online galleries, museums and more

As a community based organization, we strive to bring great art to our Cowichan Valley Community. As we all deal with the Corona virus, CPAG will be doing this in a different context. On this webpage, we will be adding links to exciting international exhibitions for you to explore from the comfort of your own home, along with links to sites featuring great artists past and present.

Short films

“I decided to add a short film category to this page after encountering some very interesting pieces one morning. Each one of these films left me feeling better for having taken the time to enter the imaginative worlds they created.
Some are funny, some are emotionally evocative…all are worth taking the time to immerse yourself in what they offer.”

– Dorian Melton, PR Chair, Cowichan Valley Public Art Gallery

Father and Daughter

“A father bids farewell to his young daughter; she grows up longing for his return.

This short film won 24 awards, including:
– Oscar / Best Short Film, Animated / Academy Awards, USA, 2001
– Cartoon d’Or / Cartoon Forum, Europe, 2001”

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Volcano Island

“A young naive tigress’s awakening femininity is noticed by an older male tiger, and she is getting scared by his heated approach. With the help of nature, she can finally act upon her own will. ”

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Negative Space

“Negative Space is an Oscar-nominated short film animation that depicts a father-and-son relationship through the art of packing a suitcase.”

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Addicted to your phone?

“Staring at the Smartphone all the time, people are gradually alienating themselves from normal life and others nearby. This film, Life Smartphone, with its satirical and humorous style, serves to depict the current social situation and give people a chance to be introspective.”

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The Aroma of Tea

“This short film follows a small shape which travels purposefully and rhythmically through landscapes and which at the end merges into a large white sphere. Both the graphic brushstroke style and the music, with its almost haunting rhythm, are strikingly simple and direct.”

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Alternative Math

“A well meaning math teacher finds herself trumped by a post-fact America.”

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Musical Interlude

Chan Chan / Playing for Change

“This song reached the masses from the Buena Vista Social Club project and I have heard so many variations and versions performed around the world ever since. We decided to create our own version while on a trip recording and filming music in Cuba in 2015. The Legendary Pancho Amat on the Cuban tres along with the incredible piano playing of Roberto Carcasses set the framework for this song, and then once we heard Teté Garcia Caturla sing lead vocals we realized exactly why we do what we do. Listen to how well Cuba, the USA, and the Middle East all get along when the music plays.”
– Mark Johnson, PFC producer and co-founder

Jenny Lind – Never Enough

The Greatest Showman
‘Never Enough’ is sung by Loren Allred, best known for being on Adam Levine’s team in season three of The Voice US. Actress Rebecca Ferguson portrayed Jenny Lind in The Greatest Showman, but despite having a music background in Stockholm, felt she didn’t have the necessary experience to play an opera legend. Instead, Allred dubbed her voice for the movie.

Ferguson explained to Collider: “[Loren] is the most incredible singer. I’m an actress and that’s what I tried to do at least. There is a difference in being able to sing a tune and hold it and do a fairly good job.

“It is another thing playing the world’s best opera singer. If I would f*** that up, I would be quite embarrassed. So I thought, ‘Loren, you just go for it, girl!'”


Wintergatan – Marble Machine

“My biggest question when watching the music video, aside from the astonishment at how beautifully the machine was engineered and how good it “sounded,” was exactly that latter point: How is Molin getting such produced, mixed, and mastered audio out of what must be the world’s largest wood-and-metal rattletrap of components? If you’ve ever recorded a band or your own instrument playing, you know how tricky it is to get a decent live sound in a room. It almost seems fake, like the music was produced somewhere else and the video was made to look like the machine was playing the various parts of the song when it wasn’t.”


Scott Secco is an adventure filmmaker.

As a director, cinematographer, and editor, his work has racked up millions of views online, been featured in numerous Vimeo Staff Picks, and was showcased globally as part of the Banff Film Festival world tour.

Scott’s background combines both academia and the school of hard knocks: he interned with Sherpas Cinema during the production of their film Into the Mind, and later graduated from the University of Victoria with a degree in creative non-fiction writing. He currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.”

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Note of interest

“I came across Vancouver-based Cinematographer Scott Secco‘s work for the first time just recently and was absolutely stunned by the luscious quality of his camera work. I love a story that is well told and I found myself being willingly immersed in Scott’s work.

Scott is credited with the aerial photography in the Dreamride 3 part series (see below), I can only suggest that you relax and let the imagery wash over you like a soothing bath.”

– Dorian Melton, PR Chair, Cowichan Valley Public Art Gallery

Many more such videos can be seen here at Vimeo Staff picks.

The Met presents over 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy.

Since it was founded in 1870, The Met has always aspired to be more than a treasury of rare and beautiful objects. Every day, art comes alive in the Museum’s galleries and through its exhibitions and events, revealing both new ideas and unexpected connections across time and across cultures.

“The Metropolitan Museum of Art collects, studies, conserves, and presents significant works of art across all times and cultures in order to connect people to creativity, knowledge, and ideas.”

– Met mission statement

source: Metropolitan Museum of Art, N.Y.

The Artist Project

What artists see when they look at art.

