New show from duo

Jan DeGrass/Arts and Entertainment Writer / Staff writer
March 14, 2014 01:00 AM

Marlene Lowden and Christy Sverre invite you to their colourful show of artwork, Respond and Reflect, at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt, opening next Wednesday, March 19, at 7 p.m.

Lowden is a long-time resident of the Coast, and Sverre and her husband have recently settled here full time. Their work is truly a response to the current environment and a reflection of past experiences and travels.

"For me, the show feels like coming full circle as I spent so many hours at the Centre while working for Coast TV, interviewing and capturing other artists' work to present to viewers at home on TV.It is a little surreal, as I never at the time dreamed that I'd be showing my own work at the Centre one day," Lowden said.

The show runs until April 20.


Tonight, Friday, March 14, drop in at the School of Music coffeehouse in Madeira Park. It takes place every second Friday of the month. Doors open at 7 p.m. and music starts at 7:30. On stage in a cabaret setting, see: Katrina Bishop with songs from her upcoming CD; Ken Johnson on piano and Roger Maidens on guitar. Admission is $10 at the door. Coffee, tea and delicious desserts are available.

Call Joanne at 604-883-9749 for more details or to find out how you can perform at upcoming shows.

Antiques road show

This Saturday, March 15, head to the13th annual SC Museum and Archives' Antique Road Show at Sunnycrest Mall in Gibsons. Bring your treasures - anything collectible, unusual, historical or unique -and find out its worth from professional appraisers. Dig out those old coins you stashed away, the oil painting you scored at a garage sale, the china set you inherited from your grandmother, or the "ancient" manuscript you found in the hidden compartment of the roll-top desk. Show runs from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and costs $15/one item; $20/two items; $25/three items; $30/collection.

Museum curator Kimiko Hawkes has more details at 604-886-8232.


At the Gibsons Public Art Gallery this Saturday, March 15, from 1 to 3 p.m. Laurel Sukkau leads Little Hands architectural workshop in which she uses boxes to create on the theme of the Library of the Future. On Sunday, March 16, Mama's Boys perform at about 6 p.m. The teen band, who recently performed at Tribute to Mandela, are Landseer Enga, Rishi Fernandes and Aiden Swan. See: for more details.

Paddy's Day

It's the (pre) St. Patrick's Day party this Saturday, March 15, at 8 p.m. at the Roberts Creek Legion, with Irish for a Day playing. Advance tickets are on sale now at the Little Legion. See for more details.


Release your inner Molly, Nick, Relic, or Jessie! Driftwood Players is preparing a Murder at the Reach dinner theatre production at local restaurants in late May and June. The script writing team is Ingrid Bilton, Joanne Bennison, Mac Dodge, Stephen Archibald and Bill Forst. Dodge will direct. Auditions are scheduled for 2 p.m. this Sunday, March 16 at Heritage Playhouse.

A prepared monologue is optional or read from the script. To be cast are Beachcombers characters in a range of ages: Molly, Nick, Relic, Jesse, Constable and some others including Molly's sister (in her 60s), a developer (40s or 50s) and a young woman (20s or 30s.) Driftwood Players is an amateur company, so no remuneration can be paid, just fun and glory as compensation.

If interested, a quick reply to will be appreciated. Drop-ins are welcome. Please feel free to call Dodge at 604-886-0689, Bilton at 604- 886-2770 or Forst at 604-886-2543 with any questions.

Big painting

Artist Mary Jean Brown leads an eight-week group in big painting in acrylics from March 19 through May 7, every Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. The course location is Windows on the Water at Sunnycrest Mall in Gibsons. Phone Brown to register at 604-886-3849.

Watermark screening

In recognition of UN World Water Day, the Green Film Series brings the award-winning film Watermark to the Heritage Playhouse in Gibsons this Monday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Watermark is a feature documentary that brings together diverse stories from around the globe about our relationship with water: how we are drawn to it, what we learn from it, how we use it and the consequences of that use. Voted Best Canadian Film, 2013, by the Toronto Film Critics Association, shot in stunning 5K ultra high-definition video, and full of soaring aerial perspectives, this film shows water as a terraforming element and the scale of its reach, as well as the magnitude of our need and use. For more information or to purchase tickets or reserve seats go to:

Rising Tide

Actors and singers from the Rising Tide Theatre Company gave an entertaining and polished performance in their inaugural show last Saturday.

David King, who hopes to start up a summer repertory theatre on the Coast at the Heritage Playhouse, was in fine form, showcasing his own spoken word pieces, along with music from Clay Hepburn and vocals from visiting actor/singer Wanda Nowicki accompanied by musicians Harris Van Berkel, Ken Dalgleish and Boyd Norman. Chad Hershler and Dave Hurtubise were superbly cast in the dryly comical Seniors Day, a one-act play written by King. The audience gave enthusiastic support for the promise of a new company - with hopes that the funding will follow.


Pender Harbour Music Society sadly announced that last weekend's concert with the Clover Point Drifters had to be cancelled because of illness of one of the band members. They are trying to reschedule. You may return your ticket(s) to the place where you bought them for a refund: Harbour Insurance, Madeira Park; John Henry's Marina, Garden Bay; Sechelt Visitor Info Centre; Gaia's Fair Trade, Gibsons.

Tuesday deadline

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

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