GAC News – 12 June edition

Wow. What an unbelievable richness of events and activities happening this weekend, this month, this summer on Gabriola. I hope I’ve captured at least some of it below. Have fun!


A Note from the President!

I want to use this time to share with you my experiences as your delegate to The ArtsBC 2013 Annual Conference and AGM “Cultivating Community Connections” in Vernon, May 3-4.  This was an opportunity to connect with arts councils, art organizations and art event programmers from across the province! Wonderfully co-hosted by the Arts Council of the North Okanagan and Arts Health Canada, for 36 hours we literally camped out in an incredible space – The Vernon Community Arts Centre.  A one-time high-school auto shop, the centre has doubled in size and now functions as a meeting space, performance space, workshop space and art gallery all in the centre of town in a park … very impressive!  I’d encourage anyone traveling through the interior to stop in and take a look!

My overall observation at the beginning of the conference that there was a great deal of general knowledge about GAC and its activities.  Most folks had heard of the Studio Tour, several mentioned the Theatre Festival and I had the Artist in Residence Coordinator from the Kent Harrison Arts Council approach me to learn more about our experiences with the “under 30” theme of this year’s residency with the Haven.  Folks know us, have heard of us and see us in a very positive light.  Of course, they had all learned a whole lot more about GAC and its activities by the end of the conference!

I was very honoured to accept a nomination to sit on the board of ArtsBC. I’ll be representing Gabriola, Vancouver Island and the Pacific Coast at the provincial level!  Thank you all so very much for this opportunity to represent Gabriola on a province-wide stage.  I am grateful for the chance to meet, mingle, network and promote the Gabriola Arts Council.  And it was thrilling to see how much name recognition Gabriola, the Council and our programming had with participants from all over this province!  I was proud of our accomplishments and humbled to see how many dedicated champions for the arts there really are out there!  We stack up pretty darn well and it was inspiring to share and learn from so many who “speak our language!”

I’d be happy to email anyone a full report on the conference … just drop me a line at

— Kathy Ramsey | President, Gabriola Arts Council


Gabriola Theatre Festival

Have you seen the Theatre Festival Program yet? You can pick one up at various locations around the island, or check out the Festival page at the GAC website. Mark August 16-17-18 on your calendars, and get ready for a fantastic weekend full of theatre, music, entertainment, art and so much more!

Can you help with billeting?

The Theatre Festival is seeking your generous support in billeting off-Island cast and crew members. If you are able to help please get in touch with Jim Wilson-Storey |

Call out for vendors: Street Art and (new this year) Street Fair
August 17 and 18 during the Theatre Festival
New this year on day two is Street Fair at which we would like to see all the faces of Gabriola: artists, non-profits, Gabriola services,  farmers, massage therapists, tarot readers, hairdressers, vintage cars, and more – as long as it is Gabriolan. There is also a Speakers Corner, for those of you with something to say. Street Art on day one is strictly for artists and makers of craft, although they are welcome to do both days if they wish.  Details are on the registration form, which is available at the GAC office in Artworks. You can also download and print them it here. Please return the form to the GAC office with payment.
Contact with questions.




Calling all Artists, Artisans, Poets, writers, musicians, sculptors, woodworkers, farmers, foodies
The Summer Breeze Studio Cruise is filling up nicely with 25-plus confirmed participants who will be showing in their home-based studios. We hope to have even more artistic mediums represented. Can you incorporate your musical, poetic, written ways into our festival? Do you have a farm you would like to show off? Lets push the boundaries a little on the traditional studio tour.  We are meeting with Poetry Gabriola this week to talk over some ideas, and we may have BareFoot Boats join us from the Shipyard. Heather and her Herb Shoppe have joined too.
Please contact Kate or Christine. Check out the blog for details, and ‘like’ us on Facebook for even more details. We are of course still accepting ‘traditional’ art mediums too!

July 20-21, 2013 | All over Gabriola Island

Kate at | Christine Bletcher at



GERTIE needs a logo!

