The District of Sechelt is looking for an artist or graphic designer residing on the Lower Sunshine Coast to create original artwork on the theme of “Future Perfect” for Sechelt’s lamppost banners. Short-listed artists will be paid $250 to produce their design proposal. The finalist will be paid $1,000 for approved designs. Full information and applications can be found through a link on the front page of the Sechelt website, sechelt.ca. The submission deadline is Monday, May 17.
Giller Prize nominee Kathy Page will read on Saturday, May 8 at 7 p.m. as part of the Sunshine Coast Literary Reading Series. Page is the author of eight novels and a short-story collection.
Her latest novel, Dear Evelyn, won the author the Rogers Writers’ Fiction Prize in 2018. The novel traces the 70-year marriage of Harry and Evelyn, a 20th-century British couple. “It is the intimate portrayal of ordinary life and love, social norms, and the changing tenor of relationship that marriage brings over a lifetime.” The reading will be on Zoom. Go to the Sunshine Coast Arts Council website to register for the free event.
It’s rockfish season at Gibsons Public Market – Rockfish Art season, that is. Purchase a $20, unfinished plywood rockfish form from the market and wade in. Many families make this a group effort every year. Just Google “rockfish art” to get the idea. You can take your finished masterpiece back to the market, if you choose to donate it. The works are put up for auction in June with proceeds to the market’s aquarium, the Nicholas Sonntag Marine Education Centre.
If you’re thinking of an artisanal gift for mom this Sunday, check out what artists Charly Mithrush and Donna Stewart have on offer at their Mother’s Day Pop-Up. You might get a flower pot and some soil while you’re at it, as the temporary shop will be set up at Deluxe Landscaping at 5534 Sechelt Inlet Cres. Friday, May 7 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, May 8, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cue the congas for the Cinco de Mayo Latin Funk Livestream, featuring The Latin Funk Allstars with DJ Sam Pulpo, DJ Paola, and MC Topher Trick (aka Chris Hergesheimer). “A slice of Roberts Creek Legion energy straight to your living room, deck or outside area.” It’s a free, onstream event but a donation to the Roberts Creek Legion would be great. Saturday, May 8 at 9 p.m. The livestream link is posted at mixcloud.com.
Mom’s Day Jazz
Singer Bobby Bruce has put together a set of songs he’s calling the Jazzy Mother’s Day Brunch. You can link up anytime Sunday, May 9. It’s $15 for a link good for 24 hours. Connect through nearlyneil.com under the “online events” tab.
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