Comox Valley Art Gallery’s ‘Back to the Water’ Program Concludes with Three-Day Festival – Comox Valley Record

The Comox Valley Art Gallery’s ‘Back to the Water’ themed program will culminate in a three-day festival, May 12-14.

Everyone is invited to attend the opening ceremony at CVAG Square on Thursday, May 12 at 4:30 p.m. The event will include cultural sharing through stories, songs and dances with elders, Noojim dancers Oowin and the Kumugwe Cultural Society.

There will also be live screen printing at CVAG Square that afternoon, courtesy of the Wachiay Screenprinting Studio. People can bring their own white cotton t-shirts and have a “Back to the Water” design added.

The festival includes in-person and live public events that are open to everyone, and some activities that require pre-registration. The CVAG website provides information on participation.

Throughout the three days, people can come and see videos on the water on three different screens in the gallery and installations of artwork by local school students and fine art students from North Island College. .

Onsite and offsite learning engagements with local school district student groups are also part of the festival.

Advance registration is required to attend the Friday evening event, Source Encounters, which will take place on Lake Comox. This partnership between CVAG and Connected By Water will include a short trip in canoes and kayaks, and artistic and cultural sharing. Visit the CVAG website for more details and registration information.

Pre-registration is required for two workshops at CVAG on Saturday. “Water In(ter)ventions” is an artistic project led by Sophia Valiant for young people from 4th to 7th grade. “Body of Water” is a workshop led by Jane Ellison, a Vancouver-based movement and mind-body workshop instructor.

Workshop spaces are limited, so please register in advance at [email protected] or 250.338.6211.

“Back to the Water” will end on Saturday with a flurry of public activities from 3 p.m., including live screen printing in CVAG Square.

“Curating Cleaner Water/Improv Shadow Jam”, an interactive walk-in activity for all ages with Jamie Black from 3-5 p.m. There will be film screenings at 5 p.m. in the gallery’s lower level studio. A sound installation and a performance with artists Renee Poisson and Francis Semple will take place on the esplanade at 6 p.m.

The festival will end with “Body Waves”, an evening with DJ Lady K live, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the place du CVAG.

Saturday also marks the closing day of the exhibition “Salt-Stained Streaks of a Worthwhile Grief”, a collective exhibition of the Fathom Sounds Collective.

“Return to Water” is made possible in part by funding from the Government of British Columbia’s Festivals, Fairs and Events Recovery Fund.

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