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Art Beat: Eye opened by creative arts, local trades

Artist Janine Dunn has unveiled an interactive outdoor public artwork titled The Landing Eye at the intersection of School Road, Gower Point Road, and Gibsons Way in Gibsons.
Artist Janine Dunn poses in newly unveiled public artwork at the Five Corners intersection in Gibsons.

Artist Janine Dunn has unveiled an interactive outdoor public artwork titled The Landing Eye at the intersection of School Road, Gower Point Road, and Gibsons Way in Gibsons. 

The sculpture, which was erected on Dec. 1, was envisioned by Dunn to honour the history of founding industries in Gibsons, and to become an iconic landmark for the town. 

The Landing Eye is part of the Town of Gibsons’s Public Art Path, designed to connect upper and lower Gibsons via art installations. Dunn collaborated with local shipyards 101 Marine Repair and Tideline Aluminum Boats, both of which donated time and materials. 

“We sourced reclaimed, weathered logs that escaped their booms to live adrift at sea, before being beachcombed,” Dunn said. “This rustic wood is paired with reflective and smooth aluminum, wrought by skilled welders whose work in marine design is similarly on display in the marina below. We are framing the view looking out, and providing a welcoming portal for those entering the town from the other side. On top of that, I wanted to produce something accessible and fun for the community.” 

Dunn is a Gibsons-based artist, mother, and member of a farming family that sells produce to local restaurants and grocery stores. Her practice incorporates rustic production featuring raw effects created by nature itself. 

Following the sculpture’s installation, Dunn expressed particular gratitude to 101 Marine Repair, Tideline Aluminum Boats, the Mulligan Family, Fred Hunsche, Kenton, the Town of Gibsons, Silas White, Tyler Musgrove, Island Coastal Economic Trust, the Gibsons Public Art Gallery, Gerry Burtnack, Hanson Land and Sea, Ross Concrete, the Prevost Family, and the Dunn Family. 

Pender Harbour hits the road 

The Pender Harbour Choir will present Midwinter Song on Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden, and on Dec. 9, at 2 p.m. at the Pender Harbour Music School.  

The group promises evenings of joy as they usher in the yuletide season with Christmas melodies and original compositions by music director Kenneth Norman Johnson.  

Tickets ($25) are available from choir members, the EarthFair store in Madeira Park, and at the door. 

Sweet smell of community service 

The Interact Club of Elphinstone Secondary School has organized a public event dedicated to gingerbread decorating, with proceeds to benefit the club’s charitable projects. 

The event takes place at Sunnycrest Mall in Gibsons on Dec. 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. After paying $5 each, attendees will be provided with one gingerbread cookie accompanied by a variety of toppings that will aid in the creation of a delicious anthropomorphic biscuit. 

Hot chocolate will also be available for purchase. 

Sunrise Chapel before sunset 

Two musical groups under the direction of Varya Moysey-Rubin will brighten the dusky days of December with a concert titled Solstice: Songs of the Season, Songs of Peace on Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. The Sunshine Coast Children’s Choir and The Wild Voices will perform at the chapel at Camp Sunrise, adjacent to the Langdale ferry terminal. 

“Join us for an afternoon filled with music to heal the soul,” said Varya Moysey-Rubin. Accompaniment will be provided by Caitline Beaupré. 

Tickets ($20 for adults, $15 for children) are available at and the One Flower One Leaf Gallery in Gibsons. 

Suncoast Phoenix shines bright 

Suncoast Phoenix Choir will perform its annual Christmas concert, Look to the Light, on Dec. 16 at 4 p.m. at St. Hilda’s Anglican Church in Sechelt — and on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Gibsons.  

The Dec. 16 concert was moved from its originally advertised start time to 4 p.m. in order to accommodate the celebration of life for Talewind Books owner Bev Shaw. 

The choir will perform a mix of seasonal music including Personent Hodie (arranged by John Rutter), Candlelight Carol (Rutter), Choose Something Like a Star (by Randall Thompson), Silent Night (arranged by Miles Ramsay), Love’s Pure Light (by Elaine Hagenberg) and more.  

Choristers sing under the direction of Sara Douglas and accompanied by Tom Kellough. Admission is by donation, with a suggested donation of $20. 

Lighten up before the big day 

The Coastal Lights Choir, directed by Kenneth Johnson and accompanied by Anneka Bonser, will perform twice in December. 

The group will share its heartfelt seasonal fare on Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. at St Hilda’s Anglican Church in Sechelt, and again on Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. at St. Bart’s Church in Gibsons. 

Tickets are $20 when purchased in advance from choir members and Strait Music; $25 at the door. Youth 18 and under pay only $15.