Art

Samantha Dickie photographed by Lia Crowe

Sound, silence and space

The work of ceramic artist Samantha Dickie

  • Jan 5, 2022
Samantha Dickie photographed by Lia Crowe
Nanoose Bay artist Kelly Corbett’s Extent exhibition at the Old School House Arts Centre in Qualicum Beach was the most read arts and entertainment story of 2021. (Photo courtesy Don Denton/Boulevard)

Nanaimo News Bulletin’s top 10 most-read arts and entertainment stories of 2021

Local artists, singers, dancers, comedians and public art pieces make yearly list

Nanoose Bay artist Kelly Corbett’s Extent exhibition at the Old School House Arts Centre in Qualicum Beach was the most read arts and entertainment story of 2021. (Photo courtesy Don Denton/Boulevard)
Joe Bembridge has packed up Gallery Merrick and will be reopening in Victoria in March. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)

Downtown Nanaimo’s Gallery Merrick moving to Victoria

Lack of downtown support from city, scarce foot traffic influenced decision to leave

Joe Bembridge has packed up Gallery Merrick and will be reopening in Victoria in March. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)
Artists Curtis Grahauer and Jesse Gray have been selected to take part in the City of Nanaimo’s temporary public art program. (Photos courtesy Krista Loewen/Jesse Gray)

City of Nanaimo names first artists in retooled temporary public art program

Art works will now be on display for five years with two new artists each year

Artists Curtis Grahauer and Jesse Gray have been selected to take part in the City of Nanaimo’s temporary public art program. (Photos courtesy Krista Loewen/Jesse Gray)
Artist Joanne Salé of Vernon is taking part in the Gabriola Arts Council’s Kasahara Gabriola Trust Artist Residency. (Photo courtesy Meghan Krauss)

Gabriola artist-in-residence to create installation inspired by species at risk

Vernon’s Joanne Salé participating in four-month Gabriola Arts Council residency

Artist Joanne Salé of Vernon is taking part in the Gabriola Arts Council’s Kasahara Gabriola Trust Artist Residency. (Photo courtesy Meghan Krauss)
Lantzville ceramic artist Heather Goldminc has released her Christmas collection, the Crystal Forest. (Photo courtesy Rachel Goldminc)

Lantzville ceramic artist unveils forest-inspired Christmas collection

Heather Goldminc’s ‘Crystal Forest’ series came to her while walking through a provincial park

Lantzville ceramic artist Heather Goldminc has released her Christmas collection, the Crystal Forest. (Photo courtesy Rachel Goldminc)
Nanaimo Art Gallery art education coordinator Yvonne Vander Kooi leads the senior Code teen art group in the gallery’s ArtLab studio. The group will be exhibiting work in the space during the upcoming Nanaimo Artwalk. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo Art Gallery groups show dream-inspired work as part of downtown Artwalk

Adult, teen and youth groups displaying work together in gallery’s ArtLab studio

Nanaimo Art Gallery art education coordinator Yvonne Vander Kooi leads the senior Code teen art group in the gallery’s ArtLab studio. The group will be exhibiting work in the space during the upcoming Nanaimo Artwalk. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)
September 7, 2021 -Artist Karel Doruyter stands in front of a painting on his easel in his home studio in Nanaimo. Don Denton photograph

The rising landscapes of painter Karel Doruyter

A life of exploration and experimentation

  • Dec 1, 2021
September 7, 2021 -Artist Karel Doruyter stands in front of a painting on his easel in his home studio in Nanaimo. Don Denton photograph
Artist R. Michael Fisher is participating in his first Nanaimo Artwalk. He created a sculpture out of six square yards worth of stones. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo Artwalk returns after cancelling last year’s event due to COVID-19

More than 50 artists to show work in 30 downtown locations Dec. 4-5

Artist R. Michael Fisher is participating in his first Nanaimo Artwalk. He created a sculpture out of six square yards worth of stones. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)
Samples of work by Urban Design Roster members Ay Lelum, Becky Thiessen, Brandon Stephenson, Curtis Van Charles Sorensen, Emily Thiessen (first row from left), Erin Gibbs, Frederick Anderson, Hugo Bedard, Humanity in Art, lessLIE (second row from left), Mauro Dalla Costa, Noel Brown, Patrick Belanger, Robert Plante, Ross Agro (third row from left), Roz MacLean, Sarita Mielke, Amy Pye, Sebastian Abboud and Webb Creative (fourth row from left). (Photos courtesy the artists)

