is one of many activities happening at CVAG this month.

The thematic program Visible Labour is running until May 29, and features work by Kristin Nelson, Deborah Dumka, Claire Sanford, and Connie Michele Morey.

And images and soundscapes from the Offsite_Onsite program can be seen and heard all hours from the outdoors at the gallery’s lower level facing sixth street.

Glen Sanford

Comox Valley Art Gallery