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A&E column: 1st exhibit for Cowichan Public Art Gallery and more

New windows at Imagine That! gallery; music at Riot Brewing
The Cowichan Public Art Gallery is hosting its first exhibit, featuring the work of Maggie Hazell-Rosen. ( photo)

The Cowichan Public Art Gallery’s first exhibition in their new interim space is up and running.

Until May 13 you can head to downtown Duncan to 126 Ingram St. (the lower level of the Green Door building) to view A Feminine Vision, featuring works by Maggie Hazell-Rosen.

Hazell-Rosen was one of the first women to exhibit abstract expressionist art in both Vancouver and San Francisco, says a press release for the show.

Her first exhibitions were in Vancouver in the mid-1940s. She spent five years in San Francisco where she studied at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the California School of Fine Arts. She was very active in the Bay Area’s art scene for many years until her death in 2010.

“Maggie’s work is distinctly feminine, with a warm colour palette and often displaying a strong sense of humour,” says the Cowichan Public Art Gallery’s press release for the exhibit. “It’s easy to recognize these qualities in the work that has been assembled for this retrospective exhibition, which is a very small sample of her total oeuvre. Most of the earliest works shown are abstract oil paintings on canvas or masonite; owning to her having developed an allergy to turpentine, her work after 1970 expanded to include acrylic paintings, etchings and other prints, and drawings, many of which include some watercolour or coloured pencil elements. She had a firm but relaxed line, which really drew out the personality of her subjects.”

The gallery is open for viewing from Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.


Imagine That! gallery in downtown Duncan is celebrating spring with their window displays through April.

“In one window we say a fond farewell to one of our most popular artists, and in the other window we welcome back a returning artist from a long absence,” said the gallery’s Katie Daniel in a press release.

The first window features Ken Broadland: From The Heart, as he retires after more than 30 years.

“Ken Broadland started woodturning as a hobby in 1991, and became a contributing artist at Imagine That! in 1997,” said Daniel.

“His hallmarks have always come from his heart — highlighting the beauty of the wood he salvaged with exquisite designs and practical forms. Celebrate Ken’s artistic legacy; choose one of his pieces for your collection.”

The second window will feature the glass and tile work of Terry Harrison in Flowers Everywhere.

Harrison’s hand painting work graces goblets, wine glasses, plates, bowls, and tiles. Each piece features flowers, both wild and domestic, from roses to irises, daisies and snowdrops.

“This modern painted glass doesn’t have to be hand-washed and it isn’t meant to live in a display cabinet,” said Daniel. “It’s meant to be enjoyed and used every day. It can even go in the dishwasher safely.”

Both shows run from March 31 to April 28.


Riot Brewing is hosting the duo Woodstick on Friday, April 7 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

“These talented musicians will blow you away with their technical prowess and fun interpretations of folk and rock classics,” says a press release for the event. “A night of good tunes and good times.”

Call Riot at 250-324-7468 for a reservation.

Ken Broadland’s wood pieces are featured in the window of Imagine That! in April, 2023. (Photo courtesy of Imagine That)

Andrea Rondeau

About the Author: Andrea Rondeau

I returned to B.C. and found myself at the Cowichan Valley Citizen.
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