City of Nanaimo announces list of artists to assist in beautification projects

20 artists and groups have been selected to city’s new Urban Design Roster

Samples of work by Urban Design Roster members Ay Lelum, Becky Thiessen, Brandon Stephenson, Curtis Van Charles Sorensen, Emily Thiessen (first row from left), Erin Gibbs, Frederick Anderson, Hugo Bedard, Humanity in Art, lessLIE (second row from left), Mauro Dalla Costa, Noel Brown, Patrick Belanger, Robert Plante, Ross Agro (third row from left), Roz MacLean, Sarita Mielke, Amy Pye, Sebastian Abboud and Webb Creative (fourth row from left). (Photos courtesy the artists)
Work by artists Carolyn Bell, Deborah Dallyn, Bob Wyche, Laurie Burns and Johanne Galipeau (clockwise from top-left) will be on display at the Gabriola Arts and Heritage Centre from Dec. 3 to 5. (Photos courtesy the artists)

Artists present ‘eclectic’ group show at Gabriola Arts and Heritage Centre

Paintings, drawings, mixed-media and hand-made knives on display as part of ‘Salon’

Work by artists Carolyn Bell, Deborah Dallyn, Bob Wyche, Laurie Burns and Johanne Galipeau (clockwise from top-left) will be on display at the Gabriola Arts and Heritage Centre from Dec. 3 to 5. (Photos courtesy the artists)
Artist Erica Hawkes photographed by Lia Crowe

From Group of 7 to Nouveau 7

Artist Erica Hawkes brings Canadian scenes to life

  • Nov 24, 2021
Artist Erica Hawkes photographed by Lia Crowe
The Vancouver Island Symphony will perform Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky’s suite ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ this coming April. (Photo courtesy Heydemann Art of Photography)

Vancouver Island Symphony seeking art inspired by music inspired by art

VIS to hold exhibition by Island artists based on Mussorgsky’s ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’

The Vancouver Island Symphony will perform Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky’s suite ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ this coming April. (Photo courtesy Heydemann Art of Photography)
Two teenagers attempt to trap and kill a monster in an “iconic” scene from the Netflix program ‘Stranger Things’ recreated by Nanaimo man Todd Cameron using vintage toys . (Photo courtesy Todd Cameron)

Netflix enlists Nanaimo man to recreate ‘Stranger Things’ scenes with vintage toys

Todd Cameron replicates ‘iconic scenes’ from TV series using figurines, Lite-Brite

Two teenagers attempt to trap and kill a monster in an “iconic” scene from the Netflix program ‘Stranger Things’ recreated by Nanaimo man Todd Cameron using vintage toys . (Photo courtesy Todd Cameron)
Voxel Bridge art

Technology as art

The dazzling Voxel Bridge installation

  • Nov 19, 2021
Voxel Bridge art
Nanaimo scuba diver Don Ravensbergen has released a pair of children’s colouring books, including ‘Vancouver Island: Colour my Seas of Green.’ (Photo courtesy Don Ravensbergen)

Nanaimo scuba diver draws from hobby to create first children’s colouring book

Don Ravensbergen’s ‘Vancouver Island: Colour my Seas of Green’ available at bookstores and dive shops

Nanaimo scuba diver Don Ravensbergen has released a pair of children’s colouring books, including ‘Vancouver Island: Colour my Seas of Green.’ (Photo courtesy Don Ravensbergen)
Painter Mary Ann Fleming presents ‘Ode to Hanging Baskets’ at Art 10 Gallery until the end of the month. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo painter presents exhibition inspired by hanging flower baskets

Mary Ann Fleming’s latest body is work is ‘Ode to Hanging Baskets’

Painter Mary Ann Fleming presents ‘Ode to Hanging Baskets’ at Art 10 Gallery until the end of the month. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)
‘Abbey’s Roses’ by Joane Moran, ‘Emergence’ by Rory MacDonald and ‘November Night Lights’ by Trudy Broadley (cropped, from left) won first, second and third place, respectively, in the 2021 Nanaimo FCA Fine Art Show. (Photos courtesy the artists)

Nanaimo chapter of Federation of Canadian Artists holding its Fine Art Show

Juried exhibition taking place online for second year due to COVID-19 uncertainty

‘Abbey’s Roses’ by Joane Moran, ‘Emergence’ by Rory MacDonald and ‘November Night Lights’ by Trudy Broadley (cropped, from left) won first, second and third place, respectively, in the 2021 Nanaimo FCA Fine Art Show. (Photos courtesy the artists)
Ceramic artist and VIU graduate Joe Lyons facilitated the creation of a ceramic mural that is now on display at the university. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)

Ceramic artist unveils ‘mural’ of 276 tiles celebrating diversity at VIU

VIU grad Joe Lyons created ‘We are VIU’ using 276 ceramic tiles painted by students

Ceramic artist and VIU graduate Joe Lyons facilitated the creation of a ceramic mural that is now on display at the university. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)
Potter Jan Speers is among those who will be displaying work as part of the Nanaimo Pottery Co-op winter sale. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo Pottery Co-op presents first winter sale in two years

Local ceramic artists’ group returns to Country Club Centre mall for two-day sale

Potter Jan Speers is among those who will be displaying work as part of the Nanaimo Pottery Co-op winter sale. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)
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