Community Arts This Week – Design Nerds Jam, Achievement Awards & Existential Elders

Community Arts This Week – Design Nerds Jam, Achievement Awards & Existential Elders
Nanaimo Arts Council

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June 18, 2014, 6:47am

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** Community Arts Information
June 18th, 2014

NAC Events (#NAC Events)
Community Events (#Community Events)
Workshops, Courses Etc. (#Workshops, Courses, Etc.)
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** This month at the NAC Gallery
Nanaimo Arts Council & Harbour City Photography Club present

** First Annual Mid-Island Photography Showcase
New Perspectives on Landscapes and Wildlife

Nanaimo North Town Centre
#259 – 4750 Rutherford Road
Nanaimo, BC V9T 4K6
(250) 729-3947

** Nanaimo Arts Council Achievement Awards Presentations
Saturday June 21st at the Nanaimo Arts Council Gallery at 1PM

Please come and honor these people for their work and talent and enjoy some music, food and good company.

** Summer Art Showcase
Enter your watercolour, oil, acrylic, pastel, pen & ink or mixed media paintings at Nanaimo Arts Council Gallery for your chance to win prizes! No Theme. Members and non-members welcome. Summer Showcase judge Dennis Brown will critique all entries.

Deadline for entries Monday, June 30, 2014!
Awards and Reception Thursday, July 10 7 PM

Nanaimo North Town Centre
#259-4750 Rutherford Road
(250) 729-3947 ( (

** 2014 Heritage Paint Out
Shoot Out

An artistic race against time to bring Heritage to life. A new date and double the prize money this year!

Sunday, July 27, 2015, Bathtub Weekend
Cost: $10 public, $8 NAC members – Enter in person on the day of the event

Painters and photographers meet at the Nanaimo Museum at 10:00 am where they draw randomly for a Heritage building location supplied by the City. You then spend the day painting and photographing your selected building, returning to the Museum at 3:00 pm with a presentation ready piece where the work is judged to receive cash prizes totally $1,000.

Works from this year’s contest will be exhibited in the Nanaimo Museum for the month of August and as part of a Heritage Paint Out Shoot Out (HPOSO) Retrospective in the Nanaimo Arts Council Gallery in September. The HPOSO has been running since 1999 in various incarnations and past entrants are invited to exhibit their work as part of a retrospective celebrating the historic architecture of Nanaimo. Please contact NAC ( or 250-729-3947 to confirm your participation in the retrospective.

The Heritage Paint Out Shoot Out is a collaboration between the Nanaimo Community Heritage Commission, Nanaimo Museum and Nanaimo Arts Council. Share ( Tweet ( Forward to Friend (

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** Port Theatre Community Performing Arts Centre Completion Project
Open House #3:
Design Nerds Jam
5:30 – 9:00pm
The Port Theatre
125 Front St, Nanaimo

The Nanaimo Design Nerds will be a hosting a collaborative open house of participant-powered Rapid Idea Generation. Doors 5:30pm, Jam starts prompty at 6:30pm Food, refreshments, and cash bar will be available.

The completion of the Community Performing Arts Centre is in the planning stages at the Port Theatre. The purpose of this longtime project is to provide affordable performance and rehearsal space to local arts organizations throughout Nanaimo and the Region, provide excellent facilities for professional arts organizations to thrive, and to create an intimate venue to attract national and international touring professionals.

More info:

Completion of this project has been a priority since the very inception of the Port Theatre itself, and we have been working steadily to bring it to fruition. We are now faced with the perfect cultural climate to complete the vision.



** Fundraiser for The District : Southside Centre for the Arts
7:00pm, The Queens
34 Victoria Cres.
Tickets are $12

Bonnie Catterson and Jona Kristinsson are opening a 3000Sq Ft. art centre in Sept. Both have been very active fundraisers for various causes in the community for years: The Women’s Centre HerART project, The Serauxmen Service Club, BC SPCA Nanaimo Branch and countless more. Now we are asking The community to support us. We have amazing line up of entertainment for this event.

