2013 Downtown Exhibitions

redefining westcoast

Redefining the West Coast Spirit

January 11 to February 9, 2013

150 Commercial St.
Join us for the opening reception: Saturday, January 12, 1 to 3 pm

All are welcome. Admission is free.

Redefining the West Coast Spirit, is a touring exhibition organized by The Architectural Institute of British Columbia. The show highlights work by a select group of new and emerging architectural firms, and illustrates how practitioners are designing spaces and places in response to our unique coastal environment in an age of increased environmental sensitivity and technological innovation.

Through their work, these BC based firms ask and answer questions about what defines our evolving West Coast Modernist style. "British Columbia has a rich tradition of architecture that is distinctive, innovative and a reflection of our unique west coast surroundings," says AIBC Executive Director Michael Ernest Architect AIBC. "As this exhibition shows, not only is that tradition alive and well, it is being rejuvenated by a new wave of architects who truly understand and value the 'west coast spirit'."

Included in Redefining the West Coast Spirit are DiStefano Architecture, JWT Architecture and Planning, Level Architecture + Design, One Seed Architecture + Interiors, Shape Architecture Inc., Urban Arts Architecture, and WMW Public Architecture + Communication Inc. The exhibition is curated by James Tuer

(AIBC AIA BCSLA CSLA NCARB), principal of JWT Architecture and Planning and past recipient of the AIBC's Emerging Firm Award.

The Fatty Acids: Rod Corraini & Jean-Paul Langlois


Fatty Acids Corraini"Pretty Soon Fricassee" Rod CorrainiFebruary 13 to February 23 

150 Commercial Street 

A feature exhibition of eclectic and delicious paintings by artists from the Gallery's Art Sales and Rental program.

Rod Corraini's recent oil paintings are inspired by the modern food culture, our relationship with animals and the process of consumption. Colourful, painterly, and often humorous, Corraini's canvases appeal to the senses.

Jean-Paul Langlois's new acrylic painting series uses contrasting colours to explore subjects of substance abuse, autism, icons and archetypes and the work of American author Cormac McCarthy. Langlois studied watercolour techniques under Flemming Jorgenson and mandala with Jack Wise, and has developed a style that is sometimes raw and loose and at other times controlled and detailed.   

"Butterfly Meridian" Jean-Paul Langlois"Butterfly Meridian" Jean-Paul LangloisThe public will be invited to contribute to a dialogue on our "talk back wall", about food and the relationship of food to health, wellness, and physiological disorders.  Going on the premise that 'we are what we eat', there will be an ongoing discussion regarding issues surrounding food choices while the exhibit is on.   

Members are welcome to join us for the opening reception with food refreshments, short talks by the artists, and music with DJ Plan.  

Friday, February 15
7 to 10 pm 
Nanaimo Art Gallery
150 Commercial Street 




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