We will be closed between Shows

We will be closed between Shows

Sorry, but

the Gallery will be CLOSED

from June 21 until July 5, 2024

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…when we will return to our regular hours:

Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10am – 4pm

contact: info@cowichangallery.ca

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About the Cowichan Public Art Gallery (CPAG)

Founded in 2017, CPAG is working to build a world-class art gallery in the town of Duncan in the Cowichan Valley. Once completed, the Gallery will welcome exhibitions from British Columbia, Canada and the world — including engagement and educational events for the public. In the meantime, CPAG has an annual exhibition program enhancing and expanding arts and cultural opportunities for everyone. More than 400 individuals have signed our petition in favour of the project and it enjoys support from all levels of government. CPAG is a registered charity.


Cleanup day at the Cowichan Public Art Gallery – 2024

Cleanup day at the Cowichan Public Art Gallery – 2024

April, 2024

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Brentwood College Students

Brentwood Service Day 2024 reportedly saw 68 teams fanned out across Cowichan Valley farms, homes, etc. to lend a hand and “make light work” of spring-cleaning chores and related projects. Proceeds from the various Service Day client donations will be shared by five local non-profit organizations.

“We’re proud of our students for representing the School with their efforts and good humour, and we know they enjoyed getting to know our community neighbours better,” said Brentwood Manager of Communications and Marketing Erin Coulson.**

In addition to raking leaves, trimming ferns, cleaning off rooves and gutters, hauling winter tree and plant debris, and repairing the Green Door’s garden bleacher benches, the teens had the opportunity to tour the CPAG exhibit ‘a Stitch in Time’, get to know our volunteer directors a little, and even poke their noses into the lively Saturday Duncan Market once the chores were complete. Many had never been through Downtown Duncan before and appeared delighted to learn more about local shops and artisan businesses.

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Coastal Community Credit Union people

One of the Cowichan Public Art Gallery’s corporate sponsors: Coastal Community Credit Union, sent a cheerful and energetic team to lend a hand tidying the grounds of the Green Door property. With all the huge and very old trees on the property, there were many, many bags of leaves to be filled and taken away.

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We here at the Cowichan Public Art Gallery really appreciate friends such as these pitching in to make this annual clean-up task a joyful few hours on a brisk Spring morning!

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About the Cowichan Public Art Gallery (CPAG)

Founded in 2017, CPAG is working to build a world-class art gallery in the town of Duncan in the Cowichan Valley. Once completed, the Gallery will welcome exhibitions from British Columbia, Canada and the world — including engagement and educational events for the public. In the meantime, CPAG has an annual exhibition program enhancing and expanding arts and cultural opportunities for everyone. More than 400 individuals have signed our petition in favour of the project and it enjoys support from all levels of government. CPAG is a registered charity.


Clifford_Webb

Clifford_Webb

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April 26 until June 20, 2024

Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10am – 4pm

contact: info@cowichangallery.ca

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In his heyday, Clifford Webb was one of the foremost book illustrators in England.  His work is found in the British Museum, the Ashmolean Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. He was also famous for his art lithographs and fine woodcut engravings, which not only appeared in books but also in fine art shows. He painted wall murals and screens, and he was a popular teacher.  Yet he sank into obscurity despite his innovations in engraving.

Born an east London cockney in 1894, abandoned by his father and raised in poverty by an illiterate mother, Clifford used his good looks, ambition and artistic talent to escape his humble origins. 

In an interview, he recalled, “I can remember drawing on the stone floor in the kitchen with coloured chalks at the age of seven, emulating the pavement artists I so much admired. That I think was the beginning.”

At 16, he apprenticed in a lithography workshop, but when the First World War broke out in 1914, he went to war. After the trenches in France, battles in Gallipoli and siege warfare in Mesopotamia, he was sent to India to recover from multiple injuries, including being shot in the jaw.  He received awards for bravery and suffered from nightmares all his life.

In India, Webb took up art again, painting watercolours and oils, and after the war became an art teacher with ‘a twinkle in his eye’.  He married a wealthy upper-class girl, Ella Monckton.  To conceal his past, his mother was sent to relatives in Australia (at the wedding, she’d had to stand mute at the back of the room pretending to be Spanish to hide her cockney accent).

After his marriage, Clifford reinvented himself as country squire and artist, becoming famous… an awkward benefit of being a talented artist with a murky past.

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The Exhibition

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The Upside – CHEK news

CHEK News – The Upside  team, with presenters Ed Bains and Jeff King came to have a look at the Cowichan Public Art Gallery’s latest exhibition and share what they saw with Vancouver Island viewers of the April 24th evening newscasts.

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Patrick Stewart tours the Gallery

Philanthropist and generous CPAG donor Patrick Stewart receives a private tour of the Gallery.