In this online series, artists reflect on what art is, what inspires them from across 5,000 years of art, and in so doing, they reveal the power of a museum and The Met. Their unique and passionate ways of seeing and experiencing art encourage all museum visitors to look in a personal way.

Roz Chast

On early Italian Renaissance art

A cartoonist for The New Yorker Magazine, Roz tells us why she loves this particular period in Italian art.

Roz Chast


“This series of videos gets to the very heart of what makes artists tick. They are not talking about their own art, but are giving voice to their personal reactions to the art of masters from other times and places. With 120 artists sharing their thoughts, this is a treasure trove of ideas and insights.”

Dorian Melton, PR Chair, Cowichan Valley Public Art Gallery

Tom Killion describes his technique, tongue-in-cheek, as “faux ukiyo-ë” to emphasize his aesthetic debt to the landscape prints of early 19th century Japan, but also to acknowledge his embrace of early 20th century European / American wood-engraving and book illustration techniques and styles as well. Among his influences are the Japanese ukiyo-ë landscape masters Hokusai and Hiroshige,
but also European and American wood-engravers such as Eric Gill and Rockwell Kent. Killion carves his images into all-shina plywood, Amsterdam linoleum, cherry and other block materials using Japanese handtools. He prints his often elaborate, multi-colored images on custom-made traditional Japanese papers using oil-based inks and a German hand-cranked proofing press.

Note of interest: Tom Killion

“While growing up my time was divided between periods in West Vancouver and southern Marin County, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. In Marin I spent a lot of time exploring the hills and coastal valleys, and in particular Mt. Tamalpais. Tom Killion’s wood block prints of coastal Northern California,

many of which are of places in Marin, have really appealed to me for many years now, and I thought that people here in Cowichan might enjoy seeing his website, even if it’s not for a public art gallery. It certainly shows a level of art that I think we could and should aspire to display.”

– Mark Hazell, CVPAG Treasurer and Board Member

On the other hand…

“Art” can be a serious business, and the mental gymnastics required in confronting the deep philosophical challenges can be exhausting.
Let this be a reminder that it is ok to stop, rest, and let others carry the baton forward until one is ready to re-enter the race.

Brain teasers for Artists

Can you spot the differences?

A large, searchable collection of youtube videos featuring the paintings of famous artists accompanied by musical scores.
The names of the artists may be familiar, but it can be quite surprising to not only see how many works they created, but how that artist’s style may have evolved over time.

Note of interest: Georgia O’Keeffe

“I have always admired Georgia O’Keefe both as an artist and as a person. She was independent, strong, and creative. When art critics tried to sexualize her flower imagery, she refused to let them. She insisted that she wanted to wake people to the magic of the ordinary.”

– Rebecca Hazell, Author, Illustrator, CVPAG PR Committee

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

A link to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in New Mexico is here:

Google Arts & Culture has partnered with more than 500 cultural institutions to offer ‘virtual museum exploration’, following the temporary closure of thousands of art galleries and museums in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

An online platform designed to provide public access to gallery and museum collections across the globe, Google Arts & Culture uses the same technology developed for Google Maps Street View to enable users to ‘walk’ through world-famous galleries and museums and explore

collections and exhibits, via clickable artworks offering further information, from the safety and comfort of their own homes.

source: Google Arts & Culture

“This is a very deep dive…consider having a friend promise to call you in a few hours (just to break the spell).”

– Dorian Melton, PR Chair, Cowichan Valley Public Art Gallery

The Royal B.C. Museum is one of Canada’s leading museums and research centres, a showcase of 550 million years of natural history and 9,000 years of human history in B.C.”

source: Royal B.C. Museum

“Anyone interested in the history of British Columbia will be well rewarded by time spent investigating the online offerings of this museum. It has been some time since I have been able to visit in person, and now that the museum is closed due to the current pandemic crisis, I am looking forward to re-acquainting myself through their extensive online offerings.”

– Dorian Melton, PR Chair, Cowichan Valley Public Art Gallery

“MOA is committed to promoting awareness and understanding of culturally diverse ways of knowing the world through challenging and innovative programs and partnerships with Indigenous, local and global communities. MOA’s exhibitions and programs emphasize artistic diversity and the links between art, community and the contemporary social and political context in which youth, artists and communities are communicating their cultural traditions.”

source: UBC Museum of Anthropology

Popularly known as the Casa Azul (the ‘Blue House’), the Museo Frida Kahlo preserves the personal objects that reveal the private universe of Latin America’s most celebrated woman artist.”

source: Frida Kahlo Museum

Biography: Frida Kahlo
Think you know Frida?
Frida Kahlo’s Construction of Identity

Note of interest:

“One of the most interesting characters in the arts world is Frida Kahlo. She contained an extraordinary spirit that would not be stifled. Her story fascinates me. After she lost a leg due to a carriage accident in 1953, she devoted herself to her painting. Kahlo created her own wonderfully unique style, immediately recognizable.”

