Supporting young artists

Carole Rubin/Contributing Writer / Staff writer
November 9, 2012 01:00 AM

The Sunshine Coast Arts Council is once again calling for original work created by artists, ages five to 18, to exhibit in the Doris Crowston Gallery at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt.

Young artists have just two weeks to complete entries for submission by 3 p.m. on Nov. 26. Costumes, jewelry, constructions, sculpture, collage, ceramics, fibre arts, painting, photography etc. are allowed, and will be on display from Nov. 30 to Dec. 17.

The reception for the artists and their parents will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 17 when certificates will be presented to all the artists and special recognition given to outstanding work in four age categories. Parents and teachers - please read the criteria and download the entry form from and then help those youngsters get busy.

More Met The Raven's Cry Theatre in Sechelt presents a film of Ades' The Tempest this Saturday at 10 a.m. This is Robert Lepage's innovative, exquisite production of Thomas Ades' modern masterpiece with Simon Keenlyside singing Prospero.

Tickets are $24 general and $20 for seniors. Call the theatre at 604-885-4597 to have your tickets held for pick up.

Bernie G

Bernie G will lead an afternoon of Remembering with Song and Story, a sing-a-long of the music from the World War years, and wartime memories of a few people who have agreed to share. This takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday at St. Hilda's Church in Sechelt.

There will also be an open microphone for anyone else who would like to share wartime memories. Delicious tea, included with admission donation, following.

Suggested donation is $10, with proceeds going to the church's homeless ministry.

Artists share seeing

Philanthropist, businessman, art collector, and Sunshine Coast resident Michael O'Brian and artist Shawn Hunt, an artist of Heiltsuk, French and Scottish ancestry will speak at the Seaside Centre on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. in the District of Sechelt's continuing The Art of Seeing series. Tickets are $10, available at the door.

Eco Warrior

Local author Gayle Neilson ( launches her teen/young adult novel, Beogall's Choice-the story of how a boy and a bird rescue nature - at the Arts Centre on Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. Jan DeGrass ( reads from her new novel, Jazz with Ella. All are invited for refreshments and chat. Books will be available for sale and signing - cash or cheque only.

Martini Madness

Martini Madness is performing at the Gibsons Legion on Nov 11, Remembrance Day, from 1 to 5 p.m. Songs of Sinatra, Bennett and Cole Porter to Bossa Nova as well as songs from The Second World War will be performed, with Kevin Crofton on vocals and guitar, Andy Amanovitch on bass and lead guitar and Barry Taylor substituting for Graham Walker on drums. This will be a Remembrance Day event you won't want to miss.

Spoken word

Join the new librarian, Tracey Therrien on Nov. 14 when the Gibsons and District Public Library hosts authors Jan DeGrass, Jazz with Ella, and Deanna Proach, To Be Maria, Ben Nuttall-Smith, Blood Feathers & Holy Men, and Sylvia Taylor, The Fisher Queen in a spoken word event. Wine and refreshments will be served served. The event runs from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. RSVP only by calling 604-886-2130.

Nutcracker on sale

Tickets for the Sunshine Coast's first full length professionally produced ballet will go on sale at Scotia Bank, in Sechelt on Nov. 16. Call 604-989-6090 for tickets. See more about the production at

Gallery "Hallelujah!"

Gibsons Public Art Gallery is moving to a new accessible space on Marine Drive in Gibsons (near Molly's Reach).

On Nov. 17, the gallery is holding a gala opening from 4 to 7 p.m. GPAG was founded in 2003 and has occupied a down-stairs location for nine years. Thanks to a generous bequest, they are now able to move "upstairs." The gallery has planned a Celebration of Leonard Cohen's words, in art, music and poetry, entitled "Hallelujah!" with a Lecture on Cohen by Don Grayston of Simon Fraser University, on Nov. 20, entitled "Soul Brothers" comparing Cohen and Thomas Merton. The curator for "Hallelujah!" is Manon Staiger. See next week's Reporter for more on this up-coming exhibit.

People of Pender

A new collection of portraits of the people of Pender Harbour by George Connell will be on display at the Copper Sky Gallery beginning Saturday, Nov. 17.


Due to en editing error, the website for Arbutus Sounds Chorus (Roberts Creek) was printed incorrectly in the Coast Sings article (Coast Reporter, Nov. 2). The correct website

Art Beat items

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

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