2013 Downtown Exhibitions

Redefining the West Coast Spirit

redefining westcoast

January 11 to February 9, 2013

150 Commercial St.
Join us for the opening reception: Saturday, January 12, 1 to 3 pm

All are welcome. Admission is free.

Redefining the West Coast Spirit, is a touring exhibition organized by The Architectural Institute of British Columbia. The show highlights work by a select group of new and emerging architectural firms, and illustrates how practitioners are designing spaces and places in response to our unique coastal environment in an age of increased environmental sensitivity and technological innovation.

Through their work, these BC based firms ask and answer questions about what defines our evolving West Coast Modernist style. "British Columbia has a rich tradition of architecture that is distinctive, innovative and a reflection of our unique west coast surroundings," says AIBC Executive Director Michael Ernest Architect AIBC. "As this exhibition shows, not only is that tradition alive and well, it is being rejuvenated by a new wave of architects who truly understand and value the 'west coast spirit'."

Included in Redefining the West Coast Spirit are DiStefano Architecture, JWT Architecture and Planning, Level Architecture + Design, One Seed Architecture + Interiors, Shape Architecture Inc., Urban Arts Architecture, and WMW Public Architecture + Communication Inc. The exhibition is curated by James Tuer

(AIBC AIA BCSLA CSLA NCARB), principal of JWT Architecture and Planning and past recipient of the AIBC's Emerging Firm Award.

Rhythmically Repeated: Alistair Bell, new acquisitions

September 13 to November 23, 2013


Join us on Wednesday, October 30 for a special celebration to mark Alistair Bell's 100th birthday, acknowledge donor Alan Bell for his significant gift to Nanaimo, and celebrate Rhythmically Repeated: Alistair Bell, new acquisitions.
4:30 pm  - Talk by Alan Bell
5:30 to 7pm - Reception
All are welcome!
Admission free.
IFwpbellRhythmically Repeated: Alistair Bell, new acquisitions showcases a representative selection of fifteen prints and drawings by esteemed Canadian printmaker, Alistair Bell. Increasing the accessibility of Nanaimo Art Gallery's permanent collection, this exhibition draws from a recent and historically significant donation by the late artist's son, Alan Bell, comprised of twenty-seven objects, including drawings, watercolours, intaglio and woodcut prints, and an original woodcut block - many inspired by the landscapes of Vancouver Island's Yellow Point and Tofino. 




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