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Art Beat: Celebrating the Salish Sea and beyond

World Oceans Day on Tuesday, June 8 is being marked locally in a few different ways this week and next. 
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These are just some of the dozens of pieces submitted to the Rockfish Festival in 2020.

World Oceans Day on Tuesday, June 8 is being marked locally in a few different ways this week and next. 

The Sunshine Coast Conservation Association has put together an impressive collection of events over five days, starting Friday, June 4. All are free and online. Among them are six documentary films, including This Living Salish Sea, directed by local filmmaker Sarama. You can also take in a series of short films, plus six webinars discussing local conservation issues and projects, like Strait of Georgia killer whales, the Howe Sound glass sponge, and the Sunshine Coast Streamkeepers Society. Register for all events at

Gibsons Public Market is celebrating with its annual Rockfish Art event. The imagination that the talented folks on the Coast demonstrate on simple rockfish-shaped plywood canvasses is always surprising and delightful. This year’s creations will be on view in the market’s atrium from June 8 to June 20. You can bid on any of the art online as well. Auction proceeds will go to the market’s Nicholas Sonntag Marine Education Centre.

Talking art

The new exhibition at the Sunshine Coast Art Council’s (SCAC) Doris Crowston Gallery in Sechelt demonstrates what a wide spectrum of artistic effects can be created using monoprinting on a gel plate. The four artists in the show – Jen Drysdale, Greta Guzek, Kim LaFave, and Jennifer Love – will take part in a meet-the-artists event on Sunday, June 6 at 2 p.m. The meeting is online and free. You can join in by registering at or via a link on the SCAC website.


The Sunshine Coast Arts Council is accepting applications for art shows for its 2022/2023 seasons. “We encourage proposals for exhibitions and artwork that will challenge visitors, provoke conversation and connect to pressing concerns of our time,” the council said in a release. More information can be found on the council’s website. The application deadline is Wednesday, June 30.

The Sechelt Summer Music Series is back with live music under the tent in the open-air behind the Sechelt Library every Saturday at noon this July and August. Individuals and bands interested in playing are asked to email The deadline is coming up soon – Sunday, June 13.

Tapworks Brewing Company and Persephone Beer Farm are looking for musicians to play at their venues. For Tapworks, get in touch with Scott Collison via his Facebook Page. For Persephone, email

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