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Harbour bursary winner

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The Harbour Gallery in Madeira Park reports that Chloe Christie, a former student of Pender Harbour Secondary School was the recipient of both the 2011 and 2012 Ada Priest Memorial bursaries. 

For the past two years Christie has been a graphic design student at the Vancouver Visual College of Art and Design. She plans to specialize in publication and branding upon graduation.

This Saturday, May 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Harbour Gallery is pleased to exhibit examples of her work and a digital portfolio will be displayed. The members of the gallery will also exhibit Fun on the Farm to coincide with the Pender Harbour May Day festivities. The artists have been busy painting scenes of farm life and animals. The Harbour Gallery, located across the parking lot from the School of Music in Madeira Park, will also be open 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 19 to help celebrate the Pender Harbour Choir's 40th anniversary. Contact June at 604-883-2807 or Nefri 604-885-4366 for more details.

Ghosts film 

The Ghosts in our Machine by filmmaker Liz Marshall is on its premiere tour and will be showing at the Gibsons' Heritage Playhouse on Saturday, May 18 at 7 p.m. The film-maker will be in attendance and a Q&A will follow the screening hosted by Coast TV's Tamar Kozlov and acclaimed Canadian filmmaker Bonnie Klein.

McArthur, an award-winning photographer and activist, has been travelling the world for more than 10 years to document the mistreatment and suffering of animals at the hands of western industry.

Viewers will join on covert missions to factory farms in the dark of night where animals raised for fur or food are kept in appalling conditions, and to an almost utopian sanctuary for rescued animals. Her goal is to demonstrate the sentience of non-human animals; her deep connection with these animals is palpable in her photography. Tickets are $10, available at the door or in advance at Seaweeds, Gibsons, Roberts Creek Health Food Store, Woods Showcase, Sunnycrest Mall and Gibsons Public Art Gallery. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Film is at 7 and discussion at 8:30.

Arts festival

The Roberts Creek Arts Festival is the place to be all weekend, May 17 to 19, at 10 different venues. There's art, film, music and food — creativity of all kinds.

See www.robertscreekartsfestival.com for updated events.

Festival books

Gibsons Library will host a Festival Book Club with selections from Festival of the Written Arts 2013 roster and a special presentation by the festival's producer on Wednesday nights: May 22, June 19, July 17, Aug, 14, Sept. 4 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. 

Join Jane Davidson, festival producer on May 22, for opening remarks at the Book Club. The books include: May 22: Ascent of Women by Sally Armstrong, June 19: Journeywoman: Swinging a Hammer in a Man’s World by Kate Braid, July 17: First Wives Club: Coast Salish Style by Lee Maracle, Aug, 14: Given by Susan Musgrave.  Book Club registration is required. Call 604-886-2130. Festival tickets and books will be raffled.

Chat Showcase

Chatelech Secondary School in Sechelt presents its annual Showcase of the Arts on Thursday, May 23 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

It includes visual art, the band and jazz band in the foyer along with food from the foods program. In the theatre there will be dance performances, original musical presentations and a performance of Rex Deverell's very funny play, Switching Places. And it's a fundraiser for scholarships in the fine and performing arts.

Leslie reads

Sechelt author Rosella Leslie presents a book launch for her latest novel The Federov Legacy (Caitlin Press) on Friday, May 24 at 7 p.m. at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt. Enjoy a good read and refreshments. All are welcome.

PechaKucha

PechaKucha Night (20 images, 20 seconds each) rocks the Gibsons Arts Building once again on Friday, May 24 with presentations by Marina Crawford, Barry Haynes, Charo DeVore, Dave Newman, Diane Mueller, Kate Wotton, Walter DeVore, and Laurie McConnell. Special guests will be an improvisational PKN by Da Newfie Duo. Beauty, philosophy, art, inspiration, laughter — come see why PKN sells out time after time. Doors open at 7:30 for the 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Big Night Out

Coming soon, the Music Makers presents Big Night Out, always a popular show.

The performance is next Saturday, May 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Sechelt Legion Hall and features the adult choir, Guitar Gang, soloists, Reflections Choir, Reg and Lynne and Definitely Diva. Tickets are $20, available at the Seaside Centre in Sechelt, Gaia's Fair Trade, Gibsons, or through Music Makers.

GPAG news

Submissions for the Gibsons Public Art Gallery show for 2014 are now closed and a jury will be considering the 40 entries received.

The GPAG is now accepting donations of books for the annual Canada Day Book Bag sale. The new bag features an image donated by Greta Guzek, and on Canada Day you can purchase a bag for $10 plus tax, and fill it with used books. Books may be dropped off at the gallery during opening hours, Thursdays to Mondays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The current shows, Visionaries, and Landscape Sketching, Studio Solutions, concludes Monday, May 20. 

Opening on May 23 GPAG presents The Chilcotin War: A Colonial Legacy, paintings by Anne Nicholson, in the main gallery, and From The Heart, Sumi-e paintings by Dina Dune in the Eve Smart gallery.

Tuesday deadline

Let me know about your arts event by 5 p.m. Tuesday for Friday's paper –email jandegrass@dccnet.com or call 604-886-4692.


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