GAC Newsletter — 12 January 2014

GABRIOLA ISLAND NEWS AND EVENTS

Summer Breeze Arts Cruise 2014

Antoinette Hérivel at the Gabriola Community Health Centre

Auditions for Moonbound: A New Moonsical

Between Wood and Water

Lulu Performing Arts Society presents Pierre-Andre Doucet, pianist

The 9th Gabriola Film Festival!

LOVE SQUARED: 50 ARTISTS | 75 WORKS | 1 ROOM

Third Thursday Poetry Open Mic Featuring WHY BUY THE COW?

We Don’t Want to Lose You

 

OFF-ISLAND NEWS AND EVENTS

Current Threads 2014 at the Nanaimo Art Gallery

News from the Nanaimo Arts Council

BC Booklook

 

CLASSES, CALLS FOR SUBMISSION, CALLS TO ARTISTS

Acting Workshops sponsored by Gabriola Players

Improv Classes with Cindy O’Dell and Adrienne Vance

Watercolour Classes with Melinda Wilde

Travel Writing Seminar

Painting Classes with Maureen Karagianis

Call for Artists: 2014 Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency Program

21st Annual Short Prose Competition for Developing Writers

Webinar Series for Professional Artists

 

GENERAL ARTS NEWS

Select Standing Committee on Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy

Email Scam

 

 

GABRIOLA ISLAND NEWS AND EVENTS

 

Summer Breeze Arts Cruise 2014

The Second Annual Summer Breeze Arts Cruise is happening July 26-27! Do you want to participate? This is an all-island, all-arts inclusive tour. We are throwing every cent into promo this year (and some to the graphic designer), starting with a big ad in the newly designed Chamber of Commerce brochure and map. 50,000 copies will be printed and placed in these locations:
·         BC Ferries (Victoria and Departure Bay Sailings)
·         Nanaimo – Comox – Victoria Airports
·         Every Visitor Center on Vancouver Island.
·         Come Ashore Packages in Nanaimo (to all boaters entering Nanaimo)

·         Major cities in BC and AB, as well as Seattle and Bellingham

·         Every Household on Gabriola Island

·         Distributed by BC Ferries (Gabriola Terminal) to every visitor to Gabriola

Contact kate@artsgabriola.ca if you wish to save a spot on this self-directed tour of the arts.

 

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Antoinette Hérivel at the Gabriola Community Health Centre

Antoinette Hérivel will be showing a selection of paintings from work at the Church street clinic upstairs space : January 7 2014- March 4 2014. The paintings will be from her series “Frocks” inspired by vintage dresses and clothing belonging to family and friends or found in thrift stores.

Check out Antoinette’s work on the GAC Creative Directory

 

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Auditions for Moonbound: A New Moonsical

Single Lane Entertainment, Maragold Theatre Productions and Headliners will present the new musical “Moonbound!” in May on Gabriola (at The Haven) and June in Nanaimo (at the VIU theatre). We invite Gabriolans of all ages to audition for both principal and chorus parts.

 

“Moonbound!” stars Gabriola’s Tony Gradanti and Kathy MacIntyre, but lots of other roles, big and small, are up for grabs. Loosely based on a novel by HG Wells, “Moonbound!” has a book and lyrics by Frank Moher, with music by Frank and Tony. Frank directs, Tony and Leah Hokanson share musical direction, and Mara Brenner is the choreographer. Rehearsals on Gabriola.

 

Auditions take place Thursday, Jan. 23 from 7 to 9 pm at Mara Brenner’s dance studio (1030 Descanso Valley Dr., Gabriola) and Saturday, Jan. 25 from 2 to 4 pm at The Commons (675 N. Rd.). Children, teens and adults welcome! You’ll be asked to read from a portion of the script, and present a song of your choice. (Accompaniment provided, or bring your music on CD or thumb drive. A capella works too.) If you dance, you can show us some of your moves.

Interested? E-mail Frank to find out more about the roles available and to arrange an audition time. Or feel free to ask questions here. Then join us on our fun-filled, musical, 19th-century trip to the moon. You’ll be amazed what you find there!

 

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Between Wood and Water

The Gabriola Historical and Museum Society presents “Between Wood and Water:  Restoring Dorothy, the oldest sailboat in Canada”  with film maker Tobi Elliott and boat restorer Tony Grove, two Gabriolans involved in this exciting historic project.

Thursday, January 30 | Phoenix Auditorium at The Haven.  Doors open at 6:30, presentation at 7:00.  Admission by donation.

