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Qualicum Beach artist wins People’s Choice Award at Island competition

Jordan Blackstone’s painting recognized at Cowichan Valley Fine Arts Show
(Submitted photo)

After the votes were tallied, the winner of the People’s Choice Award at the Cowichan Valley Fine Arts Show was ‘Never Give Up’, Jordan Blackstone’s compelling painting of an eagle.

Blackstone is a former architect who moved to Vancouver Island from the B.C. mainland in 2017. She is a wildlife photographer based in Qualicum Beach who teaches online, as well as working on wildlife tours out of Campbell River, according to a news release by Comox Valley Arts Council (CVAC). Blackstone will receive a gift certificate from Monk Office Island Blue. CVAC jurors handed out six other awards. There were 140 artists represented at the show.

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Cowichan Valley Fine Arts Show attendance was back to 2019 pre-COVID levels, with approximately 2,000 people, and there were many new online viewers as well, according to CVAC.

“Our annual fine arts show is an exceptional event that really touches people who are impressed with the variety and depth of talent as well as the wonderful curation in our great venue,” said president Janet Magdanz.

The show can still be viewed online.

— NEWS Staff, submitted