The Femme Fatales, The Distributors, Coal Moon, Nicola Linde, Lapointe Lance and more.




** Existential Elders
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 21, 2:00 – 5:00pm
June 24 to August 9, 2014

Wisdom, they say, comes with age.
Participating Artists: Donna Balma, Anna Banana, Famous Empty Sky, Bill Friesen, DF Gray, Tim Haley, Jeff Hartbower, Barbara Hutson, Marci Katz, Ursula Medley, Robert Moon, Lynn Orriss, Joe Rosenblatt, Jo Swallow, Sharon Urdahl, Ed Varney

Exhibition by Curator/Participant Marci Katz
Image: Bill Friesen, The Last Journey, 2014, acrylic on recycled marine canvas


Bon Voyage Concert

** O CANADA OUR HOME – Songs & Stories of Canada
British Columbia Boys Choir and the Abbotsford Virtuosi
Sunday, June 22, 3 p.m. at the Port Theatre, 125 Front Street, Nanaimo BC
Tickets: $25, Students & Children $14, at 250-754-8550 and (

The Contenders in Concert: a benefit for the Pipe Organ

Garry Fjellgaard & Valdy
7:00pm, St. Andrews United Church
311 Fitzwilliam St., Nanaimo
Tickets $20 per person



** Time to Surface Fundraiser
7:00 to 9:00 PM
Nanaimo Museum 100 Museum Way

Get Your Pirate On!
*$10.00 social evening
*3 for $10 or $5 each raffle

Three Nanaimo dive shops have come together to raise awareness of the beautiful diving locations available off the coast of Nanaimo and to raise funds for the Crimson Coast Dance Society! (afterall beauty below the surface and beauty above the surface are worth having access to on the Crimson Coast!)

All day Saturday dive for treasure. Attend the social evening event for fun and booty! Tickets include hors d’oeuvres, door prizes, Grand Raffle Draw, Citizen Watch Medallion Treasure Chest! There will be a no host bar.

For Details & Tickets Click Here (



** Dance Festival
Dancing In The Belly Of The Dragon

A 4 day festival alongside Dragon Boat Festival. Cultural and Contemporary Dance and Fusions. All events are free except the opening and closing night performances. Check out the schedule! Something for everyone: Adults, Youth, Children, Performances, Workshops on Stage, Public Dances! (


Hub City Cinema Society Script Session
VIU Building 355 Room 203, 6:30pm

Script Sessions are meetings for scriptwriters to bring the scripts you are working on, have them read (by actors), and receive feedback from peers with the goal of improving your script. This is a fabulous opportunity to get coverage for your script, get feedback for improvement, learn, and take a step closer to getting your film made. Actors please come. This is also a great opportunity for you to get experience and make connections with people who could potentially cast you.



Bring a lawn chair and a picnic while enjoying some great entertainment for the whole family in two of Nanaimo’s most beautiful and popular parks. What could be better?

Tuesdays – Maffeo Sutton Park 12:30 – 1:30pm
Wednesdays – Bowen Park 6 – 7:30pm & Maffeo Sutton Park 6 – 7:30pm
Presented by the City of Nanaimo. Select events sponsored by Origin Active Lifestyle Communities.

Download the complete summer schedule here! (



** Official Opening of the Nanaimo North Branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library
6250 Hammond Bay Rd. 1pm
Join us for a ribbon cutting, refreshments, music and entertainment, featuring The Kerplunks.



** Honeymoon Bay Retreat Poetry Chapbook Launch
The Globe Bar and Grill
25 Front Street, Nanaimo, BC
7:00 – 9:00

Join Patrick Lane, along with over 20 other poets for this FREE exciting eclectic evening full of variety and fine words. This launch will feature two chapbooks produced at the January and the July retreats at the Honeymoon Bay Resort at Lake Cowichan on Vancouver Island.