The bus committee is putting a call out to anyone who’d like to submit a logo for our local community bus. This logo will inform a wide variety of projects related to the bus service. The logo must satisfy the following requirements:

-it must work well in print (as large as poster sized and as small as bus tickets)

-it must work well on the web (web-safe colours)

-the colour should not be integral to the logo – it should be able to be altered to suit future circumstances

-it must have colours that work well with both our black bus and the standard school-bus yellow

-it should reflect the funky, eco-friendly, community-connecting nature of Gabriola

Artwork should be submitted in PNG format, with any transparency, so the committee can evaluate it on a number of backgrounds. The selected artwork must be provided in vector (i.e. EPS, SVG, etc.) and/or original format (i.e. Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop).

Due date for submission: Wednesday, June 19, 2013.

Send submissions or questions to

We look forward to your entries!




One Man in His Time

Written and performed by Antony Holland

Antony, now in his nineties, is one of the last surviving veterans of the desert war in Egypt during the second World War. He offers up a rare piece of theatre in this personal retrospective of that extraordinary time. This show is full of poems and songs written by his fellow soldiers.

Saturday June 15 at 7:00 pm & matinee Sunday June 16 at 2:30 pm

The Gabriola Theatre Center 1475 Peterson Rd. on Gabriola Island

 Phone The Theatre Center to RSVP tickets 250-247-9805 and then pay at the door. Tickets $15 | Free to under 30’s over 75’s, donations will be accepted if you don’t need this concession.

The usual coffee, and homemade scones with cream and jam will be on sale for $5




Gabriola’s Sculptural Ceramicist Joy Olsen

Joy Olsen is featured in Island Arts Magazine, Summer 2013 issue that features ceramic artists on the West Coast. Joy’s work can be seen at the Pier Gallery, The Gabriola Museum, online at and at The Green Bough Studio, 1411 Moby Dick’s Way.




A Note from Judith Madsen

Judith Madsen and Trudy Broadley | An Artist’s Journey

Hello all of you who have dropped in to see my FIRST art show at ARTWORKS and thank you so much for the kind compliments! THANKS TO KATHY RAMSEY for a great

arrangement of our art on the wall. It was varied, from Africa to Line Dancing. The Show is still hanging for two more weeks until June 24. Pop up to visit, bring a friend, have a coffee and put your name in for the 2 separate Draws for a Painting from the series “Birds and their Cafe” (6×6 oil). The Draw will be on Thursday, June 13 and Thursday, June 20. Each draw will include names from the visitors who popped in for that week.




Also Upstairs at Artworks:

Keith Anthony Poulton’s Brush with Nature

Oil, acrylic, watercolour – on until June 26.


And coming up:

The Hand You’re Dealt | 30 Artists, 30 Decks of Cards

Artworks kicks off this year’s summer series with our perennial favourite – The Object Show! Each year, Artworks doles out a mundane, everyday item to 30 artists and tells ‘em to “go do something” to it!  The results are eclectic, weird, whacky and often profound, this show has riffed off everything from roofing nails to cardboard boxes, rulers to matchbooks.  This year’s challenge?  Everyone got a pack o’ cards and they’re playing ’em close to their chests until Opening Night, Thursday June 27, 7 – 9 PM!  Look for our summer flier in your mailbox soon!

June 27 – July 10




Tammy Hudgeon Studio | 3rd Annual Spring Show and Sale

Saturday and Sunday June 15 and 16 | 10 – 4 both days
1790 Seymour Rd. | Gabriola Island, B.C





Untying the Apron: Daughters Remember Mothers of the 1950s

Edited by Lorri Neilsen Glenn

Reading by contributing author Sheila Norgate followed by light refreshments and discussion
Mothers of the 1950s were wasp-waisted, dutiful, serene and tied to the kitchen with apron strings. Or so we thought. This collection of searing and startling poetry and prose unties the stereotype and reveals women who were strong, wild, talented, wise, mad, creative, desperate, angry, courageous, bitter, tenacious, reckless and beautiful, sometimes all at once. The contributors include award-winning poets, novelists, and essayists, as well as compelling new literary voices.
“…it is both a tribute to and an excavation of their lives by some of the finest minds in Canada. I am the daughter of a “fifties mother” but I feel Untying the Apron is an important book for all of us.” Shelagh Rogers, Host of CBC’s The Next Chapter.

Saturday, June 15 | 2 to 3 pm | Gabriola Island Library | FREE!




Melinda Wilde’s Watercolour Workshops

Hello All Painters…and non painters whose time has come to give the marvelous medium of watercolours a try. Here is the summer line up.





