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 2017 marked the beginning of the 24th 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 80-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 for November and December
Monday through Friday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 p.m.
Featured from November 17, 2017 through February 2, 2018
Island Artist Showcase
Imagine That! Artisans' Designs celebrates its 24th year by proudly showcasing the work of selected artists during the holiday shopping season. In our main and boutique windows, you will see the finest hand-made work from Vancouver Island, and some of our adjacent islands. The craftsmanship, the diversity, the beauty, the practicality -- all are hallmarks of the work hosted at Imagine That! in downtown Duncan. Made from the heart!