Ann Graham Walker, Chelsea Comeau, Danny Peart, David Fraser, David Merrifield, Heidi Garnett, eanne McIntosh, Liz McNally, Martha Royea, Mary Ann Moore, Mary Nelson, Pat Smekal, Richard Osler, Shannon Rayne, Sheila Rosen, Somae Osler, Vivianne Plenge, Wendy Donawa Sheila Rosen, Linda Thompson, Tina Biello, Sue Gee.

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** Circus in Nanaimo- STRIKE CAMP and Summer Camps 2014!

NEW!! June 16-20 Circus Camp to cover the strike week! Drop in day rate available. Minimum required to run- grab their friends and come play with us!

** Words in Progress
for Writing Warriors
a women’s writing workshop with Mary Ann Moore

Saturday, June 28, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. &
Sunday, June 29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
at Island Girl Art Studio, 3019 Hammond Bay Road, Nanaimo
Fee: $245.00 by June 15 2014
$270.00 after June 15, 2014

Give those scraps of paper, journal entries, emails, and unsent letters your own genre-bending form.
Find focus in the midst of your ideas.
Receive support for putting your dreams into action and your healing stories into the world.

Mary Ann Moore at ( or 250-729-2630.
Read more about Words in Progress for Writing Warriors at (

** NEEDLE FELTING TIPS & TRICKS with tanis alexis
Open class June 22nd in Nanaimo. Click here for complete details and registration information. (

** Betsy Warland – Working with Contradictions in Your Writing
All-genre workshop in Nanoose Bay, BC.
June 27, 7 pm-9:30 pm June 28, 10 am- 8:30 pm
Cost: $300 includes breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday. Participants: writers, journalists, memoirists, visual artists – anyone published or unpublished whose practice or project involves the written word.
Contact: Tina at (

Writers inevitably encounter contradictions no matter which genre we are working in. Whether apparent or hidden, small or substantial, contradictions arise and are present in every piece of writing. When we investigate and engage with them, they give a deeper resonance and authenticity to every narrative.

Typically, we attempt to ignore, delete, deny or smooth over contradictions. In this workshop we’ll explore and reflect upon what happens when you work with the contractions instead trying to get rid of them.

I will present several short vignettes of actual dilemmas with contradictions in writers’ manuscripts with whom I have worked. Practical concepts about how to work with contradictions will also be presented. In-workshop exercises and discussion will further you understanding. You will also revisit a few pages of your writing and work with an inherent contradiction in a rewrite.

A mini consult with each workshop participant to discuss and review a specific question or concern about a contradiction will also be available.

Prior to the workshop, the reading of a short text and writing of a short exercise will be required. The workshop’s text is Breathing the Page – Reading the Act of Writing, Betsy Warland, Cormorant Books, 2010. It is available in print version online, e-book formats and pdf download on my website.

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** General Manager
TheatreOne – Nanaimo, BC

TheatreOne is seeking a permanent/ part time General Manager.

We are a not for profit organization presently celebrating our 30th season. We strive to entertain, educate and enrich our community by providing challenging and dynamic professional live theatre and an independent film series. Our programming emphasizes contemporary Canadian work and encourages the creation of new plays and the development of local playwrights, actors, designers and technicians. We strive to build an audience for the future through the involvement of young people.

The General Manager will report to the Board and is directly and through staff responsible for:
* Financial Management
* Funding, including grant writing
* Marketing, Community Relations and Development
* Human Resource Management
* Administration

The successful applicant will offer broad administrative experience, ideally complemented by fundraising and financial management expertise, strong interpersonal skills and a passion for the Arts.
The General Manager works collaboratively with the Artistic Director in planning and implementing our programs. Salary commensurate with experience.

