There will be a lot of activity at the Comox Valley Art Gallery Wednesday, with a Labyrinth of Light lantern-making and parade, an art lab for kids, a reception for a new exhibition by Emily Carr University students, and special late hours for the Christmas Craft Fair.
On Wednesday CVAG will host a 5 to 8 p.m. reception to mark the opening of More Than Human: The Silent Conversation, an multi-venue exhibition by students in the Emily Carr external degree program at North Island College.
The exhibition is a photographic project acknowledging wilder communities, and will feature work by Jenna Burrell, Jeanne MacGrotty, Maraya Vancheva, Lukas Roy, Tonja Biermeland, Karissa Comer, Kelly Davidson, Roberta Denton, Carol Hilland, Anita Lawrence, Denise Lawson. Sandra Semchuk is the instructor.
The work will be shown a three venues. CVAG and the Raven Art Gallery at North Island College will run the exhibition from Dec. 3 to 27, and the Ginger 9 Studio and Gallery (463A Fifth Street, Courtenay) will run the exhibition from Dec. 3 to 9.
Everyone is also welcome to participate in Labyrinth of Light, which starts with lantern-making and snacks at 3 p.m. and winds up with a labyrinth parade and songs from 4:30 to 5 p.m.
The event, co-created by artists Medwyn McConachy and Cathy Coates, will be outside part of the time so participants should dress for the weather.
“The Labyrinth of Light will be a fun and creative way for people of all ages to begin celebrating the Solstice,” says McConachy.
Participants are encouraged to bring their own jar and tea-light for their lantern. All other supplies will be provided by CVAG.
Wednesday will also feature an art lab for kids aged 5 to 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. Facilitated by artist Jennifer Margetish, the lab costs $30. For more information or to register, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call CVAG at (250) 338-6211.
CVAG’s 40th annual Christmas Craft Fair will stay open until 8 p.m. on Wednesday. The craft fair, which runs until Dec. 27, features the work of more than 80 artists from the region.
Normal hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday, but check the website for special hours atwww.comoxvalleyartgallery.com