MAS Summer Group Shows: Online Editions “Art Under Lockdown” & “Intertidal Impressions”

Malaspina Art Society (MAS) had to cancel a planned ‘in person’ group art exhibition on the theme of “Intertidal Impressions” due to Covid-19 distancing restrictions at our venue, Vancouver Island University’s Powell River Campus. So, we invited local artists to submit to our online gallery, plus we figured we’d share some of the art we were doing under the lockdown itself, to address the ‘elephant in the room’ with a second “Art Under Lockdown” group show. Two gift certificates to Opus Art Supplies will be picked randomly (one for each gallery artist) by MAS! Stay tuned for more news on how things are progressing via this page and our social media (see right panel for links). Thanks to everyone who contributed their work! – Giovanni

Art Under Lockdown Group Show

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Intertidal Impressions Group Show

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS! You are invited to an optional,  free outdoor ‘Inspiration and Information Session’ to help generate ideas for your group show submission for “Intertidal Impressions”, with your host and educator Janet May: Saturday May 9, at 1PM at the Westview Viewpoint along hwy 101 (where the totem poles and flags are between Kamloops and Lytton Streets on Marine Ave). We will  be descending the footpath to the intertidal zone, so if you have difficulty navigating the path down at the viewpoint, please park and descend on the path just south of there. And as backup we have another possible date: Saturday May 23, at noon.

Please check our homepage ( or our social media points on Facebook (also here) or Instagram for any updates. It would be great if you can RSVP by May 1st at

Summer 2020 MAS Group Show title: Intertidal Impressions

  • Deadline to submit interest and details is May 20, 2020 [with your name, title of your piece, its size, medium, cost (or nfs) and any message you’d like to attach up to 50 words] to
  • Deadline to submit work is June 2nd, 2020 

Opening JUNE 4 – SEPTEMBER 15, 2020 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. 
  • Short NFB film on intertidal zones 
  • Site with inspirational mixed media works on tidal zones

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FEBRUARY 13 through MAY 2020

 Malaspina Exhibition Centre, Vancouver Island University, 

7085 Nootka Street Powell River, BC 

Nina and her family have lived in Powell River since 1978, and she has been working with textiles as an art form since the early 1980’s. She has explored many styles and media in quilts and has worked tirelessly in the community  to elevate quilts above hobby status to a respected textile art form.

In this series she explores the use of scraps and colour.  Our modern textile industries make a profoundly negative impact on our environment with the enormous amounts of pollution created when flushing chemicals and dyes into our natural water systems. There is also ample documentation about the alarming mountains of textiles left over and tossed by the clothing industry and by a society voracious for novelty and ‘bargains’.

Nina has observed this trend in the quilting community as well, and is known by quilt friends as someone who will be happy to dive into their boxes of off-cut bits and pieces. She wholeheartedly believes that there is no really ugly or unusable fabric, you just haven’t cut it small enough yet, or paired it with just the right partner.