MAS News: Art Exhibitions Return at VIU Powell River, with Rabideye’s DAMAGE NOTED – starts Nov. 3

Presented through Malaspina Art Society.

Excerpt from exhibition notes

The title of this show, ‘Damage Noted’, is a reference to a term that librarians use to stamp onto books that have undergone damage, but are either still in circulation, headed for repair or destined to be destroyed. Within this context, the ‘Noted’ aspect is meant to dissuade further complaints from patrons regarding the state of the books, as an acknowledgment and mea culpa. Many of the works also contain collage elements and bits of type taken from destroyed books. That said, the title is open to interpretation here beyond this narrow meaning, as it can refer to damage self-inflicted or inflicted upon ourselves as a species  or as individuals  (as through the Covid-19 pandemic affected our physical bodies, our mental states, and our livelihoods), to our environment, physical bodies and minds where the act of living and time leaves its marks and as we grow (and grow older) and change to adapt to our changing contexts. 

In fact this is the process by which these pieces were produced: with little preconception, except for the most basic DNA of any given piece (basic size, materials, selection of colour, shapes and composition). The initial sharp edges of the underpainting are then introduced to heat, stress and chemical changes where the work is transformed quasi-randomly to produce new surfaces through which the artist reinterprets the piece based on previous actions and natural processes. Eventually the work is considered complete, even as often certain aspects such as patinas or rust will continue to work upon certain pieces, indefinitely. 

Most of the work presented in Damage Noted are available for purchase… As-is.  😉


Rabideye is thankful to live in the qathet region, traditional land of the Tla’Amin First Nation. He produces art, food gardens, art exhibitions, web media  design and illustrations (also for hire), and a free 1 hour weekly dance music podcast. He is currently involved in producing Augmented Reality (AR) works that take these aesthetic and philosophical concerns to another level, bridging a formal interest in animation, interactivity, and audio-visual design. A BC Arts Council Pivot grant has enabled him to offer two AR workshops that will be offered to the public in early to mid December at The Art Centre Public Gallery. 

Find out more, visit his online galleries and explore his social media network through 

full exhibition notes at:

What the Plus Festival ~ July 22-August 7, 2021

WHAT THE PLUS (+) Arts Festival

Group LGBTQ2S+ Art Exhibition, Artist talk, Writers Workshop + QR Zine

2021 Theme: Creative Self Portraits ~ Beyond the Selfie

Powell River, BC

July 22-August 7, 2021

Moving beyond our inaugural LGBTQ2S+ art festival in 2020, where we focused on the gradient implications of the ‘+’ within LGBTQ2S+, our ‘Creative Self Portraits – Beyond the Selfie’ themed show this year celebrates the queer self-portrait, as a way to further develop our local LGBTQS2+ conversation, as we strive toward greater queer visibility and understanding in our community.

This year we have 14+ artists presenting works and ideas that play with identity, gender and sexuality in a wide array of media. Our art exhibition is rounded off by an artist talk on opening night, a writers workshop, and a Q(uee)R Zine!

Presenting our artists and guest speakers:

Brian Baxter (painting, sculpture)
andrea bennett (author, workshop leader)
Alfred Bolster (photography, Installation)
Erika Gail (fibre arts; embroidery and tapestry)
Angelica Hamilton (mixed media, painting)
Prashant Miranda (painting/illustration + guest speaker)
Kathryn Neun (Mixed media)  
The Noise (mixed media, painting)
Kate Parkinson (Illustration)
Koosen Pielle (guest speaker)
Chris Roberts (painting)
Giovanni Spezzacatena/rabideye (curator, painting + animation)
Jenny Taves (painting)
Earle Thompson (photography)
Makaila Wenezenki (painting, video)


JULY 22 – AUGUST 7, 2021


Welcoming introduction by Koosen Pielle and artist talk by Prashant Miranda



SATURDAY JULY 31, 2021 at 2-4PM

‘Writing the Self, When the Self is in Flux’ by andrea bennett

To reserve a seat, email or Limited space. Masks required and BC Public Health Officer recommendations fully followed.


Q(uee)R ZINE:

Our interactive gallery guide/ mini fanzine with submissions from all over; available at the gallery.

It’s all at The Art Centre – qathet Public Art Gallery #215, 6975 Alberni Street, Powell River BC

Gallery hours: Tues, Thurs, Sat 12-5PM (free of charge; current Public Health Orders will be strictly followed)

Presented by Malaspina Art Society, and sponsored by:

Info: email: The Art Centre- qathet Public Gallery: 604.485.4278