ABOUT US

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We are a diverse group of local artists and Arts lovers who desire

to add to the existing cultural richness of the Cowichan Valley.

Our non-profit Cowichan Public Art Gallery Society (CPAG) intends to create a World-class public art gallery in the Cowichan Valley to host ongoing international, national and local art exhibitions and associated programming currently not available.

The building will be built to “A” level standards that have the correct environmental controls required to bring to the valley World-class historical and contemporary art exhibitions this area is currently unable to host.

We are a dedicated team, intent on raising awareness and funding in order to realize this project.

Become a member of our group and have your say in

changing the course of history in the Cowichan Valley.

Jock Hildebrand DipFA

President

Jock Hildebrand is an internationally acclaimed sculptor who works around the world. With many monumental sized public art sculptures, Jock has spent 40 plus years at his art form.

jockhildebrand.com

David Coulson

Director

David (owner of David Coulson Design Ltd.) is enjoying his 33rd year in the design and construction business. He is passionate about green building practices making each project healthy and efficient.

davidcoulsondesign.com

Mark Hazell

Director

Born in BC but raised mainly in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mark enjoyed a long career in commercial real estate management, first in San Francisco and then, from 1988 until 2006 in Halifax. In 1995 he became a member of the senior management team that created and grew Summit REIT, which became the largest owner of light industrial property in Canada and generated an average annual return of 22% while growing its net assets from $30 Million to $3.5 Billion.

Mark developed a strong interest in art at a young age; both of his parents were artistically inclined, and his mother became a well-respected artist. He has lived a life surrounded by art and artists (both his wife and his daughter are accomplished artists) and has had the good fortune to visit galleries and museums around the world.

Sheila Schiel

Director

Sheila’s career in business administration involved working with non-profit organizations in both Colorado and Hawaii.  She began her career in the medical sector as the coordinator for Colorado’s family practice residency training programs.  After moving to Hawaii in 1989, she worked at Aloha United Way in Honolulu and served as the Statewide Coordinator of corporate fundraising for the five island United Ways.  In 1994, she became the Executive Director of Hawaii Residency Training Programs, with employment responsibility for over 250 medical residents in 16 accredited training programs. She moved to BC in 2006 and now resides in Duncan. In her free time, Sheila enjoys international travel, outdoor activities and artistic endeavours involving textiles.

Chris Warren

External Relations Committee

After 30 years with the City of Vancouver, Chris retired in 2011 as the Director of Development Services.  In both that department and in Social Planning where she worked as a Social Planner for 15 years, Chris worked closely with the Cultural Services group, which developed and administered Public Art, cultural grants and cultural policy.  While in Development Services, Chris devoted much of her time to her priorities of customer service, organizational development and staff development.
Since retirement, she has undertaken some consulting work, most recently on childcare, and also ran an organic garlic farm in the Shuswap with her husband.  The Warrens have 4 kids and 5 grandchildren ranging from 2 months to 19 years old.

Anne Brunet

Secretary – Treasurer

Anne’s professional life, focused mostly on financial management, administration, and program development, has included working within non-profits as well as private business.
Anne’s career experiences range from managing performing and visual arts organizations and facilities to owning/operating a photographic studio and a printing/graphic design business and teaching photography.
Throughout, she has been an advocate and volunteer for the arts in her community and has served on various local and other boards, including the BC Arts Council and Canadian Association for the Performing Arts.
Recognizing the significant role that the arts play in a thriving, healthy community, Anne is eager to play a part in bringing a renowned public art gallery to the Cowichan Valley.

Rebecca Hazell

External Relations Committee, Programming Committee

Rebecca Hazell is an award winning author and artist who has penned eight books for adults and children and illustrated four of them. Her latest childrens’ book is “The Sweeper: A Buddhist Tale”, from Shambhala Publications.

rebeccahazell.com

Dorian Melton

Director

Dorian has been employed professionally as a graphic artist and illustrator since High School (over 50 years). He manages the CPAG website, produces the monthly newsletter and designs graphics and printed materials for gallery exhibitions.

some samples of Dorian’s art work