Artists imagine heritage spots

The Heritage Paint-Out and Shoot-Out sees painters and photographers produce a work of art in just a few hours

Artists are encouraged to take a new look at the city’s heritage buildings as part of an annual painting and photography competition.

The Heritage Paint-Out and Shoot-Out sees painters and photographers produce a work of art in just a few hours to present for judging.

This year’s event is set for Sept. 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On the day of the event, participating artists meet at Nanaimo Museum, where each will pull at random a heritage site in Nanaimo.

It’s up to them to find the most creative way to capture the heritage space.

At the end of the day, the artists gather back at the museum to find out who won the cash prizes. Last year Dan Gray’s painting of the Painted Turtle Guesthouse won top spot in the competition.

The Nanaimo Arts Council, which supports the event in conjunction with the city, aims to have the artwork on display in its gallery at Nanaimo North Town Centre throughout October.

Entry fees to participate are $10; $8/arts council members.

For more information, please visit www.nanaimoartscouncil.ca or call 250-729-3947.