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Art Beat: Rodgers’s new release makes history

Coastal Art Gallery relocates to Sunnycrest mall, the Landing Artists have their spring show, Inspirito Women’s Ensemble performing May 14 and more
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Susan Furze (glass) and Shirley Burton (wood carving) are the two newest members of Gibsons’s Landing Artists collective. They’ll be at the collective’s Spring Show at the Gibsons Public Market May 20 to 22.

Local author Ruth Rodgers will launch Those who Return, a third installment in her Sunshine Coast series of historical fiction novels, on Friday, May 13, at the Seaside Centre in Sechelt, at 7:30 p.m. Members of the public are invited to attend. 

Rodgers’s earlier novels in the series (Those who Wander and Those who Stay) followed early settlers on the Coast and explored settler–Indigenous relations.  

Her latest book follows four generations of one Japanese-Canadian family, from the first immigrant in the late 1800s through the present day. Along the way, readers visit the Fraser Valley, Vancouver, Powell River, the East Lillooet internment camp, Winnipeg, and Ottawa, tracing the challenges and triumphs of Canadians of Japanese descent through two World Wars, post-war dispersal and eventual redress. 

Pleasing the Palette 

The recently-relocated Coastal Art Gallery — now a resident of the Sunnycrest Mall in Upper Gibsons — will be holding an open house on Saturday, May 14 to celebrate its new home. 

The gallery is a co-operative enterprise, featuring local creations. The artists take turns hosting the gallery, welcoming and assisting visitors. 

During its grand opening (10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.), the gallery will be offering coffee, juice, treats, artist demos, a free draw for a $100 gift certificate and a chance to meet the artists. 

More information is available online at

Come in for a Landing 

The Landing Artists will mount their annual spring show and sale at the Gibsons Public Market from Friday, May 20 (12 p.m. to 5 p.m.) through Sunday, May 22 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday). 

Along with new works by established members Charmaine Bayntun, Ed Hill, Nancy Hugh, Trisha Joel, Ruth Rodgers, and Coralie Swaney, works by new members (glass artist) Susan Furze and (woodcarver) Shirley Burton will be available.  

Ruth Rodgers will also have copies of her latest book, Those Who Return, for sale.  

Come by and choose something to refresh your house for spring! The Landing Artists are a vibrant group of artists working in various media that offer two pop-up shows each year. 

Harmonies Homeward 

The Inspirito Women’s Ensemble is performing at Calvary Baptist Church in Gibsons, with performances scheduled on Saturday, May 14 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 15 at 3 p.m. 

The concert will open with The Prayer—a piano and flute duet that was written for Ukraine. It will be followed by Harbour: a song by Anna Tabush written to welcome refugees in new communities across the world. 

The ensemble will be accompanied by flutist Bernard Blary. 

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the door. Contact for more information.

Asian literature aloud 

The Gibsons Public Library welcomes everyone who loves to read aloud to participate in its monthly Readers Open Mic on Wednesday, May 18.  

To celebrate Asian Heritage Month, May’s theme is “Asia in the Old and New Worlds.” 

Participants may read or perform their favourite passage or poem by any writer of any Asian heritage, or about any Asian culture. Teens and adults, and readers at all levels of English, are all welcome. 

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Registration for in-person attendance is required; Zoom participants are also welcome. Email for details.