Art

Children’s book writer and illustrator Amy Pye stands at the corner of Bowen Road and Dufferin Crescent where her artwork adorns one of Nanaimo’s utility boxes. (Photo by Seth Perlman)

Artwork by Nanaimo children’s book illustrator decorates city street

Amy Pye was selected to create kid-friendly design for utility boxes along Bowen Road

 

Kevin Stone and wife Michelle (sitting on dragon) pose for a photo with their 15,000-pound, fire-breathing steel dragon named ‘Drogon’ on Dec. 15, 2022 which took more than two years to complete. Drogon is from the hit HBO TV show Game of Thrones. Stone’s popular sculpture has been seen by people around the world via photos and videos they posted to social media of Drogon in the making. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

B.C. metal sculptor’s business soars on wings of 15,000-pound fire-breathing dragon

Kevin Stone’s steel sculpture ‘Drogon’ from popular TV show Game of Thrones ready to head to Utah

 

Shannon Bellamy and Tom Andrews of the Chemainus Festival of Murals Society form their own arch with help from their shadowy friends at the site in Waterwheel Park where a new welcome arch will go up by next fall. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Island community’s arch another means for bridging cultural divides

Illuminated permanent art piece will allow people to see the light

 

Creature artist and illustrator Karen Sim considers the shape and contour of a deer figurine in her Nanaimo studio, Nov. 25. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)

More than 40 artists to participate in Nanaimo Art Walk this weekend

Event happens in and around downtown Nanaimo on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3-4

Creature artist and illustrator Karen Sim considers the shape and contour of a deer figurine in her Nanaimo studio, Nov. 25. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)
Archer decided on a playful theme for the Boardroom Cafe mural. (Photo by Chris Hammett)

Man behind the murals: Renowned artist covers B.C. town with art

Archer’s career has led him to meet big names such as Snoop Dogg, Black Sabbath, Lenny Kravitz and Cheech and Chong

Archer decided on a playful theme for the Boardroom Cafe mural. (Photo by Chris Hammett)
A Vancouver Police Department patch is seen on an officer’s uniform in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, B.C., Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021. Vancouver police have identified the suspects who threw maple syrup on an Emily Carr painting and glued themselves to the wall on Saturday at the Vancouver Art Gallery. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Vancouver police identify suspects who poured maple syrup on Emily Carr painting

Vancouver Art Gallery says Carr’s “Stumps and Sky” painting suffered no permanent harm

A Vancouver Police Department patch is seen on an officer’s uniform in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, B.C., Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021. Vancouver police have identified the suspects who threw maple syrup on an Emily Carr painting and glued themselves to the wall on Saturday at the Vancouver Art Gallery. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
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This day in history: Sistine Chapel ceiling opens to public

On November 1, 1512. The breathtaking series of ceiling frescoes were painted…

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Climate protesters of Last Generation after throwing mashed potatoes at the Claude Monet painting “Les Meulesâ” at Potsdam’s Barberini Museum on Sunday Oct. 24, 2022, to protest fossil fuel extraction. (Last Generation via AP)

Climate protesters throw mashed potatoes at Monet painting

Two activists wearing orange high-visibility vests glued themselves to the wall below the painting

Climate protesters of Last Generation after throwing mashed potatoes at the Claude Monet painting “Les Meulesâ” at Potsdam’s Barberini Museum on Sunday Oct. 24, 2022, to protest fossil fuel extraction. (Last Generation via AP)
September 16, 2022 -  Artist Joe Coffey with one of his paintings at the Madrona Gallery.. Don Denton photo

Animal kingdom

The realistically surreal creatures of Joe Coffey

  • Oct 21, 2022
September 16, 2022 -  Artist Joe Coffey with one of his paintings at the Madrona Gallery.. Don Denton photo
Handout photo issued by Just Stop Oil of two protesters who have thrown tinned soup at Vincent Van Gogh’s famous 1888 work Sunflowers at the National Gallery in London, Friday Oct. 14, 2022. The group Just Stop Oil, which wants the British government to halt new oil and gas projects, said activists dumped two cans of Heinz tomato soup over the oil painting on Friday. London’s Metropolitan Police said officers arrested two people on suspicion of criminal damage and aggravated trespass. (Just Stop Oil via AP)

UK climate protesters throw soup on Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’

