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Art Beat: The Georgia Fats ride again this weekend

Also, Gibsons artist Elizabeth Evans has been selected by the Nature Trust of B.C. as its Artist of the Year
A. Art Beat - Georgia Fats (credit Michael Gurney)
Joël Fafard of the Georgia Fats leans into a performance by The Georgia Fats (including Boyd Norman and Barry Taylor) at the Halfmoon Bay Seaside Shuffle on September 11.

Only a week after their appearance at the Halfmoon Bay Seaside Shuffle, The Georgia Fats are planning to bring their vintage blend of blues, rock, old country and gospel to the 101 Brewery on Sept. 17. 

Drummer Barry Taylor is best-known as the beat-keeper for one of Canada’s best party bands, Roots Round Up. He was a pioneer on the first wave of punk in the 1970s as a founding member of The Young Canadians. Bassist Boyd Norman has held down the bottomline for Ron Hynes, Barkin’ Kettle and the Rakish Angles. 

Joël Fafard, on guitar and vocals, is a Juno-nominated and Western Canadian Music Award-winning artist who has traveled worldwide performing blues slide guitar. 

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Father dearest 

The Sunshine Coast Film Society will present Anthony Hopkins in his Oscar-winning role in The Father over two screenings on Sept. 24 (at the Raven’s Cry Theatre) and Sept. 26 (at the Gibsons Heritage Playhouse). 

The film is based on a stageplay, also written by the film’s director Florian Zeller, for which he shared (with fellow playwright Christopher Hampton) the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. 

The Father is a film that warmly embraces real life, through loving reflection upon the human condition.  

Hopkins plays a  patriarch who defiantly rejects all the help that his daughter Anne (Olivia Coleman) offers. His grip on reality begins to unravel as he starts to wonder what is real and what isn’t.  

Membership is required to attend Film Society screenings. For showtimes, memberships, and advance tickets, visit

Written words aloud 

The first of the Sunshine Coast Arts Council’s fall lineup of literary readings will take place on Sept. 24 at the Arts Centre in Sechelt, when writer Theresa Kishkan reads from her books Blue Portugal and Other Essays and her novella The Weight of the Heart

Kishkan is well known to Sechelt audiences, having come here in 1985 with her husband, John Pass, to build a home and raise their family on an acreage near Sakinaw Lake. They have become leading members of the literary community as Theresa published 15 books of poetry, essays, novels and novellas. 

Blue Portugal explores a recent search for family history focused on her paternal grandmother, presenting diverse material with reflections ranging across nature, humanity and the arts while seeking insights from music, colour theory, horticulture and science. 

Kishkan’s reading takes place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt.

Award-winning artist, by nature 

Gibsons artist Elizabeth Evans has been selected by the Nature Trust of B.C. as its Artist of the Year at an exhibition opening held at Vancouver’s Federation Gallery on Sept. 12. 

“I was surprised and delighted to have been selected from among so many talented artists and their exceptional artwork,” said Evans. “It’s a great honour, especially since the Nature Trust aligns perfectly with my own conservation values.” 

The artwork submitted by Evans, titled “The Intruder,” is a painting of geese wherein a mated pair fends off the advances of another goose. 

“This painting evokes a familiar sense of being an intruder in the beauty of wilderness in this province, a sense shared by the judges,” said Deb Kennedy, Director of Marketing and Development for the Nature Trust. 

Evans is a formally-trained visual artist who has been painting for nearly 60 years. She developed the “Brickilism” painting style to showcase landscapes, seascapes, animals and nature in North America. 

An online gallery of Evans’s work is available at