Refuge Cove: Moving with the Tide

Judith Williams – Refuge Cove: Moving with the Tide exhibition curator.

Our new exhibit Refuge Cove: Moving with the Tide celebrated its opening on June 24th, 2017, as Ken Hanuse of Klahoose First Nation drummed a welcoming song.  Ken also sang the Woman’s Warrior Song to honour Judith Williams, the exhibition curator.  Introduced by Bonnie MacDonald, Judith thanked many people including her class of Curatorial Trainees, Holger Schramm and Reinhold Hoge for their contributions to the exhibit installation.  BC Arts Council was thanked for their funding to cover the Curatorial Training Course Judith taught and creation of this exhibit on the history of the unique enclave of Refuge Cove.

On one of the warmest days this year 82 people enjoyed sparkling punch, fresh fruits and a cake decorated with a photo of Refuge Cove while taking in all the stories, early artifacts, photographs and 10 paintings by artist/author/curator Judith Williams.  Judith’s books are available in the Museum Shop, including “Dynamite Stories”.  Cathy Jupp Campbell’s new book “Refuge Cove Coastal Kitchen” with stories, old photos and recipes is also available.

For pictures from the Exhibit and from the opening day, please see our Facebook Refuge Cove Exhibit Album.

Refuge Cove: Moving with the Tide continues through this fall during Museum open hours, 10 am to 4 pm, every day except Monday.

Ken Hanuse – opening celebration song.

Refuge Cove – opening celebration cake.



The Cortes Museum & Archives is a place where people are inspired to celebrate Cortes Island – its past, present and future. We are an organization that explores important historical, social, economic and environmental themes in the fulfilment of our mission while fostering a strong sense of place and encouraging life-long learning through dynamic exhibits and outreach programs.

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