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Video: Clifford Webb: BBC interview, 1970’s

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About the Cowichan Public Art Gallery (CPAG)

Founded in 2017, CPAG is working to build a world-class art gallery in the town of Duncan in the Cowichan Valley. Once completed, the Gallery will welcome exhibitions from British Columbia, Canada and the world — including engagement and educational events for the public. In the meantime, CPAG has an annual exhibition program enhancing and expanding arts and cultural opportunities for everyone. More than 400 individuals have signed our petition in favour of the project and it enjoys support from all levels of government. CPAG is a registered charity.


a Stitch in Time

a Stitch in Time

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Feb. 2nd until April 11th, 2024

Tuesdays to Saturdays – 10am – 4pm

Cowichan Public Art Gallery, 126 Ingram Street, Duncan

contact: info@cowichangallery.ca

** Meet the artist: Gloria will be in the Gallery
from 12 noon to 2:00 pm
every Saturday until March 9th.

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Art Cafe Talk with Gloria in the Gallery: Feb. 24, 1:00 to 2:00 pm
RSVP to info@cowichangallery.ca

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a Stitch in Time: textile art by Gloria S. Daly

a Stitch In Time presents the work of Gloria S. Daly, who skillfully comments
with fabric, needle, and thread on the overarching narrative of the Japanese people’s past and present experiences.

Her works in the Snow Country series Kimono give a visual “voice” to the ancient Edo or Tokugawa period (1603-1868) in which the Japanese Art Craft of Boro (reworked/repaired textiles) was first stitched. Musashi the quilted work that portrays the bird’s-eye-view-like the paintings of The Tale of Genji, also known as Genji Monogatari, a classic work of Japanese literature written by lady-in-waiting, Murasaki Shikibu, in the 11th century. Even as she visualizes the bygone world of ladies-in-waiting,

Daly articulates the truths surrounding Diaspora, the internment of men, women, and children during World War II here in BC. Through her work we seem to hear the inspired image whispering those aesthetic principles that concern the nature and appreciation of beauty, especially of visual art.

The stories chosen are told in textiles, a method used in western art for thousands of years, and that includes such diverse works as the eleventh-century, 70-metre Bayeaux Tapestry and the late fifteenth-century Lady and the Unicorn series of six tapestries in the mille-fleurs style. These works were important tools in the teaching of cultural insights for the educated as well as the non-educated people of their times. The works in this exhibition also play a role as teaching tools, because they, too, are powerful visual “pages” for the public to experience in this current global time of racism, national and international conflict, religious prejudice, and political unrest.

Combining the traditional quilt format with innovative twenty-first century mark-making and hand embroidery, Daly explores contemporary themes through her embroidery. As a storyteller her goal is to create thought-provoking visual dialogue with her viewers.

– Jock Hildebrand, CPAG President


click here to visit Gloria’s website: studiogart.ca

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The exhibition

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Video: Detained Denied Displaced

Gloria S. Daly – Detained Denied Displaced
2016

Artist Gloria S. Daly speaks about her artwork at the Stories of Migration exhibition, a joint collaboration between SAQA and The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum in Washington, DC, USA.

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The reception

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Art Cafe Talk

photos by Alison Russel

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Mix and Mingle, Mar. 6 / Duncan Chamber of Commerce

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About the Cowichan Public Art Gallery (CPAG)

Founded in 2017, CPAG is working to build a world-class art gallery in the town of Duncan in the Cowichan Valley. Once completed, the Gallery will welcome exhibitions from British Columbia, Canada and the world — including engagement and educational events for the public. In the meantime, CPAG has an annual exhibition program enhancing and expanding arts and cultural opportunities for everyone. More than 400 individuals have signed our petition in favour of the project and it enjoys support from all levels of government. CPAG is a registered charity.


a Stitch in Time

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Cowichan Public Art Gallery Society
Annual General Meeting

Our Annual General Meeting will be held virtually (via Zoom) on Tuesday, January 23rd, 2024, at 5:30 pm.

** Only CPAG members are eligible to vote during this meeting.
** A new member’s Annual General Meeting voting privileges commence 60 days after payment of membership fees.

Besides electing Board members, there is much to report and address this year.

If you wish to attend the AGM, please RSVP to Anne Brunet, secretary@cowichangallery.ca, before 4pm on January 16th, 2024.

The AGM meeting package (including the Zoom link to the meeting), will be sent out on Friday, January 19th, to everyone who has rsvp’d that they will be attending.

Our mission is to engage, inspire and enrich the Cowichan Valley and beyond through the exhibition, education, collection and interpretation of visual arts created primarily by artists who live and work outside of the Cowichan Valley.

