With the new season comes a range of new programs at Cumberland Recreation, with activities offered for all ages and stages.
In late August, the Denman Island Studio Tour is a familiar and beloved local arts event. This year, 17 venues across the island will be featuring everything from painting and sculpture to jewelry, photography, and fibre arts.
In recent years, a number of new studios have joined the tour, creating a new cultural landscape for visitors to explore. Newcomer Inne Uitto’s mixed media paintings explore themes of travel and history; her surfaces are richly textured and evoke the Italian Frescoes and weathered statues that inspire her. David Scruton’s works are a reflection of history, too, albeit from an entirely different perspective. Impeccable reproductions of 17th and 18th century fine furniture in his woodworking studio, alongside equally elegant modern and utilitarian pieces.
The Gala Banquet on August 8th draws closer and tickets are going quickly. With only 50 tickets remaining, your opportunity to participate in a once-in-a-lifetime historic event is almost over. The banquet will be held in #14 Hangar at 19 Wing Comox, the home of 442 Squadron. Our guest of honor will be Wing Commander Stocky Edwards, a WWII veteran. The Y2K Spitfire aircraft will be in the hangar for viewing, as will a Vampire aircraft which is another aircraft that Stocky flew.
Gather your friends to enjoy sipping wine and noshing on yummy appetizers at the lovely outdoor setting of 40 Knots Vineyard and Estates Winery on Sunday, August 19th, 4pm-7pm, while supporting the Comox Valley Hospice Society offer hospice palliative care to people in our community.
The view of a tall ship on the Courtenay River is one we may not see again, but the impact of its visit will be felt in our community for years to come. The visit from the Caravan Stage Company and their ship, the Amara Zee, attracted much attention, raised thousands of dollars and put Kus-kus-sum on the map for many Comox Valley residents. “This event surpassed all our fundraising expectations” stated Paul Horgen, Project Watershed Chair.
Hiłt̕sist̕a’a̱m (The Copper Will Be Fixed), opening at the Comox Valley Art Gallery on Friday evening July 20, is the culmination of the vision of Cultural Carrier Nagezdi, Rob Everson, Hereditary Chief of the Gigalgam Walas Kwaguł. The exhibition features diverse work created by Indigenous artists and cultural carriers of the west coast. The work responds to the impact of the Potlatch Ban and its reinstatement on the lives, families, communities, art-making and cultural practices of the artists.
The Pearl Ellis Gallery presents Fibre Art Voices: A Fine Line, a fibre art and mixed media exhibition, from July 17 to August 4. A reception will be held Saturday, July 28 from 1:00-3:00 pm with artists in attendance. Everyone is welcome.
Michiko Hayashi visits the Comox Valley on Thursday, July 19 to present the Discoveries of Dr. Emoto. Dr. Emoto was a revolutionary Japanese researcher who studied water and how people could change the pattern of the crystals with positive or negative words, thoughts and music. Dr. Emoto outlined these discoveries in his New York Times bestseller, “The Hidden Messages in Water.”
We had a wonderful turnout for the Garden Gala in May. Over a hundred people made their way down the hill to see the gardens and listen to local writers read from their work. The word is getting out about these beautiful grounds and gardens. If you haven’t made a visit yet, put it on your summer adventure list!