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First-place winner in the Adult category was Judy LeBlanc of Fanny Bay, BC for her story “Senanus Island,” of which judge Robert Hilles remarked: “This is a powerful story that conveys the tragic repercussions of an argument between a husband and wife during a kayak trip . . . It will keep readers engaged until its harrowing last sentence."

Second-place in the category went to Carol Gall of Heriot Bay for her story “Chicken Soup,” while Craig Spence of Victoria won third-prize for “A State of Repose.” Hilles also awarded honourable mentions to Harold Macy of Courtenay for “Nightingale,” Antony Stevens of Nanaimo for “10:15 Departure,” and Irene Wende of Nanaimo for “The Other Side.”

In the Youth (ages 13 to 18) category, the first-place winner was Taelon Pinto of Nanaimo for “The Wilting Flower.” Second-place was awarded to Skylar Gruys of Nanaimo for “The Magician,” and third-place to Rebecca Snow of Parksville for “Ethereal.”

The Junior (12 and under category) was won by Sara Lewis of Nanaimo with her story “Rueben, Not Susanna.” Uma Lilly McIninch Terweil of Salt Spring Island won second-prize for her story “The Whisperer,” while third-place was awarded to Isabela Martin of Salt Spring Island for “That Rooster.”

All three first-place winners were present to read their stories at the event, which was also attended by other finalists and writing fans from throughout the region. A record 122 entries were received this year, and over $2000 in cash and prizes was distributed.

The contest, open to writers on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, is co-sponsored by the Nanaimo Arts Council, the Vancouver Island Regional Library, and the Vancouver Island University Department of Creative Writing and Journalism. It is made possible by financial support from the Government of British Columbia and The City of Nanaimo.

The winning entries will be posted on the websites of both the Nanaimo Arts Council and the VIU Creative Writing Department with Judge Robert Hilles’ comments on each of the three Adult prize winners

2014 winners' work can be found at

2015 winners' work will be posted soon.



En Plein Air Journey




Join us on a Plein Air Journey around Nanaimo including free practice sessions, a workshop hosted by the Nanaimo Art Gallery if you so desire and culminating in a plein air exhibit.  There is no charge for the Plein Air Sessions, a fee for the workshop and a small charge to enter the showcase.  NAC Members and Non Member painters and photographers are welcome.




Sunday, June 21        Maffeo Sutton Park, Frank Ney Statue     11 am – 4 pm, Picnic Lunch

Leader:  Rod Corraini, 250-755-1926


Sunday, July 19         The Crow And Gate                                      11 am – 4 pm, Lunch @ the C & G

Leader: Patricia Banks, 250-751-4249


Please sign up in advance by the Thursday prior at the Nanaimo Arts Council Gallery either by phone 250-729-3947 or by email  We need to know numbers, particularly for the days we are having lunch in a restaurant so we can make arrangements in advance.




Saturday June 13      En Plen Air – Outdoor Painting                   10am-4pm 

                                    ArtLab at the Nanaimo Art Gallery             $80 plus GST: All supplies included

Instructor: Patricia Banks                            Registration Code:  137847


Get started with painting En Plein Air! Local Plein Air painter, Patricia Banks, will get you organized to paint out of your studio and immersed in the environment. From thumbnail sketch to finished painting, you will learn what supplies you need, how to simplify your subject, identify values and color, and work with the challenge of changing light. Participants will need some painting experience.       Registration is through the City of Nanaimo Activity Guide.  Register online at or call 250-756-5200 and quote the registration code.




Sunday, July 27, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, downtown, #4 Commercial Street – See over – Entries will be exhibited at no charge in the Nanaimo Museum for the month of August.




Volunteers needed

These are exciting times for the Nanaimo Arts Council as we are gearing up for some big changes.  To do this we require people with a variety of skills including marketing, promotion, project management, fundraising and development and financial management combined with passion and energy.  We particularly require someone with financial management experience as Treasurer (click here for more information) as well as someone willing to act as Secretary (click here for more information).

If you are interested in helping bring our Vision of a Creative Space to fruition as a Board Member, please contact our Executive Director, Sarah Schmidt at or 250-729-3947.  For information about what is a required of a Board Member click here.

Our Annual General Meeting is Thursday, November 13, at 6:00 pm at the NAC Gallery.  This is when your year long term would start so we need to hear from you asap if you are interested in coming on board.


Nanaimo Arts Council Quarterly Reviews 2014

First Quarter Review

Second Quarter Review

Third Quarter Review


Nanaimo Beading Circle

Steeped in tradition, the art of beading is one of many cultural arts that the Mid-Island Metis Nation is making available for everyone to try, in during their Wednesday night Beading Circles. The meeting is temporarily relocated to the The Nanaimo Association for Community Living office located at 83 Victoria Crescent while the downtown library undergoes renovations.

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