Art Galleries & Artists
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 exhibitions by contemporary artists, outreach, and programming that encourages active public involvement with the visual arts is showcased in an airy heritage space that is part of the larger Nanaimo Arts Centre. Innovative workshops, lectures, and hands-on activities for all ages are offered in their Art Lab and the Gallery Store features unique, high-quality, locally made art for sale.