 

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Lulu Performing Arts Society presents Pierre-Andre Doucet, pianist

Praised for his sincere and colourful playing as well as for his modern and fascinating writing, pianist and author Pierre-André Doucet is rapidly establishing himself as one of Canada’s most captivating young artists.

 

Mr. Doucet premiered with Symphony New Brunswick in 2007, under maestro Airat Ichmouratov, and has since performed with Sinfonia de Lanaudière under Stéphane Laforest. An engaging collaborative pianist, he has worked with countless established vocalists, instrumentalists and ensembles, and has also performed and recorded with several renowned choirs and vocal ensembles, among them the Jeunes Chanteurs d’Acadie. In addition to having been heard on Radio-Canada, CBC Radio and Espace musique, Mr. Doucet was one of seven emerging Canadian musicians to be featured online as part of Espace classique’s Flash jeunesse project. Furthermore, recent musical projects have seen him travel across Canada, from British Columbia to Newfoundland-Labrador, as well as to the United States, Germany, Belgium, Spain and the French territory of Saint-Pierre et Miquelon.

 

Saturday, January 18th, 2014, 7:30pm | Phoenix Auditorium at the Haven

“Ticketless” tix are $20 in advance at the Village Liquor Store; $25 at the door; $5 for youth (16 and under). Email for more information.

 

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The 9th Gabriola Film Festival!

I am happy to announce another festival of outstanding documentary movies, and that our website has a new look …  a Welcome page and links to Friday evening’s Canadian offerings, Saturday afternoon, and Saturday evening. Please check out the festival line-up, admission prices and schedule at filmgabriola.com

• For anyone wanting to come from Nanaimo, The Haven is a short distance from the ferry. Perhaps a friend can pick you up. The ferry schedule is on the festival website.

• Fewer full-length movies (3 instead of 5 like last year) means more time for mingling, perusing my DVD lending library, and signing Amnesty International cards.

• Once again, before Saturday night’s feature at 7:30 (HAPPY) there will be music and Dancing, starting at a 6:30!

• Also, thanks to dedicated volunteers (schedulers and drivers) GERTIE will provide transportation for the 2 evening movies!

If you think you are interested, please email me and I will inform the appropriate folks … this is a very generous offer so let’s make it work.

 

We are humans living in a time of chaos and compassion. I see the film festival as an opportunity to share information and insights … together. 

 

I am thankful to the filmmakers for their efforts. – Tsiporah

 

Friday evening Jan. 24th • Saturday afternoon & evening Jan. 25th

Phoenix Auditorium at The Haven

 

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LOVE SQUARED

50 ARTISTS | 75 WORKS | 1 ROOM | A unique group show featuring works by 50 artists from professional to just arriving. All pieces are 12”x12” and priced at $225. Discover a new talent or re-acquaint yourself with an artist you thought you knew. Take home a piece of the love magic.

Friday 14 February | 7 – 9 pm

Saturday – Sunday 15-16 February | 11 – 4 pm

Sheila Norgate’s KEEP CALM and CARRY ON GALLERY

1156 Suzanne Avenue | 250-247-7308

 

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Third Thursday Poetry Open Mic Featuring WHY BUY THE COW?

If you’ve ever felt a strong need to spend an evening with an experimental poly-vocal performance ensemble, you’re in luck! Gabriola’s latest multi-voice poetry mash-up – consisting of Lisa Webster-Gibson, Kathleen Miniely and Hilary Peach – is just that.

WHY BUY THE COW? is an interdisciplinary artists’ trio – and will be featuring new works at the first PGS Open Mic of 2014, kicking off at the Old Crow on January 16.

Come on out to the Crow and enjoy a great meal and a glass of wine, read a poem at the Open Mic or just enjoy the evening.  Psssst…. these cow-gals are pretty fun!

 

As usual, doors at 645 pm, open mic at 7 o’clock, feature to follow

5 $ suggested donation.

ALSO THIS MONTH! Kill two birds with one stone, get current on your PGS membership, only 5 bucks!

 

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We Don’t Want to Lose You

Songs from the ‘20s, ‘30s and ‘40s | WWI and WWII

With Antony Holland, Alison Humphries and Judith Heather

16 January at 7 pm | 17 January at 11 am

The Centre | 1475 Peterson Road | Tickets at Artworks | $15

 

 

 

OFF-ISLAND NEWS AND EVENTS

 

Current Threads 2014   

Nanaimo Art Gallery presents, Current Threads 2014, a group exhibition featuring work by 22 artists from the Vancouver Island chapter of the Surface Design Association (SDA).

