The Sunshine Coast Arts Council is pleased to present a group exhibition of artists from the Sunshine Coast, Obsessions, which will be shown in the Doris Crowston Gallery at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt, at Trail Avenue and Medusa Street.
The exhibition opens on Wednesday, Aug. 1, and continues to Sunday, Aug. 26. The opening reception will be held on Aug. 1 from 7 to 9 p.m. Everyone is welcome. There will be an interactive event by Anna Banana in the courtyard of the garden. All the artists who submitted their work to the show will be present. Come and share your obsessions. Information or questions, call Jone Pane at 604-885-1060, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
West My Friend
Victoria roots quartet West My Friend, recently nominated for a Vancouver Island Music Award, is not your ordinary folk band, and their Homesick Blues tour will be no ordinary tour. Travelling from Victoria to Haida Gwaii and back, West My Friend will be visiting the hometown of each member of the band.
Their performance at the Garden Bay Pub on Aug. 1 at 8 p.m. marks their first concert in the area.
Since West My Friend was conceived in a Victoria café in 2009, they’ve emerged as a unique voice with a sound of true Canadiana. Prior to the formation of the band, all four members moved from their home towns to study at the UVic School of Music. Described as everything from indie-roots to chamber-folk, West My Friend’s acoustic blend of instruments and four-part harmonies challenges the conventions of popular music. There is no cover charge for admission to the Pub at 4964 Lyons Road, Garden Bay.
The Fibreworks Gallery near Madeira Park continues the collaborative exhibition, Drop by Drop, by Elizabeth Harris-Nichols and Catherine Nicholls on the theme of water. The two are working in complementary media and the show runs until Aug. 6. See www.fibreworksgallery.com for more or call 604-883-2380.
Singing for seniors
Macleans magazine recently featured an uplifting article, “Patricia Hammond’s Sentimental Journey,” about the mezzo-soprano who grew up on the Coast and studied music here before launching a musical career based in London.
In addition to performing at private and public functions, Hammond has also spent the last 12 years visiting care homes in England and singing for seniors.
Macleans writes that when she sings: “the old and the infirm, the young and the hip, all are transported.”
Whenever she visits her mother, Jo Hammond, on the Coast she takes the time to visit local care residences and sing a similar program. Read about Hammond’s work at www.macleans.ca (July 11).
Acoustic artists are invited to The Garage in Gibsons (537 Veterans Rd.) on the first Thursday evenings of the month from 7 to 10 p.m. for a free get together to share songs, originals or covers. It’s a chance to try out new material — as long as it’s acoustic. Anyone is welcome to attend or participate. Food bank donations are welcome. For more, call Verna Chan at 604-886-3114. ?
Local Sunshine Coast artists Noel Silver and JoAnne Noble both have pieces being featured in the Random Acts of Queerness curated Art Exhibit as part of the Queer Arts Festival that runs July 31 to Aug. 18 in Vancouver.
For this year’s theme, some artists have chosen to explore literal “random acts of queerness”— a reference to the experimental artist John Cage, to commemorate his centenary for the fifth annual festival.
The festival presents three weeks of cutting-edge performances and workshops in all artistic genres: dance, music, theatre, film, literature and visual arts. See queerartsfestival.com for more information.
The Sunshine Coast Arts Council is looking for submission for the next season, 2013/14, at the Doris Crowston Gallery. They are encouraging groups as well as individual artists who want to show their work in a gallery setting. For more information and the necessary forms, see www.suncoastarts.com/profiles/scartscouncil/ or call 604-885-5412. Deadline for proposals is Aug. 31.
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