4Cats Art Studio Hosts First National Costume Swap Day™ Canada Event in the Central Vancouver Island Region

4Cats Art Studio head curator, Tara Gray, gets into the Halloween Spirit!


(Sept. 25, 2012) Lantzville, B.C. – Are the dark corners of your storage room a little spookier than usual? Do they come complete with piles of too small, underused or long-forgotten costumes, bits and bobbles of Halloweens past? Do you have no desire to spend tons of time and money fighting the crowds (and your kids) to score another costume that will end up in that cob-webby pile?

4Cats Arts Studio has got a fun, economic, creative and light-on-the-earth solution for you –  National Costume Swap Day Canada. The swap takes place on Saturday, October 13th, 2012 at 1-7221 Lantzville Road, Lantzville, BC. It starts at 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm and is FREE!We encourage you to bring your CLEAN costume to the studio by Thursday, October 9 so we can sort them for easy swapping on National Costume Swap Day – October 13!! Costume Swap costumes can be taken at the door on swap day as well. Please bring a non perishable food item for Loaves and Fishes too… they do need it right now!

We’ve got your back in the costume department this year. Spend a fun early October Saturday afternoon with other parents and kids looking to discover some great finds and get rid of that never-to-be-worn-again (by you) box of costumes, accessories and more in the spirit of upcycling.

“Everyone has a stash of costumes from Halloweens gone by that they don’t use any more,” says 4Cats Nanaimo curator, Tara Gray. “We’re putting those old costumes to good use and making them new to you while helping families save money and live lightly.”

Get all of the details on the local costume swap and find out all the details on this national movement at www.costumeswapdaycanada.com

How it works: Come and bring your costumes to exchange and trade with the group. You will get an exchange ticket at the door for every costume you bring in that allows you to go home with a new-to-you costume for your kids.

4Cats Nanaimo is pleased to be part of National Costume Swap Day Canada celebration where communities throughout the country are helping families save money, create a stronger sense of community and live lightly on the Earth this Halloween.


Mia Weinberg has an eye for dead things… and that is a good thing. She’s our Eastside Culture Crawl artist of the day (according to me)

Mia Weinberg has an eye for dead things… and that is a good thing. She find wings of insects, dried flowers from the garden, leaves of trees and makes them extraordinarily beautiful. Mia Wienberg is my Eastside Culture Crawl Artist Of The Day. I found out earlier this week that she has turned some of her work into coasters… functional art. So, I bought two sets! Cool. Check her out at  424 – 1000 Parker Street.

(Full disclosure on my artist of the day today… she is a friend. Became a friend from the Eastside Culture Crawl though. I have a few of her pieces which I proudly hang in my living room – and she always makes sure they are hung straight!)

Mia believes there is potential in the microscopic to reawaken us and bring us face to face with something we too often forget: that life on this earth is full of wonder, full of mystery. Her hope is that her work will help the viewer become re-enchanted by the truly marvellous in the everyday. She is inspired by the delicate details that reside in the groves, gardens and architectures of the smallest corners of our world. She often chooses to work with botanical specimens that are in the process of decay because especially in their passage through death, they lead to regeneration, new beginnings, and exhibit extraordinary beauty.

Born in London, England, Mia Weinberg left a career in industrial manufacturing, and moved to Vancouver in 1987. Mia graduated from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 1994, subsequently her work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally. In 2002, Mia participated in a collaborative residency at the The Banff Centre (Alberta) that resulted in the acquisition of her work by the Walter Phillips Gallery. In 2004 Mia was awarded an Earthwatch fellowship to participate in an archeological project in Washington State. In the same year Weinberg joined D’or Art Consultants as an artist and art consultant. In 2007, Mia was awarded a public art commission for the Muttart Conservatory in Edmonton, it was unveiled in June 2009. In November 2008 Mia’s image “Atlin II” received the Director’s Selection Award from The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado. Mia’s work will also be included in the Edmonton “Streetscapes” public art project: part of the 2009 Alberta Avenue revitalization.

To learn more about all the artists, find maps of the buildings and all sorts of great things about the Eastside Culture Crawl, check out http://www.eastsideculturecrawl.com