The Redecor + Design store in downtown Sechelt launched a series of weekend artist residencies with an appearance by Roberts Creek painter (and engineer) Cambria Logan on July 16.
Redecor owner Ashley Kitchen has operated her shop with a focus on repurposing and upcycling for three years. At her previous location next door (the shop moved last year), she had attempted to foster public engagement with working artists — with limited success.
“I would do an artist reception at 5 p.m. with wine and cheese,” she said, “and I’d get five people [in attendance]. But here, even though we had a slow start to the morning, things are really picking up. I love it. The light is perfect. People are seeing [Logan] work, walking by and looking through the window as she’s drawing.”
Kitchen plans at least four additional weekend residences, which will be timed to coincide with long weekends.
More information about Redecor and its commitment to local artists can be found online at redecordesign.ca.
Hackett Park hosts musical diversity
Two local groups will be performing at the new Hackett Park outdoor amphitheatre in Sechelt this Saturday, July 23, starting at 12 p.m.
The Brothers in Farms describe themselves as “true and fiercely proud Sunshine Coasters.” Over the last nine years, they have made five full-length records and have over 100 shows under their belts, both on and off-Coast.
The five-piece ensemble promises a non-stop mix of roots, pop, reggae, folk, Balkan, Latin and funk with solid rhythmic support and an engaging stage presence.
The Brothers will be followed by a performance by Ecko Aleck, who performs under the name SacRED.
SacRED features storytelling and movement to support people and the planet in recognizing truths of the past and present — while returning to a natural rhythm of well-being for future generations. Aleck will be accompanied by her brothers from the shíshálh Nation for the inaugural performance of the Red House Warriors.
Gibsons shores up musical excellence
Three groups are on the lineup for the Music in the Landing series at Winegarden Park in Gibsons this weekend.
On Friday, July 22 at 7 p.m., the ukulele-strumming Whiskey Business duo renders ragtime, swing, jazz, country, folksy, and old-timey tunes with a twist.
On Saturday, July 23, singer-songwriter Deborah Holland performs at 3:30 p.m. Holland is the former lead singer and songwriter of the pop band Animal Logic.
Later that day, the Susanna Williams Latin Jazz Band takes to the stage at 7 p.m. Originally from Venezuela, Williams has played to impassioned audiences at a variety of Sunshine Coast venues since moving to ts’ukw’um (Wilson Creek) last year.
Written Arts Festival tickets still available
Tickets are still on sale for the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts, which runs Aug. 11 to 14. According to artistic director Jane Davidson, the only specific event to sell out so far is the Rockwood Lecture by broadcaster Shelagh Rogers, scheduled for Aug. 13.
Despite a reduced capacity of 350 seats, tickets are selling slowly — likely due to uncertainty about public health, local accommodations, and travel capacity, said Davidson. The 2022 festival will require all attendees to wear masks.
Information about the featured authors and online ticket sales are available at writersfestival.ca.