Crimson Coast Dance

Augmented Reality Mural Tour - About the Artists

Leslie Bishko

Leslie Bishko is an Assistant Dean and Associate Professor of 2D + Experimental Animation at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Her background in contemporary dance led her to become certified as a Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst. Leslie embeds this rich theory of movement and meaning into her teaching, research, publications, personal animation projects and Flamenco dance practice. Her award-winning film Gasping for Air has screened widely at international animation festivals. 

Mauro Dalla Costa

Mauro Dalla Costa is an Argentine printmaker and Artist based in Nanaimo Vancouver Island. Founder of UFF SERIGRAFIA established in 2004 Santa Fe- Argentina.  Mauro has been directing focus on posters, graphic design and artwork reproductions. With an eye for detail, process and colour Mauro’s beautiful imagery invites us into universes and wonderful worlds inspired by nature and music. The crossover between digital and analogue processes is one of the main driving forces behind his work. His studio is currently  open for art projects and collaborations. 

About the Project


All cycles are connected to simple rules; those rules dominate this universe.

Life is falling inside the loop, pushing time through the bones. 

What is left, are just remnants of energies inside thoughts. A new life in the form of light traveling – to the infinity.

Eliot White-Hill, Kwulasultun
Snuneymuxw First Nation (Coast Salish)

Eliot White-Hill, Kwulasultun is a Coast Salish artist and storyteller. He is from the White family of Snuneymuxw, and has roots with the Rice family of Penelakut, in the Nuu Chah Nulth world through the Hamilton family of Hupacasath, and through his mother, Ilse Hill, is of mixed Western-European descent. His practice is rooted in celebrating and honouring the teachings he has received. He hopes to share his appreciation of Coast Salish culture and world view.

About the Project

Sxwuxwa’us (Thunderbird)

Coast Salish art is to make the sacred visible. I believe that is a quote from a Wilson Duff text, and it summarizes Coast Salish art powerfully. Our art is a form of expression that facilitates the transformation of every-day into the sacred. It is a bridge that connects us to the supernatural and spiritual realms that exist just outside of view. It connects us to that place which is the source of our teachings. 

The energy is all around us, it radiates from the land. For us to recognize that we must learn how to open ourselves.

With this artwork, I reveal what exists just outside of view here in Snuneymuxw. The sxwuxwa’us (thunderbird) lives in this place. Our stories tell of how they nested on Te’tuxwtun (Mt. Benson). They are powerful beings, who can be helpers to those in need. Through this augmented reality mural, I bring them back to the forefront and honour them, reminding the people here of where we are.


Michael Yaremkewich

It just happened. My father gave me his well-used airbrush when I was between employment early in my career as a Technologist.  And right from the first tentative and awkward exploration with this airbrush, a feeling of balance between the natural worlds I so loved to explore and the constrained practically of the technical drawings I produced on a computer in an office cubicle resulted.  The creative experience of unbounded expression of colour and form tempered the theoretically rigid discipline of drafting black lines on white paper. From this point onward, painting has been an endeavour to create without having to abide by a purpose or functionality, to be free, to just be there to witness the unfolding of that present moment without thought, judgment or intent, and just flow.

There has not been a linear progression in my development as an artist nor in my professional career.  When one dominated my time and attention, the other was present to keep me stable and grounded.  I moved from the airbrush to painting on small boards and developed a technique of bold brightly coloured impasto landscapes. I was able to display these in the Vancouver area in the late 1980’s and had success in being accepted to international art exhibitions.  Opportunities to practice my career in foreign countries slowed my artistic output, and in returning to Vancouver and eventually settling in Nanaimo at the turn of century, I began to paint on larger canvases. This was a time of experimentation where I explored and manipulated acrylics in a whole new manner loosely based on earlier techniques I had developed.  There was no intent to produce art for any other purpose but to see what could be done and to expand my creativity without fear of failure or the pressure of success.

In the passing of time, this duality of practical design and whimsical creativity that I had somehow seen as different and separate have simply become the opposite sides of the same coin.  A yin and yang that has followed a remarkably common progression as my life flowed from one state to the other.  To be open to change and opportunity, to adapt past skills to new ideas and situations, to mix the old with the new, to lay to rest, or resurrect projects and techniques.  My recent artistic exploration reflects this awareness, opening a new way of expression of what once was perceived as separate worlds.

Although not a commission for this project, Social Mixer is a delightful piece of 3D art that magically moves, shifting and changing with the temperature of the room.  Layered with metaphor in its design, the artist notes that it is a reflection of the people of our community – as they pass by doing the business of and with the city. The work is held in the City of Nanaimo’s Public Art Inventory.411 Dunsmuir -SARC Building Lobby Art in Public Places _ Mark Ashby video

Starting on July 8 you can download the app and select Explore Nanaimo for the mural locations and hours.

Visit the PlayStore to download the app for Andriod

Visit the Apple Store to download the app for iPhone

Crimson Coast Dance is thankful to have the support of the following sponsors:

We are grateful to live work and play on Snuneymuxw First Nation territory.