Pender Rotary presents art auction

Carole Rubin/Contributing Writer / Staff writer
October 26, 2012 01:00 AM

A live in HD film of Verdi's masterpiece opera, Otello, by the Metropolitan Opera, is at the Raven's Cry Theatre in Sechelt on Saturday morning at 10 a.m.

The Pender Harbour Rotary Club's art auction is an annual favourite, with hundreds of pieces to bid on - paintings, limited edition prints, sculptures, pottery, carvings, jewelry, antiques, native art and more.

This year features an original watercolour by Tony Onley and works by Chemainus muralist Paul Ygartua, Coast Salish artist Susan Point, local artists Motoko, Carol LaFave, Gloria Masse, George Pratt and many more - something for every taste and budget. Proceeds go to local projects for youth such as purchasing computers for the high school, bursaries and international student exchanges and international programs like world polio eradication.

The event is next Saturday, Nov. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Garden Bay Pub with viewing opportunities starting at 5:30 p.m. Arrive early as there is limited seating. For more details call 604-883-2674.

Artesia Coffeehouse

The next Artesia Coffeehouse is this Friday, Oct. 26, at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt. The entertainment is diverse and will include: Dan's Daughters (Mira and Angie Sheppard) on guitar, violin and harmonies; Sh-Boomers; Gedeon Lizee, Colin Mailey, Ken Gustaffon and Mike Weber; Deanna Cartea Trio, Cartea, Ken McBride and Barry Taylor. Tickets are $10 at the door. Doors open at 7 for the 8 p.m. performance start. See or call 604-740-5825 for more details.


A live in HD film of Verdi's masterpiece opera Otello by the Metropolitan Opera is at the Raven's Cry Theatre in Sechelt on Saturday morning at 10 a.m.

Based on Shakespeare's tragedy, Semyon Bychkov conducts an incredible cast starring Johan Botha in the role of the jealous Moor of Venice opposite Rene Fleming in one of her greatest roles, Otello's innocent wife Desdemona. Tickets are $24 for adults and $20 for students/seniors available at the theatre box office.

Lecture series

Renée Van Halm talks about her work as it considers architectural space in private and public realms on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Seaside Centre in Sechelt, part of The Art of Seeing series. Tickets are $10 at the door. Call 604-865-0252 for more details.

World Thriller

Come watch the Coast version of the largest simultaneous dance in the world, based on Michael Jackson's Thriller in the parking lot of Dominique's School of Dance at 1051 Gibsons Way on Oct. 27 at noon. Watch for more on this in next week's arts section.

Pass reads

Governor General winning local author John Pass will read at Wheat-berries Bakery/Bistro, this Saturday at 7 p.m., hosted by the Gibsons Live Poets Society.

Legion bash

The Gibsons Legion is playing host to a Halloween bash on Saturday night starting at 8 p.m. Dance to the tunes of Kevin Conroy and the Smokin' Section. There will be prizes for best costumes. Admission is $8 for Legion members and $12 for non-members.

Art of Trio

The Sunshine Coast Music Society presents Walter Martella (piano and trumpet), Paul Steinhuis (bass) and John Rule (percussion) at the Gibsons Heritage Playhouse on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and children under 12, available at Laedeli in Gibsons and Strait Music in Sechelt.

SCFS film

Dos Hermanos is the next screening for the Sunshine Coast Film Society on Monday night, Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Heritage Playhouse.

Set in Buenos Aires and a sleepy town in Uruguay, the film brings to life the complicated, love-hate relationship of Susana and Marcos, a pair of middle-aged, lonely siblings. Admission is $5 for film society members and $8 for non-members.

Arts community talks

Coast music educators will be gathering all in the Coast art world to discuss commonality and envision the future on Saturday, Nov. 3, starting at 9 a.m. at Chatelech Secondary School in Sechelt. The session will be facilitated by John White. RSVP is required by emailing


The Sunshine Coast Festival of the Performing Arts' annual general meeting and40th anniversary is next Sunday, Nov. 4, at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt at 2 p.m. Current and new members are welcome to come out and enjoy entertainment and refreshments.

Sweet Lowdown

Sweet Lowdown brings their acoustic roots from Victoria to the Arts Building in Gibsons next Sunday night. The trio was nominated for album of the year by the 2012 Vancouver Island Music Awards. The Nov. 4 show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, available at the door.

Art exhibit

101 Office Supply in Sechelt is featuring works by local artist Katherine Johnston. Johnston works in paint, mixed media and collage. The artwork will be on display until the end of November.


Carolynn Cordsen, Thora Rogers and friends have recently released a book called Volume 2 of More Music. Along with the book, Cordsen and Rogers released a music video, Wings, by the late Bob Carpenter.

Both are available for sale at Woods Showcase, The Blackberry Shop, Friends in Gibsons, Strait Music in Sechelt and public libraries

Art Beat items

Send notice of your arts events to contributing writer Carole Rubin. She will be filling in for Jan DeGrass while DeGrass promotes her recently published novel, Jazz with Ella. You can reach Rubin at or at 604-883-2022.

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