“Surface design” refers to the colouring, patterning and structuring of fibre and fabric.  This involves the creative exploration of many different processes such as: dyeing, painting, printing, stitching, embellishing, quilting, weaving, knitting, felting and papermaking. Many conceptual frameworks inform the artists’ work such as socio-economic issues, historic or political contexts, as well as natural processes and the natural environment.  Artists in the group seek to inspire creativity, encourage innovation and advocate for artistic excellence in textile inspired art and design.

 

The SDA is an International group of textile artists with area chapters all over the world.  The Vancouver Island chapter which includes the Gulf Islands, was formed in 2010 and consists of 56 members, several of whom exhibit and teach nationally and internationally. This exhibition continues Nanaimo Art Gallery’s commitment to showcasing excellent work in diverse media by artists from our region.

 

Participating artists: Barbara McCaffrey, Dale MacEwan, Diana Caleb, Donna-Fay Digance, Elserine Sprenger, Gillian Smith, Gloria S. Daly, Jo Ann Allan, Joanna Rogers, Judi MacLeod, Karen Selk, Kristin Rohr, Lesley Turner, Linda Wallace, Margie Preninger, Marny Stevenson, Morag Orr-Stevens, Shannon Wardroper, Susan Purney Mark, Terri Bibby

 

January 4 – February 7, 2014 | 150 Commercial Street, Nanaimo

 

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Check out the extensive list of events, opportunities, calls for artists etc. in the news from the Nanaimo Arts Council.

 

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BCBooklook

The folks at BC Bookworld have launched a new website. Check it out for stories about BC books and writers. You can find stories about Gabriolans Bob Bossin, and Chris and Judith Plant from New Society Publishers.

 

 

CLASSES, CALLS FOR SUBMISSION, CALLS TO ARTISTS

 

Acting Workshops sponsored by Gabriola Players

A total of 4 classes on January 5th  3-6 pm, January 12th, 19th & 26th  2–5 p.m.

Rollo Centre

WORKSHOP INSTRUCTOR –  Kayte Summers, B.A., M.F.A. (Theatre), C.A.E.A.

M.A. (Dramatherapy), C.P.C.A.

$40 for members of Gabriola Players/ $55 for non-members

To register e-mail  Margaret or call 250-247-8651.

 

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Improv Classes

Are you interested in exercising your muscles of creativity and teamwork?
We are offering 5 consecutive sessions of Improv beginning Monday January 13th through to February 10th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm.
Emphasis is on strengthening a trust in your impulses, accepting and building on offers, and discovering connections (while having fun!).
Come and check out the first session for free with the following 4 at $10 per session, at the Haven.

Cindy O’Dell: 250-247-9754 | Adrienne Vance: 250-327-7958

 

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Watercolour Classes with Melinda Wilde

Beginner Watercolours

Try something fresh and new for 2014! These classes are fun, fast paced with no pressure and guaranteed results!

Date: Tuesday Jan 28, ’14 to Tuesday Apr 01, ’14 (10 Weeks) Time: 9:00 am to 11:00 am Class Level: Beginner Price: $160.00 Location: Gabriola Island venue TBA

Intermediate watercolours

Explore watercolours more deeply with this set of classes. New lessons each week with tons of technique taught.

Date: Tuesday Jan 28, ’14 to Tuesday Apr 01, ’14 (10 Weeks) Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Class Level: Intermediate Price: $160.00 Location: Gabriola Island W I Hall

Intermediate Watercolours

Explore watercolours more deeply with this set of classes. New lessons each week with tons of technique taught.

Date: Wednesday Jan 29, ’14 to Wednesday Apr 02, ’14 (10 Weeks) Time: 2:45 pm to 4:45 pm Class Level: Intermediate Price: $200.00 Location: Nanaimo Christ Community Church

If you are interested in registering, a cheque in the mail is the best way:  Box 61 Gabriola Island V0R 1X0

 

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Travel Writing Seminar

Boulevard is holding a travel writing seminar in February — we’re seeking out anyone who might be looking to break into travel. Last year’s seminar was a great success and this year’s promises to be even better. The $269 price includes lunch, two coffee breaks, and personal feedback on a submitted travel story. The seminar will be led by former Boulevard editor Anne Mullens. She will be providing coaching for all participants, creating publishable travel stories for Boulevard or beyond (we published seven travel stories from the 2013 seminar, with a few more to come). Those who participate in coaching will also be entered into a draw for one of three hosted prize trips, which the winners will take and write about for Boulevard as well. All levels are welcome, from beginner to experienced writer looking for a refresher.

 

Contact Katie Crowe at 250-480-3254 with questions or to register | blvdmag.ca

 

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From Inspiration to Execution: translate your vision into a reality!

