The windows at Imagine That! in Duncan feature the woodworking of Todd McAneeley. (Submitted)

The windows at Imagine That! in Duncan feature the woodworking of Todd McAneeley. (Submitted)

Arts and Entertainment column: Woodwork, poetry, and podcasts

Here’s what’s happening in the arts community in Cowichan

Woodworking is highlighted this month in the display windows at Imagine That! on Craig Street in Duncan.

Local woodworker Todd McAneeley’s unique items, ranging from art to furniture, fill both windows until Feb. 26.

“Todd is an artist whose wood sculptures and furniture capture nature and wildlife in a positive, beautiful way. He creates his pieces from wood offcuts, and they come to life with bears, otters, birds, whales, and more. His display this month will feature a number of nature-themed coffee tables and artworks.”


Local author Adaline A. Russell is “exploring the elements of human experience” in her new book of poetry titled Elemental.

Russell really got serious about writing when her cousin, Jim gave her a book of modern poetry when she was 16 years old. She has written poetry ever since. In 1979 she was published in 31 Newfoundland Poety and has done writing workshops with the likes of Joy Kagawa, and taken writing courses at Vancouver Island University. At the age of 64 she got her Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from VIU.

“Her poems express a diversity of experience and place, rich with metaphor and affect of the soul. It is a poetry of poignancy informed by the joys and sorrows and acute observations of life,” reads a description of Elemental.

It’s little wonder, since Russell has had a varied and interesting life. She was born 300 miles north of the Arctic Circle in Norway, has lived in New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Ottawa, Toronto, Grande Prairie, and Calgary. She now calls Duncan home.

Elemental is published through Nine Lives Publishing based in Victoria.

You can find a copy at Volume One books in Duncan or by contacting Russell at 250-746-0386.


Looking for a podcast to listen to? Check out the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre offerings.

On the website now are two podcasts, one with local MP Alistair MacGregor, and the other with Blue Moon Marquee’s Jazz Colette.

“We are delighted to have Cowichan-Malahat-Langford Member of Parliament, Alistair MacGregor, on the pod to share his insights into the ongoing struggle for arts workers during COVID-19, the importance of culture in his own life, and his early memories of visiting the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre,” reads a description of the podcast on the CPAC website. “Once again, Kirsten Schrader, the manager of the Arts and Culture Division of the CVRD and Cowichan Performing Arts Centre, leads the discussion with our MP and asks great questions about what it’s like to conduct parliamentary business over Zoom and the role of the federal government in supporting cultural institutions like ours.”

The second podcast is described as “an insightful chat”, with artist Jazz Colette of the gypsy blues duo Blue Moon Marquee, who recently filmed a pre-recorded concert for the Cold Snap Festival at CPAC. She talks about “the challenges of COVID-19, some hair-raising touring stories and how the band got their unique sound.”

Arts and EntertainmentColumn

Just Posted

From left: Thomas Kuecks, David Lane, John Ivison, Denis Berger, Rod Gray, and James Kuecks are Cabin Fever. Catch their performance on the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre website. (Ashley Foot photo)
A&E column: Music Festival winners, CVAC awards, and Cabin Fever

The latest from the Cowichan Valley arts and entertainment community

BC Green Party leader and Cowichan Valley MLA Sonia Furstenau introduced a petition to the provincial legislature on Thursday calling for the end of old-growth logging in the province. (File photo)
Cowichan Valley MLA Furstenau introduces old-growth logging petition

BC Green Party calls for the end of old-growth logging as protests in Fairy Creek continue

The city-owned lot at 361 St. Julien St., which has been home to a temporary homeless site for more than a year, will be sold and plans are to build a three-storey mixed-use development there, Peter de Verteuil, Duncan CAO explained at a recent council meeting. (File photo)
New development planned for homeless site in Duncan

Lot on St. Julien Street would see three-storey building

Historian and longtime Citizen columnist T.W. Paterson photographs the historical wreckage of a plane on Mount Benson. Paterson recently won an award from the British Columbia Historical Foundation. (Submitted)
Cowichan’s Tom W. Paterson wins award for historical writing

British Columbia Historical Federation hands Recognition Award to local writer

This electric school bus is the newest addition to the Cowichan Valley School District’s fleet. (Submitted)
Editorial: New electric school bus good place to start

Changing public transit like buses to electric really is important.

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

The Co-op gas station at Whiskey Creek is burning after a camper van exploded while refueling just before 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 17, 2021. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)
Exploding camper van torches Highway 4 gas station between Qualicum Beach and Port Alberni

Highway traffic blocked after Whiskey Creek gas station erupts into flames

Helen Austin performing with Trent Freeman at the 2018 Vancouver Island MusicFest. Austin is one of the many performers listed for the 2021 event.
Vancouver Island MusicFest goes virtual for 2021

Black Press to stream 25 hours of programming July 9-11

Greater father involvement in the home leads to improved childhood development and increased marital satisfaction, says expert. (Black Press Media file photo)
Vancouver Island researcher finds lack of father involvement a drag on gender equality

Working women still taking on most child and household duties in Canada: UVic professor

FILE – A science class at L.A. Matheson Secondary in Surrey, B.C. on March 12, 2021. (Lauren Collins/Surrey Now Leader)
Teachers’ union wants more COVID transmission data as B.C. prepares for back-to-school

BCTF says that details will be important as province works on plan for September

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry outlines B.C.’s COVID-19 restart plan, May 25, 2021, including larger gatherings and a possible easing of mandatory masks on July 1. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. records 120 new COVID-19 cases, second vaccines accelerating

Lower Pfizer deliveries for early July, Moderna shipments up

A Heffley Creek peacock caught not one - but two - lifts on a logging truck this month. (Photo submitted)
Heffley Creek-area peacock hops logging trucks in search of love

Peacock hitched two lifts in the past month

The Calgary skyline is seen on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
2 deaths from COVID-19 Delta variant in Alberta, 1 patient was fully immunized

Kerry Williamson with Alberta Health Services says the patients likely acquired the virus in the hospital

The first suspension bridge is the tallest in Canada, with a second suspension bridge just below it. The two are connected by a trail that’s just over 1 km. (Claire Palmer photo)
PHOTOS: The highest suspension bridges in Canada just opened in B.C.

The Skybridge in Golden allows visitors to take in views standing at 130 and 80 metres

Most Read