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34th annual Filberg Festival Artists Announcement

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Apr 122016
 

Celebrate the best of Arts, Crafts and Music from across Canada July 29 to August 1, 2016!

This year the Filberg Festival is honoured to feature world renowned glass artist, Robert Held.  For over 25 years Robert Held has lead the Canadian art glass industry, establishing the first college-level art glass program and influencing the art across North America. His pieces are in the collections of royalty and governments and can be part of your home collection. www.robertheld.com

The Filberg Festival has always been known for featuring exceptional talent when it comes to entertainment.  Continuing from last year the Festival will once again offer a special Friday evening concert featuring Cuban-Canadian singer-songwriter Alex Cuba. He has won two Juno Awards for World Music Album of the Year: in 2006 for Humo De Tabaco, and in 2008 for his second album, Agua Del Pozo. In 2010 he won the Latin Grammy for Best New Artist. His 2015 album, Healer, earned him a Latin Grammy Award for Best Singer-Songwriter Album and a Grammy Award nomination for Best Latin Pop Album. http://healer.alexcuba.com. Tickets will be priced at $39.00 for festival seating and available on-line only as of May 1st.

Headliners over the long weekend include:  Great Lake Swimmers, BC World Music Collective, and Bellflower. Visit http://filbergfestival.com/the-festival/entertainment/2016-entertainers/ for the full line up.

The 2016 Festival is also proud to showcase a select group of 130 artisans and makers of fine art in a variety of media ranging from metalwork, pottery, toys, woodcrafts, jewellery, paintings, glass, textiles and specialty foods.

Gate admission is charged at the Filberg Festival, as it is the primary fundraiser for the not-for-profit organization which has the responsibility of restoring and maintaining the Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park’s site and buildings (www.filberg.com). Advance festival tickets are available as of May 1st online at www.filbergfestival.com, at the Filberg Lodge Gift Shop and the I-HOS Gallery and at all Vancouver Island Thrifty Foods locations as of June 24th.

Set amongst the stately trees and gardens of the Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park in Comox, BC on the east coast of Vancouver Island the Filberg Festival is truly a unique event. Enjoy art and nature surrounded by beautiful gardens, rustic out-buildings and magnificent views of Comox Harbour and the Beaufort Range.

Contact Info:

Wendy Sears
E: [email protected] T: 1-866-594-3243 x 101
www.filbergfestival.com
Filberg Heritage Lodge & Park – 61 Filberg Road, Comox, BC V9M 2S7
https://www.facebook.com/FilbergFestival  / Twitter – @FilbergFest

NIC master potter headlines Filberg Festival

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Jul 282015
 

July 28, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The NIC instructor and master potter will headline the Filberg Festival as the guest artist for the fourth time.

NIC Instructor Gordon Hutchens will be the featured artist at the Filberg in Comox this weekend. NIC is giving away four $50 Hutchens’ tea bowls through a social media competition to celebrate his appearance.

“You could call it my home show,” said the Denman Island potter, whose work is displayed around the world including the Bronfman family’s “Claridge Collection” and the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ontario.

Hutchens’ work is a must-see for festival regulars, where his crystalline glazes, specially crafted Denman lustre, and raku, salt and wood-fired pieces regularly draw crowds and collectors. He is the only artist to be featured four times in the festivals 33-year history.

This year, as Filberg Festival’s featured artist, he returns with a wider section of work than ever before.

“It’s an opportunity to display a greater variety of work than I recall bringing in the past,” said Hutchens. “There will be larger size pieces and larger selection.”

The festival is one of western Canada’s largest juried outdoor arts shows and has a world-wide reputation for excellent artisan work. Hutchens has been featured in three previous festivals in 1984, 1986, and again in 2003 with the Fired Up ceramic artists.

Hutchens studio is nestled on nearby Denman Island, where he houses seven hand-crafted and manufactured kilns, including salt, gas-fired, electric kilns and a giant wood-fired anagama, designed and built with Japanese master builder Dr. Yukio Yamamoto.

Every March, Hutchens and a community of NIC students, potters, friends and family, fire up his high temperature Tozan-style anagama kiln.

“It’s a hungry fire-breathing dragon that eats five cords of wood over three days,” said Hutchens. “The ash follows the flame as it wends its way to the chimney up the hill, embellishing each piece of pottery with molten ash glaze as it passes.”

The only privately owned Tozan-style anagama in North America is available to NIC fine arts students in the winter term.

“Gordon’s course was a wonderful experience,” said student and potter Katy Fogg, who owns Living Earth Pottery in the Comox Valley. “Though I had been potting for 14 years at the time of the course, I learned so much from his incredible depth of knowledge. He brings a lifetime of pottery to his students and is a gifted teacher as well as an extraordinary potter.”

