An artist meet and greet will be held at the Nanaimo Art Gallery, 150 Commercial Street downtown, from 2 to 4 pm on Saturday, February 12, 2011, with Elke Mihic. Her works will be on display at the gallery from February 8 to 22, 2011. Mihic’s father always taught her to enjoy and respect nature, and this concept still can be seen in her art. At age 40 she fulfilled her dream of attending art school. This was a definite highlight in her life as several student awards and the honour of being on the deans list materialized. Some of Mihic’s influences were Bob Kingsmill, Gordon Hutchens, and John Charnestky.
After attending Vancouver Island University, she became the pottery room co-ordinator for Nanaimo Parks and Recreation. Mihic then became a pottery teacher, soon after she took lessons in ceramics from Janette McCall, an internationally known ceramic artist. She soon became a certified ceramic teacher and taught ceramics to the Nanaimo Harbour Seniors. Upon retirement, she still keeps involved in all aspects of art. The most recent accomplishments were honourable mention for her watercolour and a best in show for her sculpture received from the Nanaimo Arts Council. Mihic likes to bring out the whimsical in her clay creations, the latest being the crows. Mihic plans to bring more of her unique art to the community in the future, with the main goal being, to bring a little smile to people’s faces. For more information call 250-754-1750.