The Gabriola Arts Council , The Haven, the hardworking TedxGabriolaIsland Team, the TEDxGabriola Sponsors and the amazing TEDxGabriolaIsland Speakers are very proud and excited to let you know that the talks from TEDxGabriolaIsland has now been uploaded to the TEDx talks channel on YouTube!  In March of this year, 100 of us gathered at The Haven on beautiful Gabriola Island to take part in the very first TEDx series here in this little corner of paradise (and one of the very few, if any, TEDx’s presented on a small, rural island). The Gabriola Arts Council was a proud sponsor of this event. Grab a cup of coffee, find a comfortable chair and soak in some wonderful, spirited talks on the subject of “Unity in Diversity:  Beyond Objectification into Empathy.”




Repeat Performance! Shelagh Rogers and Northwords

Gabriola Island Friends of the Library present an evening with Shelagh Rogers

and a screening of the film Northwords. See attached poster for more details.

Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 7:00pm | Doors open at 6:30pm | Phoenix Auditorium at The Haven




The Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale

Books in good condition gratefully accepted. Drop off at the library or call Wendy at 8392.

Saturday, June 14 (10-4) and Sunday, June 15 (11-3) | the Rollo Centre




Summer Boogie

WHO:                     ISLAND

WHAT:                   Summer Boogie

WHEN:                   Saturday July 13, 2013, 8 pm

WHERE:                  Gabriola Community Hall

ADMISSION:          $15 at the door


Paul Gellman – piano, vocals, guitar, violin

Jerome Jarvis – drums, vocals

Brad Shipley – guitar, mandolin, vocals

Mike Mead – bass, vocals

Tami Blazer – vocals

Could be special guests too!  We will be playing some of the old tunes we wrote in the 70s, plus some new and in between.  Everyone is welcome, all ages, come and celebrate with us. Hope to see you!




DANCERS WANTED FOR GABRIOLA! | Gabriola Island Dance Camp

hosted by: Nanaimo Ballroom Dance Society

Registration is going well for the June 21 – 23 Gabriola Island Dance Camp, except for one thing. The ladies, as usual, are ahead of the men when it comes to planning ahead. So we have an excess of follows and not enough leads. We try to keep a reasonable balance between leads and follows. There are plenty of spaces for couples and leads, and there is a waiting list for follows – as more leads register there will be more spaces for follows.
· Men! Get your butts in gear and register now!
· Ladies! Round up a partner or two and get them to register.
It turns out we had some issues with the on-line registration system, so the familiar registration and waiver form is back on line for your convenience. If you have any questions about registration, or to confirm that you are registered, please email Hope to see you there!

Gabriola Island Dance Camp
June 21, 22 & 22 | Community Hall – 2200 South Road, Gabriola
cost:  $125 … and don’t forget to book your accommodations!
we have another great year planned for you – we hope you can make it!




Gabriola Museum Gift Shop

The Gabriola Museum has opened a gift shop in the museum and is offering local artisans a new venue for the sale of their creations. They hope that the gift shop will feature items that reflect the themes of the Museum’s exhibits and, in particular the Brickyard Exhibit and Hippie exhibit. The Museum will accept suitable items on consignment and will retain 20% of the gross selling price. Interested artists should contact David Andrews at for further information.




Nanaimo Arts Council

Shows, contests, calls for submission, events and more!



Golden Artist Colors, Inc. | Seductive Surfaces Workshop

What are the different characteristics of the many painting substrates available today and which one is best for each type of application? In this workshop you will try a variety of painting supports from raw canvas to masonite panels to yupo paper. Each participant will have the opportunity to stretch their own raw canvas (not mandatory) and use both acrylic flow release / absorbent ground to make a large scale water media painting that doesn’t need to go behind glass. We’ll also use a cradled panel with sides to make a poured acrylic resin painting. Some other products we will use as grounds are: light molding paste, micaceous iron oxide, pumice gel, pastel ground and of course traditional gesso! It will be a balance of exercises and projects, direction and freedom in a supportive environment (ha ha). This course is suitable for students of all experience levels. Hope you will join us!

***All Paints, Gels, Mediums and Grounds are Provided.

A Materials List will be Emailed after Registration.

***Sponsored by House of Indigo | #6 Church St. Nanaimo

10% discount on all workshop supplies

Instructor: Sara Robichaud

Date: July  27 & July 28 | Time: 10am-4pm | Fee: $160

Location: Rollo Centre | 685 North Rd.



