Nanaimo Art Gallery groups present dream-inspired artwork as part of Downtown Artwalk – Nanaimo News Bulletin


The Nanaimo Artwalk is back after taking time off last year due to COVID-19 and once again the Nanaimo Art Gallery is joining us.

On December 4 and 5, approximately 38 members of the NAG Saturday Studio, ages 5 to 12, the Junior and Senior Code art groups, ages 12 to 19, and the Adult Surrealist Salon will showcase their work in the ‘ArtLab studio space in the gallery.

NAG’s arts education coordinator, Yvonne Vander Kooi, said the work is inspired by the gallery’s current exhibition based on the dream, Pawatamihk, by artist Audie Murray.

“The ideas around the exhibition vaguely refer to the dream and the subconscious…” she said. “Work in a way that imitates the hobbyist and surrealist artists of the early 20th century, where they did a lot of automatic writing and automatic drawing without thinking. Allow the subconscious to come to the surface or to the page.

The main group Code by Vander Kooi will present “automatic” paintings and clay sculptures inspired by dreams. Participant Tori Djakovic, an aspiring marine biologist, created a hand emerging from a pair of glasses.

“I had several dreams of just being underwater, calm, seeing all the animals and all the fish,” she said. “But there have been a few dreams where a hand pops up and you wake up and there’s nothing else.”

The sculpture by Senior Code member Teagan MacLean hints at a recurring dream where they walk towards a house on rocky points.

As for the other groups, the members of Saturday Studio have created video animations and will showcase their work and will display the items used in the videos, the Code Junior group has created a wall of “artist trading cards” that guests of Artwalk will have the chance to add to by creating their own cards during their visit, and Surrealist Salon attendees will exhibit large works based on text and images.

“[I’m] I just hope to share all the fun and interesting things that are happening here with the community and reconnect with people, ”said Vander Kooi.

WHAT IS ON … The Nanaimo Art Gallery group show takes place in the gallery’s ArtLab studio, 150 Commercial St., December 4 and 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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