A mini art crawl to accompany weekend of jazz

Art Beat

Nine Gibsons Landing painters are opening their studios from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. over the June 22-23 weekend during the Gibsons Landing Jazz Festival in a sort of mini art crawl. It’s a concept that seems to have caught on as it’s already expanded from its inception in 2018, when four artists tried it. Included this year are Liz Christian, Anna Green, David E Hall, Jennifer Love, Paula O’Brien, Christy Sverre, Coralie Swaney, Ginny Vail, and Judi Scott-Wood. “All are within easy walking distance of the lower village so come by foot, by bike or by car and see something wonderful,” the group says on its website, gibsonsartstudios.ca, where you can find a guide-map and more information. 

Indigenous Culture Crawl 

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The shíshálh Nation is holding a crawl of its own over the weekend, June 22-23 and stretching into Monday, June 24. Full details can be found at https://shishalh.com. As part of the event, the Sunshine Coast Arts Council is hosting two free workshops at the arts centre on Medusa Street in Sechelt on Saturday June 22: a writing workshop from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. with Kwantlen poet and playwright Joseph Dandurand, followed from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. by a workshop entitled The Story of a Metis Puppeteer, with multi-disciplinary Metis artist Sandy Buck. Earlier, Dandurand will do a reading from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the tipi outside the Sechelt Nation Community (Band) Hall. 

Art at the Market 

Gibsons Public Market has an art exhibition featuring the work of painter Julia Dodge and the photography of Justen Zacharias. “I have chosen subjects that are worn down, washed up and aged: stones, flotsam and jetsam,” Dodge said in her artist’s statement. “By painting these, I try to show the strong beauty that is overlooked.” Said Zacharias of his work in the exhibit: “I spend a lot of time on the trails and beaches here and I felt … I would try to capture some of that beauty.” The show runs until Aug. 16. 

In-shop art on Cowrie Street 

The One O One shop on Cowrie Street in Sechelt sells stationery, art supplies and much else, and it also likes to display artwork. The shop has been showing the multi-media canvases of Hilloree Heselgrave, to which it’s now added works by Jody Anderson, through the month of July.

Tiny dancers 

Dance Works Academy in Gibsons is presenting a school year-end recital with Cinderella, at the Heritage Playhouse.

There will be four performances: Saturday, June 22 and Sunday the 23rd, at 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. both days. Tickets at Peggy Sue’s and Giggle ‘n Bloom.

Also in weekend music 

Monty Montego and the Rocksteady Crew will get you going with Jamaican dance music from 8 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, June 22 at the Gumboot Café in Roberts Creek. Saturday also will see Baby Harry Kings of Soul play the Lighthouse Pub in Sechelt at 9 p.m., while at 9 p.m. at the Roberts Creek Legion, it’s power-rockers Fir, with guests. 

On Sunday, June 23, you can take in an afternoon of classical music with Simon Gidora on violin and Patricia Greenfield on piano as they perform a Spring Serenade, from 2 to 3 p.m. at St Hilda’s Church in Sechelt. Admission is by donation.

Call for submissions 

If you and other artists you know have been musing about putting together a proposal for a show at the Doris Crowston Gallery at the arts centre in Sechelt, now’s the time to get it done. The Sunshine Coast Arts Council’s call for submissions for the 2020 season has a deadline of June 30. You can find more details at the council’s website under Exhibition.

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