The Humanity in Community Foundation announced this week that it’s three-quarters of the way to its $10,000 fundraising goal to turn the exterior of the A&B Sound building into a mural gallery. NEWS BULLETIN photo

Fundraiser will bring Urban Art Gallery closer to its goal

Party at the Queen’s on Saturday, May 12, will raise money for mural project at A&B Sound building

Nanaimo’s downtown will get a splash of colour as the first brush strokes are coming later this month to the Urban Art Gallery.

The Humanity in Community Foundation announced this week that it’s three-quarters of the way to its $10,000 fundraising goal to turn the exterior of the A&B Sound building into a mural gallery.

“The response has been inspiring,” said Lauren Semple, project manager, in a press release. “The community has really come together with generous donations and enthusiastic support. People are sharing their ideas and telling us they are excited for something new to happen with that corner.”

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Semple updated community members on the project at this past weekend’s Jane’s Walk, telling them that the seven selected artists will paint images of characters, flowers, wildlife and other West Coast-inspired art. Artistic director Alyssa Glassford, Willow Friday, Eddy Martin Graham, Sebastian Abboud, Spencer Croft, Jenny Short and Semple are the mural artists.

“We received colourful and creative submissions from many talented local artists; it’s been great to see the diversity in styles and concepts, while connecting with new people from the Nanaimo arts scene,” said Glassford in the release.

The painting is scheduled to begin May long weekend and continue until the fall.

In the meantime, the foundation is looking to get closer to its fundraising goal with a sleeve-and-a-slice fundraiser Saturday, May 12, at the Queen’s. Rock band Wise Youngblood and other entertainers will take the stage and tickets, $20, include a slice of Mambo Gourmet Pizza and a beverage. The event will run from 6-9 p.m. and tickets are available at the Queen’s.

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