ARTSBEAT: Jazz debuts while art paints the valley

A weekly compilation of facts, figures, and fascinating Cowichan culture:

• The first monthly jazz jam featuring the Not Yet Quartet debuted Sunday at the Duncan Garage Showroom. Singer Dirk Ouellette led the band featuring Nick Jarvie, John Robertson and Preston Davies. Guests included Beverley McKeen, Harold Anderson, Bent Jensen, Dave Lieffertz, and Michael Beechey. Call 250-748-7246.

• Painters Gail Johnson and Sue Coleman are displaying work at the Chemainus Theatre until Dec. 30. Johnson’s colourful florals, and Coleman’s Aboriginally spiritual works of nature can be seen during shows, or on a daily browsing basis.

• A bunch of Cowichan artists in the Visions Art Group are showing multi-media pieces in the arts council’s PORTALS gallery until Dec. 19. Work can be seen daily opposite Island Savings Centre’s lobby ticket centre.

• Artists Wilma Millettte and Alwen Rambo are showing works of ‘altered art’ collage at Duncan’s Coffee On The Moon. Their unique, small pieces boast photos and curios on wood blocks. Images include people, birds, maps, and collectibles such as knobs, numbers, bottles and more.

The Maple Bay Painters staged a recent membership drive and open house at its new home in Cowichan Exhibition hall, where the venerable canvas club meets weekly. MBP wants members to join and learn to paint, then showing work. Call artist Shirley Harding at 250-748-5800.

Peter W. Rusland has been covering Cowichan’s arts and entertainment community for two decades. If you’d like to add to this column, reach him at arts@cowichannewsleader.com.

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