Artsbeat: Cowichan quilters go big in Texas

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

• Cowichan quiltmakers Joy Hegglund and Annelies Massey were honoured to have their quilts hung in the fall at Houston, Texas’ prestigious International Quilt Festival. Two works by Hegglund and one by Massey are now hung at Duncan’s Creative Quilting, 102-5869 York Rd., until mid-February, says shop owner Darlene Potts. Potts said about 61,000 folks saw the three local quilts during the two-week juried show in Texas.

• Cowichan painter Chris Johnson, alias Ice Bear, has finished his latest work, some two months inthe making, says partner Charronne Douglas. The roughly six- by three-foot bas relief was created in acrylic with a little foam core forming a skeletal structure on the largest pieces. Acrylic mediums, gesso, and pearlized white paint highlight relief elements in the experimental-method work called Etude in White. Ice Bear will next use these new techniques on a larger commissioned piece.

• Local painter Roxanne Nunweiler says she’s happy with response to downtown’s Pop-up Gallery on Craig Street. While exploring a latent interest in writing, Roxanne told me she’s brushing up on new techniques in her profession as a dental hygienist at Dr. Gordon Pollock’s Duncan office. If you’ve got ‘em, floss ‘em, folks.

• Sarah Lane, Cowichan-born multi-media performer, has landed the lead role as Ellen in Victoria Operatic Society’s Miss Saigon. The lavish show, set for the McPherson Playhouse in May, is being directed by Roger Carr, Frances Kelsey’s former drama teacher. “I’m super humbled and honoured to have gotten this part,” said Lane, dance teacher at Chemainus Secondary, and a star in South Island Musical Society’s upcoming show Oklahoma!

• Finally, two late entries onto to the local arts radar surfaced this week: Vocal stalwarts the Duncan Choral Society is presenting A Musical Buffet Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Duncan Christian Reformed Church; and Noisy Mime Theatre Company is set to present Neil Simon’s classic fable, Fools, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, this weekend and next at the Mercury Theatre. For more on that show, call 519-902-0547

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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