Art 10 Gallery Nanaimo

Alda SaundersThe ideal place to do some unique Christmas shopping is the Art 10 Gallery opposite London Drugs in the Port Place Mall, 650 Terminal Ave. downtown. In May, 2008, this artist's cooperative will celebrate 25 years of marketing the production of Vancouver Island artists. The current Christmas Show offers a diversity of works, from paintings to pottery, plus handcrafted art cards, jewellery, and other gift items.

Each month the Art 10 Gallery features a different artist. The paintings hanging on the walls and the pottery in the middle is nicely grouped by creator, which makes it easy to differentiate individual styles. Among the several dozen Nanaimo artists currently exhibiting at Art 10 is Alda Saunders (pictured here) whose watercolours and acrylic paintings are sought after. Other local artists featured at the gallery include Rod Corraini, Christine Houghton, Marilyn Ridsdale, Lee Stead, and Mike Szucs.

The Art 10 Gallery (tel. 250-753-4009) is open during mall hours seven days a week, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday to Saturday and 11 am to 5 pm Sunday. During the holiday season, the mall will remain open until 9 pm most evenings. Art 10 is just the place to pick up some original, one-of-a-kind gifts.

UPDATE: In February 2010, the Art 10 Gallery relocated to the Nanaimo North Town Centre.

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