Cowichan Performing Arts Centre

40th Anniversary Poster Retrospective

Music is the highest form of spirituality. ~ Willie Nelson Come and celebrate four decades of performing arts at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre. Our in-house photographer, Johanna Vanderpol, has assembled framed photographs of performances here at the theatre. View the art of concert photography. Relive one or more of the performances through photographs. If you are coming to one of our wonderful lineups of performances this month, be sure to take in her work at intermission. Johanna Vanderpol’s work will be on display in the lobby from November 1 to December 10, 2018. Please note that the theatre lobby is only open during performances; however, Johanna will be creating a private viewing time. Stay tuned for the date and time.

Photographer’s Statement A common thread throughout my life has been dance and music. In 2014 I started taking photographs of musicians playing at outdoor music festivals. I was captured by photography like nothing else I had done before. I strive to convey the magic of music through the expression of the musician or their relationship to the instrument. Low light conditions, wires and microphones challenge me to get that perfect shot, but I always feel completely engaged, looking to capture that moment in music that cannot be heard. I am currently preparing a printed collection of black and white photographs of musicians for upcoming exhibits. When you photograph people in colour, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls. Ted Grant, Canadian Photographer

Photographer’s Bio Johanna Vanderpol was born in Ontario, Canada in 1954 to Dutch parents. She owns a private accounting practice. Johanna has a background of 24 years in dance and 6 years in music. She developed an interest in photography in 2005 but didn’t find her niche until 2014. She has taken 30,000 photographs of musicians, digital darkroom courses, masterclasses from Annie Leibovitz, and a program called “How to Become a Rock Star Photographer.” She resides at the edge of scenic Cowichan Bay on Vancouver Island since 2005. She is the in-house photographer at Cowichan Performing Arts Centre and a photographer for Barely North Entertainment, a local promotion entertainment company. Johanna’s work can be seen at ,,

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