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 March 26 to April 30, 2021
Elm Box by Robert Andrews
Wooden Boxes of Beauty: Robert Andrews
Robert Andrews creates beautiful hand-crafted boxes from selected hardwoods found on Mayne Island.
His boxes have a smooth velvety touch on the exterior, and his interiors often feature nested shelves. From the tiniest of boxes which might hold one precious piece of jewellery to larger boxes which could corral all of your electronic devices, his boxes are a treasure.
Woodworking by Jake Humphrey
Jake Humphrey: Pacifica Woodwork and Design
Jake Humphrey’s motto is “designed by nature, crafted by hand.”
For him, this means creating one-of-a-kind furniture pieces, charcuterie boards, and kitchen accessories from locally sourced wood, using the natural racks and fissures that form as wood dries, and the natural colours of each wood to enhance the designs.
Featured Artists from April 30 to May 28, 2021
Kimono by Sandra Greenaway
Board Member Showcase
Every volunteer organization relies on the dedication of its board members to succeed; Imagine That! is no exception. We salute our five leaders in the main window this month.
Enjoy the artistry of Sandra Greenaway, Joyce Leroux, Carolyn Morris, Margot Page, and Veronica Scott.
String Purse by Sandra Holmes
Sandra Holmes: Beautiful Fabrics
There seems no limit to the variety of garments and accessories created by Sandra Holmes. She uses a fantastic array of fabrics and embellishments to bring her pieces to life.
From jackets and scarves, to purses and tote bags, to serviettes, placemats, and table runners – you will find something special in her collection.
New Artwork at Imagine That!
Gaia Tone Art by Massimo Pintus
Gong by Gaia Tone Art
Gaia Tone Art supplies instruments to help you feel supported, held, healed, grounded and validated in our transitioning to an era of great renewal.
These sound sculptures are created by Massimo Pintus. Lift the gong from its cradle, strike with the mallet, then wave gently back and forth and the tone of the sound becomes frankly magical.
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