Major Island Artisans’ Opportunity Coming in 2019!

Are you interested in showing and selling your work in beautiful surroundings to people from all over the world?

If so, indicate your interest and drop by to hear about it. We are serving good news and appetizers with a cash bar, starting at 5pm, with Announcement at 5:30 on Wednesday, Dec. 12th at the Oak Bay Recreation Centre Upper Lounge, small room.

RSVP to Linda at

Call for entry – Cowichan Valley

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MAY 3–7, 2017

Portals- The CVAC Centre of Arts, Culture and Heritage and the Island Savings Centre, Cowichan Suite,

2687 James Street, Duncan, B.C.

The Cowichan Valley Arts Council presents its 47th annual open Fine Arts Show.
A selection of pieces will be selected by a three jurors, based on the following:

Best In Show (1)
Award of Excellence (5)
Honorable Mention (10)
People’s Choice (1)

About the entrants:
¬ must be a CVAC member in good standing at the time of registration.
¬ must be at least 16 years of age.
¬ must ensure that valid “model release” forms have been completed in cases where individuals are represented or photographed and may be recognizable in the work being displayed.

About acceptable entries:
¬ must be original work of the entrant
¬ must be for sale
¬ must be no larger than 18 square feet or 40 cubic feet.
¬ Must be framed and/or ready to hang including a taut wire stretched between eye hooks affixed to both sides of the frame, 1/3 from the top of the frame.
¬ All wire ends must be neatly taped.
¬ Unframed canvases must have finished edges and no staples may be visible
¬ Must not have been shown previously on Vancouver Island.
¬ May be the work of collaboration if collaborators are acknowledged (note new collaborator’s entry fee).
¬ CVAC reserves the right to decline entries that do not meet the above conditions.
¬ No refunds will be issued for late or unacceptable entries.

About the show:
¬ 160 entries will be included on a first come, first served basis; a waiting list will be kept.
¬ As closely as possible the show will include 40% 2D traditional, 30% 2D contemporary, 5% 3D traditional, and 25% 3D contemporary. (see website for detailed descriptions)
¬ A 2% processing fee will be applied to single electronic purchases over $300 (Visa, MC)
¬ All purchases are subject to a 15% CVAC commission charge.
Unsold entries not collected, are subject to a storage fee of $3.00 per day


Wednesday, April 5 to Saturday April 8
Beginning at 10 am. Registrations will be taken on-line at the CVAC website ( and in person at PORTALS from 10 – 5 (The CVAC Centre of Arts, Culture and Heritage, 2687 James St., Duncan, B.C.) No mail-in registrations accepted. First come, first served, up to 150 pieces.



We strongly encourage all members to attend the upcoming AGM and Social Event. It will be half and half of business and fun. The AGM is the most important meeting of the year. At this meeting, the present membership will vote in the new Board of Directors for the upcoming year. In order to vote at the meeting, you must have your membership in good standing. As our year ends now, please make your payments for 2017 and come out to the meeting.

At the AGM, we will report on our major event, Gifts For Myself and Others. The show has been declining over the years and Victoria now has a multitude of Christmas shows. Most shows in Victoria seem to be seeing declines in traffic and sales. Additionally our show coordinator, Jantina, has let us know she doesn’t have the time to continue in this role for the coming year. The sustainability and viability of the show is in question. The board feels the show has run it’s course and it is time to shelve it for now until such time we can create a new and relevant event. We will be discussing the future of this event at the AGM and encourage all members to attend so your thoughts are heard. Additionally, you can email me if you’d like to voice your thoughts in advance or if you can’t attend the AGM.

We really need new members to take up positions on the board. While these positions are serious and take some time, we do our best to make them fun and enjoyable. We need a minimum of 5 Directors to meet the requirements of the Society Act of British Columbia.
Please consider volunteering for a position or nominating someone that may be interested.
The Board meets monthly in the days following the regular meetings and sometimes additional meetings are held if needed. We will definitely need a person to take on the Secretary position.

