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Art Beat: 2022 Art Crawl applications open

Here's what's going on in the arts scene on the Coast
Stone carver George Pratt has been part of Coast Art Crawl since it began in 2010 (although he did sit out the COVID-challenged 2020 Crawl). Here, he's working on an untitled piece outside his Secret Cove studio.

The Sunshine Coast Art Crawl 2021 featured 164 venues, of which 46 were first-time artists or studios that opened their doors to the public over three days in October. The Coast Cultural Alliance, which coordinates the event, has posted video highlights which are accessible via its website:

The application period for 2022 participants has begun. The 2022 Sunshine Coast Art Crawl will be held Oct.  21 to 23. Registration details are available at All participating artists must be a member of the Coast Cultural Alliance at the time of application.

New exhibit at Gibsons Public Art Gallery

Roberts Creek artist Mieke Jay opens an exhibit this week at the Gibsons Public Art Gallery. The Fabric of Our Lives is an interactive multimedia project that invites visitors to explore digital realities through immersive video projection.

Jay will be in attendance this Saturday, Jan. 15 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Viewers can move throughout the exhibit, becoming living canvas for light and colour.

The Gibsons Public Art Gallery is located at 431 Marine Drive, Gibsons.

The Fabric of Our Lives runs through to Feb. 6. Details are available at

Watercolour classes offered

Sunshine Coast watercolour painter Roberta Mauel launches a weekly class dedicated to painting in watercolour this Saturday, Jan. 15 at the Arts Building in Gibsons.

This is an introductory course for those unfamiliar with the medium. Participants will learn watercolour techniques and brush strokes by creating a series of simple paintings.

Roberta has lived on the Sunshine Coast for the past 25 years but also draws inspiration from time spent in Europe, Egypt, Syria, Zambia, Mauritania, Guinea-Bissau and Brazil.

A gallery of her works is available online at

Workshop cost, registration information and other details are available online at