Imagine That! is an artisan-run co-operative store in Duncan in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, B.C.
Midway between Victoria and Nanaimo, the Cowichan Valley is renowned for its high concentration of artists per capita. Our store shows the finest local art and craft pieces, featuring artists' paintings, photography, works in clay, glass, wood, metal and fibre. We offer an ever changing selection from some of the best artists in the Cowichan Valley and on Vancouver Island.
We celebrate imagination and fine craftsmanship.
Imagine That! invites visitors to British Columbia to come to beautiful Vancouver Island. Spend some time here, to enjoy the area and to take home artwork and gifts by our Island artists and artisans. Situated in busy downtown Duncan City Square, our storefront entices passers-by with delightful window displays.
For the more than 70 artists whose work is featured in the shop, the importance of hand-made is clear, and there is a personal story behind each piece they create. Artists come from as close as a few blocks away, from throughout the greater Cowichan Valley, as well as from some of our adjacent smaller islands. Each artist has transformed their passion for creativity into beautiful and functional pieces.
Artists at Imagine That! are always bringing new work that pushes at the creative edge, keeping things lively and fresh. Jewellery made from unexpected materials, wind chimes from salvaged pieces of silver service, bird houses that incorporate found objects, pottery that finds new expression in form and function. Such pieces allow for a bit of fun and quirkiness, also a trademark of hand-made.
Shopping at Vancouver Island's premier artisans co-operative is like visiting seventy top notch art galleries all at once. Exquisitely hand crafted works of art hang from the rafters, cover the walls, line the shelves and grace the large store windows at Imagine That!
Please come and support your local artists.
Tuesday To Friday: 11 - 4pm
Saturday: 10 - 3pm
Closed Sunday and Monday.
What's New at Imagine that!
Featured Artists from June 30 to July 29, 2022
Painting by Jennifer Lawson
Jennifer Lawson: Watercolours
For more than 40 years, Jennifer Lawson has been a ‘plein air’ painter, absorbed in natural wonders. She paints in watercolour on pure rag paper.
The ephemeral beauty of this medium is intensified by her refreshing impressionism and delightful imagery. For her, the thrill of painting in watercolour is all about the beauty of translating feelings with brushstrokes of colour.
Rag Rugs by Katie Daniel
Katie Daniel: Home Comfort
When she was seven, two events influenced Katie’s creative development. Santa brought her a tiny hand-crank sewing machine, and a kindly neighbour taught her to crochet.
Over 60 years later, she marries these influences into the creation of colourful and durable crocheted rag rugs made of cloth strips. Her repertoire of work includes baskets, placemats, trivets, even snuggly beds for pets. She also sews aprons with flare to cheer chefs of all ages.
Featured Artists from July 29 to August 26, 2022
Kimono by Sandra Greenaway
Sandra Greenaway: Summer Collection
Sandra’s creations are a blend of contemporary and vintage fabrics, piecing techniques, an artful eye, and couture sewing.
She is inspired by traditional Japanese kimono design to create garments with elements of that tradition - simple lines, quilting, piecing of fabrics, and creative use of colour and texture.
It is the fabric - its beautiful colours, exotic motifs and quality of weave - that attracts us. Clothing as an art form is more relevant today than ever. With the availability of mass-produced products in the world, we long for things unique and personal.
Photograph by Lana McQueenl
Capturing the Moment: Lana McQueen
I started my photographic journey some 12 years ago, and it is very spiritual and rewarding for me. I enjoy experimenting with double exposure, macro, and zooming in on the secret moves of a subject.
My greatest joy is in “capturing the moment.” Be it an animal, bird, flower, or insect - that moment is a split second. I wonder what may be going through the subject’s mind, what instinct for survival is kicking in. Is there danger? What is available to eat? Is it attracting a mate, or just enjoying quiet solitude? Patience on my part, is the key. I also derive pleasure from sunsets, landscapes, or seascapes. All subjects have their own challenges.
New Artwork at Imagine That!
Sombrio Beach by Michael Dean
Michael Dean has been drawing and painting Vancouver Island and British Columbia coastal scenes for almost 40 years. His main interests have been working coastal vessels and historical coastal scenes.
Birdhouse by Joe Barton
Fabulous bird houses, wonderfully characterized with drift wood. Created by Joe Barton, any birdie would be proud to call one home..
Janet McDonald, Pillow Covers
Janet McDonald, Pillow Cover
Janet McDonald works in acrylic and oils depending on her subject matter and objectives. Janet has scanned a selection of her paintings, had them printed on 100% natural linen/cotton blend fabric and made into beautiful pillow covers.
An Artists' Co-operative featuring a wide selection of original finely crafted local artwork