‘Old Growth Forest’ by Dyane Brown, one of the five artists showing at the the Garden Studio in Nanaimo on May 7-8. (Photo submitted)

‘Old Growth Forest’ by Dyane Brown, one of the five artists showing at the the Garden Studio in Nanaimo on May 7-8. (Photo submitted)

‘Art is Back,’ proclaim artists planning show and sale at Nanaimo studio

Show at the Garden Studio downtown will be held May 7-8

Five artists will be featured in an art show and sale called ‘Art is Back’ at the Garden Studio below Arbutus Book in downtown Nanaimo.

The show, to be held May 7-8 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at 87 Nicol St., will also provide tea and lemonade in the garden.

According to a release for the show, the work of Elaine Brière, Bari Precious, Karen Birch, Patricia Robison and Dyane Brown will be available.

Brière is a documentary photographer and filmmaker. She will exhibit portraits of Vancouver Island writers and poets she took in 1983 as part of a Koerner and Brofman Foundation grant.

In the release, she said she was “thrilled to be exhibiting again in Nanaimo, the place where I was born and have lately returned.”

The release also noted the return of Precious – back in Canada after years away. “Back to beauty,” she said, in reference to her desire to protect the old-growth forests. The potter and ceramics teacher will exhibit mugs and dishes with Fairy Creek motifs to sell as a fundraiser to purchase food to support old-growth logging protesters on the south Island, many of whom she fed while cooking at their camp last summer, read the release.

Artists Birch, Robison and Brown have painted together at the Garden Studio for more than a decade; all three working primarily in oils.

Robison will exhibit portraits, while Birch and Brown will exhibit themes from nature.

All three are glad to be back after the pandemic separations, the release noted.

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