March 16 Reading At Cvag Is Part Of ?Return To Water? Program

Award-winning poet and author Joseph Dandurand will provide a reading at the Comox Valley Art Gallery Wednesday, March 16, at 5:30 p.m.

People are welcome to attend in person, or watch live on Facebook.

The reading is part of CVAG?s current thematic program ?Return to Water?, which includes a group exhibition, performances and other community engagement events.

Dandurand is a member of Kwantlen First Nation, located on the Fraser River near Vancouver. He is the director of the Kwantlen Cultural Centre and is also the Heritage/Lands Officer for his people.

His 2019 poetry collection “The East Side of It All”?was shortlisted for?Griffin Poetry Prize. In 2021 he received the Lieutenant Governor?s Award for Literary Excellence.

CVAG?s ?Return to Water? program includes the exhibition ?Salt Stained Streaks of a Worthwhile Grief?. Featuring the work of five artists in the Fathom Sounds Collective, ?the exhibition will run at the Gallery from March 2 to May 14.

“We are a multidisciplinary collective of artists who care about the state of water as a living entity and a flowing field of living bodies,? they say in their artist statement.

“We formed this group to think both collectively and long-term, about the health of water and the role artists play in responding to urgent ecological, political, and social issues that collect around water.

Salt Stained Streaks of a Worthwhile Grief conjures the depths of our relationships with water through sound design, animation, drawing, and multi-channel video.”

The members of Fathom Sounds are Alana Bartol (Calgary),?Genevieve Robertson (Nelson),?Kat G Morris (Vancouver),?Nancy Tam (Vancouver), and Jay White (Bowen Island).?This is the first exhibition the artists have presented as a collective.

Where & When

Wednesday, March 16, at 5:30 p.m. in person, or watch live on Facebook.

CVAG is open Wednesdays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors are required to wear masks and provide proof of vaccination.

Comox Valley Art Gallery is at 580 Duncan Ave in Downtown Courtenay, BC.

Visit for more details about the ?Return to Water? program and upcoming events.

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