To renew or purchase a membership, see our website:

cowichangallery.ca/join-us

CPAG potluck dinner-2019

a Stitch in Time

Multi-Million Dollar Art Donation makes History

Dr. Fred and Ann Wurlitzer’s extraordinary donation of multimillion-dollar art collection to the Cowichan Public Art Gallery transforms the cultural landscape in the Cowichan Valley

Dr. Fred and Ann Wurlitzer

In a landmark philanthropic gesture, Dr. Fred and Ann Wurlitzer have announced the donation of their awe-inspiring art collection to the Cowichan Public Art Gallery.

This magnificent gift has an appraised value of millions of dollars and will undoubtedly shape the future of the cultural and economic landscape of Cowichan Valley.

The Wurlitzer Collection, painstakingly curated over a lifetime, includes an exceptional selection of Canadian masterpieces, with a portion of the collection featuring 32 paintings by the renowned Canadian Group of Seven, valued at an astonishing $3 million. Notable Canadian artists such as Jean-Paul Riopelle also grace this remarkable collection, adding to its significance.

Jock Hildebrand, President of the Cowichan Public Art Gallery, expressed his enthusiasm for this transformative donation.

“The donation and the new gallery will change the economics of the Cowichan Valley by bringing cultural tourism in a major way. This collection of master Canadian works will draw national and international visitors, making it a major economic engine for the valley,”

The positive impact of this gift is not limited to the gallery alone but is poised to ripple through every aspect of the Cowichan Valley.

The Wurlitzer Collection Donation is set to be rolled out over a five-year period to the Cowichan Public Art Gallery, contingent upon meeting specific milestones, including the commencement of the construction of a new $35 million extension to the present gallery.

This expansion project will create a suitable home for the Wurlitzer Collection in Duncan on an adjacent vacant lot to the current gallery, an option the gallery holds from the city of Duncan.

Dr. Fred Wurlitzer, a retired surgeon, found his true passion in life through the love he shared with his wife Ann and their collective admiration for the Canadian masters. Their dedication to preserving and sharing this extraordinary collection is a testament to their commitment to the cultural enrichment of the region.

This monumental donation is poised to become one the largest art donations ever in Western Canada, solidifying Cowichan Valley’s reputation as a hub for the arts and culture.

The Cowichan Public Art Gallery plans to utilize this gift to bring sophistication and cultural enrichment not only to art enthusiasts but also to the public and the extensive community of artists living in the valley.

The far-reaching effects of this donation will touch every facet of the Cowichan Valley, with accommodation and hospitality sectors standing to gain substantially from the influx of cultural tourism.

The impact will be nothing short of transformative, as the Cowichan Valley evolves into a cultural epicenter for the entire region.

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Dr. Fred Wurlitzer and friends with Lawren Harris painting (untitled – 1950)

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For further information and media inquiries, please contact: 
Jock Hildebrand, President, Cowichan Public Art Gallery
: president@cowichangallery.ca

(250) 215 2823

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About Cowichan Public Art Gallery
 The Cowichan Public Art Gallery, located and exhibiting in the heritage building, The Green Door, was founded seven years ago, and is committed to promoting and preserving the arts and culture of the Cowichan Valley.

The gallery provides a platform for artists and art lovers to come together, fostering creativity and enriching the community through its diverse exhibitions and programs.

The Wurlitzer Collection Donation is set to propel the gallery to new heights in its mission to bring art to the heart of Cowichan Valley.

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In addition:

The City of Duncan Mayor and Council voted in Nov. 2023 to approve an option for CPAG to purchase 135 Kenneth Street.

This means the lot is “reserved” for CPAG for 5 years, giving us time to raise the estimated $35 million to create an international-calibre art gallery. There is no cost to taxpayers & the lot will continue to provide parking for the foreseeable future.

click on the map below to see a larger version

click on the image below to see a larger version (street view: May 2018…not much different today)

 

What happens now?

Fundraise. Fundraise. Fundraise. Won’t it be a great thing to see $35 million spent in our community? We’re working with our Project Champions, advocating for capital investment. Our Gallery Champions are: MP Alistair MacGregor, MLA Sonia Furstenau & MLA Doug Routley.

We so appreciate the generous support from our community – cash, sponsorship, in-kind & advocacy. That’s what made it possible for CPAG to reach this milestone & reserve a location for what will be the largest art gallery on Vancouver Island.

Of course, no need to wait for the campaign, you can DONATE NOW. CPAG is a registered charity, contributions are tax deductible.

 

What’s the next big thing?

CPAG has developed an intimate art gallery in the Green Door Heritage Building in Downtown Duncan. Watch for news, dates & times for the upcoming exhibitions!!

Want to know more?  Click on the image below to see our latest Cowichan Gallery promo video