CVAC outdoor art market to hit the streets in Downtown Duncan Saturday : My Cowichan Valley Now


Artists will descend to downtown Duncan tomorrow morning for an outdoor art market.

It’s the second annual event put on by the Cowichan Valley Arts Council.

CVAC Executive Director Elizabeth Croft says there will be lots to buy, including jewelry, paintings, sculpture, and fabric art.

“Sometimes you’re buying a piece of art. Sometimes you might want to buy a wearable piece of art, like jewelry,” says Croft. “And then there’s some bits and pieces in the fabrics that are actually kind of practical items, but they’re beautiful and artistic to boot.”

Croft says the event is picking up steam with over 30 artists this year, up from 20 last year – most of which being from the Cowichan Valley.

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“Last year was a big success for the artists,” says Croft. “We’re growing it.”

Croft says they began reaching out to artists around February, to ensure that they had enough time to be prepared.

“Artists like to get prepared for this, months in advance if they can,” says Croft. “A lot of these things are one-offs, so they have to actually manufacture everything that they sell. So it does take some prep time for sure.”

The market will be set up on Station St. and Craig St. in the downtown core from 10 am to 4 pm. They will also have a kids’ table set up at the corner park at the intersection of those streets.

Traffic should be aware that the two streets will be blocked off between 7 am and 6 pm.

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