The Cowichan Music Festival is back; lots of art to see – Cowichan Valley Citizen

The Cowichan Music Festival is back!

After being canceled due to COVID in 2021, the festival has already started its 2022 sessions for dance, piano, strings, vocals and choir, with audiences limited to family members only. These sessions run from February 14 to March 4.

But the big event for art lovers in the Cowichan Valley is always the Highlights concert featuring winners from various disciplines, taking place on Sunday, March 6 at the Cowichan Performing Arts Center in Duncan.

The concert will feature provincial winners and will begin at 1:30 p.m.

The public must wear a mask, present a vaccination passport if over 12 years old and photo ID if over 19 years old, in accordance with CPAC public health regulations.

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While the hit Cowichan Musical Society series The beauty and the Beast is entering its second weekend, there are still a few tickets left.

Too much COVID in the community has pushed the second weekend of production to February 18, 19 and 20 and the good news is that there are still a few tickets available on Friday February 18 for the 7:30 p.m. show at the Arts Center of the Cowichan scene. To get one, call the Ticket Center at 250-746-2722 or drop by in person.

Due to popular demand, the Cowichan Musical Society is also planning a second edition of the show for April, and while they don’t yet know what the dates will be, they are already reporting a waiting list for tickets.

If that doesn’t tell you this is one music lovers won’t want to miss, we don’t know what will.

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Speaking of the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre, you won’t want to miss the upcoming art exhibit in the theater’s lobby gallery.

From February 23 to March 29, Joane Moran and Catherine Taron will be featured in an exhibition of 50 paintings open for an hour before all theatrical performances, whether or not you have a ticket for the show. Private screenings can also be arranged by contacting the artists.

Called the Re-Start Art Show, it’s a celebration for the two artists to bring their work back to the public after two long years of COVID-19.

“We are excited to show our work locally after a long period of pandemic restriction! the two artists said in a statement.

Works include oil, watercolor and acrylic paintings. Both artists are well established and have shown work locally for many years and have collectors from Vancouver Island internationally.

Moran is a Cobble Hill resident who is inspired by the natural West Coast setting.

“Strong touches of color and contrast are hallmarks of Joane’s work,” the press release reads. “She defines herself as a realistic painter, with a contemporary touch. But what sets Joane’s work apart is her capture of a moment, whether it’s vibrant light seen through an abundance of flowers, the crash of waves on the coast, a sunset sunshine over the Cowichan Valley or the likenesses obtained in his animal portraits. ”

Taron lives in Maple Bay and she “interprets the landscapes of Vancouver Island primarily in watercolor and acrylic, emphasizing the shifting moods and energies of the West Coast and island communities. Her intention is to explore painting with a light hand and a limited palette,” the press release describes.

“I try to capture the feeling of places I know, with a specific memory or story in mind,” Taron said.

To learn more about Moran, check out his website at http://joanemoran.caand Taron at http://catherinetaron.ca

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Don’t have enough art? There’s more to see at the Cowichan Community Center in Duncan.

Two local artists present their canvases at the Annex in an exhibition entitled En Attende du Printemps (Waiting for Spring).

Until February 26, the show features Dominique Eustace and Suzanne Dionne-Coster.

Eustace is a Maple Bay doctor who “paints with a vivid palette and a playful perspective.”

“Art is a celebration of life,” she said. “As a doctor, I witness pain and suffering, so my art is created to alleviate that.” An avid cyclist, she depicts impressionistic cycling scenes and bold abstracts.

Dionne-Coster is a French immersion teacher.

“The context of the pandemic has given me a slight boost to include artistic creation in my daily routine, as well as to spend a lot of time outdoors,” she said.

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Dominique Eustace exhibits her work at the Portals Gallery Annex of the Cowichan Community Center in Duncan. (Work by Dominique Eustache)

Gerald R. Schneider