For a full job description please visit (

For confidential consideration, please email your resume and cover letter by June 27th to:
Wendy Smitka, President TheatreOne (
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** Open Auditions for Nanaimo Fringe Festival Play
Schmooze Productions is searching for 2 Lead Actors for our Fringe entry directed by our Artistic Director, Dean Chadwick:

SQUARE: A STAGE PORNOGRAPHY is a unique and bawdy comedy, set in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, that explores the crisis single people experience in their late twenties. Roles are difficult and challenging; this is the Canadian premiere production of a one act play and both actors are onstage for 85 minutes. Nudity and sexual situations are required by both actors. The following roles are available:

For THOMAS PANKRATZ, needed is a white male actor, physically fit with muscular build, able to pass as 27 years old. Thomas is a former high school football player and BMOC with the attitude that goes with it.

For JOHDELL LOVELIEN, needed is a white female actor, also able to pass as 27 years old. Thomas’ erstwhile classmate and childhood acquaintance, Johdell is a proud and accomplished engineer, not your typical nerd girl.

Auditions will be by appointment only. Rehearsals will begin July 2, 2014. Performance dates are from August 14 through 24, 2014 during the Nanaimo Fringe Festival. You must be available for a preview night on August 13 as well. Pay is profit sharing. You will receive a percentage of ticket sales.

Auditions are open to all adults over 18 years, and actors should set an appointment by emailing their pictures and resumes to ( . Audition Dates: Saturday, June 21 and Saturday June 28 between 1pm and 4pm. Other dates may be arranged. Location to be determined.

** 2014 Year of the Horse Art show at Cottonwood Stables
Call to Artists
2014 is the year of the Horse according to the zodiac, and to celebrate Cottonwood Stables is hosting a horse themed art show at their stables on August 31st. Visual artists of all media are encouraged to create equine inspired artwork to showcase at the stable. People born in the year of the horse are known for their energy and creativity. Horses have always been seen as symbolic of freedom and strength inspiring and captivating humanity and helping to build civilization. Artists will have the opportunity to sell and create artwork at the event as well as some horse interaction during the event.

Deadline for submissions is midnight on July 6th 2014.

Submission guidelines:
•Send in 3 clear jpegs of your work to
•Please include your name, a short artist statement (40 words or less), contact information (email, phone number, mailing address), and size and medium of your artwork.
• There is no limit for the amount of work each artist can submit, but all must be the artist’s own work and suit the theme of the show by being horse related.
•Artists may bring postcards, prints, etc. of their works, but again it must fit the theme of the show.

Artists will be notified of the acceptance of their work by the first week of July.

The event is on Sunday August 31st from 11am-4pm at Cottonwood Stables, 3735 Jinglepot Rd. Set-up time for the artists is from 10-11 am and all work must be taken down by 5:30pm. There is no artist submission fee to participate in the event but there is a 20% commission asked for works sold at the event. Tables, chairs, and some easels will be provided, but artists are responsible for their own display items.

For more information about the show email (

** Ascent Aspirations Magazine
June 2014 Issue
Now Available online at (
Submission Guidelines (
We accept submissions year round and decide on placement of accepted submissions for future issues. At present we are attempting to read submissions once a week for all the submissions submitted for that week.

Summer 2014 Anthology Contest: Open for Submissions (
Theme: The Bizarre
Deadline Extended to June 15th
Just under one week to be part of this project.

The July-August-September 2014 issue of The Artist’s Journal will circulate soon. Calls for Entry or Art Shows are published at no charge, and will be seen by artists throughout this province! Please submit your information before the June 20 deadline – (

Published since 1997, The Artist’s Journal has become a valuable source of BC’s Calls for Entry, specifically for artists who paint or draw. You can help our talented BC artists get more exposure for their work and increase their income. At the same time, you receive exposure for your event and organization.
Need help to word your news item? See a sample issue at

Please note: Art classes, lessons and workshops are considered paid advertising.

** Alliance for Arts and Culture
Artist Calls
A great resource for BC artists seeking more opportunities for promote their work.

** Profile Directory & Map of Community-Engaged Arts Across Canada
ArtBridges/ToilesDesArts’ Profile Directory is a database of information ( about accessible and/or affordable community-engaged arts projects, programs, organizations and resources in Canada. We invite you to browse the many community-engaged arts profiles that have already been submitted. Would you like to add your community-engaged arts initiative to our Profile Directory? There are two ways ( .