This year, Hutchens teaches three courses at NIC’s Comox Valley campus, including:

Courses are available to students who have taken FIN 110, or by permission of the instructor.

NIC is celebrating Gordon’s work, by holding a social media competition. To win a Gordon Hutchens’ tea bowl, festival goers must post a selfie with his work and the tags #mynic_finearts and #FilbergFest at the event.

The Filberg Festival takes place July 31 to Aug. 3 at Filberg Park in Comox. To see a video of the anagama kiln in action or study with Gordon at NIC, visit www.nic.bc.ca/finearts.

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Media Contact: Christiana Wiens Development Writer, North Island College O. 250-334-5280 M. 250-218-4097 [email protected]

For Immediate Release: July 14, 2015

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Jul 152015
 

33rd annual Filberg Festival

Comox, BC, Celebrate the best of Arts, Crafts and Music from across Canada July 31 to August 3, 2015!

The Filberg Festival has always been known for its great entertainment and this year is sure to exceed expectations. New to 2015 is a Friday evening performance featuring Canadian alternative country/blues/folk rock band the Cowboy Junkies. Cowboy Junkies were formed in Toronto in 1985 by siblings Michael Timmins, Margo Timmins, Peter Timmins and friend Alan Anton. They are best known for the seminal album, The Trinity Session, which established them at the forefront of the alternative country movement. For more than 20 years, Cowboy Junkies have remained true to their unique artistic vision, creating a critically acclaimed body of original work that has endeared them to an audience unwavering in its loyalty.  Opening for the Cowboy Junkies will be The Lion, The Bear, The Fox. Tickets will be priced at $39.00 for festival seating.

Headliners over the long weekend will include: Matthew Barber and Jill Barber presenting their new project The Family Album, the highly acclaimed tenor Ken Lavigne and Festival favourites rock musician John Mann best known as the front man of the folk rock band Spirit of the West and folk and country musician Valdy. Visit www.filbergfestival.com for the full line up.

This year the Festival is thrilled to feature Potter, Gordon Hutchens as the guest artist. Gordon Hutchens’ studio is nestled in 19 wooded acres in the secluded north end of Denman Island. For nearly 30 years Gordon has operated his extensive studio here while exhibiting across Canada, from Halifax, Montreal and Toronto to Vancouver & Victoria. He has had over 25 one-man shows and over 70 group exhibitions across Canada and the U.S., with 3 major exhibitions in Japan. Gordon has also taught courses and workshops for many colleges and potter’s guilds. His works and articles have been published in various ceramics magazines and books. www.gordonhutchens.com

The 2015 Festival will also showcase over 130 artisans and makers of fine art in a variety of media ranging from metalwork, pottery, toys, woodcrafts, jewellery, paintings, glass, textiles and specialty foods.

Gate admission is charged at the Filberg Festival, as it is the primary fundraiser for the not-for-profit organization which has the responsibility of repairing and maintaining the Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park’s property and buildings (www.filberg.com). Advance festival tickets are available online at www.filbergfestival.com and at all Vancouver Island Thrifty Foods locations, the Vancouver Island Visitor Centre and the I-HOS Gallery.

Set amongst the stately trees and gardens of the Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park in Comox, BC on the east coast of Vancouver Island the Filberg Festival is truly a unique event. Enjoy art and nature surrounded by beautiful gardens, rustic out-buildings and magnificent views of Comox Harbour and the Beaufort Range.

Contact Info:

Wendy Sears
E: [email protected]
T: 1-866-594-3243 x 101
www.filbergfestival.com
Filberg Heritage Lodge & Park – 61 Filberg Road, Comox, BC V9M 2S7
https://www.facebook.com/FilbergFestival / Twitter – @FilbergFest

The ‘Grancuna’ Legacy

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Jul 082015
 

When Bob Filberg passed away in 1977 he bequeathed the Grancuna Lodge, as the Filberg Lodge was then known, along with the surrounding 9-acres and 11 million dollars to the Vancouver Foundation.  In 1979 The Town of Comox petitioned the Vancouver Foundation and bought this property to be used as a public park and the Filberg Heritage Lodge & Park Association (FHLPA) was established to manage the property.

The Lodge, built in 1929, was in great disrepair as were most of the outbuildings and structures.  With seed money from the Vancouver Foundation repairs were done to the Lodge, wishing well, arbour, dairy building, Tea House, rock walls, and fencing.  By the end of 1984 over $94,000 had been spent on this restoration. Many community partners and organizations contributed money and labour to re-build this community treasure.

