June, 2019

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Can what we do in this moment change the lives of people we may never meet?
Dennis B. Del Torre has a show of his work in the
Portals Gallery until June 8.
(click on the poster for details)
Dennis (a CVPAG member and Founding Donor) seen here with Vivyan Ackroyd (also a CVPAG member and Founding Donor) standing in front of Dennis' piece: "Get a Grip", which Vivyan has proudly added to her collection.
Upcoming Art Exhibition in July
put it on your calendar now!

(click on the poster for details)
Much goes into the planning of an art is a peek behind the scenes of just one of many Programming Committee meetings for this exciting show coming in July.

Volunteers urgently needed!
to greet the public in the Arbutus Gallery during our next exhibit, The Suitcase Project. 
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Any day except Sundays, July 5th to July 26.
Ideally a 2 hour shift, once or more than once if possible, during the 3 weeks.

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Please call now!
Wendy Robison: 250 748-0286
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We'll arrange orientation sessions at a time suitable for you.
A show of work by
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CVPAG President, Jock Hildebrand
CVPAG Public Relations Chair, Dorian Melton
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(click poster image for details)

Is it possible to imagine a World without the Giza Pyramids?
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My childhood was filled with many things relating to ancient Egypt, including the Sphinx, Grand Pyramids and stories of the discovery of King Tut's tomb in the Valley of the Kings with all the fabulous artifacts it contained.  I loved seeing cutaway diagrams of the Pharaohs' tombs with all the strange passages and rooms that had sat in total darkness for thousands of years.  I appreciated the many theories published about how the ancient megastructures might have been constructed (with lavish illustrations).  The elegant beauty of the Egyptian hieroglyph writing system amazes me.

Today (over 4,000 years later), the Pyramids at Giza are on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list, and currently see millions of visitors per year, who contribute many millions of dollars to the Egyptian economy.

There was a time when these things I now take for granted did not exist...just sand...vast expanses of barren, scorching hot sand stretching as far as eyes could see and beyond.

** And so it is, that a number of far-sighted, determined people left a powerful lasting legacy for future generations, just as we in the Cowichan Valley Public Art Gallery group are determined to do.
- Dorian Melton
CVPAG Newsletter Editor

The Pacific Conservation Group
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It's not just about wildlife
by Cyndie Lack
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When it comes to Canada’s cultural property, B.C. has the most active provincial conservation group in the country - the Pacific Conservation Group (PCG).  Its inaugural meeting was held in 1977 at the Museum of Vancouver, then called the Centennial Museum.

Canada’s trained conservators are responsible for safekeeping of Canada’s cultural heritage in private and public collections.  Papers at PCG’s biannual Vancouver/Victoria meetings reflect an enormous diversity of object types and materials. Last fall’s meeting at Craigdarroch Castle, for example, included presentations on the Japanese marine debris collection at Royal BC Museum, the World Mummy Congress in Spain, and by one of our most distinguished senior members, the use of western red cedar in indigenous artifacts (Mary-Lou Florian,  As a paintings conservator in private practice, I reflected on some of my favourite projects involving murals and other paintings that narrowly missed destruction.  

This spring marked the passing of conservation pioneer Phil Ward, who established Royal BC Museum’s conservation lab in the 1960’s, and the retirement of conservator George Field - Shawnigan Lake resident, and Arbutus Café regular (see him at work in this link:  George began his career in Duncan at the Forestry Discovery Centre.

In case you’re wondering about the photo detail, it shows crumbling gouache lettering on an original illustration for the book "Painted Fires" by Nellie McClung. Painted by a female Canadian illustrator, the artwork was discovered in a Saanich consignment store.  Since McClung was living in Victoria at the time of her death, it was likely in her possession before finding its way into the resale market and finally, the possession of a private collector.

The value of Arts and Culture to People and Society
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Arts Council of England
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A few observations from their Arts and Culture evidence review:

- 10 million visits to UK in 2011 involved engagement in arts and culture, representing almost half of all tourists.
- £ 12.4 Billion ($22.1 Billion CDN): aggregate turnover of businesses in the UK arts and culture industry, 2011.

- students who study arts subjects are more employable and more likely to stay in employment.
- makes communities feel safer and stronger.
- reduces social exclusion and isolation.

Health and Wellbeing:
- can have a positive impact on specific health conditions such as dementia, Parkinson’s and depression.
- illuminates our inner lives, enriches our emotional world and teaches us compassion.

- Secondary School pupils engaged in arts and culture are twice as likely to volunteer in the community and are 20% more likely to vote as young adults.
- children from low income families who take part in arts activities at school are three times more likely to obtain a degree.
CVPAG President Jock Hildebrand and newsletter editor Dorian Melton were well received by the Rotary Club of Duncan Daybreak who then honoured our group with the Polio innoculation of 50 children.  (they also provided us with a sumptuous breakfast!)
CVPAG board members Jock, Mark, Wendy and Dorian received a very enthusiastic reception to their presentation to a meeting of the Island Savings Leadership Team earlier this month. 
CVPAG Board Meeting/Potluck dinner at Jock and Carmen's place.  A wonderful way for members to get to know each other and enjoy working together!

I visited the "Seascapes" art exhibition at the Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery a short time ago and I would like to share a most curious thought that took root in my mind.

That day, I came away with a definite feeling that a painting of a wave could satisfy my "inner person" more than a photograph of a wave (even if it was the photograph that inspired the painting).  I am not entirely sure what to make of this as it is not something I had ever considered before.
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- Dorian Melton
CVPAG Newsletter Editor
See our Newsletter Archive here
Do you have ideas or topics you would like to see explored in our newsletter?
Feel free to send Dorian an e-mail with your ideas:

Friends of the Cowichan Valley Public Art Gallery (CVPAG)

We are an organization of local artists and Arts lovers who recently formed with the intention of raising funds to promote and establish a public art gallery in the Cowichan Valley.  The Cowichan Valley Public Art Gallery (CVPAG) is a non-profit society created with the ambitious goal of hosting ongoing international, national and local art exhibitions and associated programming currently not available in this region.

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