A 2-day workshop for painters of any medium Feb. 8 and 9.

For more details call Maureen Karagianis at 247-7332 or via email

 

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Call for Artists: 2014 Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency Program

Together Yukon Arts Centre, Parks Canada and the US National Park Service are seeking three visual artists – one from Canada, one from the United States and one regional (Yukon or Alaska) – to participate in a cross-border creative journey. The Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency Program invites artists to hike the famous Chilkoot Trail, passing through Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park (Alaska) and Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site (northern British Columbia). Entering its fourth consecutive year, this one-of-a-kind program is a unique opportunity for artists to practice and promote their work in a spectacular setting!

Some details about the program:

  • each artist will individually spend a two week period (between late June and early August) hiking the historic trail once traversed by Tlingit First Nation traders and Klondike Gold Rush Stampeders, spending one to three days at each campsite
  • selected artists are expected to interact with hikers, make art and engage with site’s natural and historic heritage
  • each artist must provide and carry all of their backpacking gear, food and art supplies for the journey;  artists should be accompanied by a friend or family member as support during their trek
  • during and following the residencies, artists will present public outreach programs through artist talks, workshops and/or demonstrations
  • a $1000 CAD honorarium will be provided by the Yukon Arts Centre, as well as up to $400 USD for travel expenses from Alaska Geographic and $100 USD for art supplies from Skagway Arts Council

 

Deadline for submission is February 1st, 2014. Program information and application forms are available at our website. For more information, please email Angharad Wenz.

 

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
21st Annual Short Prose Competition for Developing Writers
The Writers’ Union of Canada is pleased to announce that submissions are being accepted until March 1, 2014 for the 21st Annual Short Prose Competition for Developing Writers. The winning entry will be the best Canadian work of up to 2,500 words in the English language, fiction or non-fiction, written by an unpublished author.

PRIZE: $2,500 for the winning entry, and the entries of the winner and finalists will be submitted to three Canadian magazines.

JURY: Writers Mark Abley, Ranj Dhaliwal, and Erin Dunham.

ELIGIBILITY: This competition is open to all Canadian citizens and landed immigrants who have not had a book published in any genre and who do not currently have a contract with a book publisher. Original and unpublished (English language) fiction or non-fiction is eligible.
check out the website.

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Here’s a webinar series for professional artists, offered by CARFAC Ontario and Work in Culture. Topics include Marketing, Negotiating Contracts and Public Art Commissions for Artists, Copyright and Moral Rights for Visual Artists, Issues for Established Artists.
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GENERAL ARTS NEWS

 

Select Standing Committee on Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy

Lana Popham, Opposition Critic for Small Business, Tourism, Arts & Culture, has created a petition calling for the creation of a Select Standing Committee on Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy. Check out the full story in the Georgia Straight, and sign the petition if you support this initiative. Here’s an excerpt from her article:
“Arts and culture in British Columbia employ more than 87,000 British Columbians, including almost 26,000 artists. In 2007, the creative sector GDP was estimated at $4 billion, and its growth between 2002 and 2007 outpaced the growth of agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting combined.

The arts are critical to the tourism strategies of towns and cities across B.C. Cultural festivals, performance, and institutions keep visitors coming back year after year and help support our local and provincial economies.

Yet something important has been missed at the provincial level that would give the creative community the stage it needs to further develop its significant economic contribution.

As the New Democrat critic for arts and culture, small business, and tourism, I believe that more should be done to connect the dots between government policy and the economic impact of arts and culture in this province. That is why when the legislature convenes in February, I will call on the government to create a Select Standing Committee on Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy.”
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Email Art Scam Alert!

Artists – if you’ve received the email below, or something like it, you can be almost sure that it’s an ongoing scam. These emails are circulating around the internet, and addresses are being pulled directly from artists’ websites and from group sites (like GAC’s, unfortunately). If you’re not sure about an email, check it out on some of the blogs and FB pages that have been created in response to the scams – google “art scam” or search for “art scam” on Facebook. And be vigilant!

“Hi, I’m Greg Hall from North Lima, Ohio. I was going through your works and my eyes caught this particular piece, I want to purchase it as I am moving to a new apartment next month. Kindly let me know if you still have the piece available and also let me know it’s final price and more information about it. I will be waiting to read from you. Regards, Greg”

 

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Brainpickings – my favourite site for random and inspiring information about art and creativity have come up with their “best books of 2013” list. Check it out – and enjoy!

 

Here’s to a creative and inspired 2014!

 

Michelle Benjamin

Executive Director
Gabriola Arts Council

www.ArtsGabriola.ca | michelle@artsgabriola.ca

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