Diana Durrand

Rainforest Arts officially opens

The doors to Rainforest Arts ion Chemainus were officially opened Thursday, Aug. 4,

The doors to Rainforest Arts were officially opened Thursday, Aug. 4, with North Cowichan Mayor Jon Lefebure and Peggy Grigor of the Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society (CVCAS) officially cutting the ribbon.

“I love the idea that we are trying to be more of an arts centre, this is one piece in that puzzle,” Lefebure said, in reference to the CVCAS’s plans for Rainforest Arts.

The opening took place at the gallery and in the Chemainus Community Branch of the Coastal Community Credit Union (CCCU), which hosted the event and is renting retail space in its building to the CVCAS.

“There is a place for corporations to work with the community and I think this is a perfect way to see it happen.”

Moira Hauk, CCCU’s Regional Manager for the South Island said sharing space with Rainforest Arts is a win-win for the branch and the community.

“We were really looking for something that would create an incubator space to create some positive economic development in Chemainus,” she told the gathering.

“In speaking with the Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society, it seemed like a real natural fit.”

Rainforest Arts operates under the umbrella of the CVCAS, and will provide the arts community not only with a gallery, but with a physical location in the community, something it has been hoping to achieve.

Rainforest Arts is opened Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. During the summer the venue will be open Sundays from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

You can find out more at rainforestarts.ca or email info@rainforestarts.ca. You can also keep up with Rainforest Arts news on Facebook.