June 29, 2021 Peggy Grigor No comments exist

Rainforest Arts turns Five Years old on July 1st! This beautiful little gem in the heart of Chemainus has become a much beloved gallery that is owned and operated by the Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society (CVCAS). Running on volunteerism and supported by local enthusiasts, our mission is to “Foster and Support Excellence in Visual…

May 25, 2021 Craig Spence 1 comment

There are many ‘layers’ to Julie Nygaard’s photo-art creations in both literal and figurative senses of the word – layers of meaning, of personal trauma, symbolism, belief and imagery. But what it all comes down to are the layers she assembles in the digital realm of Adobe Photoshop. “I’m like a photographer-painter, I guess is…

February 17, 2021 Craig Spence

Featured at Rainforest Arts March & April If Claudia Lohmann’s Grade 3 art teacher saw what she’s doing now with her ‘Imaginative Geometric Art’, he would make her stand up in front of the class and explain herself. After all, who sees faces in the clutter of a tool shed or a kitchen drawer? But…

January 4, 2021 Craig Spence 3 comments

The same winter sun shines down on San Miguel de Allende as on Chemainus, but its hues and intensity are dampened here, the vibrant colours animating the streets of that central Mexican city doused by our moody climate and its subdued light filtered through Vancouver Island’s cloud and mists. But artist Rohana Laing, whose Los…

December 1, 2020 Craig Spence

Rainforest Arts is a shop and gallery you’ll want to visit when you’re in Chemainus, filling out your Christmas wish-list. Not only will you find a great selection of paintings, jewellery, sculpture, fabric art, pottery and cards, you’ll also find an affordable range of prices and styles. There’s something for everyone at Rainforest Arts. Art…

September 29, 2020 Craig Spence 3 comments

Barry Strasbourg-Thompson can trace the lines of his artistic heritage back a long way. Seated in his new studio and gallery space in the Chemainus Community Market, he cites a lineage that goes back three generations and more. “My grandmother had her arts certificate at fifteen, her teaching certificate at sixteen,” he said. “But in…

August 3, 2020 Craig Spence 1 comment

Terroir (pronounced tear•war for non-connoisseurs in the crowd) isn’t a nuance normally associated with the visual arts; it’s that often pricy bouquet of specific vintages of wine, infused into the grapes by the earth they were grown in. But for Christi York, whose Wildworks show will be featured at Rainforest Arts August and September, her…

July 1, 2020 Craig Spence No comments exist

For Wayne and Kathy Enslow the bits and pieces have been coming together over the last four years, as they’ve mastered the techniques and mindset of metal art sculpture in the eclectic clutter of their Cowichan Valley studio. Their passion for welding together nuts, bolts, bushings, spoons, forks – just about any pieces of metal…