Nanaimo Mayor Bill McKay speaks at the unveiling of the Where the Old Meets the New exhibition inside the Vancouver Island Conference Centre. The exhibit will be displayed until December.

Nanaimo Mayor Bill McKay speaks at the unveiling of the Where the Old Meets the New exhibition inside the Vancouver Island Conference Centre. The exhibit will be displayed until December.

Vancouver Island Conference Centre hallway hosting art exhibition

NANAIMO – Council exhibit on display at the E.J. Hughes Gallery Hallway until December.

A downtown Nanaimo building has become the temporary home for some new artwork.

Last Thursday, Mayor Bill McKay and the Nanaimo Arts Council officially opened the Where the Old Meets the New: Established and Emerging Artists of exhibit inside the E.J. Hughes Gallery Hallway at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre.

The exhibit features pieces by Nixie Barton, Natasha Broad, Dennis Brown, Julie Dives, Willow Friday, Gerda Hofman, Grant Leier, Carly Neigum and Lance Van Dyk.

McKay says the artwork will add some much-needed colour to the space.

“This was a pretty bland space before … the artists added some colour and life to it,” McKay said at the reception.

The mayor believes the exhibit will draw some people into the downtown building.

“It is going to bring people in off the street,” McKay said. “It is going bring people who are visiting and attending conferences here down to this space so they can enjoy the work.”

The exhibit is a partnership between the Vancouver Island Conference Centre and the Nanaimo Arts Council.

People can access the E.J. Hughes Gallery Hallway, 101 Gordon St., from Commercial Street.

For information, visit www.nanaimoartscouncil.ca.

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