After 35 years, Art 10 Gallery is one of the oldest member-run galleries in Canada and continues to provide an exhibition and sales space for artists of mid Vancouver Island.
Earlier that year ten local artists got together with the idea of setting up their own gallery, the brainchild of Doris Paterson, who now lives on the Mainland. By the time the gallery opened in May there were thirteen members involved. Stell, the name Art 10, (for the founding 10 artists), stuck. Of the original thirteen, only Dorothy Sevcov still participants in the gallery. Since then, close to 125 local artists have played a part in keeping the gallery a thriving part of the Nanaimo arts community.
Art 10 Gallery has been in its current venue, which is the center of Nanaimo North Town Center on Rutherford Road in Nanaimo, since February, 2010. The gallery is located at the crossroads of the mall near the lotto booth.
Over the years Art 10 has spearheaded many exciting events. Well known artists such as Jack Shadbolt, Tony Onley and Herbert Siebner came to the gallery to instruct and show their work. Art 10 presented special shows at the Mahle House, Nanaimo Art Gallery and even one in Lethbridge, Alberta, as well as raising funds to Save Neck Point in 1994 and holding a silent auction to support the Nanaimo and Area Land Trust in its purchasing of park land around Mt. Benson in 2009.
Today there are 24 local painters and potters and jewellers involved in the gallery which is open seven days a week during Nanaimo North Town Center mall hours. A range of styles and subjects are represented in the paintings, and the potters provide customers with functional and fun pottery, plus sculptural pieces. Art cards, bookmarks, calendars, jewellry and other small gift items are also available.
Art 10 is now looking for qualified artists to submit portfolios for consideration for membership.