Today the Lodge, its many outbuildings, and any fence or rock wall you see are looked after by the not-for-profit organization the FHLPA.  The FHLPA is a registered charity that relies on fund-raising and donations to maintain and restore the buildings within the Park.  The Town of Comox employs a full-time gardener year-round to care for the beautiful grounds and gardens.

The Filberg Festival was created in 1983 to raise funds for maintenance and today is the major fundraiser for the FHLPA. We do not receive municipal, provincial, or federal money.  Every purchase from the Gift Shop, Filberg Festival passes, raffle tickets, or any FHLPA event goes toward much-needed restorations.

Improvements made to the Park & Lodge in the past three years include: a new roof on the Lodge, chicken barn, and dairy barn, new fences around the park, new roof and renovations to the Tea House, improvements to the Lodge such as a new furnace, rain gutter, new fascia, and most recently a complete rebuild of one gable of the Lodge.  New concrete and gravel pathways have been installed and re-pointing of rock pathways has been accomplished.

Restoration is a constant focus of the FHLPA.  The Lodge roof has been repaired three times since 1979.  With this stunning location also comes exposure to weather, salt, and rain all of which degrade the structure over time.

The Filberg Lodge and Park is a vital part of Comox Valley history and our community heritage.  We need your support to continue this legacy for future generations.  Thank you.

33rd annual Filberg Festival Announces Featured Performers

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Apr 072015
 

For Immediate Release: April 7, 2015

Comox, BC, Celebrate the best of Arts, Crafts and Music from across Canada July 31 to August 3, 2015!

The Filberg Festival has always been known for its great entertainment and this year  is sure to exceed expectations.  New to 2015 is a Friday evening performance featuring Canadian alternative country/blues/folk rock band  the Cowboy JunkiesCowboy Junkies were formed in Toronto in 1985 by siblings Michael Timmins, Margo Timmins, Peter Timmins and friend Alan Anton. They are best known for the seminal album, The Trinity Session, which established them at the forefront of the alternative country movement. For more than 20 years, Cowboy Junkies have remained true to their unique artistic vision, creating a critically acclaimed body of original work that has endeared them to an audience unwavering in its loyalty.

The Festival will clear the grounds at 6:00pm and re-open at 7:00pm with a performance from 7:30pm – 9:30pm. A limited number of tickets will be available on line only as of May 1, 2015 for this special evening concert.  Opening for the Cowboy Junkies will be The Lion, The Bear, The Fox.  Tickets will be priced at  $39.00 for festival seating.

Headliners over the long weekend will include:  Matthew Barber and Jill Barber presenting their new project The Family Album,  the highly acclaimed tenor Ken Lavigne and Festival favourites rock musician John Mann best known as the front man of the folk rock band Spirit of the West and folk and country musician Valdy.  Visit www.filbergfestival.com for the full line up.

This year the Festival is thrilled to feature  Potter, Gordon Hutchens as the guest artist.  Gordon Hutchens’ studio is nestled in 19 wooded acres in the secluded north end of Denman Island. For nearly 30 years Gordon has operated his extensive studio here while exhibiting across Canada, from Halifax, Montreal and Toronto to Vancouver & Victoria. He has had over 25 one-man shows and over 70 group exhibitions across Canada and the U.S., with 3 major exhibitions in Japan. Gordon has also taught courses and workshops for many colleges and potter’s guilds. His works and articles have been published in various ceramics magazines and books. www.gordonhutchens.com

The 2015 Festival will also showcase over 130 artisans and makers of fine art in a variety of media ranging from metalwork, pottery, toys, woodcrafts, jewellery, paintings, glass, textiles and specialty foods.

Gate admission is charged at the Filberg Festival, as it is the primary fundraiser for the not-for-profit organization which has the responsibility of repairing and maintaining the Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park’s property and buildings (www.filberg.com). Advance festival tickets are available online at www.filbergfestival.com  June 1st  and at all Vancouver Island Thrifty Foods locations as of June 26.

Set amongst the stately trees and gardens of the Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park in Comox, BC on the east coast of Vancouver Island the Filberg Festival is truly a unique event. Enjoy art and nature surrounded by beautiful gardens, rustic out-buildings and magnificent views of Comox Harbour and the Beaufort  Range.

Contact Info:
Wendy Sears
E: [email protected]
T: 1-866-594-3243 x 101
www.filbergfestival.com
Filberg Heritage Lodge & Park – 61 Filberg Road, Comox, BC V9M 2S7
https://www.facebook.com/FilbergFestival
Twitter – @FilbergFest