Additionally, we will be asking for members to help with chairmanships and special projects to keep the workload limited so no one gets burnt out. Give some consideration to the time and effort for monthly meetings, chairmanships, financial decisions and accountability.

The outgoing 2016 Board of Directors:

Neil Bosdet Barb Alexander Susan Whyte Irene Corman Flo-Elle Watson Tracy Yerrell

VP Membership & Secretary Treasurer
Member At Large Correspondence
Member At Large

LOOK SHOW – call for entry

March 25th – April 15th 2017
*Now Accepting Submissions – Deadline March 11, 2017*

The Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria is pleased to host the 18th Annual LOOK Show in partnership with The Bay Centre. Accepting works from emerging to established artists, this year will see a notable expansion into more than one venue which will enable us to include even more in this important cultural exhibition.

The LOOK Show is a non-juried exhibition showcasing local artists and artisans of varied disciplines and designed to highlight not only the exceptional quality but the diversity of the local arts scene. We will also be featuring on-site art demonstrations and performances by local musicians, dancers, poets and spoken word artists. Sign up today!

Now accepting submissions! Detailed exhibition information and submission guidelines found here.

Voices of Women – CALL FOR ENTRY

Voices of Women – CALL FOR ENTRY

Voices of Women through Canadian History:

An Exhibition Celebrating International
Women’s Day

March 2nd – March 12th, 2017
The Bay Centre

The Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria is pleased to host Voices of Women through Canadian History, an exhibition celebrating International Women’s Day and local women artists. This is a lightly juried show featuring female artists of all levels and disciplines.

More than just an exhibition, this event is a celebration of the diversity of female artists that call the British Columbian West Coast home. The works exhibited will aim to exemplify the Canadian female experience, both personal and societal. The exhibition is all inclusive and is open to a variety of mediums (print, painting, sculpture, installation – to name a few). This exhibition will also feature a series of speakers and performances (TBD).

Open to female-identifying artists who call Vancouver Island or the Gulf Islands home, this exhibition promises to be an exciting event imbued with cultural significance. The show runs from March 2nd until March 12th 2017 at The Bay Centre.

Now accepting submissions. Detailed exhibition information and submission guidelines found here. Deadline: Feb 8, 2017 at 4:30pm.

***We invite suggestions for guest speakers, performers and workshops. Honoraria available. Please send suggestions to***


We have an exciting plan for workshops this spring! Details and dates below.

The Board of Directors have decided to get back to a regular schedule of monthly general meetings. These will be workshop and education-based and will be called “IAA Monthly’s”. With a couple of exceptions, these will be held on the 1st Tuesday of every month (excluding July & August). We will also include a couple of social events per year to allow members to meet and get to know each other.

Our AGM is about 5 weeks away (see schedule and PDF below). We strongly encourage all members to attend this business and social event. The future of Gifts For Myself and Others will be discussed at the AGM and the membership will vote in a new Board of Directors. Reminder: Your membership has to be renew(active) in order to vote.

Click here to renew your membership!
2017 IAA Agenda
January 31st: Create an Annual Budget & Plan – Neil Bosdet
Cedar Hill Rec Centre – Activities Room
7:00 PM

February 28th: IAA Annual General Meeting & Potluck Social
7:00 PM
Click Here for IAA AGM Information pdf

March 7th: Venues & Markets For 2017 – Tracy Yerrell
Cedar Hill Rec Centre – ARTS ONE ROOM
7:00 PM

April 4th: Etsy Workshop – Caron – Etsy City Lead for Victoria
Cedar Hill Rec Centre – Activities Room
7:00 PM

May 2nd: Social Media Workshop – Julie Shelby
Cedar Hill Rec Centre – Activities Room
7:00 PM

June: BBQ Social – date to be finalized
Tracy Yerrell’s home
7:00 PM