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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 that year. They called themselves IMAGINE THAT! ARTISANS' DESIGNS. They are a Registered Co-operative.

August 2018 marked the beginning of the 25th year in business for this very successful artist-run store. 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 TransCanada 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 features the work of 70-some 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 store front windows. These windows are available for artists to rent and are booked well in advance.
 
Store Hours

Monday through Friday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Closed Sunday


Featured from May 3 through 31, 2019

Watercolours by Jennifer Lawson

The Artistry of Coventry Woodworks
 
Watercolours by Jennifer Lawson

What is it that gives old homes and tangled gardens such character? Such personality? What makes us fall in love with them? Itâs that indefinable essence Jennifer Lawson captures in her watercolour paintings.

Her 1863 log house studio is the perfect place from which to paint Mt. Tzouhalem, the Cowichan River, or an old milk jug overflowing with sweet peas. Fresh air and old linens, riotous country gardens, Victorian houses, sun-warmed peaches in china bowls; these are the things she has loved with her paintbrush for over 40 years.

Her paintings, limited edition prints, and cards evoke a timeless, treasured world, from her birthplace in Yorkshire to India, from Bermuda to the Garry Oak meadows of Vancouver Island.


 
The Artistry of Coventry Woodworks

Karen Trickett and Cameron Russell are a team of extraordinarily talented woodworkers, whose combined expertise allow them to design, make, restore and finish a variety of wooden projects. Both are native Islanders each of whom showed an interest in working with wood when still children. Today, they collaborate on a variety of bespoke projects large and small. Were you to drop by their studio in Cobble Hill, you might see kitchen cabinetry, delicate tables, the interior of a semi-restored automobile, and everything in between.
 

Contact Imagine That! Artisans' Designs

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

write email   www.imaginethatartisans.com

Open:
Store hours are Monday to Saturday, 10am-4pm

 

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