Art Beat: Native artist Beau Dick remembered

May’s documentary film at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre is Meet Beau Dick: Maker of Monsters, an intimate look into the life of Alert Bay native carver Benjamin Kerry Dick, whose influential work was seen as traditional and yet contemporary. His influence went beyond art, as he also led a life as a native activist. Guest speaker is Leoni Dick. Sunday, May 19 at the Arts Centre in Sechelt, 10:30 a.m., doors at 10 a.m. $10 admission, by donation.

Market gallery

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Gibsons Public Market becomes a gallery of sorts this weekend with a show and sale by some of the Coast’s accomplished painters, The Landing Artists: Charmaine Bayntun, Leif Kristian Freed, Nancy Hugh, Trisha Joel, Cheryl Kehoe, Ruth Rodgers, Brian Romer, and Coralie Swaney. It’s their third annual show at the venue and runs on Friday, May 17, noon to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

cherry boom

Alberta-based poet Phillip Jagger brings Word Circus, “a night of cutting edge spoken words,” to the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre on Friday, May 17, as he launches his new book, cherry boom. Performing guests include C.R. Avery, Quean of the Green, and Moth Church. Doors at 7 p.m. Advanced tickets $10 from Strait Music and MELOmania, $20 at the door.


On Saturday, May 18, Dance Works Academy stages two performances of Connections, “a selection of work from our 2019 Youth Dance Company and Competition Performance Team.” At the Heritage Playhouse in Gibsons, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. $20 adults, $10 kids. Tickets at Peggy Sue’s and Giggle ‘n Bloom.

Out of the Woods

There’s an opening reception on Saturday, May 18, 2 to 4 p.m. at FibreWorks Studio and Gallery in Madeira Park for a show, Out of the Woods, by local fibre artist Jessica Silvey and wood artist Plumb Bob celebrating “these amazing timberlands we live amongst here on the beautiful West Coast … We want you to see the passion we pour into each piece that we make by hand.”

In music this weekend

On Friday, May 17, Joe Stanton is at the Roberts Creek Legion, at 8 p.m. Also on Friday night, northern B.C.’s Big Fancy and The Shiddy Cowboys do their old timey-country-blues-ragtime show at the Gumboot Café in Roberts Creek, 8 p.m., $10 to $20 at the door.

On Saturday, May 18, Sunshine Coast singer/songwriter Deanna Knight plays with two different bands she’s sung with for years: The Hot Club of Mars and the Deanna Knight Tree-O, at St. Bartholomew’s Church in Gibsons, Saturday, May 18, at 8 p.m., doors at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $20 from Black Berry and Friends, Coast Lifestyle Co., and MELOmania, or $25 at the door.

The Ruff Cut Band, with special guests Dylan Brackett and the Sandman, play the Gibsons Legion. 8 p.m., $5 members, $10 guests.

In Sechelt, Baby Harry Kings of Soul Band bring their blues-infused funk-rock and soul to the Lighthouse Pub, 9 p.m.

On Sunday, May 19, The Janelle Nadeau Trio offers up an afternoon of harp, violin, and cello music ranging from classical to folk and traditional Celtic, at the School of Music in Madeira Park at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 at Harbour Insurance in Madeira Park, Strait Music in Sechelt, and from the Pender Harbour Music Society website.

In Gibsons, Wanda Nowicki and Budge Schachte do mostly jazz, with a little pop and blues thrown in, at The 101 Brewhouse, 2 to 5 p.m.

In Davis Bay, it’s a Pete Seeger Tribute Song Circle: If I Had a Hammer. “Come sing songs of protest, encouragement, joy, and solidarity. Open to all ages. Songbooks available for purchase and sharing.” A suggested $2 donation gets you in the door, at St. John’s United Church, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Just down the road a bit later in Davis Bay, local Japanese woodwind master and multi-instrumentalist Alcvin Ryuzen and Taiko percussionist Nori Akagi present Music from the Bamboo Forest. “New arrangements of Japanese folk songs that celebrate the spirit of nature and the energy of life.” The specified performance time is 6:20 to 7:20 p.m., at Davis Bay Hall, 5123 Davis Bay Rd. Tickets are $15, from

Art of wrap

The District of Sechelt is looking for artists, illustrators, and/or photographers living on the Sunshine Coast to create original designs that will be reproduced and applied as vinyl wraps on local BC Hydro utility boxes. Deadline to apply is Friday, May 24. All the information you need can be found on the district’s website, at Look under the link “What’s New.”


If you have an event you’d like considered for Art Beat, please let us know by 11 a.m. Tuesday at Space is limited. Also check Coast Reporter’s Coast Community Calendar for a fuller list.

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