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, 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 August 27 to September 24, 2021
Painting by Robin Millan
We salute the commitment of a special group of artists this month. These individuals contribute extra time and skills to our operations, helping to make Imagine That! a success.
On display in our main windows is artwork by Lynn Bisset, Katie Daniel, Lana McQueen, Robin Millan, Antho Santarossa, Lorraine Taylor, Sandra Holmes and Susan Whyte.
Fabric Basket by Katie Daniel
Everyone who works in the shop are artists with artwork in the shop. They do sales, dust shelves, vaccum the carpet, create marketing materials, make the coffee and so much more. Thank you.
Featured Artists from September 24 to October 29, 2021
Painting by Laurel Hibbert
Laurel Hibbert: Lifting Spirits
I spent my childhood as the last of five children, in almost complete freedom and joy. I believe these carefree days allowed me to develop an imagination that has carried me through life. My heart is tied forever to little houses, strong women and their daily tasks and the sheer vitality of children.
I hope that my work can lift the spirits of those who see them.
Painting by Sue Coleman
Sue Coleman: Paintings and Prints
Sue Coleman has earned international recognition for her distinctive watercolour paintings. Sue maintains a studio in Cowichan Bay, painting a variety of subjects from misty west-coast scenes, wildlife, landscapes and more.
Sue actively works to promote environmental awareness and wildlife conservation.
New Artwork at Imagine That!
Pottery by Wendy Cyrenne
Coffee Mugs by Wendy Cyrenne
New in the shop from Wendy Cyrenne - these lovely pottery pieces in a warm brown, with surface texture galore.
Handknitted by Martha McHardy
Martha McHardy is a new artist in the shop and has created a great selection of lovely and practical woolies.
Teresa De Koninck, Windchimes
Windchime by Teresa De Koninck
Teresa de Koninck combines her fused glass pieces, reclaimed fishing spoons, and driftwood found while walking the beaches of Vancouver Island into unique fish wind chimes. Her chimes are not only unique in design but have personalities and names to match.
An Artists' Co-operative featuring a wide selection of original finely crafted local artwork