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mycelium rising
submit your art to Underbrush: Mycelium Rising by Oct 22, 2020


Malaspina Art Society is happy to announce our autumn 2020 group art Virtual Group Art show titled ‘Underbrush: Mycelium Rising’

We are inviting all artists in the qathet region to submit new work produced within the last 2 years in any medium that reflects our theme as developed by Giovanni Spezzacatena. Here is a very recent link to a Zoom Discussion with lots of film clips from the feature film Fantastic Fungi to get your creative juices flowing (scroll the timeline to see the film clips).


**Mycelium is the vegetative part of a fungus or fungus-like bacterial colony, consisting of a mass of branching, thread-like hyphae or shiro. The word mycelium literally means “more than one”, and refers to the thread-like body of a fungus; it is the main part of the fungus. The mushrooms that we eat are actually just a small visible part of the organism – the fruiting bodies, like the apple off a tree: the tree, leaves, bark, and extensive root system give birth to the visible fruit.


  • What:  “Underbrush: Mycelium Rising” is a Group Art Exhibition based on the concept and cultural manifestation of Mycelium – and their fruiting bodies: mushrooms. While open to interpretation, the title of the show encourages a point of view that focuses beyond simply representing mushrooms, but into the function and form of mycelium (and mushrooms) also as a metaphor for social issues. Any medium will be accepted (photography, painting/illustration, collage, sculpture/ ceramics, fibre-based work, video, animation, interactive work, sound pieces, installation, written works, etc.)As for the title, the ‘Mycelium Rising’ part of the title is in reference to this famous mushroom book by Paul Stamets, Mycelium Running.
  • Where: Online through and associated social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter accounts – see side panel for links)
  • Why: To encourage local and non-local artists to produce work in chosen media, on our given theme, and to provide a catalyst for interesting work that may be political in nature (think ‘grassroots’).
  • Who: Local qathet regional artists, including emerging artists and craftspeople.
  • When: Show will open in early November 2020 online at
  • HOW? Apply below: Deadline Oct 22, 2020 – fill out the form below and/or email this info to

Once you have sent the form information in please prepare a digital representation of your work (file size between 300KB-1MB) to email with your name.

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What the Plus (+) Group Art Exhibition by 17 local LGBTQ2+ (& allied) artists. Guest curated with online content by Rabideye


Alfred Bolster Fiona Tyler
Amber Friedman Giovanni Spezzacatena (rabideye)
Andrea Bennett (guest speaker) Jazz Rico
Angelica Hamilton John Hewson
Blossom (Maia Wade) Karin Birch
Chris Roberts Kathryn Neun
Daniel Rajala Kevin Wilson
Earle Thompson Prashant Miranda
and Sophia Sanford

 Although LBGQT2 stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, Queer/Questioning and 2-Spirited, the plus (+) that is usually included after the initialism encompasses a list of other identities that fall under the queer umbrella. Our group art exhibition features 17 local artists ranging in age from 12 to 65+, working in various media, focusing on the ‘+’ itself, as it indicates a range or ‘gradient’, representing the fluid spectrum of human gender and sexuality.

JUNE 20 – JULY 25, 2020

Gallery Hours: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 12pm-5pm

theyday - a talk with andrea bennett and nola poirier with Q & A

Online Interview and audience Q&A  “Theyday” on

Friday, July 17th at 7pm

 An exploration of the way queer identities have evolved over time, including the initialism LGBTQ+ and its additions and spaces and everything in-between, with author Andrea Bennett. Access through

Sponsored by: qathet Community Justice – BC Arts Council – Malaspina Art Society, Powell River Council for Arts & Culture – PR Pride.

More Info:  email: or 604.485.4278



Last chance to get your ‘Inter-tidal Impressions’ and/or ‘Art Under Lockdown’ piece in to the FREE and OPEN to all online group art exhibition and YOU CAN WIN ONE OF 2 OPUS art supplies gift certificates (selected from random applicants) HOW? fill out this form below and then Email an image of your art to 

Deadline: Tuesday June 2, 2020!

The planned Summer 2020 MAS Group Show “Intertidal Impressions” will go on, however with an ONLINE ART OPENING right here at and on MAS social media. There may be an in-person opening at the Exhibition Centre if there is interest, later on. Read on below the contact form below for details and idea-starters for the “Intertidal Impressions” show.

BUT wait, additionally, we will have a second online gallery ART UNDER LOCKDOWN, to display members’ work of any kind that is being produced during the COVID-19 lock down. You may submit to one or both of these online shows and it is free for any local artist to submit. 

To sweeten the deal we will offer two gift certificates for OPUS art supplies to randomly chosen artists from the submissions received!

  • The deadline to submit the image of your submitted work(s) is newly EXTENDED TO JUNE 2, 2020, via email to, along with the filled-in and submitted form below. If this form isn’t working for you, please just respond to the questions below via your email to
  • Image guidelines: Submissions to either online exhibition is open to all artists working in the qathet region- there is no fee to submit (but a limit of one piece per exhibition gallery: Intertidal Impressions and Art Under Lockdown, or submit one each)
    • All photos of artwork must be a good representation of the painting: Clean, in focus, with full painting captured (MAS can crop and resize if required).  Well lit, with no shadows.
    • Please use images that are between 1500 and 2500 pixels wide. Images smaller than 1500 pixels may appear blurry or pixelated.
    • Image files of around 500 KB for best results, max 2MB. Let us know if you need to send a larger file size or if you don’t know how to resize try these tools or contact

    • Images must the artists’ own work and not violate copyright and must comply with community standards. MAS reserves the right to select work submitted for the online galleries.
    • 100% of sales go directly to the artist as the artist is responsible for the transaction & delivery of work.
    • By signing this agreement below, you are agreeing to the terms of this document and that the work that is submitted is original and created by you.

BOTH ONLINE GALLERIES WILL BE PUBLISHED ON JUNE 4, 2020 on this site and on social media.

Intertidal Impressions: Exploring the space between land & sea through various media- The Malaspina Art Society’s Summer Group Show features qathet region artists exploring the changing sights, sounds, smells, motion, textures, plants and creatures of our northwest intertidal zones: the area of the marine shoreline that is exposed to air at low tide, and covered with seawater when the tide is high; its dynamic nature serving as a metaphor for resilience and adaptation.

  • Qathet Region artists are welcome to submit work in any medium reflecting the changing sights, sounds, smells, motion, textures and tastes of our northwest intertidal zones. The intertidal zone is the area of the marine shoreline that is exposed to air at low tide, and covered with seawater when the tide is high. Its resiliency and ever-changing nature can serve as a metaphor for visual, sound and text-based works. 
  • All the plants and animals that inhabit this zone are marine, but they have adapted to survive in this often challenging environment. At low tide they must be able to survive prolonged exposure to the air, large fluctuations in sun exposure and temperature, shifting salinity due to rain and snow or river run-off , extremes in wave action, as well as predation from land animals during low tide, and marine predators like sea stars and fish when the tide is in. 
  • Tide charts are here.
  • Short NFB film on intertidal zones 
  • Site with inspirational mixed media works on tidal zones