The thriving Nanaimo arts scene hasattracted art lovers and artists alike. Artists stay here because it is beautiful, un-crowded, and the lively up-front culture in Nanaimo affords acomfortable setting for expression. A wide variety of art galleries and music venues share the street with bookstores, hip caf's, and charming boutiques including the only Apple Specialist north of Victoria. In the spring and summer you'llalso find large arts and crafts fairs near the waterfront in Nanaimo. There aresix downtown art galleries in all, including a renovatedheritage building that provides an inspirational 10,000 square feet of space to displaythe paintings, pottery, glass sculptures and other extraordinary works of manyCanadian artists.