Gallery @ Cove Commons reopened on July 1, 2020 will be open Thursday to Monday 10 am - 5 pm ongoing. To ensure the safety of our visitors, we will follow public health and safety guidelines. The Gallery will limit visitor numbers to six at a time and encourage physical distancing. Hand sanitizer dispensers are intalled at the front entrance and plexiglass barriers are placed around the front desk.
- All visitors must self-assess before visiting the Gallery. Please stay home if you are not feeling well.
- Visitors are strongly encouraged to wear self-provided masks. Masks will be available by donation.
We look forward to welcoming you!
Dream of Community Centre soon to be realized
The Municipality of Bowen Island is thrilled to report that an application to the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program’s Community, Culture and Recreation fund was a success! The grant from the federal/provincial governments will add $7.9 M to the capital budget of $14.4 M to build a much-anticipated Community Centre, to include a multi-purpose Performing Arts & Community Space.
These funds, along with Municipal reserves and fundraising to date, bring the amount raised for the project to $10.5 million. An additional $4 million is needed before construction can begin and as envisioned from the beginning, the municipality is seeking public support to borrow that $4,040,000.
The referendum is set for September 12, 2020.
We are urging islanders to Vote YES for this extraordinary initiative.
Over 16,000 sq. ft has been designed to reﬂect both the unique and shared needs of the community. Approximately 75% of the facility is exclusively devoted to community use with the remaining 25% becoming the home of Bowen Island Municipality. The new Community Centre will provide dedicated space for arts, culture and recreation. Bowen is one of the few communities across Canada that lacks a dedicated public programming facility. Isn’t it time we built our new home?
The new amenity will become the heart of the community, a place where islanders can gather, share and participate in activities and events that build and celebrate a healthy and resilient community.
For more information about the project, including a list of FAQs, and up-to-date details regarding the referendum, please visit: ourislandplace.com
You are also invited to the online and outdoor open houses (see below).
Or contact us, at email@example.com.
Join us online and outdoors at our upcoming open house events.
Virtual Open House
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Join online via Zoom
Or watch live on our YouTube channel
Join the Community Centre project team for a Q&A session with our expert panellists. You’ll learn everything you need to know about the Community Centre.
Community Centre Re-Imagined!
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
The Hearth Gallery
6 pm – 8 pm
Join the Hearth for an outdoor (weather permitting) summer evening reception, where you can learn about the Bowen Island Community Centre project, the upcoming referendum and celebrate achievements to date. Please note that a COVID safety plan will be in place. Please bring your mask - extras are available.
Outdoor info booth at BICS
Saturday, August 29, 2020
10 am - 12 pm
Bowen Island Community School grounds
(exact location to be announced)
Bring the kids and come on down to BICS to learn about the Community Centre at our outdoor info booth. We’ll have info boards, experts to answer your questions and fun activities for the kids! Safe physical distancing and hand sanitization will be required, and masks are encouraged.
Enjoy these virtual visits with Bowen Island's Artist In Our Midst:
Artists in our Midst: Susan Alexander reads her poem Canticle for Sea Lions of Howe Sound HERE
Artists in our Midst: Interview with Billi Behm and Earl Jenkins of the band Black Molly HERE
Canada Day Video celebrating Bowen Island's essential workers HERE
Artists in our Midst: Babette Deggan - A look inside the Potter's Studio: View the video: HERE
Jean Bradbury's Exhibition: Forests of the Coast - Paintings and Light Boxes. Enjoy this interview and Virtual TourLink to Interview HERE
Link to Virtual Tour HERE
Submit your arts and cultural events for the Weekly Update by clicking HERE
We recommend that you stay informed about the virus by consulting reliable sources such as:
Visit our Events Page to see Upcoming Programs and Events
Volunteer with us!
Members of our Visual Arts Committee (VAC) at the Gallery @ Cove Common are superstars. This mighty team, supporting our Curator, Emilie Kaplun, and working with other staff, just coordinated the highly successful annual Mini-Gala, raising $11,000 for the Gallery! Joining Greta Smith, (chair), Anne Boa, Carol McNaughton and Mary Lynn Machado are Mike Arthur, one of our esteemed Gallery Host Volunteers and Debbie Benson, also a beloved volunteer, who has accepted the role of Volunteer Coordinator for the Hearth. A standing ovation to this great group of folks.
We are now inviting new people to join this extraordinary group of volunteers!
The VAC plays an integral role in fostering the arts, artists and the appreciation of arts in our community on Bowen. We roll up our sleeves and take on an assortment of jobs to support the Curator and ensure the Gallery is run professionally and efficiently. The committee adjudicates an annual calendar of art exhibits; it assists with the physical work of mounting shows; members offer ideas and expertise as needed, and organize fundraising events to support the operations of the Gallery and non-profit organization. We have fun in a creative environment that contributes to the verve and livelihood of our island community. If you are interested in joining this active committee, and can commit approximately seven hours per month (including monthly meetings), we’d love to hear from you.
Please contact Greta at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to apply to join our team.
Bowen Island Municipality adopts revised 10-Year Cultural Master Plan!
It includes 16 Strategic Goals and 36 recommendations. The legal document is a roadmap that will help advance arts and culture on Bowen Island while creating a socially, economically, healthier and more liveable community.
Download a copy of the Cultural Master Plan here.
Join us at the Hearth!
The arts council will remain true to its roots, while reaching out to the larger Bowen community by acknowledging: “We are all artists here.” Though the legal name will remain Bowen Island Arts Council, as the charity enters its 40th decade it will operate with a renewed sense of purpose and direction under a new name: “The Hearth – Arts on Bowen.” As it’s brand essence states: “The possibilities are endless.”
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