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Art Beat: New mural brings even more colour to Hackett Park

Also: Creative Expressions at Gibsons Public Market until Dec. 9; Off the Page Production 'Best Case Scenario' Sunday at 1 p.m. and Roberts Creek Legion's Friday lineup includes Phantom Limb, Uncle Nestor and Rodeo Jonze
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From the left, artists Emily Huynh, Brynn Staples, Courtney Lamb, and Ata Ojani with their new mural.

The Sunshine Coast’s Courtney Lamb and a team of fellow artists have now completed Lamb’s community mural design, Coastal Blooms, which wraps around two walls of the public washroom building at Hacket Park in Sechelt. Artists Brynn Staples, Ata Ojani and Emily Huynh helped Lamb get the work done. The design includes images of daisies, B.C. lilies, lady slippers, ferns, grass widows, wild columbine, and tulips. Funding for the project was provided by the B.C. government’s Tourism-Dependent Communities Initiative.

Artists’ callout

Gibsons Public Art Gallery’s annual members’ show, Present Tense, is coming up in just a few weeks and the gallery is reminding artists that submissions of works in any media can be made starting Thursday, Nov. 25, with a deadline of 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 28. The show is always one of the most varied in the gallery’s calendar, with works by dozens of artists. It’s also an important fundraising event for the institution. If you’re not a member, you can join (for $20) and submit a work. Present Tense will run Dec. 2 to Dec. 19.

Creative Expressions

Artist Nadine Sallinen’s show Creative Expressions has opened at Gibsons Public Market and runs until Dec. 9. The exhibit includes “Sallinen’s creative expressions of wildlife art, with some flowers and a few surprises in the eclectic mix of small, framed prints and originals as well as some larger prints on canvas and original pastel work.”

Best Case Scenario

Vancouver playwright Dave Deveau’s newest work, Best Case Scenario, is this month’s Off the Page production at the Heritage Playhouse in Gibsons, this Sunday, Nov. 21, at 1 p.m. The play is a companion piece to Deveau’s Lowest Common Denominator, read by Off the Page last year. The new play picks up five years on in the shaky relationship between Harmony and her young-adult, gay son, Trevor. Harmony wants to be a great mom, but best intentions, as we know, can go sideways. And here, they do. Featured readers are Janet Hodgkinson, Kris Fleerackers, Jarred Stephen Meek, and Sophia Ballantyne. Writer Deveau will be in attendance for a later talkback session. Vaccine protocols will be in effect. Admission is by donation.

Arbutus Duo

The Arbutus Duo, with Kitty Lam on piano and Thomas Beckman on viola, are the performing guests at a Wine & Cheesecake Night at High Beam Dreams in Gibsons on Saturday, Nov. 20, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The pair specialize in classical and romantic works from the 19th century. Pieces by Schubert and Rachmaninov will be on the musical menu. Tickets at

More live music

The lineup at the Roberts Creek Legion on Friday, Nov. 19 includes Phantom Limb, Uncle Nestor, and Rodeo Jonze. Doors at 7 p.m.

Singer-songwriter Bonar Harris will be playing from his eclectic playlist of originals and well-known tunes in the atrium at Gibsons Public Market on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Gambier Island’s Bobby Bruce will bring a load of tunes from his Nearly Neil (Diamond) repertoire to the 101 Brewhouse in Gibsons on Saturday, Nov. 20 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The Pender Harbour Legion in Madeira Park is now offering Live Music Sundays, starting at 2 p.m. Half Cut & the Slackers start off this new series on Nov. 21.

The Vespersong choir is performing an Evensong at St. Bartholomew’s Church in Gibsons on Sunday, Nov. 21 at 5 p.m., featuring the music of Thomas Tallis, Joseph Barnby, and Geroge Dyson.

For more live music listings, check the Coast Reporter’s Community Calendar and the Coast Cultural Alliance’s events at