Illustration of two colourful staircases leading to doors

Art by Shawnda Moufette

Shawnda Moufette of Moufette Arts is a contemporary mixed media artist, poet, and writer who attends Vancouver Island University. She will be hosting a pop-up-shop sale of her artwork October 9–October 10 from 1–4 pm each day at the Vault Café in Nanaimo. 

Her newest work is inspired by Montreal, the city where she grew up. The “Montreal Climb Series 2020” has many scenes of the city, focusing on eye-catching staircases while capturing the animated charm of Montreal. 

“I would place myself back in memories and look at photos of my hometown,” Moufette said. “The buildings are so iconic and beautiful to look at.” 

Moufette is not usually an illustrator, but it is something she has always wanted to try. She would like to illustrate some of her own stories, as she writes too.

“I usually do portraiture or mono printing,” she said.
At her event there will be works available from previous collections, as well as her new “Montreal Climb Series 2020” in various sizing. There will also be some clothing she has printed her work on, too.

“I will be providing gloves and masks at the event so that you are able to hold the original illustrations, cards, and clothes in your hand safely,” she said.

Who doesn’t love a pop-up-shop! You can RSVP on Facebook. Go check out her unique style, and support a local artist. 


Kaleigh Studer is a third-year Creative Writing Major and the new Arts Editor of the Navigator. She grew up in Nanaimo and loves all the opportunities the west coast has to offer. Mountain biking, swimming, traveling and brewery hopping are some of her favourite activities with friends. After living in Berlin for two years her passion and a keen eye for art and culture grew. She is excited to be searching out local stories and events taking place in Nanaimo.

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