There will be an opening reception for three new shows at the Comox Valley Art Gallery on Friday evening, Jan. 23. Activities will start at 6 p.m. with a pre-show talk featuring local artists Kelly Gough and Joyce Lindemulder, plus visiting artist Barbara Bickel, an associate professor at Southern Illinois University. Following the talk there will be a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. with snacks, refreshments and a cash bar. Both events are free and open to the public. The three shows being celebrated that evening also include adjunct programming and community partnerships.
The Way Things Are & How To Be is a two-person show of artworks by Gough and Lindemulder. Incorporating works on paper, sculpture and performance, the show examines questions related to female identity, domestic labour, and representations of ‘other’.
The show will run from Jan. 24 to March 7. On Saturday, Feb. 14, there will be adjunct performance events starting at noon and the two artists will deliver a talk at 1:15 p.m.
Bickel’s Oracular Re-Encounters is an installation and research residency. Her residency runs from Jan. 21 to Feb. 18, and the exhibit will be on display until March 7.
Bickel collaborates with R. Michael Fisher, who is in a parallel residency at Creekside Commons. The two artists will present a talk and community dialogue at Creekside Commons, 2202 Lambert Drive, on Saturday, Jan. 24, at 7:30 p.m.
Bickel will deliver an artist talk Feb. 10, from noon to 1 p.m., at the North Island College Stan Hagen Theatre. She will also be part of the performance events on Feb. 14 at CVAG.
After is a group show of paintings by Fine Arts Students at North Island College. Twelve students taught by instructor Megan Wilson will present work that explores the way artists are influenced by their predecessors. The show will run from Jan. 24 to March 7.