Art

VP of Vancouver Island Blacksmith’s Association, Rob Sainsbury, demonstrates the art of blacksmithing at the shop in Langford. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Vancouver Island blacksmith hammering new era for a legacy trade

Demonstrations occur at local events and during workshops held by the group

VP of Vancouver Island Blacksmith’s Association, Rob Sainsbury, demonstrates the art of blacksmithing at the shop in Langford. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Stz’uminus artist Daniel R. Elliott examines his painting ‘Red Herring,’ one of the pieces on display in his Winds of Change exhibit at VIU’s Malaspina Theatre. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)

Indigenous artist ponders colonialism and reconciliation in VIU exhibit

Daniel R. Elliott of Stz’uminus First Nation presents ‘Winds of Change’ at Malaspina Theatre

Stz’uminus artist Daniel R. Elliott examines his painting ‘Red Herring,’ one of the pieces on display in his Winds of Change exhibit at VIU’s Malaspina Theatre. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)
Nanaimo-based poet and songwriter Sonnet L’Abbé is concluding the Nanaimo Art Gallery’s ‘Huli u’tu staluẃ/Riverbed’ series with a performance at the Brannen Lake boat launch. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo Art Gallery wraps up Millstone River-themed summer event series

Poet and songwriter Sonnet L’Abbé to perform at Brannen Lake boat launch

Nanaimo-based poet and songwriter Sonnet L’Abbé is concluding the Nanaimo Art Gallery’s ‘Huli u’tu staluẃ/Riverbed’ series with a performance at the Brannen Lake boat launch. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)
A new welcome pole carved by Snuneymuxw carver Noel Brown is put in place Monday, Sept. 27, at Maffeo Sutton Park. A ceremony will be held Thursday, Sept. 30, during an event called Honouring Our Children and Survivors on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the park. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

New welcome totem pole installed at Nanaimo’s Maffeo Sutton Park

15-metre pole by Snuneymuxw carver Noel Brown features a matriarch, orca, bear and eagle

A new welcome pole carved by Snuneymuxw carver Noel Brown is put in place Monday, Sept. 27, at Maffeo Sutton Park. A ceremony will be held Thursday, Sept. 30, during an event called Honouring Our Children and Survivors on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the park. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Maynard Johnny Jr. created this steering paddle orca design using a playful colour palette and as he was painting the fun colours it reminded him of how playful and happy his granddaughter is, therefore becoming granddaughter orca. “I’m proud to be a part of the Coast Salish Renaissance and perpetuating the style to the forefront of the West Coast Native Art world,” he noted. (Photo submitted)

Island Coast Salish artist’s colourful design selected for newest BC Ferries vessel

Maynard Johnny Jr. honoured for his vision for the Salish Heron

Maynard Johnny Jr. created this steering paddle orca design using a playful colour palette and as he was painting the fun colours it reminded him of how playful and happy his granddaughter is, therefore becoming granddaughter orca. “I’m proud to be a part of the Coast Salish Renaissance and perpetuating the style to the forefront of the West Coast Native Art world,” he noted. (Photo submitted)
The City of Nanaimo is de-accessioning Underwater Fantasy, a mural by artist Dan Richey that has decorated the Maffeo Sutton Park toilet block for the last 16 years. (City of Nanaimo image)

City of Nanaimo to paint over Maffeo Sutton Park bathroom mural

‘Underwater Fantasy’ mural was first installed in 2005

The City of Nanaimo is de-accessioning Underwater Fantasy, a mural by artist Dan Richey that has decorated the Maffeo Sutton Park toilet block for the last 16 years. (City of Nanaimo image)
VIU professor Jennifer Griffiths presents ‘Women Artists and Italian Futurism’ as part of the Arts and Humanities Colloquium Series. (Photo submitted)

VIU begins fall lecture series with talk about representation of women artists

Professor Jennifer Griffiths presents ‘Women Artists and Italian Futurism’

VIU professor Jennifer Griffiths presents ‘Women Artists and Italian Futurism’ as part of the Arts and Humanities Colloquium Series. (Photo submitted)
Yvonne Vander Kooi, Cheryle Harrison, Marie Leduc, Jesse Birch and Eliot White-Hill, Kwulasultun (clockwise from left) are the members of the City of Nanaimo Art in Public Spaces Working Group. (Photos courtesy Kim Smythe, Adam Kennedy/f8 Photography, Bulletin file photos)

City of Nanaimo puts together public art advisory group

Five people with diverse art backgrounds to review proposals and sit on selection panels

Yvonne Vander Kooi, Cheryle Harrison, Marie Leduc, Jesse Birch and Eliot White-Hill, Kwulasultun (clockwise from left) are the members of the City of Nanaimo Art in Public Spaces Working Group. (Photos courtesy Kim Smythe, Adam Kennedy/f8 Photography, Bulletin file photos)
Nature and wildlife photographer Catherine Babault photographed in Moorecroft Regional park in Nanoose Bay. Don Denton photograph

Photographer Catherine Babault’s passion for the wild spaces

Nature and wildlife photography a full time business

  • Sep 17, 2021
Nature and wildlife photographer Catherine Babault photographed in Moorecroft Regional park in Nanoose Bay. Don Denton photograph
On Sept. 18 Chilliwack-based ceramic artist Laura Wee Láy Láq will give an artist talk at the Nanaimo Art Gallery, which is currently displaying some of her work. (Bulletin file photo/Laura Wee Lay Laq)

Potter discusses practice, ‘honouring the earth’ at Nanaimo Art Gallery

Chilliwack artist Laura Wee Láy Láq has work on dislplay in gallery’s current exhibition

