VISUAL ART EXHIBITS
Enjoy a walk through the Jane McKerricher Gallery, the Lorne S. Thompson Gallery, the Gulzar Hallman Gallery, the Jack & Marilyn Hodgman Gallery, Hazel Carr Ridley Bakes Gallery and the Jack & Marjorie Evans Gallery.
Exhibitions change throughout the year and make your entertainment experience a visual treat. Talented local professional & student art are on display. They can be viewed during any pre or post performance or during a tour of The Port Theatre.
The MARGARET STRONGITHARM GALLERY, 2nd floor of the north wing, is home to the City of Nanaimo's Arts & Cultural Achievement Awards portraits.
Salmon Coming Home
by Phil Ashbee
"Salmon Coming Home" was commissioned in July 2000 to celebrate the new millennium. This project was made possible by generous contributions from The Province of British Columbia Arts and Heritage Millennium Fund and other generous donors*. The finished work hangs on the curved, 100 foot wall in our main lobby. Over 130 Salmon were first carved in wood and then cold cast in bronze and copper, taking a year to complete. Materials used include old growth red cedar, jade, abalone and horse hair. All five species of salmon; Sockeye, Chinook, Pink, Chum and Coho are represented.
Phil Ashbee is a contemporary artist and "Salmon Coming Home" is his personal interpretation of traditional west coast art. This modern vision was found through an internal process, utilizing modern techniques and materials as well as traditional ones.
*Donors : Anonymous donor, Dr. Stanley Eng, Margaret and Ted Strongitharm, PRAqua Supplies Ltd, Mary Magrega, Port Theatre Volunteer Fund & Dee and Jim Dawson. Thank you!