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March 29, 2019
THE SMWS is pleased to announce this year’s ‘Artist of the Somenos’ is Laurel Hibbert.
The Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society is pleased to announce that Laurel Hibbert has been
chosen as the ‘Artist of the Somenos’ for 2019. This honour is bestowed on a local artist
annually to be used to promote our annual WildWings Nature & Arts Festival.
Laurel is a Cowichan Valley artist and a member of the Cowichan Artisans. In Laurel’s
words- “People have told me that they get a sense of joy looking at my work and that is
what I feel when I work. I like to have a story like quality in my images as if something
was just about to happen. I often cannot resist the compulsion to include a sense of
WildWings coordinator Paul Fletcher reports that “Laurel’s work fits perfectly with the
changing styles that we have selected over the last 10 years of the Artist of the Somenos
The WildWings Festival, now in its 10th year, is a celebration of Cowichan Nature. The
festival includes art events, talks by experts, hikes into special areas, bird and plant
education and several Cowichan Tribes cultural events.
The Festival is supported by many organizations, business and partners. This year we
welcome Cowichan Tribes as our newest partner. The Artist of the Somenos art collection
is sponsored and owned by Lance & Liz Steward from Just Jakes restaurant. It can be
viewed in the WildWings Loft, upstairs at Just Jakes.
To learn more about WildWings and the Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society please visit the
websites of each at:
Below is Laurel Hibbert’s WildWings 2019 art work.
For more information, please contact Paul Fletcher, WildWings 2019 coordinator
This year’s 10th annual festival kicks off on Wednesday, October 9th at Just Jakes Restaurant in Downtown Duncan with the launch party and WildWings Art Exhibition opening reception. The Festival continues to the end of the month with fun-filled educational events where you can experience and learn more about the nature of Somenos Marsh and other Cowichan Valley ecological gems. One of the key events of the WildWings Nature & Arts Festival is the annual WildWings Art Exhibition and Sale. The art exhibition, hosted by Just Jakes restaurant, home of the WildWings loft in beautiful downtown Duncan, features 35 – 40 community artists whose works reflect a love of nature. The exhibition’s opening reception launches the festival proper, while the art coming down from the walls signals the end of the festival.
Call for Exhibition Artists
South Vancouver Island artists who are interested in participating, and who have not exhibited at WildWings before, are asked to submit a small portfolio of their work. Previous WildWings artists can confirm their space by email. There is a $25 entry fee and a 30% commission on art sales that goes towards the festival costs. This submission opportunity is limited by space and numbers, so it is a good idea to book early. For submission guidelines, or to confirm your submission, please contact the WildWings coordinator Paul Fletcher – firstname.lastname@example.org