Golden Artist Colors, Inc. | Acrylic Lecture Demo

The GOLDEN Acrylic Lecture Demo is a fun, fast-paced informative lecture covering a technical review of acrylics and their varied application possibilities. The lecture demo will present information on pigments, viscosities, gels, mediums and more. Learn how acrylics can be used as grounds for other media, such as watercolor or colored pencil; get key information on color mixing, blending and controlling drying time; and see how gels can be used to modify paint properties or create unique textural surfaces. From traditional to contemporary to mixed media, acrylics are infinitely versatile.

Artists of all levels will come away from this lecture demo with fresh new insights to feed their creative expression. All participants will receive free product samples and a literature packet, including hand-painted color charts. Space is limited — register today!

Presenter: Sara Robichaud

Date: Saturday July 13 | Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm | Fee: Free!

Location: Karen Curry’s Studio | 2985 South Road | Gabriola Island, BC

Contact: (250) 754-1022  | |




Call to Artists for the 5th Annual ISLAND ARTS EXPO

November 2 – 3, 2013 | Lighthouse Community Centre, Qualicum Bay BC

Art Exhibition, Show & Sale

Artists Workshops, Guest Presenters, Raffles, Music & Great Food – makes for a weekend Not to be Missed!

Apply online at: | Deadline: July 12, 2013.



The British Columbia Creative Achievement Award for Applied Art and Design

Deadline for entries is July 10, 2013-06-12

Full details and nomination forms:




PHC Home & Garden Tour

Satisfy your curiosity about some of Gabriola’s unique homes and gardens on the 15th Annual Gabriola Home & Garden Tour on June 23rd, 10-5 pm. This day-long event offers visitors an exciting opportunity to take a self-guided tour of the selected sites, featuring uniquely designed and built homes and glorious west coast gardens. The beautiful homes and gardens chosen for this special tour will awe, delight and inspire you. Proceeds from this event help fund many community programs and services delivered by People for a Healthy Community. This tour involves walking down rural driveways and on uneven ground. We regret it is not wheelchair accessible.

Tickets are $20/person, and are available in Nanaimo at Dig This, Diana’s Garden Centre, Blue Poppy Garden Gallery, Buckerfields and on Gabriola at Artworks, Wild Rose Garden Center and Wheelbarrel Nursery. For additional information, see the attached poster, or contact Wendy Shaw at 250-247-7558 or visit PHC website.


Want to leave your vehicle in Nanaimo!

Elly Hallam of Chemainus Tours invites you to the Gabriola Home & Garden Tour as a passenger aboard the recently purchased Gabriola Community bus.

Tickets are $69 for the day and include:

-pickup on Gabriola from the 9:30 am Nanaimo ferry, a visit to each of the tour sites and dropoff at the 5:35 pm ferry

-ticket to the Home & Garden Tour ($20)

-lunch at one of our excellent restaurants

-knowledgeable tour guide

Contact Elly at 250 247 8792 or




Volunteers and Donors in Arts and Culture Organizations in Canada in 2010

Hill Strategies Research Inc., March 2013

This report is based on the Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating, the same dataset as Statistics Canada’s articles on all volunteers and donors in Canada. The report indicates that about 1.4 million Canadians (5.1% of all Canadians 15 or older) volunteered for or donated to arts and culture organizations in 2010. This includes the 87,000 people who did both, which represents only “about one in every 16 people who either volunteered or donated in arts and culture organizations in Canada”. The 764,000 volunteers in arts and culture organizations represent 2.7% of all Canadians 15 or older. Arts and culture volunteers gave a total of 97 million hours in 2010, the equivalent of approximately 51,000 full-time, full-year jobs. The report estimates that this work effort would be worth about $1.6 billion.


On average, volunteers gave 127 hours to arts and culture organizations, more than the average hours volunteered in any other type of organization. The report indicates that “arts and culture volunteer activities are very events-driven, with substantial work on committees and boards but less fundraising work than in other types of organizations”. Arts and culture volunteers tend to be very loyal: 42% of them volunteered with the same organization for at least five years.

Check out the entire report here.




And don’t forget the Tour d’Coop and the Dog Show at the Gabriola Museum this weekend.




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