Arts Interlude: Ellisha Blackburn

The thing that worried him most was the fact that people always used to ask him what he was looking so worried about.* What’s there to worry about, he’d mutter as he scuttled about the cage, sniffing out overlooked pellets. I’ve got food, I’ve got water, I have a...

Art will find a way through COVID 3rd Wave

The sign on the door may say closed due to COVID-19, but Rainforest arts is still looking for ways to share art of the Chemainus Valley and Vancouver Island with patrons. In Mid-April, with pandemic numbers spiking as the third coronavirus wave surged in B.C. the RFA...

A big cheer for volunteers

Volunteers make the world go around! That couldn’t be truer than it is for the Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society, where everything from Music in the Park to The Rainforest Arts gallery is run by volunteers. “Our volunteers contribute thousands of hours each year,...

CVCAS shows to keep going on in 2021-22

Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2021, and although 2020 was a tough year, and the COVID pandemic continues, there’s still lots to celebrate.  Feb. 24 AGM selects new board by acclamation The Chemainus Valley...

Bumblebees can’t fly, they say

November’s featured ReachOut! artist, photographer Rosemary Ratcliff, combines inspiring images of creatures big and small, with a poem she wrote about the impossibility of bees flying, and the wondrous fact that they actually do. More ReachOut! videos on...

Poem takes ‘Un’-Fair First Ribbon

Rosemary Ratcliff took the top ribbon for a poem the wrote about the COVID-19 pandemic. Poetry, of course, stands on its own. In fact, one of the joys of all literature is the creative response it evokes in the minds of readers. If you want to simply hear Rosemary...

Rainforest Arts hires gallery manager

Stephanie Allesia has been hired as Gallery Manager by Rainforest Arts. Rainforest Arts has hired a gallery manager. Stephanie Allesia comes on board with experience as Front of House Coordinator with the Chemainus Theatre Festival. Her work with volunteers and...

Bandshell spruced up by Rotary

Rotarians Tom Andrews and Bob Smith at work on the Waterwheel Park bandshell Members of the Chemainus Rotary Club have been hard at it, power washing, scraping and re-staining the log and wood trim exterior of the bandshell in Waterwheel Park. Rotarians Tom Andrews,...