Blenkinsop Valley hosts second annual art show

More than 50 pieces on display at Saturday's Artists in the Valley show

Leslie Bell is one of 13 artists participating in the second annual Artists in the Valley show, highlighting the scenic nature of the Blenkinsop Valley.

Leslie Bell is one of 13 artists participating in the second annual Artists in the Valley show, highlighting the scenic nature of the Blenkinsop Valley.

Blenkinsop Road may be a commuter route, but the local community association hopes some scenic images of the area may get residents to slow down and see the beauty of the neighbourhood.

This Saturday, the Blenkinsop Valley Community Association hosts its second annual Artists in the Valley show, a unique collaboration between artists and locals to put a spotlight on the Blenkinsop area. The art show pairs farmers with painters, photographers and sculptors, who aim to capture the essence of the Blenkinsop Valley.

“This is a way of bringing a visual voice to the valley,” said BVCA member Illarion Gallant. “We talked about ways of highlighting the valley to the community, but also to the City of Victoria. With my background, I said, ‘Well, let’s have an art show, let’s get artists working with farmers to talk about the more intimate locations in the valley.’”

Gallant said most motorists use Blenkinsop Road to get from A to B and may not take in the scenery. Through the art show, he hopes people will see parts of the Blenkinsop Valley that they may have missed.

“People zip on it, zip off it. They’re on their way to somewhere, so generally, they don’t really slow down and get a sense of what the valley has to offer.”

In addition to Gallant, this year’s artists include Leslie Bell, Heather Caldwell, Ruth Currey, Sandra Doore, Dennis Evans, Gerald Fleming, Blair and Kelly Ketcheson, Sandy Rossignol, Agnes Ruest, Twyla Rusnak and Hermann Valentin Schmitt.

Gallant estimated 50 or 60 pieces will be on display, with the artists’ works for sale.

“This is a great opportunity for the artists to spend the time to depict the valley and they should get a fair return for the time that they invest,” he said.

The Nov. 21 art show will be held at the Club House Upper Lounge of the Royal Oak Golf Club, 560 Marsett Pl. The show runs from noon to 5 p.m., and the artists will be in attendance to discuss their work. Light refreshments will be available.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Scaredy Cats television series has turned Empress Avenue in Fernwood into a Halloween themed neighbourhood. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
PHOTOS: Trick or treat! Halloween comes to Fernwood in January

New television series Scaredy Cats filming in Victoria

Cindy Foggit plays the lead role of Eliza in Passion and Performance’s film production Eliza: An Adaption of a Christmas Carol. (Courtesy of Rachel Paish)
Victoria adult dance studio releases modern adaption of A Christmas Carol

Instead of usual stage performance, dance studio turns to film

Braden Holtby’s new mask designed in collaboration with Luke Marston and David Gunnarsson. (Mike Wavrecan photo)
Vancouver Island Coast Salish artist unveils new mask for Canucks goalie

Braden Holtby’s new mask features artwork by Luke Marston inspired by the legend of the seawolf

Canadian singer-songwriter-actor Joëlle Rabu will join her son, Nico Rhoades, for a livestream performance courtesy the Tidemark Theatre Jan. 29. Photo submitted
Mother/son powerhouses Joelle Rabu and Nico Rhodes join forces for Island livestream

Campbell River’s Tidemark Theatre hosts online music revue

Dr. John Hooper is the new conductor of Island Voices. Photo supplied
Island Voices welcomes new conductor

Dr. John Hooper to lead mid-Island based choir

Jorie Benjamin does a modern dance performance to ‘La Vie en rose’ by Édith Piaf, Louis Gugliemi and Marguerite Monnot, choreographed by Elise Sampson during the Cowichan Music Festival’s Highlights Concert at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre on March 1, 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Cowichan Music Festival cancelled for 2021

The festival had already been limited to solo performances only for 2021

<em>Chinook Salmon: Breaking Through</em> by B.C.’s Mark Hobson was selected among 13 entries as the winner of the Pacific Salmon Foundation’s Salmon Stamp Competition.
Stained-glass lighting casts a win to B.C. salmon artist

Painting of chinook is Mark Hobson’s third win in annual contest

Apollonian means “serene, calm, or well-balanced; poised & disciplined”. The natural photo art for the album includes Vancouver Island mountains, rivers and beaches. Scenes from the Cowichan River, Witchcraft Lake, Pipers Lagoon, Wall Beach and other popular Island recreation destinations accentuate the album. (RICHIErichieRichie Music Publishing photo)
Serenity Now! Richie Valley debuts third LP dubbed Apollonian

Apollonian means “serene, calm, or well-balanced; poised & disciplined”

Victoria artist Noah Layne is conducting online workshops on portrait drawing as part of the Metchosin ArtPod’s About Face portrait show. (Photo courtesy of Noah Layne)
Metchosin Art Pod doing an about-face

Renowned artist Noah Layne hosting online classes in portrait drawing

This weekend Amy Pye is holding a virtual book launch for her latest children’s book, <em>Bruce the Silly Goose</em>. (Photo courtesy Amy Pye)
Victoria writer and illustrator pens children’s book about COVID-19 safety

Amy Pye to hold online book launch for ‘Bruce the Silly Goose’

The pantomime ‘Snow White and the 5 Dwarfs’ has been cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions. (Submitted)
Pantomime cancelled in Cowichan due to COVID restrictions

A partnership of the Cowichan Musical Society, the Shawnigan Players, and the Mercury Players.

Most Read