No discernible damage caused to the glass-covered painting

Handout photo issued by Just Stop Oil of two protesters who have thrown tinned soup at Vincent Van Gogh’s famous 1888 work Sunflowers at the National Gallery in London, Friday Oct. 14, 2022. The group Just Stop Oil, which wants the British government to halt new oil and gas projects, said activists dumped two cans of Heinz tomato soup over the oil painting on Friday. London’s Metropolitan Police said officers arrested two people on suspicion of criminal damage and aggravated trespass. (Just Stop Oil via AP)
The Art 10 Gallery at Nanaimo North Town Centre will host an exhibit of late Nanaimo-based painter Denise MacNeill in ‘Coming Home’ until Oct. 31. (Submitted photo)

Nanaimo’s Art 10 Gallery holds exhibit in artist’s memory

Proceeds from ‘Coming Home’ exhibit go to VIU’s Denise MacNeill Endowment Fund

The Art 10 Gallery at Nanaimo North Town Centre will host an exhibit of late Nanaimo-based painter Denise MacNeill in ‘Coming Home’ until Oct. 31. (Submitted photo)
Decorating with art. Lia Crowe photography

At home with art

Building a collection and using art to personalize your space

  • Oct 5, 2022
Decorating with art. Lia Crowe photography
The Witness Blanket residential schools art exhibit is now available on a newly launched interactive website. (witnessblanket.ca)

B.C. artist’s Witness Blanket for National Truth and Reconciliation now accessible to all

Created by Carey Newman, the art installation had previously only been viewable in person

The Witness Blanket residential schools art exhibit is now available on a newly launched interactive website. (witnessblanket.ca)
Indigenous artist John Marston in his Chemainus studio.The painting behind him is by his friend, Ladysmith artist Dennis Brown. In front of him are architectural plans for new artist studios in Ladysmith that he is helping to design. Don Denton photo.

Rising from the storm

Stz’uminus artist John Marston

  • Sep 28, 2022
Indigenous artist John Marston in his Chemainus studio.The painting behind him is by his friend, Ladysmith artist Dennis Brown. In front of him are architectural plans for new artist studios in Ladysmith that he is helping to design. Don Denton photo.
Kimberley Weber, Nanaimo makeup artist, transformed herself into a siren with an ornate headpiece for one of her online master classes last year. (Instagram photo)

Nanaimo makeup artist’s eye-catching creations also capturing brand attention

Visual effects artist Kimberley Margarita Weber racks up more than 750,000 Instagram followers

Kimberley Weber, Nanaimo makeup artist, transformed herself into a siren with an ornate headpiece for one of her online master classes last year. (Instagram photo)
Cim MacDonald’s Rotary Club mural on the Rotary bunker. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Unveiling tour showcases newest Chemainus murals and sculptures since 2020

Everyone invited for walking tour to see and hear about the latest additions

Cim MacDonald’s Rotary Club mural on the Rotary bunker. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Drag performer Darrian Tolerance will host ‘Drag in the Lobby’ as presented by Vancouver Island University’s Positive Space Alliance and theatre program at the Malaspina Theatre on Sept. 22. (Ami MacFarlane photo)

Drag show with diverse lineup to be held at VIU’s Malaspina Theatre

‘Drag in the Lobby’ takes place Sept. 22 with singer and six performers

Drag performer Darrian Tolerance will host ‘Drag in the Lobby’ as presented by Vancouver Island University’s Positive Space Alliance and theatre program at the Malaspina Theatre on Sept. 22. (Ami MacFarlane photo)
People wait to enter the Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal, Saturday, June 6, 2020. In the early morning hours of Sept. 4, 1972, three men rappelled from a skylight down a nylon rope into the second floor of the museum. Fifty years after what has been described as the biggest art heist in Canadian history, the thieves’ identity remains a mystery. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

50 years after major Montreal art theft, trail has gone cold and nobody’s talking

Thieves rappelled into the museum from a skylight, overpowered the guards and stole millions in art

People wait to enter the Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal, Saturday, June 6, 2020. In the early morning hours of Sept. 4, 1972, three men rappelled from a skylight down a nylon rope into the second floor of the museum. Fifty years after what has been described as the biggest art heist in Canadian history, the thieves’ identity remains a mystery. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Pictured is Ryleigh (right) with her late mom Jax. (Photo courtesy of Lisa Pyne-Mercier)

Campaign underway to bring traumatized South African orphan to family in B.C.

Girl treated for malaria after being found alone in remote 40 C home with her dead mom

Pictured is Ryleigh (right) with her late mom Jax. (Photo courtesy of Lisa Pyne-Mercier)
Ola Volo handout

Going public

Ola Volo and her spectacular murals

  • Sep 1, 2022
Ola Volo handout