2013 Downtown Exhibitions

MAYWORKS 2013: Mail Art Exhibition

"The Artist at Work/Self Portraits”

May 1 to May 25, 2013

Reception: Saturday, May 4, 2 to 4pm Downtown

Mayworks is a month long festival celebrating the role labour plays in our social fabric. The Mail Art Exhibition component was added to the festival by curator Ed Varney. Over the last eight years, submissions for this annual exhibition have been compiled to form the largest archive of labour-related art in the world, containing over 1000 pieces from 350 artists from 35 countries.

Mail Art, the exchange of artwork between artists via the postal system, developed as a unique art movement in the early 1970s. The first exhibitions of Mail Art were in artist's studios, garages, abandoned buildings and other underground venues. All art that was sent was displayed, there were no entry fees, there was often a general theme and documentation with all the artist's names and addresses was sent to all participants. The Mail Art Network expanded as artists saw the opportunity to meet, correspond and participate in an open-ended social and professional network.

The theme for this year's Mayworks Mail Art Exhibition is "The Artist at Work/Self Portraits." Taking the time to look at each of the 270 works reveals both how artists work and a how they see themselves. The self-portrait is one of the most interesting and challenging subjects that artists through the ages have tackled. As a whole, the exhibition provides a fascinating cross section of international art and artists' working processes, concerns and contemporary media. At the end of the exhibition, a complete catalogue will be produced and mailed to all the artists.

Curated by Ed Varney


Kaleidoscope BMO Art Camps Summer Exhibition

August 21 to September 8, 2013


Each summer in July and August, Nanaimo Art Gallery offers several week long art camps for young artists ranging in age from 5 to 16. Participants expand their imaginations and discover the fun in art-making and develop confidence and skills that will last a lifetime.

THREADS OF MEMORY: a lifetime explored through textiles

May 31 to June 30, 2013

An exploration of memory through textile work made over four decades. Sandra Lou Weeks (nee Gailus) was born in Nanaimo threadsofmemin 1941 and died in Nanaimo in 2011.  She was an avid observer and collector of culture, colour and art.  From a practice rooted in feminism, she carried a strong sense of social justice, evident in her teaching, her friendships, and the body of work she created. Curated by her daughter, S. Lee Reidl, the exhibition includes quilts, sweater and woven blankets that illustrate the colour, influences and issues of our time.  Also included is artwork from Weeks’ personal collection and a process based installation by Reidl as a response to her mother’s story.

“The threads of life that surround us are many colors, many textures. They help define identity and create memory as they intertwine to produce pattern and form. As the hue of a fabric changes overtime, we weave regenerated stories; variations that incorporate new influences and old truths.”
S. Lee Reidl, Curator 

Threads of Memory – June events
Closing Reception: Tea and Happening
Tuesday June 25th 5-7pm
150 Commercial St.

Please join Nanaimo Art Gallery and artist/curator S. Lee Reidl in celebration of her mother, Sandra Lou Weeks (nee Gailus), through a lifetime of quilts, sweaters and pieces from Weeks’ personal collection. Tea will be served.

Movement of Memory: An Afternoon of Contemporary Dance in the Gallery
Saturday June 29th at 1pm
Please join us for an improvisational interpretation of Threads of Memory through the contemporary dance of Jennifer McLeish-Lewis.


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