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A&E column: Clay Hub pottery sale, plus more Cowichan authors

What’s coming up in Cowichan arts and entertainment

The Clay Hub Collective Society is holding their one-day Christmas pottery sale on Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Hub at Cowichan Station.

All of the vendors are members of the CHCS and there will be a wide variety of items for sale, said a press release for the event.

A portion of the proceeds will go towards the Clay Hub studio and to the Cowichan Station Area Association.

The Hub is located at 2375 Koksilah Rd. For more information go to


Cowichan author Reed Stirling promises that his latest book, The Palimpsest Murders, is “no ordinary whodunit”.

This is Stirling’s fourth published novel and it is described in a press release as a literary travel mystery.

It is set mostly on a bike and barge trip in the Netherlands and revolves around the relationships of 30 boat passengers, and the dynamics of the history that several of them share, as the story moves to Paris and Greece.

There are two suspicious deaths, leading to the reveal of others as part of a backstory of revenge.

Check it out for yourself at


Author Robert Amos delves into the life of Cowichan’s beloved late artist E.J. Hughes in his new book E.J. Huges: Life at the Lake.

“The latest installment in the award-winning series on the life and work of E.J. Hughes brings the reader into this very private artist’s home and studio on Shawnigan Lake,” said a press release for the book.

“Amos captures lakeside life at Shawnigan with Hughes’s observations on birds and trees, and trips to the local shops and restaurants. He tells of an unusually snowy winter that slowed delivery of finished paintings to the post office.”

The book also shares insights into the artist’s relationships with various people in his life.

And of course there are many photographs of the man himself and reproductions of his works.

Amos, who is the official biographer of Hughes, worked with the estate of E.J. Hughes to produce the book.

It is available from TouchWood Editions.


Imagine That! gallery in downtown Duncan is looking to brighten up the winter with their new window displays for November.

“Our street-level display windows at Imagine That!, 251 Craig St., will be filled with colourful artwork, textiles, and photography for sale to bring joy to what can be some gray skies,” said the gallery’s Katie Daniel.

The first window will feature Shared Passion for Colour: Sandra Greenaway and Veronica Scott. Greenaway specializes in kimono robes, while Scott creates stained glass mosaics.

“Both artisans love working with vibrant colour palettes,” said a press release. “The combination of smooth silky fabric with reflective glass makes for a fabulous marriage of colour and texture.”

The second window will feature Capturing the Moment: Lana McQueen.

“As an amateur photographer, my motivation lies in capturing our amazing home,” said McQueen in a press release.

“Photography is an important tool, to remind us of the beauty and life that surrounds on a daily basis. It not only captures memories but sheds light on those things that ultimately share our home. Photography can bring to ones’ mind an awareness of the fragility and yet tenacious force of nature.

“To top this all off, it is also so much fun! I enjoy and continue to discover so many facets of my camera and I am truly inspired by the viewers reactions to my work.”