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Nanaimo’s Art 10 Gallery Hosts Exhibit in Memory of Artist – Nanaimo News Bulletin


In honor of a deceased painter, a local art studio and her husband will host a retro art exhibit in her memory.

According to a release from the exhibit, Denise MacNeill’s collection will be on display in “Coming Home” at the Art 10 Gallery in Nanaimo North Town Center until October 31.

A press release notes that MacNeill, a Nanaimo-based painter who died of cancer in 2021, received “a great gift” to paint the world around her.

As a mostly self-taught painter, she began working in watercolor and progressed to acrylic and oil painting later in life. She was known for her depictions of arbutus trees and local landscapes, having been heavily influenced by Westwood Lake and Buttertubs Marsh while walking the same Nanaimo trails a thousand times, the statement noted.

“There’s so much beauty in nature that it stops me dead in my tracks,” MacNeill said. “So I just came home to my studio and left it all on canvas.”

The statement also noted that MacNeill liked to challenge himself and once decided to paint 50 pictures in six months, learning more about his own style and preferences. These 50 paintings culminated in an art exhibit for the Old School House Arts Center at Qualicum Beach in 2018.

“In addition to her own art studies, Denise has worked for many years with struggling adults, often finding creative outlets for their artistic endeavours,” the statement read.

The painter is dearly missed by the artistic community and family on Vancouver Island, the statement noted.

Proceeds from “Coming Home” will go to the Vancouver Island University Denise MacNeill Endowment Fund.

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