On Sept. 18 Chilliwack-based ceramic artist Laura Wee Láy Láq will give an artist talk at the Nanaimo Art Gallery, which is currently displaying some of her work. (Bulletin file photo/Laura Wee Lay Laq)
Artist David Wilson Sookinakin. Photography by Lia Crowe

In Studio with artist David Wilson Sookinakin

Colourful modern interpretations of pictographs

  • Sep 15, 2021
Artist David Wilson Sookinakin. Photography by Lia Crowe
‘Covid Interior E’ is one of the paintings by Nanaimo artist Grant Leier on display at Gallery Merrick from Sept. 10 to 17. (Photo courtesy Joe Bembridge)

Nanaimo artist showcasing pandemic-inspired paintings at Gallery Merrick

Grant Leier presents paintings from ‘New Work Strange Times’ series

‘Covid Interior E’ is one of the paintings by Nanaimo artist Grant Leier on display at Gallery Merrick from Sept. 10 to 17. (Photo courtesy Joe Bembridge)
The Nanaimo Arts Council is exhibiting interactive work by Amber Morrison Fox (left) and Celena Barnes (right). Artist Matthew Fox worked on both projects, creating a video game and 3-D sculptures. (Photos courtesy the artists)

Online Nanaimo Arts Council exhibits feature video game, interactive sculptures

Exhibitions to run concurrently in NAC’s virtual Moon Jelly gallery

The Nanaimo Arts Council is exhibiting interactive work by Amber Morrison Fox (left) and Celena Barnes (right). Artist Matthew Fox worked on both projects, creating a video game and 3-D sculptures. (Photos courtesy the artists)
Paintings by Jessamyn Box, Julie King and Andrea Soos (cropped, from left) will be on display as part of a joint exhibition at Gallery Merrick from Aug. 27 to Sept. 3. (Photos courtesy the artists)

Trio of abstract artists showing recent work at Nanaimo’s Gallery Merrick

Artists Andrea Soos, Julie King and Jessamyn Box present joint exhibition

Paintings by Jessamyn Box, Julie King and Andrea Soos (cropped, from left) will be on display as part of a joint exhibition at Gallery Merrick from Aug. 27 to Sept. 3. (Photos courtesy the artists)
Ceramicist Ksenia Kil is the artist-in-residence at Nanaimo Ceramic Arts Studio and Gallery. Her exhibition ‘Elusive Labour’ runs from Aug. 20 to Sept. 5. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)

Ceramicist reflects on history of unpaid female labour in Nanaimo exhibit

‘Elusive Labour’ vessel and sculpture show comes to Nanaimo Ceramic Arts Studio and Gallery

Ceramicist Ksenia Kil is the artist-in-residence at Nanaimo Ceramic Arts Studio and Gallery. Her exhibition ‘Elusive Labour’ runs from Aug. 20 to Sept. 5. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)
Artist Tanya Bub sits along the Dallas waterfront with her sculpture of a man called ' Arthur Heart' and one of a small dog. Don Denton photograph

Artist Tanya Bub creates fantastical driftwood creatures

Whimsical creations from Vancouver Island beaches

  • Aug 20, 2021
Artist Tanya Bub sits along the Dallas waterfront with her sculpture of a man called ' Arthur Heart' and one of a small dog. Don Denton photograph
Gabriola Woodworkers Guild member Rob Maynard is among those taking part in the upcoming ‘Wood Show’ at the Gabriola Arts and Heritage Centre. (Photo courtesy Lou Gagne)

Gabriola Woodworkers Guild showing off wares in upcoming exhibition

‘The Wood Show’ coming to Gabriola Arts and Heritage Centre

Gabriola Woodworkers Guild member Rob Maynard is among those taking part in the upcoming ‘Wood Show’ at the Gabriola Arts and Heritage Centre. (Photo courtesy Lou Gagne)
A crocheted jersey is shown in this undated handout photo. Newfoundland artist Lucas Morneau spent much of the COVID-19 pandemic crocheting and rug-hooking jerseys for the 14 teams — like the St. John’s Sissies and the Dildo Dykes — in his make-believe Queer Newfoundland Hockey League. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Lucas Morneau

Artist faces off against homophobia with fantasy Queer Newfoundland Hockey League

Make-believe hockey league makes statement with ‘sissies,’ ‘pansies’ and ‘flamers’

A crocheted jersey is shown in this undated handout photo. Newfoundland artist Lucas Morneau spent much of the COVID-19 pandemic crocheting and rug-hooking jerseys for the 14 teams — like the St. John’s Sissies and the Dildo Dykes — in his make-believe Queer Newfoundland Hockey League. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Lucas Morneau
A stamp on the backside of the oil canvas indicates the painting’s authenticity. Photo by Erin Haluschak

B.C. doctor may have stumbled upon 5-figure original painting in Value Village

Authentication of $120 purchase needed, but Wijmer oils can sell for between $20,000 to $350,000

A stamp on the backside of the oil canvas indicates the painting’s authenticity. Photo by Erin Haluschak
Dorothy Sevcov adjusts one of her paintings on display as part of Art 10 Gallery’s August exhibition, ‘Celebrations.’ (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo’s Art 10 Gallery celebrates original member’s 90th birthday at upcoming show

Dorothy Sevcov’s works featured this month at Nanaimo North Town Centre gallery

Dorothy Sevcov adjusts one of her paintings on display as part of Art 10 Gallery’s August exhibition, ‘Celebrations.’ (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)