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Art Galleries & Artists

Glass artwork (Danielle Hayes photo)

Glass artwork (Danielle Hayes photo)

Nanaimo's downtown boasts a half-dozen galleries, most representing local, Vancouver Island and B.C. artists.

The urban core around Commercial Street, in fact, is officially known as the Arts District in reflecting the beehive of artistic activity found in these colorful haunts as well as at the 800-seat Port Theatre on the waterfront. The latter routinely hosts theatre, concert and dance performances.

Nanaimo Art Gallery

Begin a walking tour of art hotspots at the downtown branch of the Nanaimo Art Gallery (150 Commercial Street). Striking modern visual art is showcased in an airy heritage space that is part of the larger Nanaimo Arts Centre – administrative home to Theatre BC, the Vancouver Island Symphony and other arts organizations. The gallery coordinates the annual Festival of Banners, which produces the colorful artwork lining downtown streets and the waterfront each summer. The gallery's uptown branch is at Vancouver Island University (#330-900 Fifth Street near the Nanaimo Parkway).

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