WildWings Art Exhibition & Launch Party

The annual WildWings Nature & Arts Festival Launch Party Thursday, October 5 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm is the official kick off to a month of events, activities, hands-on experiences and outdoor learning adventures in the Cowichan Valley as well as the opening reception for the WildWings Art Exhibition, a collection of nature art for sale by Vancouver Island artists.

Screen Shot 2017-08-11 at 10.01.29 AMThe WildWings Art Exhibition is proud to feature local artists and their artwork celebrating the natural beauty of the Cowichan Valley. This year’s “Artist of the Somenos” is Stuart Pagaduan, a local Cowichan Valley artist whose art will be on display at the exhibition along with other local artists. Stuart’s art work joins the six previous ‘Artists of the Somenos’ whose work is on permanent display upstairs in Just Jakes WildWings Loft. The Art Exhibition opening reception will be a first option to buy opportunity for the original art pieces that will be on display all month long at Just Jakes Restaurant.

The WildWings Art Exhibition opening reception is also featured as a Savour Cowichan Marquee event as part of the Savour Cowichan Festival and is a great opportunity to indulge in an evening of gourmet bites, a tasting of WildWings ale, live music by the John Wade Jazz Trio, live art auction and 50/50 draw.

Tickets for the event are $29.99 each and can be purchased at Just Jakes Restaurant or online at wildwings-art-exhibition-launch.eventbrite.ca/

For more information about the WildWings Nature & Arts Festival, please visit www.wildwingsfestival.com or contact the Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society Program Coordinator, Elizabeth Bailey, at somenosmarsh@gmail.com or 250-884-0749

WildWings Nature & Arts Festival 2017

WildWings Nature & Arts Festival 2017

Nature and Children: Nurturing the Future


Each fall the Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society, along with many community partners, hosts the WildWings Nature & Arts Festival, a series of nature-themed events held around the Cowichan Valley to celebrate Cowichan nature and the return of the trumpeter swans to their overwintering grounds in the Cowichan Valley.

This year’s festival features sixteen events from October 5th to November 4th. Activities run the gamut from birding and nature interpretation to local cultural experiences, as well as a nature themed art show. Some of the other offerings include a traditional Cowichan Pi’kwun (salmon BBQ), hands-on biodiversity workshop, a Paint Nite fundraiser and a guided hike to the Koksilah Ancient Trees and much more.

Artwork by Stuart Pagaduan

Artwork by Stuart Pagaduan

The 2017 festival theme is “Nature and Children: Nurturing the Future” and to encourage this theme we are hsting Celebrate Somenos, an open house at the Somenos Marsh Open Air Classroom October 7th from 10am to 2:00 pm for children and families to interact with nature. Celebrate Somenos is our most important public education and family-focused event of the festival as it is aimed at engaging and educating kids and their parents in the natural history of Somenos and its extended ecosystems. Also at this event, expect to have your mind expanded by the Raptors with live birds, demonstrations on nature photography, learning about invasive species and their management, on-sitenature and birding guides, and a build-your-own bird feeder station. There is also a ‘swamp stamp card’ for the young ones who can enter to win a prize if they visit three stations along the boardwalk.

The Festival launch and opening reception of the WildWings Art Exhibition, a Savour Cowichan Marquee Event, is on Thursday October 5 at 6pm at Just Jakes Restaurant. The ticket price includes gourmet bites, a sample of the Craig St. Brewpub’s annual WildWings beer, live jazz with the John Wade trio, a small live auction and the first chance to purchase fantastic local nature-themed art on display until November 4. The highlight of the evening will be the honouring of this year’s ‘Artist of the Somenos’, Stuart Pagaduan.

Partners of the festival include local businesses, NGOs, the arts community and many individuals. For full festival event and ticket details visit our website www.wildwingsfestival.com, find us on social media or contact Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society Program Manager, Elizabeth Bailey, at programs@somenosmarsh.com or 250-884-0749.