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Art Beat: A new year of art begins

Here's what's in store for the Coast arts scene this week
A.Jennifer Love detail from monoprint at Kube show Dialogue
A detail from a monoprint on gel plate by Jennifer Love, at Kube in Gibsons.

The new year brings a set of new art exhibitions at a few Sunshine Coast galleries, including the show Dialogue at the Kube in Gibsons, which opened this week with works by well-known local artists Jennifer Love and Kim LaFave. As of press time, Love planned a meet-the-artist opportunity at the gallery on Saturday, Jan. 8 from 1 to 3 p.m.

The Sunshine Coast Art Centre in Sechelt opens its annual Friends of the Gallery exhibition Friday, Jan. 7, which will run to Feb. 6. Members shows like this feature single works produced in 2021 by Arts Council members, so there’s always a wide and refreshing variety of art to enjoy.

Roberts Creek multi-media artist Mieke Jay opens what sounds like an intriguing one-person show, The Fabric of Our Lives, at Gibsons Public Art Gallery, starting Thursday, Jan. 13. The exhibition is described as “a site-specific interactive experience that will place the participants within a world of texture, light and imagery using immersive video projection.”

Dining Room tryouts

Auditions are underway for Driftwood Players’ production of the A.R. Gurney hit play The Dining Room, currently scheduled to run at the Heritage Playhouse in Gibsons March 31 to April 10. The first audition session took place Thursday in Sechelt. The second session is on Sunday, Jan. 9 at the Playhouse, from 1 to 4 p.m., and current COVID regulations will be observed. Those wishing to audition are asked to contact director Mac Dodge at 604-340-1029 or by email at

Anthology submissions

The Sunshine Coast Writers and Editors Society (SCWES), formed just last fall, already has its first anthology by local writers online at It’s now inviting submissions for its spring edition anthology. The deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 15. Poetry, fiction and non-fiction entries from members are welcome. (Annual membership is $20, $10 for students.) Send to

Live music on pause, mostly

COVID has silenced most in-person music performances until at least Jan. 18. That includes the Tuesday night jams at Roberts Creek Legion, and the get-togethers with the BUGS ukelele group at Roberts Creek Hall. But you can still hear live music by local players online. Joe Stanton is still doing his Tuesday night living room gigs on Facebook at 6 p.m. Keep an eye on the Facebook groups Sunshine Coast Quarantined Concert Series, and Sunshine Coast BC Unify the Music for recorded and spontaneous live performances by some of our great local players.