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Imagine that! Artisans' Designs

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In 1994 a group of 12 artists in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island met to discuss the need for a permanent showcase for selling their artwork beyond the usual venues of craft fairs and exhibitions. Though the initial group changed, a core group of 9 opened their first tiny storefront in downtown Duncan in August of the same year. They called themselves IMAGINE THAT! ARTISANS' DESIGNS. They are a Registered Co-operative.

August 2016 marked the beginning of the 23rd year in business for this very successful artist-run store. There are currently about 90 artisans on display. All work is juried and is of very high quality, with price ranges for even the smallest budget. The Members are justifiably proud of their long record supporting local Cowichan artists and other artists from Vancouver Island.

Mid way between VICTORIA and NANAIMO, their great location is at the heart of the Cowichan Valley in historic downtown Duncan. IMAGINE THAT! is a pleasant place to turn off the Island Highway and have an artistic "refuelling" stop. Look for the red brick CITY HALL. We're across the square.

Imagine that! is proudly Canadian, with most works made in the Cowichan Valley or in the surrounding towns of Chemainus, Ladysmith, Nanaimo, and Victoria.

Imagine That! Artisans' Designs featuring Margot Page, Katie Daniel and Sandra Greenaway who are the principal Co-op Members plus approximately 90 other professional artisans and artists.

Each day, you will meet one of our working artists helping to operate the shop and make it the success it is. Come in and say hello.

Every month the displays change in both storefront windows. These windows are available for artists to rent and are booked well in advance.
Store Hours

Monday through Saturday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Closed Sundays

Featured Artists from October 22 â November 19

Brad Allen, Metal Sculpture

Bryan Harvey, Photography
Brad Allen, Metal Sculpture

Using recycled iron as his medium, each piece having its own story to tell, Brad explores diverse textures and colours. He uses his inspiration and inherent artistic ability to create wild, mystical magic from metal. "I like to create forms and figures in various interactive situations. I want them understood, then I add a surreal or abstract flavour to them. Different emotions are portrayed in the pieces such as love, passion, and joy".

Brad brings over thirty years of experience working with steel. He has combined his experience along with artistic ability to the cutting and finishing of these unique, hand crafted pieces. With the help of a torch, welder, and an array of metal finishing tools, he manipulates his medium into shapes and forms. An arc is used to fuse pieces together. Using heat from a torch and different cooling techniques, Brad is able to create gorgeous colours ranging from earth tones to deep, penetrating blues.
Bryan Harvey, Photography

Bryan Harveyâs movement away from software manipulation in his work brought him a challenge. He decided to test himself by using an analog process that did not require imaging software. He built an ultra large format camera, enabling the use of 11x14â film negatives to make contact prints on photographic paper.

After being judged by 25 of the top galleries in the U.S. Bryan received the American Art Awards 2014 third place for "Dream Vacation" in the non-manipulated photography-landscape category. Bryan has exhibited peer reviewed large format photographs in the 1650 Gallery in Los Angeles, the online publication of Creative Quarterly, the Waterfront Gallery in Ladysmith, the Sooke Fine Arts Show, and the Sidney Fine Arts Show.

Contact Imagine that! Artisans' Designs

251 Craig Street, Duncan, V9L 1W2, British Columbia
250 748-6776   

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Store hours are 10-5pm Monday to Saturday