Nominees named for Golden Brushes

By the way, did you hear:

• The annual Golden Brush Awards are this weekend in Chemainus and the nominees are:

Retail Business of the Year: Chemainus Foods, Golden Hanger Consignment Boutique, Sandpiper Gardens and Glass

Food Service Business of the Year: Odika Café, Twisted Sisters Tearoom, Willow Street Café

Manufacturing Business of the Year: Degage Fashions, Seaward Kayaks, Vancouver Island Soap Factory

Personal Service Business of the Year: Doc the Barber, Flowering Tree Natural Spa, Leah's Hair Shop, Urban Legends Hair Salon and Spa

Professional Service Business of the Year: Chemainus Animal Hospital, Coastal Community Credit Union, Chemainus Post Office

Trades or Contractor Business of the Year: Chris Clement Contracting, Maggie's Domestic Service, Sandpiper Gardens and Glass (for the glass business)

Good Neighbour Award (for a business that caters in a special way to residents): Book Nook Coffee House, Chemainus Valley Courier, Pot of Gold Coffee Roasting Co.

Best Customer Service: Anita Voisin, Chemainus Eye Care Marina, Odika Café, Marlie Kelsey, Chemainus Visitor Centre, Phil & Michelle Mavis, Willow Street Café

Volunteer of the Year: Barbara Bond, Kathy Wachs, Rodney Picard

• News Leader Pictorial cartoonist Rob Kernachan’s talented hands aren’t just put to use skewering local politics. He’s launched a new website, where you can check out his acrylic West Coast landscapes (and even a few ‘toons).

• On Nov. 22, Heffel Fine Art Auction House will host the 2012 Fall Auction, presenting works by Canada’s greatest artists, including Cowichan’s E.J. Hughes. The auction includes rare-to-the-market war drawings by Hughes including Patrol on Kiska in 1943 (Estimate: $25,000 to $35,000) and Unloading Supplies, Kiska 1943 (Estimate: $25,000 to $35,000). Other significant works include View of a Freighter at Crofton, B.C. (Estimate: $70,000 to $90,000).

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