Art competition highlights heritage

Shutterbugs, painters aim at city architecture

The Nanaimo Arts Council’s annual Paint Out and Shoot Out highlights the city’s architectural heritage.

Since 1998, painters and photographers received a sealed envelope on the day of the event with the address of a heritage building.

They had until mid-afternoon to paint or shoot the selected building, then display their creations for judging.

This year, participants meet at 10 a.m. on Sept. 10 at the Nanaimo Museum, in the Port of Nanaimo Centre.

The event helps raise the profile of heritage buildings in the city.

“One of the Heritage Commission’s primary goals is to promote community awareness of Nanaimo’s built heritage,” said Chris Sholberg, heritage and community planner for the City of Nanaimo.

“In general, the commission finds that the more the community knows about and understands the importance of Nanaimo’s heritage buildings the more the community supports the conservation of these buildings.”

Entry forms are available at the arts council gallery in Nanaimo North Town Centre.

Please call 250-729-3947 or e-mail admin@nanaimo for more information.