Art Beat: Coast painters featured in Gibsons exhibition

Works by Sunshine Coast painters Brian Romer and Suzy Naylor are the subject of a new exhibition at Gibsons Public Market in a show that runs until Oct. 25 (which will include the Art Crawl, Oct 23-25). Romer is well known for his fine, impressionistic take on natural scenery, in a mode he calls “the Canadian landscape tradition.” Naylor also does landscapes in a quite different style, along with “very loose renderings in the traditional still life genre, quirky interpretations of real and imaginary people, images which simply emerge from the canvas, and abstracts.” In the market’s atrium and upstairs in the Coastal Room, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. 

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The Heritage Playhouse in Gibsons was set to open its doors again this week – with safely distanced seating and a mandatory-mask policy for audience members. On Saturday, Sept. 19, there are 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. screenings of the 40-minute documentary The Future of Birds, by Vancouver filmmaker Jocelyn Demers. Tickets are $12 at the door or through Demers’ website, The Sunday, Sept. 20 Off the Page reading-performance of playwright David King’s How Things Have Changed has been rescheduled until Sept. 27. Showtime is still 1 p.m., and admission is by donation. Reservations are required, via Off the Page on Facebook.


The Sunshine Coast Arts Council’s Literary Reading Series is starting up again, and as you might expect in this plague year, it will be held online, not at the Arts Centre in Sechelt. Two award-winning writers kick things off. Deborah Campbell will read from her book, A Disappearance in Damascus, “a searing and extraordinarily affecting account of her experiences in Syria in the mid-2000’s,” said the New York Times. Campbell joins author Ronald Wright, who has penned 10 books of history, fiction and essays published in 18 languages. His new novel, The Gold Eaters, spans the first two decades of Spain’s conquest of the Inca Empire. The event, on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m., is free but you must register at to get the livestream instructions. A direct link is on the Sunshine Coast Art Council’s website. 

Good wood 

The Sunshine Coast Community Forest’s sixth annual show of locally made wood goods and art is on Saturday, Sept. 19, but not at its traditional location at the Seaside Centre. Wood Expo 2020 runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Sechelt’s Rockwood Lodge at 5511 Shorncliffe Ave. In an effort to ensure safety and avoid the tedium of lineups, visitors will have to register ahead and book a time slot. Get tickets through or via the link on the Community Forest’s Facebook page. 

Live Music 

• Singer-songwriter Shannon Matter entertains at Gibsons Public Market, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19. 

• Deejay and performer Topher Trick, “the Rookie MC with the PhD,” better known as Chris Hergesheimer of Brothers in Farms, and feature guest Billy Gruff do their thing at the Roberts Creek Legion, Saturday, Sept. 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. Reservations at 

• Half Cut and the Slackers are out on the deck at the Clubhouse at the Pender Harbour Golf Course Sunday, Sept. 20 from 2 to 5 p.m., weather permitting. 

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