– Jock Hildebrand, President Cowichan Valley Public Art Gallery

Home to the most extensive collection of Henry Moore artworks, the Henry Moore Foundation’s collection is housed at the artist’s estate in Hertfordshire. The collection is made up of around 15,000 objects including sculptures, maquettes, drawings, prints, tapestries and textiles.

source: Henry Moore Foundation

Note of interest:

“As a young art student, fascinated with sculpture, I came across Henry Moore. It was immediately love at first sight with his Sculpture. Authenticity comes to mind when I view his work. There is solidarity of form, the innate sense of a brilliant mind creating original work that I find so appealing. He is in many ways the father of contemporary sculpture.”

– Jock Hildebrand, President Cowichan Valley Public Art Gallery

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, museums and cultural institutions across the globe are closing their doors to the public. But while visitors can no longer roam the halls of these institutions, virtual tools and online experiences mean anyone with an internet connection can browse world-class collections from home.

The Smithsonian Institution, of course, has its own array of virtual tours, experiences and educational resources. Among the other experiences on offer: Scroll through an extensive trove of 3-D photographs from the Minneapolis Institute of Art, explore online exhibits from the National Women’s History Museum in Virginia, or admire artistic masterpieces from the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Spain.

Additionally, around 2,500 museums and galleries, including the Uffizi Galleries in Florence and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, are offering virtual tours and presenting online collections via the Google Arts and Culture portal.

For those in search of armchair travel inspiration, Smithsonian magazine has compiled a list of ten museums that have found new ways to fulfill their critical mission of cultivating creativity and spreading knowledge.”

source: Smithsonian Magazine

Note of interest: National Gallery

This 100 year old (plus!) painting could appear to represent any number of locations here in B.C., on the West Coast of Canada.   Timeless.

  • Coastal scene – circa 1892 by Belgian artist, Théo van Rysselberghe.

source: National Gallery, London, England

Positive visitor review

  • Tania Delgado – “I absolutely loved it. The on-site guides are knowledgeable and kind. I appreciated how they suggested additional works of art based on my particular interests. It was well worth my time to visit. There is so much material on the free access floors, but I would gladly make a donation on a regular basis or pay for the special exhibits. The description of the paintings was much more robust and engaging than other museums I visited.”

Negative visitor review

  • Azul – “Rude disgusting door person I didn’t realise there was a bag check I was shouted at by the bag checker I said “what” his response you need to learn some manners I don’t see a problem with saying what he was considerably irate and was talking whilst eating spitting food out absolutely revolting.
    I left and will be cancelling my membership if there going to have bag checks they should be consistent and have them all the time some days they don’t have one absolutely ridiculous.”

The Art Institute of Chicago is a world-renowned art museum housing one of the largest permanent collections in the United States. An encyclopedic museum, the Art Institute collects, preserves, and displays works in every medium from all cultures and historical periods as well as hosts special exhibitions. With a collection of more than 260,000 artworks and artifacts, the museum has particularly strong
holdings in Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painting, early twentieth-century European painting and sculpture, contemporary art, Japanese prints, and photography.

source: The Art Institute of Chicago

Note of interest: Black Cross, New Mexico

“I saw the crosses so often—and often in unexpected places—like a thin dark veil of the Catholic Church spread over the New Mexico landscape,” said Georgia O’Keeffe about her first visit to Taos, New Mexico, in the summer of 1929.

  • Black Cross, New Mexico – 1929, by American artist, Georgia O’Keeffe.

source: The Art Institute of Chicago

“As the Covid-19 pandemic currently sweeps the World, this image of a Black Cross grabbed me the instant I saw it. It reminds me that the “story” of any particular image is in constant flux, acquiring additional layers of meaning.”

– Dorian Melton, PR Chair, Cowichan Valley Public Art Gallery

Positive visitor review

  • Shelley Aranas – “You could get lost for hours in this wonderful museum. The back of the map provides a great highlights guide so you can jump around to the more notable works. I recommend the audio tour.”

Negative visitor review

  • Mikaela York – “Great exhibits. Like a maze to navigate. Extremely rude staff. Children literally running around like it was a playground. There were teenagers vaping marijuana inside the exhibits. The exhibit staff at some points were just speaking very loudly about their personal lives which really ruins the museum ambiance.”

The Art Assignment is a weekly PBS Digital Studios production hosted by curator Sarah Urist Green. We explore art and art history through the lens of things happening today. Check for new episodes every other Thursday!

⟨  Mark Rothko on art

  • “The artist invites the spectator to take a journey within the realm of the canvas… Without taking the journey, the spectator has really missed the essential experience of the picture.”
  • “I am here to make you think. . . . I am not here to make pretty pictures!”
  • “There is only one thing I fear in life, my friend: One day, the black will swallow the red.”

Jackson Pollock on art ⟩  

  • on studying under Thomas Hart Benton at Manhattan’s Art Students League: “He drove his kind of realism at me so hard I bounced right into non-objective painting.”
  • “There was a reviewer… who wrote that my pictures didn’t have any beginning or any end. He didn’t mean it as a compliment, but it was. It was a fine compliment.”
  • “I want to express my feelings, not illustrate them.”

⟨  Love the art. Hate the artist.

Can you separate the art from the artist? This one’s In honor of all the art you used to love, and it’s creators who ruined it by behaving badly. We talk Picasso, Nanette, cats out of bags, and much more