Work ‘Dr. Bonnie’s day off’ by Pauline Dueck is part of the Living in Lockdown show at Portals Gallery at the Cowichan Community Centre in Duncan. (Submitted)

A&E column: Living in Lockdown plus art therapy; Knights of Columbus offering big prizes

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Want somewhere to turn for art during the pandemic?

Look no further than Portals Gallery at the Cowichan Community Centre in Duncan. The gallery is hosting a show all about perspectives on the pandemic.

“Island artists responded quickly when the Cowichan Valley Arts Council asked them to submit works that were reflections on the personal impact of the pandemic,” said a press release for the show.

The show, appropriately named Living in Lockdown, is on until Oct. 21. Viewers can see more than 35 pieces that “explore the themes of isolation and humanity with approaches that are both whimsical and solemn,” organizers said.

The eclectic show features everything from painting and mixed media to toilet paper roll papier-mâché and an interactive installation reminding us to breathe deeply, CVAC says of the show. This is an exuberant exhibit that celebrates the human spirit.

But there’s more. Want to get your own hands in some paint, on some coloure pencils, or digging into some clay?

“In these distressing times, art is good for all of us, so CVAC has recorded two video art therapy sessions,” the group says. The first one, Art for Ease, is for the whole community. Suitable for all ages, the 30-minute sessions include simple brain-healthy and fun exercises using basic supplies you have at home. The session is led by local certified art therapist and registered clinical counsellor (BCACC), Jodi Strom, who has training as an artist and educator. The second session, Unblocking your Creativity, is for creative people and anyone who occasionally needs a kick start on art projects, CVAC says. You can find links to both of them on the CVAC website under News: https://cowichanvalleyartscouncil.ca/news

This fall and winter, CVAC will continue to serve the community through online courses, small in-person activities and new shows in the two galleries, the group advises. Watch for more information soon about the children’s Lego show coming at Christmastime.

Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday (check opening hours). COVID-19 protocols will apply to the in-person programs.

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The Knights of Columbus has taken their 59th annual charity appeal online, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, but participants can expect prizes and supported causes as good as ever.

Tickets are only $3 for your chance to win $177,000 worth of prizes, including a grand prize of $100,000. The number of tickets is limited, so you’ll need to get yours soon. Chances to win are one in 200,000. As with any lottery, you must be 19 years of age or older to play. Tickets are available (unless sold out) until Jan. 20, 2021, when the winners will be drawn.

The Knights suggest these can be great stocking stuffers for Christmas (doesn’t everyone have that person they don’t know what gift to get?).

Get your tickets exclusively through kofcdraw.net/c4253.

Proceeds go to support local Cowichan Valley charities, many of whom are more in need than ever with the pandemic blocking some traditional fundraising avenues.

Cowichan Valley Citizen

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