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News Release - November 16, 2015

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Island Connections celebrated through annual art exhibit at the Comox Valley Airport

Seventeen talented local artists will have their work unveiled tomorrow at the Comox Valley Airport when YQQ opens its 2015/16 Public Art and Culture Exhibition in the terminal building.

This year's theme, Island Connections, features 18 stunning pieces of artwork celebrating a connection to the many special places, people and experiences available on Northern Vancouver Island. Works are representative of the emotional, physical, literal and/or ethereal sense of being linked or associated with this part of the Island.

"When a person, an idea or a thing is brought together, associated or attached with something else, it is a connection," explained Dallas Stevenson, Executive Director of the Comox Valley Community Arts Council." It is always incredibly exciting to see the interpretations on our annual theme and we are very pleased with the diversity and talent on display at this year's exhibition."

The exhibition will feature photography, sculpture, painting and textiles by Heather Alton, Karena Austin, Bert Badey, Ingrid Bollegraaf, Liz Carter, Ardythe Crawford, April Dyck, Angela Farquharson, Jayson Fuerstenberg, Heather Hughson, Cindy Mawle, Kimberly Roukkula, Laurie Savard, Patt Scrivener, Trish Smith, Perrin Sparks, Pam Young.

"The Comox Valley Art and Culture Program exhibition provides a passenger with a strong sense of place from the moment they step off the plane," said YQQ CEO, Fred Bigelow. "Our annual public art and culture program supports the local art community, while providing a truly unique west coast experience for all of those who enter the terminal."

The Comox Valley Airport Art and Culture Program, a partnership between YQQ and the Comox Valley Community Arts Council, is intended to showcase the rich artistic tradition of northern Vancouver Island by presenting an annual public art exhibition for YQQ passengers and the community. A call for submissions is issued each spring and artwork is selected by a jury made up of representatives from the airport and the Arts Council.

More information about this program, the featured artists and their work on display at the Comox Valley Airport can be found on www.comoxairport.com/arts. For information about how to get involved in YQQ's Art and Culture program and other community arts projects, visit www.comoxvalleyarts.com.

Attention Assignment Editors:

The Comox Valley Community Arts Council will provide a tour of the 2015/2016 YQQ Art and Culture Program exhibition for media at 3:00 p.m. on November 17, 2015. Several artists, along with representatives of YQQ and the Arts Council, will be available for interviews and photos in the Arrivals Area of the terminal building.

Media Contacts:

Dallas Stevenson
Comox Valley Community Arts Council

Christianne Wile
Comox Valley Airport
Phone: 250-890-0829 ext. 253
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