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Reconciling Self | Connie Watts 


June 14 to September 6, 2014
Join us for the opening reception and meet the artist!
Friday, June 13, 5:00 - 7:00pm

Thursday, August 7, 12:15pm FREE docent tour. Join us for this
lunchtime exhibition tour - Bring the whole family

Artist Talk: Saturday, September 6, 2:00pm

Reconciling Self is a feature exhibition of new artworks by Connie Watts, a mixed media artist and designer of Nuu-Chah-Nulth, Kwakwaka’wakwa, and Gitxsan ancestry, based in Port Alberni. Her studio practice is characterized by the use of contemporary media and techniques that recast and re-imagine Northwest Coast traditions, and express the hybrid status of all cultures in the 21st century.

Image: Compassion, Cherry wood, cedar, mirror and fabric, 16”x 36”x 62”



Existential Elders


BF - the Last Journey

June 24 to August 9, 2014
Join us for the opening reception!                                                       Saturday, June 21, 2:00 - 5:00pm

Wisdom they say comes with age.

Aging is a hot topic these days. Aging boomers consult experts about how to prepare for old age, how to look younger, how to save for retirement, how to maintain their brains and bodies at peak performance.

Artists are accustomed to living on the fringes of society - on the outside, looking in. We are typically less conventional, more experimental, more critical of society, often poorer, less secure, and more isolated than the average citizen.

Image: Bill Friesen, The Last Journey, 2014, acrylic on recycled marine canvas

Slideshow Image: Ed Varney, AGING - A SELF PORTRAIT, 2014,  mixed media 8 parts, various sizes 

News and Events

Open House & Workshops Open House & Workshops Summer 2014 Art Lab Open House - Mark Your Calendar Saturday, July 26, 10:00am to 4:00pm During the Bathtub Days Street Fair   Where: Art Lab at Nanaimo Art Gallery, 150 Commercial Street   Come check out Art Lab, Nanaimo Art Gallery’s new education space! Connect with other local artists and enjoy some complimentary beverages and snacks.    Spend an hour or the whole afternoon…  Relax in a comfy chair and enjoy our great selec... More detail
Nanaimo Art Gallery Welcomes Interim Director Nanaimo Art Gallery Welcomes Interim Director (Nanaimo – January 14, 2014) Nanaimo Art Gallery is pleased to announce the appointment of Interim Executive/Artistic Director Jesse Birch. His year-long term will begin on March 1, 2014. Birch steps in for Julie Bevan, who will commence a period of parental leave at the end of February. “Nanaimo Art Gallery is going through a significant period of growth and development. I am honoured to be able to contribute to the vitality and sustainability of Nanaimo's cul... More detail




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