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Art Beat: Coast’s natural wonder captured on film

Local filmmaker Dolf Vermeulen, known for the remarkable footage he collects by drone, has released a short film, A Tribute to the Sunshine Coast.
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This is just one of the many stunning shots to be seen in Dolf Vermeulen’s new short film.

Local filmmaker Dolf Vermeulen, known for the remarkable footage he collects by drone, has released a short film, A Tribute to the Sunshine Coast. It’s a gorgeous work, with plenty of his signature drone shots, focusing not at all on the Coast’s populated communities but on the natural wonder of this region. It features a narration by stenukws (Rita Poulsen) of the shíshálh Nation, and an appropriately majestic music track designed by the local studio, Gibson & Watt. The film, just four minutes long, can be found on Vermeulen’s YouTube, Instagram and Facebook pages. Expect goosebumps.

‘A little tree problem’
Off the Page is back on stage, virtually from the Heritage Playhouse, on Sunday, Jan. 17 with a reading-performance of playwright David King’s Ocean Blue View. “A wealthy socialite hires a pair of unsavoury characters to take care of ‘a little tree problem’ on her property, a job that could have dire legal consequences for those involved – consequences that extend beyond the law and into issues of the heart,” is how Off the Page describes the plot. The players are Wanda Nowicki, Dave Hurtubise, Boyd Norman, and Nathan Barrett. It’s being broadcast on Zoom at 1 p.m., and the link can be found on the Off the Page Facebook site.

The Gibsons & District Public Library Movie Club has chosen Roberts Creek filmmaker and author Bonnie Sherr Klein’s 2006 film, Shameless: The Art of Disability, as its January selection. “This film introduces us to five Canadian artists living with disability as they explore questions of accessibility, inclusion, autonomy and self-representation. Watch the movie ahead of time for free on our digital NFB collection and join us on Zoom to discuss it with us,” the library said on its website. The club will meet Wednesday, Jan. 20 to discuss the work. Klein and one of the documentary participants, David Roche, will take part in the discussion. All the links you need to view the movie and take part in the chat afterwards can be found at the website, on the event calendar.

At the galleries
Opening this week and until Feb. 7 at Gibsons Public Art Gallery is the exhibition Territory, a collection of wildlife photographs – captured by automatic cameras – along with drawings and animations, curated by Sarah Ronald. And, in Gibsons Public Market’s atrium and upstairs Coastal Room, you can see works by artists Jennifer Love, and Jeanne Robinson. Love creates abstract paintings using collaged hand-painted and printed fabrics and papers. Robinson does oils and palette knife painting in acrylics. They’ll be on display at the market until March 28.

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

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