But Enough Art, Eat!


  • Exhibition March 31 - April 2 2014

Facilitated by Grant Shilling,
in partnership with Dawn To Dawn Society

With extended gallery hours until 9 pm nightly.

Join us for an Interdisciplinary community project with art, music and talks, starting at 7 pm nightly.

What is the role of an art gallery? Who gets to witness and produce art? Is there an aesthetics to homelessness? But Enough Art, Eat! Is a unique co-production between the Comox Valley Art Gallery and Dawn to Dawn: Action on Homelessness Society set to explore these and many other issues around home, homelessness, the street and art. This three day community outreach event serves as an interdisciplinary forum to inspire community driven discussion and hands-on activities focused on deeply felt issues around nutrition, homelessness, contemporary art practices, graffiti, food production and music.

Dawn to Dawn is a non-profit, residential housing program that makes transitional housing possible in the Comox Valley. Dawn to Dawn provides homeless individuals and families with access to housing that gets them (or keeps them) off the streets. For more information:

Grant Shilling is a writer, artist and outreach worker. He has used sport and culture as outreach with diverse populations including the Gaza Surf Club, Maple Pool United street soccer team and skateboarding youth in Ahousaht. He is the author of two books on surfing and has had numerous exhibitions at various galleries including Open Space, the Vancouver Art Gallery and Grunt Gallery. For more info: and


Monday, March 31 at 7 pm

Reading and Talk by Amber Dawn, author of How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustler’s Memoir
Amber Dawn is a writer from Vancouver, Canada. Author of the memoir How Poetry Saved My Life and the Lambda Award-winning novel Sub Rosa, and editor of the anthologies Fist of the Spider Women: Fear and Queer Desire and With A Rough Tongue. Amber Dawn was 2012 winner of the Writers’ Trust of Canada Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT writers. Until August 2012, she was director of programming for the Vancouver Queer Film Festival. She currently teaches Speculative Fiction writing at DouglasCollege.

Wednesday, April 2 at 7 pm

Maple Pool United Night, facilitated by Matt Rader and Grant Shilling

Tuesday, April 1 at 7 pm

Carving Demonstration and Talk by Randy Frank (Kwagiulth / Salish)
Randy Frank was born in the Comox Valley in 1974. He is the son of Stan & Carol Frank, with ancesters from both Comox and Sechelt. Randy began sketching and drawing designs at an early age, expanding his talents after graduation. He obtained his first formal carving training in 1997 & 1998; Randy first attended a Canoe Building Course with Mervin Childs & Calvin Hunt, and the following year he took a Mask Carving Course with Max Chikite. Randy was drawn into the carvers world and has spent the years expanding his artistic talents carving masks, sculptures, Totems and Traditional Cedar Canoes.