Art auction opens

Jan DeGrass / Arts and Entertainment Writer / Staff writer
October 5, 2012 01:00 AM

The Coast Cultural Alliance (CCA) launches the third annual Sunshine Coast Art Crawl Oct. 19 to 21, with 110 participating galleries and art studios this year. For a preview, check out the Art Crawl Online Art Auction, available now. All artists participating in the Art Crawl have been given the opportunity to submit up to two pieces of artwork into the auction. Participating artists include Jan Poynter, Jim Harding, RoseAnn Janzen, Louise LeFebvre and more. The bidding opened Sept. 29 and continues until Oct. 19 at 10 p.m. Place a bid on your favourite piece. to get started.

Portrait Show

Photographer Tim McLaughlin will show his work at Melriches Coffee House, 1244 Davie St. in Vancouver, with an opening reception on Oct. 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. The exhibition is a show of 12 large format photographic prints, each one mounted on sheet aluminum. The portraits are mostly (but not entirely) artists from the Sunshine Coast. McLaughlin notes that most are taken in outdoor natural light at a studio in Roberts Creek where the artist works during the summer months because he cannot replicate the incredible quality of the light anywhere else. The show runs from Oct. 1 to 31.

Bachinski show

The Gumboot Restaurant hosts artist Una Bachinski for the month of October in her show, The Immaculate Reception: Visions, Dreams and Reflections, with a reception on Friday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m. The artist's parents studied and taught in Ontario and her childhood was influenced by the artistic milieu that surrounded her. After earning a BA with a major in fine and performing arts, Bachinski moved to visual art and created large scale figurative drawings on paper. After a move to Montreal, she explored painting with oils and sketched regularly at the Musée de Beaux Arts. During this time, elements of a more ethereal nature appeared in her work resulting in a landscape of the soul approach. After running her studio on the Coast since 2004, she will now venture to the east this fall.

Meet the author

Mystery writer Elizabeth Elwood will be meeting the public at Woods Showcase, Sunnycrest Mall, Gibsons, this Saturday, Oct. 6, from 1 to 3 p.m. Browse the fourth book in her series, The Agatha Principle and Other Mystery Stories.

Bolshoi ballet

This Sunday, Oct. 7, at 1 p.m., the Raven's Cry Theatre presents a pearl of the romantic ballet repertoire, the Bolshoi Ballet's La Sylphide. This new production injects the classical ballet with joie de vivre and beauty - the hallmarks of the Bournonville style. Runtime is approximately two hours. Tickets for 13 years plus are $15, children three to12 years are $10. Tickets are available at the theatre, or call 604-885-4597.

Opera season

The Met Opera's Live from New York in HD season begins Oct. 13 at 10 a.m. with a new production of Donizetti's comic gem, L'Elisir d'Amore. Anna Netrebko makes her Met role debut as the beautiful landowner Adina, with Matthew Polenzani as Nemorino, the simple peasant who falls in love with her. Conductor Bartlett Sher said, "It's an opera that's a great entertainment and that has something else happening underneath. It's informed by when in Italian history it was written - you can see the early stirrings of a cry for independence." Run time is approximately three hours. Tickets are $24 (general) and $20 (senior 65 years plus). Call the Raven's Cry Theatre at 604-885-4597 to have yours held for pick-up.

House concert

On Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m.Laura Crema, a great jazz singer with a unique timbre,Juno award winnerJodi Proznick, a terrific jazz bassist, andSteve Giltrow, jazz artist, guitarist and composer, will be performing at a house concert. Tickets are $20 and seating is limited to about 45 people. To reserve your seat, pre-payment is necessary. Music will include standards and originals. Bruce Armstrong will host the concert at 223 Camp Rd., west of the BonniebrookLodge.BYOB and snack if you wish.For booking, contact or 604-886-9644.

Practice monster

The Sunshine Coast branch of the Registered Music Teachers' Association is pleased to present Regal Monster Productions in an innovative musical workshop - Calming the Practice Monster - on Sunday, Oct. 14, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at St. Hilda's Anglican Church in Sechelt. Paul Coates and The Monster will facilitate this workshop about reconnecting the musical team: the student, the parent and the teacher. Are you a teacher frustrated with under-prepared students? A parent aggravated by practice time? A student bored with practising? Paul Coates will present inventive ways to make peace with these experiences. Coates brings a wealth of experience to this one-of-a-kind musical adventure. For more information or to register online, go to, or phone Regal Monster Productions at 1-519-305-0545.

Queer writing

Queer Times is a writing retreat at Cascadia House in Roberts Creek on Oct. 12 to 14. Instructors Claire Robson and Elise Chenier invite you to share memories and review them in the context of queer history, then craft a piece of writing with two experienced professionals. The retreat begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday with some meals included. Call Judy Lynne at 604-886-7334 for cost and registration.

Cohen art

Interest in the Tribute to Leonard Cohen art exhibit continues to grow. Gibsons Public Art Gallery (GPAG) invites all artists, poets and musicians to take part in this tribute to an iconic Canadian songwriter and poet for ashow opening Nov. 15 at the new gallery site. The curatorasks artists to send a letter of intent to the Gallery by Oct. 15 letting GPAG know the title, size and medium of works being brought to the Gallery by Oct. 30.This can be done by e-mailor through the Gallery website at

Tuesday deadline

For arts events taking place after Oct. 19, send notice to contributing writer Carole Rubin. She will be filling in for me for six weeks while I promote my recently published novel, Jazz with Ella. You can reach Carole at or at 604-883-2022.

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