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Gallery Show and Sale: Catherine Fraser, Wilma Millette, Rene Deerheart, Catherine Taron, Brigette Furlonger, Donna Birtwistle, Sue Coleman, Joane Moran, Neil Fatin, Charlotte Haggart, Ursula Rettich, Nathalie Mansey, Bev Robertson

Thu. March 1st - Sat. March 31st Cowichan Performing Arts Centre Duncan BC (All Ages)
The gallery is open for public viewing one hour prior to Theatre show times. Private viewing can be arranged by contacting the artist directly.
Opening: Thursday 1st January 1970
For more than 20 years Visions Art Tour Society has presented Studio Tours throughout the Cowichan Valley, introducing

artists and artisans to art lovers. For the past five years Visions Artists have also staged Gallery shows at the Maritime Centre in Cowichan Bay, Coast Collective Gallery at Pendray House in Metchosin, Chemainus Theatre Festival Gallery, "pop up" galleries at Whippletree Junction and Winter Shows in Cobble Hill Hall.

We are pleased to again present a show in the Theatre Lobby of the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre.

Artists who will show works in watercolour, oils and acrylics, photography, watercolour pencil, collage and assemblage are Catherine Fraser, Wilma Millette, Rene Deerheart, Catherine Taron, Brigette Furlonger, Donna Birtwistle, Sue Coleman, Joane Moran, Neil Fatin, Charlotte Haggart, Ursula Rettich, Nathalie Mansey, and Bev Robertson.

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Catherine Fraser

Images are depicted using a variety of mediums: watercolors, acrylics, pastels, and mixed media paintings on paper or canvas. Images are representational and abstract, painted in the outdoors and in the studio. Some images are directly painted and others are done by creating under paintings and layering paint on the top and working into and lifting... more info

Wilma Millette (Collage/Altered Art)

I am a mixed media/collage artist. I see beauty in everyday objects from the past: a hand writted receipt from the 1880s; a recipe for Gone with the Wind cake; an old post card; rusty keys; a vintage optical lens. I like to layer and combine them in artful ways. I have shown at various venus in the Cowichan Valley including Coffee on the Moon, Port... more info

Rene Deerheart

Creativity has been Rene’s constant pal for years and lately she has continued to make unique jewelry as well as constructed decor items that incorporate objects trouves in a multimedia approach and often assembled in shadow box frames. Her jewelry usually features copper but utilizes sterling, argentium and alloys as well. Techniques are Viki... more info

Catherine Taron

Catherine is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists. Like many artists, she started drawing as a child but postponed serious painting until later in life. She is self-taught in water media techniques, and has a Bachelor of Science (Geography). Prior to taking up her paint brush, she worked for Parks Canada at Pacific Rim National Pa... more info

Brigette Furlonger

Hours: open year-round by appointment. Please phone or email ahead. As a photographer and writer, 'a picture is worth a thousand words yet words create new pictures in our mind', Brigette enjoys the juxtaposition of the worlds with which she plays and creates. Brigette Furlonger has enjoyed taking photos for as long as she can remember. Comp... more info

Donna Birtwistle (Garden Art)

Donna Birtwistle is a self taught Wildlife Water Colour Artist using both pencils and paints. She has been drawing/ painting for several years but only recently shown her work to the public. Her Mill Bay home gives the perfect location for viewing sea birds and life activities near the ocean. Donna has had the opportunity of traveling North Amer... more info

Sue Coleman

Sue maintains a studio on the shores of Cowichan Bay, Vancouver Island. Working exclusively in watercolours she paints a variety of subjects from misty west-coast scenes, wildlife, and landscapes, to art that has a strong First Nations influence. For 30 years Sue has actively worked to promote environmental awareness and wildlife conservation throu... more info

Joane Moran

Joane Moran grew up on the North Shore of Vancouver British Columbia. She was inspired by her natural surroundings of the West Coast on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. She always had an interest in drawing and colours at an early age. When she was twelve she had the opportunity for private lessons in oil painting. It was then that Joane began to lea... more info

Ursula Rettich

My art is abstract because feelings, dreams, and illusions do not have forms or boundaries. There is nothing more exciting than an empty canvas and tubes full of paint. I like to give colours a certain independence and liberty in my work; I see a picture, say – a landscape – I see shapes, I see colours, I feel the emotion and in my mind I ... more info

Nathalie Mansey

Interested in all aspects of Photography from analog to Digital, Nathalie Mansey is constantly exploring and experimenting with 19th Century processes and older material and techniques such as Silver Gelatine, Hand coloring, Photo encaustic, Pinhole photography, cyanotype, Gum Bichromate, Lumen print and more. Mastering and combining traditional a... more info

Bev Robertson (Seascape Landscape, Floral)

Bev was born and raised in the Cowichan Valley, and finds inspiration in the beauty of our islands lush forest and the spectacular ocean and beaches that surround it. Bev paints light into every painting, capturing a familiar feeling of how the sun glows through a flowers petals or caress a child's cheek or how the sun reflects the light across ... more info
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The Cowichan Valley Regional District is a broad geographic region stretching from the Malahat to North Oyster and from the Cowichan Lake to Thetis Island.

The region's artists are represented by 5 sub-regional arts councils with support from the CVRD Arts and Culture Division