Posts Tagged ‘Nanaimo’

Japanese exhibit

Posted by Peter Gutmanis on May 26, 2018 in Art, Inspiration, Paintings | No Comments

Nanaimo Museum‘s recently opened exhibit, “A Call for Justice: Fighting for Japanese Redress”, added a few, new to me, insights regarding the Japanese Canadian internment following the attack on Pearl Harbour. I had not realized, for example, that long …

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Gallery Merrick

Posted by Peter Gutmanis on April 21, 2018 in Art, News, Paintings | No Comments

Wonderful to see a bright, funky new art gallery in Nanaimo, Gallery Merrick. Everything from oils, acrylics and even watercolours, interspersed with sculpture. This amazing two level gallery in the heart of downtown sets a standard for revitalizing the …

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Chasing the light

Posted by Peter Gutmanis on January 15, 2018 in Art, Inspiration, Nature, Photography | No Comments

When we visited Newfoundland’s Fogo Island in iceberg alley a few years ago, our mentor, New York photographer Alex Fradkin, extolled the virtues of fog. Waking again this morning to the plaintive moan of foghorns, an oddly soothing sound, …

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Out of Sight at the Nanaimo Art Gallery

Posted by Peter Gutmanis on October 6, 2016 in Art, Inspiration, Photography | No Comments

I’ve just returned from the Nanaimo Art Gallery’s current show, Out of Sight, a Vancouver Art Gallery touring exhibition of the works of Eadweard Muybridge and Harold Edgerton. Both photographers were fascinated by our subjective perception of motion, …

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Nanaimo Fine Art Show this weekend

Posted by Peter Gutmanis on June 4, 2016 in Art, Events, News, Paintings | No Comments

Two of my paintings, “Patio Chairs, Greece” and “Nanaimo Overpass” are hanging in the Federation of Canadian Artists: Nanaimo Chapter‘s ‘Nanaimo Fine Arts Show‘ at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre this weekend.

The show runs Saturday …

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Honorable Mention at “A Brush With Spring”

Posted by Peter Gutmanis on June 11, 2015 in Events, Paintings | No Comments

My painting “Neck Point Marsh” earned an Honorable Mention at the Federation of Canadian Artists show “A Brush With Spring” two weekends ago. Thanks to the jury for the appreciation!…

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“A Brush with Spring” show opens today in Nanaimo

Posted by Peter Gutmanis on May 29, 2015 in Art, Events, Paintings | No Comments

Two of my paintings, “Bicycle” & “Neck Point Marsh”, are in the Federation of Canadian Artists‘ show “Brush with Spring” that opens at 1:00 today at the Best Western Dorchester Hotel in Nanaimo. The opening ceremony is …

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Bright lights, February blues

Posted by Peter Gutmanis on February 15, 2015 in Paintings | No Comments

Perhaps it’s the time of year, but I find myself focused these days on more abstract subjects involving a complex mix of colour, contrast and texture. The initial pleasure is in the surface play of bright light and wild colour, …

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Reflections on First Nations art

Posted by Peter Gutmanis on September 7, 2014 in Paintings | 887 Comments

As I was sketching a new painting, more reflection than structure, of the Lighthouse Bistro in Nanaimo, the swirling outline and contained colours struck me as similar to West Coast First Nations art. Those heavily stylized images of animals and …

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