Nanaimo Launch Photos – Art for Oil-Free Coast

Tofino artist Mark Hobson signing a book at the Nanaimo opening. Mark instigated and coordinated the Art For an Oil-Free Coast project.

Tofino artist Mark Hobson signing a book at the Nanaimo opening. Mark instigated and coordinated the Art For an Oil-Free Coast project.

We rocked the end of the Mayan calendar last night in Nanaimo with the spectacular traveling art show Art for an Oil Free Coast, organized by the Raincoast Conservation Foundation. More than 200 people turned out for the Nanaimo opening of the exhibit.

The art will remain on display at the downtown location of the Nanaimo Art Gallery (150 Commercial Street) through January 5, 2013.

Admission is free, and the gallery has extended hours while the show is up. Hours are here

Art for an Oil-Free Coast

More than fifty of Canada’s best artists are represented in the show. All of the art in the show has been donated by the artists to help fund Raincoast’s Oil-Free Coast Campaign aimed at halting the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline.

The online auction ends on January 9, 2013. To view the online auction or place a bid, go here: http://www.32auctions.com/organizations/5694/auctions/6344

The exquisite art book Canada’s Raincoast at Risk, containing nearly all of the work on display, will be available at the gallery for $45 while the show is up.

And the eBook version of the art book, containing the full contents of the print book PLUS video interviews with some of the artists at work in the Great Bear Rainforest, can be downloaded for FREE to your iPad from the iTunes store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/canadas-raincoast-at-risk/id580416644?ls=1

Nanaimo Launch

Amy Falkenberg

Artists Dominik Modlinski, Peggy Sowden, April White

Artists Dominik Modlinski, Peggy Sowden, April White

Gabriola artist Harold Allanson

Gabriola artist Harold Allanson

Me & my mom Shirely. (I am one of the 9 poets included int he art book.)

Me & my mom Shirley. (I am one of the 9 poets included in the art book.)

Admiring the Bateman...

Admiring the Bateman…

Haida artist April White with Tofino artist and project organizer Mark Hobson

Haida artist April White with Tofino artist and project organizer Mark Hobson

"Sockeye" by Alison Watt

“Sockeye” by Alison Watt

About Kim Goldberg

Kim Goldberg is an award-winning poet and journalist and the author of 7 books. Latest titles: UNDETECTABLE (her Hep C journey in haibun), RED ZONE (poems of homelessness) and RIDE BACKWARDS ON DRAGON: a poet's journey through Liuhebafa. She lives in Nanaimo, BC. Contact: goldberg@ncf.ca
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2 Responses to Nanaimo Launch Photos – Art for Oil-Free Coast

  1. Theresa says:

    Oh, I’m so glad it was a great opening. I was up at Bethlehem Retreat Centre for a rededication of the labyrinth, which was also fabulous, walking the labyrinth with 40 or 50 other people. If you ever get the chance to walk with so many try it!
    I love that we are gathering together to speak out (and more) against the pipeline, tar sands and tankers.
    I love the picture of you and your mom Kim. it reminds me of the wonderful times I had with my dear mom before she passed on last year. I miss her terribly. Carol Matthews, at the labyrinth walk last night, said that someone told her, when her husband died, that this is not the end of your relationship only a different phase of it. I like that very much.
    Cheers to you and all the wonderful artists that have contributed to this amazing event. And cheers to all the rest of us who help support these artists and this vital cause.
    Solstice Love, Theresa

    • Kim Goldberg says:

      Hi Theresa! Glad to hear the rededication of the labyrinth went so well. I have only walked it solo – never with a group, let alone a large group! I am sure it would be a very different experience that way. And I like that concept of relationships not ending but moving into different phases. Happy wonderful Solstice and start of something new for you too, Theresa!

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