Art Beat: The new year brings new art

The Doris Crowston Gallery in Sechelt is featuring its annual Friends of the Gallery (FOG) exhibit, which runs from Friday, Jan. 8 to Feb. 7. It’s the show where members of the Sunshine Coast Art Council get to strut their stuff. As each member can display just one piece of work (in any medium) created during 2020, it always makes for a display of a wide variety of new art.

The Gibsons Public Art Gallery opens a new show on Jan. 12. It will feature art of an unusual sort – photographs of animals taken by automatic wildlife cameras, in a collection curated by Port Coquitlam artist Sarah Ronald. The portrayals “are very much a reflection of human behaviour and our complicated relationship with the natural world,” said Ronald.

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Roberts Creek artist Keely Halward has opened an exhibition at the The Kube in Gibsons, with paintings from her series entitled Mountain Moon. The abstract pieces have been shaped by the lockdown, Halward said in her artist statement. Through the year, the work “morphed into escape hatches from the structures we are chained to both personally and societally that no longer serve us, and those that restrict us from experiencing connection, joy and presence.”

Playhouse theft
Burglars broke into the Heritage Playhouse in Gibsons late in December and stole some equipment that is going to cost in the neighbourhood of $1,500 to replace. “They gained access by breaking into the lock box the fire department keeps on the building with the keys to the facility in it,” the Playhouse said in a statement. “This left us with the added task of having to re-key the entire venue.” Taken were a Mackie DL 1608 16 Channel Digital Mixer, and a black, 16GB Apple iPad 2. “Keeps your eyes open,” the statement added. “If it is returned to the police station, there will be no questions asked. We just want our equipment returned.”

Due to the pandemic, all listed live events are subject to change. Check ahead.

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