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The Year in Arts: Part two

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Delhi 2 Dublin brought their high-energy show to Roberts Creek in February, with hometown fiddle player Sara Fitzpatrick up front and centre.

Filmic Fantasies:

Chatelech Secondary School graduate Julian Figueroa, wrote and produced his own zombie film with a high school cast playing the parts.

By a happy coincidence it was discovered that there were two filmmakers on the Coast who had used the durable Bolex camera in the past. They connected with an American group who were making a film about the camera's inventor, Jacques Bolsey.

The Raven's Cry Theatre featured some great productions on the screen broadcast live by satellite from the London's National Theatre and the New York Metropolitan Opera, among other ballet and theatre specials.

In November they hosted an intriguing filmmaker and artist who told about the forgotten island of Fuga. Filmmaker and sculptor Sarama was busy most of the year documenting the underwater life of the Salish Sea with his video camera.

Once called the Twilight Cinema, the venerable building designed by Arthur Erickson marked 50 years in Gibsons.

Delightful Dance:

The pre professional dancers from the Coast Academy of Dance (CAD) showed their talents a few times this year in various performances.

DSdanse's youthful dancers teamed up with a Burnaby group to produce a stunning show in April. Jasmyn Evered who studied at CAD was chosen by Team Canada to dance her way in international competition. Danceworks put on Pop Culture, a recital, in June.

This year's Gibson's Landing Jazz Festival saw an original performance of Dances on Water from a troupe of semi professionals. Skeleton Woman, an original dance piece by Lindsay Prentice, took to the stage in a June re-mount with additional material. The Nutcracker ballet with artistic director Kathleen Holmes rehearsed for their seasonal performances at the Raven's Cry Theatre.

Publications Plethora:

Do we have writers on the Sunshine Coast or what?

The Ballad of Mrs. Smith, a book of linked poems by Sechelt's Jancis Andrews earned her a nomination for the City of Vancouver Book Award.

Local author Valerie Mason-John edited The Great Black North, an anthology of contemporary African Canadian poetry.

Children's books were popular: Gayle Neilson published her teen novel Beogall's Choice, Melanie Eastley illustrated Scott the Starfish, and Ken Budd issued the third in his series of Buddy's adventures, WinterFree.

Friends of the late Dania Matiation launched her last book, Walking on Heads.

For Poetry month in April several local poets including Marion Quednau, put on an evening of readings, as did the Gibsons Live Poets Society.

Author Blair McDowell turned from her professional music career to fiction with her latest book, Sonata.

George Connell satirized the Sunshine Coast in St. Thomas of Egmont, while Rosella Leslie published The Federov Legacy at local Caitlin Press. Harbour Publishing earned numerous nominations at this year's BC Book Prizes.

Jean Pierre Makosso's latest book, a novel, was written in French, while Jim Christy's book Sweet Assorted used visuals as well as prose.

Ellen Besso recounted her spiritual and tourist travels in India while Michael Maser drew on his experience as a prospector in Gold Mad. Maser's book was published by a small Coast operation, MW Books, who had also brought out Comrade Stalin's Baby Tooth by Gibsons writer Marina Sonkina.  

The annual Festival of the Written Arts was another resounding success and drew some local authors to the podium. Bill Terry, the blue poppy gardener, and Rosemary Terry launched their elegant garden book, Beauty by Design. Kathy Para, the author of the novel Lucky, won an award from Mother Tongue Press.

The Gibson's Landing Writers published their first collection of stories and poems, Elemental, in December. Possibly the oldest author at age 99 to have his first book on the market, Frank White wrote Milk Spills and One-Log Loads published through Harbour propelling him into the B.C. best seller lists.

Well done, artists of every description! Don't stop now. Welcome to 2014.

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