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Friends show their work

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The annual Friends of the Gallery (FOG) exhibition returns to the Sunshine Coast Arts Centreís Doris Crowston Gallery in Sechelt with an opening reception on Jan. 8 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Members of the Arts Council can submit one artwork in any medium. Itís usually a diverse and interesting show.

Vaudeville returns

Auditions for the next season of Vaudeville take place on Jan. 7 and 8.

The theme is Olde-Fashioned Music Hall and singers, dancers, actors and comedians are wanted, with no experience necessary. To book an appointment with Vaudevilleís musical director, phone Miss Berni G at 604-886-6827 and she can give you a time and location for the audition.


The final version of Portraits: Found and Taken, a book of photos by Tim McLaughlin, is now available to the public in a duotone edition.

The book features more than 75 portraits of artists, musicians, writers and others taken by McLaughlin over the past three years, including many Sunshine Coast familiar faces. The first 100 copies sold are numbered and signed by the artist. Contact the photographer at: or catch him at a Vancouver book launch and signing on Jan. 30 at the Ferry Building Gallery in West Vancouver.

CD release

Joe Stanton and Simon Paradis are releasing their new CD, Good Road Home: Stanton/Paradis, with a performance at Coopers Green Hall on Jan. 11 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $15 available at the Halfmoon Bay General Store and Welcome Woods Market. It promises to be a fabulous night. The opening act will be Guido Heistek, a well-known ukulele/guitarist/singer.


The†2011 Ovation Award Winner†Vancouver Concert Opera Societyís†Tri-City Gala Concert Tour†features 70 minutes of†operaís most beloved arias, duets and ensembles from Bizet, Donizetti and Verdi.†

It features alumni artists†Arianna Sovernigo, soprano†(Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova-Italy),†Natalie Burdeny, mezzo†(Interna-tional Opera Theatre - Italy) and†Andrew Green-wood, baritone†(Stadttheater Hildesheim - Germany), and introduces†Sunny Shams, tenor†(Festival Opera de St. Eustache - Canada).

Vancouverís own Michael Onwood will accompany this quartet of internationally acclaimed artists at the piano. The performance is at the Ravenís Cry Theatre in Sechelt on Sunday, Jan. 12, at 2 p.m. Call the theatre at 604-885-4597 for ticket information.

Big paintings

Artist Mary Jean Brown is offering art classes in Big Painting starting on Wednesday, Jan. 15, for eight weeks at Windows on the Water located at Sunnycrest Mall in Gibsons. Give her a call at 604-886-3849 to sign up.

GPAG thanks

Gibsons Public Art Gallery wishes to thank all those who contributed to the basket for donations of food and money for the food banks in Sechelt and Gibsons.

Musician Jim Taylorís daughter, who was present at Lights in the Landing at GPAG, collected more than $111 for the Gibsons food bank. We thank her for her wonderful donation.

Sunshine Brass musicians, who played earlier in the week, asked for Sechelt food bank donations as the entry to their concert.

Thanks to all the generous hearts in our Coast community.

Tuesday deadline

Send me notice of your arts events, one week ahead, for this column by Tuesday at 5 p.m. for Fridayís paper to or phone 604-886-4692. Keep it brief, please.

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