Nanaimo News Bulletin, January 03, 2019

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arts & entertainment

A14 Thursday, January 3, 2019

Nanaimo News Bulletin

Abstract group makes Nanaimo debut

Art 16 will show works at Nanaimo Arts Council gallery

Jazz friends share stage on B.C. tour JOSEF JACOBSON NEWS BULLETIN


The Nanaimo Arts Council gallery’s first exhibition of 2019 is the Nanaimo debut for a new group of mid-Island abstract painters. Ladysmith’s Dennis Brown formed Art 16 just over a year ago with a group of students from his abstract painting workshop at the Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery. Last October the group showed together for the first time for a week in Ladysmith and in January they’re coming together for the second show at the Nanaimo Arts Council gallery. An opening reception takes place on Jan. 10. Brown describes Art 16 as a loose, diverse group of artists hoping to help educate people in the process of abstraction. “A lot of people have difficulty trying to understand what we’re doing and I think it’s up to us as artists to help educate people about what the process is all about,” he said. “And each of us are on our own path doing differ-


Claudia Lohmann’s ‘Observations,’ left, and Dennis Brown ‘Ghosts from my Past’ will be among the works shown at a Nanaimo Arts Council exhibit featuring Art 16. The opening reception is Jan. 10 and the exhibit will remain at the gallery until the end of the month. ent styles … and that’s what I encourage them to do. We’re not doing the same thing over and over again each time. I expect to see progress in myself as well as the other 15.” Those other 15 artists are Ruth Barker, Mark Alan

Davis, Josee Duffhues, Penny Grant, Claudia Lohmann, Cim MacDonald, Jim Montgomery, Deborah Nicol, Julie Ritter, Paulette Roscoe, Ellen Stebb, Barry Strasbourg Thompson, Fran Wilgress and Joanie Winnitoy.

“It’s very motivating if you go with so many different artists in one show because you see really different styles and it makes you want to paint more and explore more,” Lohmann said. “Because I think none of us want to stay where we

are. We all want to get better and improve our work.” Brown said in his first statement to his workshop class, he explained that while realist painting comes from outside, abstract painting comes from within. Continued on A16

Toronto-based jazz drummer Morgan Childs will be starting his 2019 with a string of shows in his home province of British Columbia. After a stop in Vancouver, Childs, who hails from Invermere, heads to Vancouver Island for a show at Nanaimo’s Lighthouse Bistro on Jan. 12 followed by dates in Crofton, Courtenay and Victoria. Childs will be joined by the Vancouver Island trio of Patrick Boyle on trumpet, Ryan Oliver on tenor saxophone and John Lee on bass. He said they’re some of his favourite musicians living on the Island. Both Boyle and Oliver are longtime friends of his and he’s eager to be sharing stages with them. Childs said Lee is an up-and-coming younger musician who brings some “fresh blood” to the quartet. Continued on A16

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Early in 2019, Council of the District of Lantzville will consider applications for discretionary Grants in Aid for the 2019 calendar year. Funds available for grants are limited, and subject to budgetary constraints and Policy No. 3000-1. The Policy is designed to assist not-for-profit organizations with projects, special activities, or to allow them to take advantage of opportunities and events to develop their organization. The organization should be registered as a Society, or belong to a parent Society, under the laws of British Columbia and/or Canada. Preference will be given to organizations that are locally based and whose efforts are community based in nature. Council will not grant monies for a ‘for profit’ organization. Does your local not-for-profit organization sponsor a program, activity or event that will: • Strengthen and enhance the well-being of our community Be of benefit to the District of Lantzville and its residents • • Promote volunteering, where possible Address community needs • • Improve the community’s ability to identify needs and to implement self-help programs Promote cultural, recreational and social understanding • Be well-publicized in our community? • Considerations in authorizing grants include if the grant: will benefit a large number of residents, is for start-up or early stage support (and not for ongoing operation budgets), is the first application by the organization, enables a unique experience for a large number of residents, or will promote the community, its strength or quality of life. Applications must be completed and submitted to the Municipal Hall or, no later than 4:00 pm, Friday, February 1, 2019. Obtain an application form, including policy with guidelines, from the District of Lantzville Municipal Hall, 7192 Lantzville Road, or


BOARD APPOINTMENTS NANAIMO AIRPORT COMMISSION The Board of the Regional District of Nanaimo is now accepting applications for nominations to the Nanaimo Airport Commission. The term begins in the spring of 2019 for a three-year period. Residents of the region who possess requisite qualifications and experience, reside within a 50 mile radius of the Nanaimo Airport, and are interested in volunteering their time to sit as a regional representative on the Nanaimo Airport Commission are invited to submit an application. Completed application forms must be submitted to the Regional District of Nanaimo Administrative Services Department by 4:00 pm, Monday, January 14, 2019.

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