** Nanaimo Art Walk
November 29th & 30th
Deadline to Register: July 12th, 2014
Download the registration HERE ( .

** Iron Oxide – Call for art for July’s Art Show
Looking for art that will fit the theme “Avant Garde”
Submit image by email from June 10th to July 1st (


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** Summertime Music Series
Lois Lane Lunch Break
presented by CHLY Radio & the DNBIA

Every Thursday 11am-2pm from June 5th to August 28th, CHLY and the DNBIA would like folks to come out, bring their lunch and listen to some live, local music in Lois Lane, just down the China Steps! Tables and chairs will be available on a first come, first serve basis.

June 19th – Marty Steele
June 26th – Kumbana Marimba
July 3rd – Glen Foster
July 10th – Rural Roots
July 17th – Dave Hart & Narissa Young
July 24th – Gerry Barnum
July 31st – Jefferey Randle
August 7 – Mark Crissinger
August 14th – Hart & Soul: Dave Hart & Colin Stevenson
August 21st – Alex Hicks
August 28th – Dave Kilbank



** An Evening with Donovan Rose
6pm, The Electric Umbrella tattoo & gallery
321 Wesley St, Nanaimo, British Columbia BC

Donovan Rose of Latveria will be showing his great works of art at The Electric Umbrella tattoo & gallery Lets all welcome our European brother with open arms and show him a great time. His art is a sophisticated yet a child like look into every day life under the rule of an insane dictator, come see what beauty has sprung from such oppression.


** The Mid-Island Surface Design Group show & sale
Eight members of The Mid-Island Surface Design Group displays their new textile art work for the month of June at: Artzi Stuff
2 Church Street
Nanaimo BC
250-716-8989 (

** BYO Uke – Ukulele Circle
Every Tuesday 5:30-7:30

Nanaimo Harboufront Library is welcoming Ukulele players of all skill level to join us to enjoy the evening playing and learning the Ukulele. This is a drop in event every Tuesday evening from 5:30-7:30 pm. Each week there will be a new song to take away and practice. Whether it is your first time picking up the Ukulele or have been playing for years, come down to your library and share your favorite song and learn a new song.

Must have your own Ukulele.

A collaboration between NAC, Mid Island Metis Nation and the Women’s Centre meets Wednesday evenings, 6:00 – 8:00, at the Vancouver Island Regional Library, Harbourfront Branch. Join us for a great time, skill development and motivation. No experience necessary. If you can’t afford supplies, we will find some for you. Contact: ( for more information.

The Nanaimo Beading Circle was recently featured on Shaw TV –

** The Harbour City Photography Club meets on the first and third Tuesday of every month.
Each of our evening meetings revolve around presentations and workshops. They are aimed at all levels of photographer with the goal of teaching new methods and techniques. The club’s social scene is at least as much a source of information and learning as are the presentations.

We encourage guests to drop in on the club’s Tuesday meetings. There’s no charge for coming to check us out.

The meetings start at 7pm at St. Andrews Church on the corner of Wallace and Fitzwilliam Streets in downtown Nanaimo. For more information they can call Quintin Winks at 250-882-0760, or club president John Gillham at 250-619-4625.
Free Art Friday ( ( ) is an international art movement that lifts the constraints from the regular artist & buyer relationship. Make someone’s day and give away something for nothing. Let’s make Nanaimo more art-centric! A Free Art Friday drop can be anything – a sketch, an old piece from art school, those pieces that just didn’t turn out how you wanted – anything that you can imagine. Get creative! For more information on local Free Art Fridays contact ( or ( .

The first Thursday of the month since 1998! Share your own original songs in a friendly open gathering of Songwriters. All levels from beginner to road seasoned veteran are found sharing here. No charge, friends and family welcome, coffee by donation. Oak Tree Manor main floor dining room, corner of Hecate and Robarts St. @ 7pm. Share ( Tweet ( Forward to Friend (

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