High Note: Beer, Burger & Karaoke FUNdraiser


Wednesday, February 12
6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
The Oxy Pub
432 Fitzwilliam St, Nanaimo

Tickets $25
includes beer, burger (veggie option available) & entertainment
19+, minors not permitted

Buy Tickets + Pledge one of our Karaoke Singers!

Join us for a night out at The Oxy, one of our favourite Nanaimo pubs. Be entertained by karaoke performances by members of our staff team and Nanaimo Art Gallery friends—you can participate by pledging one of our singers—plan to come out and cheer. We’ll also be toasting Executive Director Julie Bevan, who is ending her service to the Gallery in February. Let’s send her off on a high note! All proceeds from this evening support artists’ projects and programs. Show some love for Nanaimo Art Gallery and help us continue to inspire and challenge our communities through art in 2020.

The evening will also include a silent auction featuring thoughtfully selected pieces made by the artists on Nanaimo Art Gallery’s staff team.

Plan to join us...

To save paper, we will not be issuing printed tickets. Your name will go on a will call list and you will receive a voucher for your beer & burger at the door.

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Check out the fundraising pages of our karaoke singers! Each of these team members is planning to sing and they are raising pledges for Nanaimo Art Gallery. Check out their pages, suggest a song, and pledge a donation!

Passionate about performing and want to join our karaoke team to sing and raise funds? Phone the front desk at 250-754-1750, and we’ll get you set up.

the mill

THE MILL Celebration at Wildwood Ecoforest

February 23, 1pm
Limited capacity, RSVP required
2929 Crane Rd, Ladysmith, BC

Celebrate the Gallery's new publication, THE MILL with a tour of Wildwood Ecoforest, led by stewards of Wildwood including book contributor and renowned ethnobotanist Nancy Turner. The tour will lead through the forest convening at the former homestead of the site's founder Merve Wilkenson. There, Nanaimo Art Gallery Curator and co-editor of THE MILL Jesse Birch will give a presentation on the project with special guests. Refreshments will be served and books will be available.

Co-published by Nanaimo Art Gallery and Sternberg Press, THE MILL is the second of three projects to engage the resource industries on Vancouver Island (mining, forestry, and fishing) through contemporary art and writing.

THE MILL is a project that emerged on Vancouver Island, following a thematic path from the microcosms of the forest floor, through the quantifying and processing of lumber, to the global distribution of forestry products. Expanded from two Nanaimo Art Gallery exhibitions, Silva Part I: O Horizon and Silva Part II: Booming Grounds, this book examines forgotten or under-acknowledged histories, while considering both local sites, and forms of cultural expression that surround international forestry practices.

Edited by Jesse Birch and Will Holder, THE MILL features artwork and writing by: Umeek E. Richard Atleo, Marian Penner Bancroft, Myrtle Bergren, Peter Culley, Jason de Haan and Miruna Dragan, Wilmer Gold, Al Bersch and Leslie Grant, Bus Griffiths, Robert Guest, Dr Richard Hebda, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Ursula K. Le Guin, Duane Linklater, Liz Magor, Carol Sawyer, George Sawchuk, Kika Thorne, Dr. Nancy Turner, W. G. Sebald, Kate Stefiuk, Kathy Slade, Ashes Withyman, Fred Wah, Elias Wakan, Merv Wilkinson, Anne Pask-Wilkinson.

THE MILL is made possible through the support of British Columbia Arts Council's Special Project Assistance— Innovations program, and is supported by contributions from local industry leaders, FMI and the Crucil family, who have participated in forestry on Vancouver Island for over 80 years, and Harmac Pacific, a major employer in the Nanaimo region for 70 years, unique for its employee and local investor ownership model.



The Stories Were Not Told

Book Launch & Reading
April 4, 1pm

In addition to her work as an artist, Semchuk has recently published The Stories Were Not Told, a book of writing and photographs that brings to light the experiences of Ukrainian Canadians during the First World War. Join us in the gallery for a special reading and book signing.

From 1914 to 1920, thousands of men who had immigrated to Canada from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Germany, and the Ottoman Empire were unjustly imprisoned as "enemy aliens," some with their families. Many communities in Canada where internees originated do not know these stories of Ukrainians, Germans, Bulgarians, Croatians, Czechs, Hungarians, Italians, Jews, Alevi Kurds, Armenians, Ottoman Turks, Poles, Romanians, Russians, Serbians, Slovaks, and Slovenes, amongst others. While most internees were Ukrainians, almost all were civilians.

The Stories Were Not Told presents this largely unrecognized event through photography, cultural theory, and personal testimony, including stories told at last by internees and their descendants. Semchuk describes how lives and society have been shaped by acts of legislated discrimination and how to move toward greater reconciliation, remembrance, and healing. This is necessary reading for anyone seeking to understand the cross-cultural and inter-generational consequences of Canada's first national internment operations.

The Stories Were Not Told is published by University of Alberta Press and has been made possible by a grant from the Endowment Council of the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund.





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