Late last month, Gibsons artist Elizabeth Evans received the prestigious “associate” designation from the Federation of Canadian Artists at a ceremony that took place at the Federation Gallery on Granville Island.
The federation is a national arts organization with more than 2,800 listed members. Only 8 per cent of these have achieved associate status. The federation awarded five new AFCAs at its awards ceremony on April 20.
In order to achieve this designation, an artist must have been accepted into at least seven federation-juried exhibitions during a three-year period and have submitted digital images of 10 works to satisfy an ad hoc jury — all before being invited to submit three works for physical jurying.
Over the past year, Evans has exhibited work in eight federation shows and completed all the steps needed for achieving the designation and the jury of 12 senior artists of the Federation agreed.
“I’m delighted to have achieved the AFCA designation,” said Evans, “it’s always gratifying to have your peers recognize the work you do.”
Vancouver’s Federation Gallery is currently exhibiting the works of all the artists who achieved status upgrades.
Evans shows her work locally at the One Flower One Leaf Gallery in Lower Gibsons.
Wild music for mothers
The Sunshine Coast Children’s Choir and The Wild Voices will present a special Mother’s Day concert on Sunday, May 14. Consummate performer and musician Varya Moysey-Rubin will direct both groups.
The concert takes place at St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church in Gibsons, starting at 2 p.m. Tickets (adults $20, youth 6-18 $15, under five free) are available for purchase online at synergyatplay.ca
As mentioned previously in Art Beat, the Coastal Lights Choir Spring Concert also takes place next week, under the baton of Kenneth Norman Johnson. The event is scheduled during the week following Mother’s Day: May 17 at Chatelech School in Sechelt (7 p.m.) and May 18 at St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church in Gibsons (both concerts start at 7 p.m.).
Tickets (adults $20, youth $15) for the Coastal Lights performance are available at Strait Music, from choir members, or at the door.
Music to build bridges by
A Cappella Strait and Choralations Children’s Choir, both under the direction of Janice Brunson, plan to present a special concert titled “Worlds in Between”.
Much of the music in this performance is about building bridges between cultures, or between day and nighttime. Some of the pieces highlight the styles and rhythms of contrasting cultures, while others celebrate the shared sounds of neighbouring countries. Other pieces explore the unique tonalities of ancient cultures. Some of the music is just fun (or inspirational) to sing.
The two performances are: June 2 at 7 p.m. at St. Hilda’s Anglican Church in Sechelt, and June 3 at 7 p.m. at St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church in Gibsons.
Tickets (adults $20, students/seniors $15, children free) can be purchased in advance (with cash) at Strait Music in Sechelt or Gibsons Florists, Sunnycrest Mall, or by paying online via the email address ACStrait21@gmail.com. Some tickets will also be available at the door.