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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 2023 marked the beginning of the 30th 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 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 works made all over Vancouver Island, as well as on some of the adjacent smaller islands. The work of 60-some professional artisans and artists is featured.

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.

Store Hours

Tuesday through Friday, 11 am to 4 pm

Saturday, 10 am to 3 pm

Cheryl Painter: Welcome To My World

June 28 - July 26, 2024

Born and raised in the beautiful Cowichan Valley, a career as an artist always seemed to be in the cards for Cheryl. Her schooling included time at the University of Victoria and the Victoria College of Art. She then attended Capilano College, receiving a diploma in Graphic design. After a successful career in that field, Cheryl focused on raising a family. During that endeavour, she would resume what would ultimately be her calling - painting. Amidst the Cowichan Valley's pristine beauty, she is constantly inspired by her surroundings.

Andre St. Cyr: Creative Woodwork

June 28 - July 26, 2024

A school teacher for 33 years, throughout his career he created beautiful wooden products and honed his woodworking skills. Now retired, he is able to spend more time in his shop. Andre prefers to work with unique pieces of wood with colour variation, figure, and bird's eye.


Contact Imagine That! Artisans' Designs

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

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Store hours are Tuesday to Friday, 11am to 4pm
Saturday, 10am-3pm