Posts by Peggy Grigor

The new kid in town

Posted by on Aug 12, 2016 in Art, Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General | 0 comments

The new kid in town

It’s really exciting to see things picking up again. This year, we are getting so many reports about an upswing in the economy and everywhere we go “SOLD” signs are proving that the real estate market is booming. Tourism BC predicts the biggest influx of tourists in years. It’s been a long time coming, but things are finally looking up! In the town of Chemainus there is evidence of a healthy economy everywhere. Willow Street has been spruced up with new sidewalks, park benches, gardens, paint on buildings and a new clock tower. Waterwheel Park’s parking lot and court yard...

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Literary Arts in Cowichan Valley

Posted by on May 30, 2016 in Art, Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Lifestyles | 0 comments

Literary Arts in Cowichan Valley

Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society (CVCAS) is the representative of all forms of art in the Chemainus Valley. Our catchment area is north of Herd Road to Saltair. We are one of three arts councils in the Cowichan Valley who are working collaboratively to develop arts and culture in the CVRD region. CVCAS is widely known and respected for putting on outstanding music performances in the Chemainus area. Every summer, you can come and sit under the trees and night sky to enjoy our weekly Music in the Park Series. Most weekends all summer, we offer Music Festivals featuring performers from...

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Experience The Magic

Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in Art, Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General | 0 comments

Experience The Magic

I always knew that, for me, clay had magical powers. From the very beginning, it could transport me away to another place. And over time, I learned to allow the power of the clay to direct me as I began to understand its magic. With time and practice, I discovered how to transform a lifeless mound of clay into a beautiful creation. As my pots grew and evolved, so did I. I began to feel my spirit settle down, unwind and become more balanced. It wasn’t until I started teaching that I realized this magical power held true for everyone. Over the years, I watched my students become enchanted...

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A PART, Not APART

Posted by on Aug 17, 2015 in Art | 0 comments

A PART, Not APART

As a member of the boards of both the Ladysmith Arts Council and the Chemainus Arts Council, I have been gaining quite an education regarding the impact of the arts on our communites. Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with a cultural planning expert who has been helping communities develop since 1994. He has conducted many regional surveys and has come to the following overall conclusion: First and foremost, an arts council must develop to become A PART of the community, rather than APART from the community. That is, the arts council must help define, develop, support and represent...

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Lessons In My Garden

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in Gardening, Lifestyles | 2 comments

Lessons In My Garden

We have been blessed with an unusually warm and sunny spring this year. Have you ever experienced such a wonderful February and March? (My apologies to those who don’t live on the West Coast – but I really can’t help bursting with the joy of it all!) It’s been such a bonus to get into the garden and get a head start on all the spring cleanup. My weeding is well in hand, pruning in good order and transplanting finished for the most part. Now I am free to just be outside, enjoy the fruits of my labour and relax as I watch nature blossom before my very eyes. Time in the...

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It’s Time to Save My Life!

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in Health & Wellness, Lifestyles | 6 comments

It’s Time to Save My Life!

I want to talk about something important, but I didn’t want to write about it in January. January is a time of endless promises to ourselves to make changes, improve our lives, and become wonderful human beings. While they are all great New Year’s resolutions, we all know the statistics … most of us fall off the resolution wagon very quickly. I want to deliver my message at a time when there is less chance that folks are into ‘resolution’ mode, because I want you to listen to me well and take me seriously. Here it is: we HAVE to start taking better care of...

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A Day With My Mom

Posted by on Nov 28, 2014 in Lifestyles | 12 comments

A Day With My Mom

As my mother’s 93rd birthday approached, I was getting excited. I was flying across the country to spend her birthday with her. I had a two week visit planned and was thinking up fun things we could do together. It occurred to me to share my garden with her  through videos. Mom loves the garden. So, a couple of weeks before my departure, I did a walk around the property, as we had done so many times when she visited me several years ago. Through my camera lens, I pointed out what was new, what had evolved since she had last seen it, and shared plans I was making to move, divide and...

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Joyful Connections

Posted by on Oct 8, 2014 in Art, Lifestyles | 8 comments

Joyful Connections

As a professional artist in the community, I have many opportunities to meet all sorts of wonderful people who come to visit my studio. As a great believer in synchronicity and the laws of attraction, I am not usually thrown off-guard when I meet people I feel a special connection with. Nevertheless, when special relationships form, I get such a thrill. For example, a couple of weeks ago a lovely new customer from the mainland showed up at my door. Kendra loved my work, which I appreciated, and promised to return later to make some purchases. If you are in the business of selling art, or...

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