The Big Show

January 10, 2024 Steph Allesia No comments exist
Woman holds a cat in front of a painting of a woman holding a cat

Ceiling’s the limit for Rainforest’s BIG ART show 

Bigger than life!

That’s the first thing that might come to mind for visitors to the Rainforest Arts gallery at 9781 Willow Street in Chemainus when they see the BIG ART show, which runs from Jan. 16 to Mar. 30.

Rainforest’s member artists have been invited to submit larger format art for the exhibit—up to 36 inches wide and no narrower than 24 inches; there is no restriction on height other than what the eight-foot ceiling imposes.

Will looking at this exhibit make viewers feel small? Not at all. In fact, the ‘golden rule’ of hanging art stipulates that big is appropriate in most settings. For example, art placed over a sofa should span roughly two-thirds of the width of the furniture, with the bottom of the frame eight to ten inches above. The art should be visually connected to the furniture, not floating high above it.

‘Large scale’ paintings can “greatly influence the atmosphere, mood, and overall aesthetic of a space,” says Vardit Lunzer, Managing Director of the Quintessa art consultancy and studio in London, England.

“The power of art to transform any room is undeniable. Every room needs a centrepiece that draws the eye and gives the room its focal point.”

Most people in Muraltown don’t need to be convinced of the impact large art can have on viewers. Larger works make a bold statement and add character to a space. They ‘engage’ viewers from a distance, creating an immersive experience. They also determine the ‘tone’ of a room. A vibrant abstract piece can infuse energy and excitement, while a serene modern landscape can create a tranquil and calming atmosphere.

The Big Art show is an opportunity for the Valley’s painters and photographers to hang canvases that normally can’t be accommodated in the gallery and for art lovers to get up close to bigger works.

This is the third year for the BIG ART show,. It’s become a looked-for annual event. For the ten-week run, almost the entire gallery will be dedicated to BIG ART.

Rainforest Arts is located at 9781 Willow Street in the Coast Capital Credit Union building. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. You can contact the gallery at or 250-246-4861. Find out more at

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