In less than 10 months, the Positive Energy Quilters of Gabriola Island have finished 10 quilts for the UnspOILed Coast Quilt Project. The 10 quilts will be on display for the first time at three venues around Diana Krall Plaza in downtown Nanaimo during the month of March, 2011. Two quilts will hang in the north stair display area at the Port Theatre, 125 Front St., from March through May. Five will be in the lobby of the Harbourfront Library, 90 Commercial St., from March 1 to 31. And three quilts will be shown in the downtown branch of the Nanaimo Art Gallery, 150 Commercial St., during the week of March 12 to 18.
The quilts at the Nanaimo Art Gallery will be displayed covered with the fabric “oil blobs.” Viewers will be invited to remove the blobs for a small donation, helping to keep our coast clean and oil-free. Donations benefit the No Tankers Campaign of the Dogwood Initiative. There will be a small, informal quilting bee at the Art Gallery on Saturday, March 12, 2011, from 1 to 4 pm.
The UnspOILed Coast Quilt Project was begun in May, 2010, after the Canadian oil transporter Enbridge announced plans for the Northern Gateway which would see enormous supertankers carrying oil from the Alberta tar sands through narrow North Coast passages. Thirty-five people participated in the quilting project, creating their images of those things most threatened by a potential oil spill. The quilts have been displayed at three events on Gabriola. Now they are in Nanaimo. For more information, call 250-247-7656.