We are a diverse group of local artists and Arts lovers who desire to add to the existing cultural richness of the Cowichan Valley.
Our non-profit “Friends of the Cowichan Valley Public Art Gallery Society” (CVPAG) intends to bring a purpose-built art gallery building to the Cowichan Valley to host ongoing international, national and local art exhibitions and associated programming currently not available.
The building will be built to “A” level standards that have the correct environmental controls required to bring to the valley world class historical and contemporary art exhibitions this area is currently unable to host.
We are a dedicated team, intent on raising awareness and funding in order to realize this project.
Become a member of our group and have your say in changing the course of history in the Cowichan Valley.
Jock Hildebrand DFA
Jock Hildebrand is an internationally acclaimed sculptor who works around the world. With many monumental sized public art sculptures, Jock has spent 40 plus years at his art form.
Jean has lived in the Cowichan Valley since the mid 1990’s and has worked and volunteered in the community in a number of capacities. She was elected federally for 4 consecutive terms, representing the riding of Nanaimo-Cowichan, elected as a Municipal Councillor for North Cowichan and has served on a number of boards. Prior to political life Jean was self employed as a community and organizational consultant and worked for both the provincial and federal governments. She brings a passion for local initiatives which can make our communities great places to live and work and play.
Bev is a printmaker who was born in Alberta. She has drawn artistic inspiration from different landscapes, and through extensive travel and time spent working abroad, has broadened her practice and choice of subjects.
Cyndie Lack, BFC, MAC
Cyndie is an art conservator, artist and educator with a passion for the collection, history and preservation of material culture. With over 30 years of experience, she provides treatment and consultative services to collectors, commercial and public art galleries, and museums. A collaborative and interdisciplinary approach is emphasized in all aspects of her work and research. Her educational background includes an internship at the Courtauld Institute of Art. She believes that fostering curiosity is the key to engendering wonderment and inclusive engagement in the visual arts.
Elizabeth started her career in corporate communications, holding key positions in the production of more than 300 promotional & educational programs. She has been on the Executive of local, regional & national professional & non-profit organizations. During her time in communications, Elizabeth advocated for government funding for the creative industries. She is serving her second term as an elected School Trustee for the Cowichan Valley School District. She is also the Director of Development for the Cowichan Intercultural Society. Elizabeth and her family live on a small acreage where they enjoy the never-ending effort of beautifying their property while sharing it with the deer.
Dr. Goetz Schuerholz
Born and raised in Germany, Goetz finished his under-graduate studies and a Master degree in Forestry at the University of Freiburg. Specializing in wildlife ecology he continued his graduate studies at UBC where he received a Master degree in 1971. He then returned to the University of Freiburg where he received his doctorate degree in wildlife ecology. From 1973 until 1976 he worked for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations as a wildlife ecologist, stationed at headquarters in Rome with responsibility for wildlife conservation projects in Anglophone Africa, and Asia.
Michelle Lancaster, CEC
Michelle is a graduate of Royal Roads University as a Certified Executive Coach with over 24 years of banking experience. She works for the financial cooperative of First West Credit Union serving the Island Savings division as their Regional Operations Leader.
David (owner of David Coulson Design Ltd.) is enjoying his 25th year in the design and construction business. He is passionate about green building practices making each project healthy and efficient.
Wendy Robison B.Ed., Dip.LLED
Wendy is a Literacy through the Arts educator and poetry-maker. She believes deeply in the crucial importance of access to the arts in the human experience which is particularly vital for young people learning to function empathically in civilized society.
From a position in the graphics department of Vancouver CBC Television News to producing illustrations for casino slot machine games; Dorian has experienced a variety of creative roles in his professional lifetime.
Rebecca Hazell is an award winning author and artist who has penned eight books for adults and children and illustrated four of them. Her latest childrens’ book is “The Sweeper: A Buddhist Tale”, from Shambhala Publications.
Lesley’s career in Special Education included teaching to her students’ multiple intelligences through the arts. That experience continues to power her efforts to make all art forms more widely accessible, and to inform her own textile art practice, which utilizes pared-down techniques to focus on the essence of her subjects. Lesley served for 14 years on the Lay Review Committee of JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), awarding grants to pilot research projects in Type 1 diabetes, and was a founding member of two chapters in that organization. She is currently a member of SAQA (Studio Art Quilts Assn.), VISDA (Vancouver Island Surface Design Assn.), and FAN (Fibre Art Network). Now serving on the CVPAG Membership Committee, Lesley’s goal is to engage Cowichan Valley residents in this public art (ad)venture.