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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 June 28 through July 26, 2019

Colour & Majesty: Acrylic Paintings by Jim Jenkins

Wonderful Woodturning by Ken Broadland
Jim Jenkins was born in England and is a long-time resident of Vancouver Island. His passion for the outdoors and all its beauty is evident in his work. As a self-taught artist, he has found a balance between his paintings and his photography.

âI love to travel this wonderful province of ours. We are very fortunate to live where we do and it is vital to protect our wildlife and their habitats. Inspiration for my art comes from a great passion for nature and the outdoors. Bears are a major part of this passion. I am a strong believer in co-existence with all our fellow creatures and hope I can raise this awareness throughout my everyday life and my art.â

Jim is an avid supporter of different groups that work together to preserve and protect our wild spaces as well as being an accredited member, in good standing, with the Commercial Bear Viewing Association of B.C.

Through his art he shares his respect for the environment and the inspiration he receives from it.
Woodturner Ken Broadland worked as a Conservation Officer on southern Vancouver Island for 29 years before retiring in 2002. He started woodturning as a hobby in 1991. His main goal in turning wood is to present the wood's beauty in a useable form. His specialty is large salad bowls and servers, with a supporting cast of other creations such as cutting boards, kitchen implements, small bowls, coasters, cremation urns, artistic bowls, and whatever else catches his interest. Designs are simple and practical.

The wood Ken uses is salvaged from around the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island.

Contact Imagine That! Artisans' Designs

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

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