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Arts on city stage
A special version of White Rock council’s regular meeting Monday night will have a strong arts focus – including the presence of such well-known figures on the Peninsula arts scene as painter/muralist Elizabeth Hollick, painter and arts advocate Chris MacClure (originator of International Artist’s Day), bassoonist and impresario George Zukerman and members of the award-winning Spiral Dance studio.
The meeting, which starts at 7 p.m., will be held at White Rock Community Centre rather than at city hall. City media liaison Jamie Leggatt said a planned hour-long opening segment of the agenda is part of council’s re-affirmation of White Rock as an arts community, and likely a first for the city.
“The presentation is to acknowledge and celebrate local artists and their contribution to the White Rock community,” Leggatt said.
“Mayor Wayne Baldwin will be introducing each of the artists and some of them are bringing work along for display,” she added, noting the meeting will be adjourned before the resumption of regular business.
Those confirmed to attend also include sculptor Don Hutchinson (husband of Coun. Louise Hutchinson), painter Serge Dubé, painter and collagist Sheila Symington, painter and multi-media artist Jim Adams, painter Deborah Putman, noted tenor and anthem singer Mark Donnelly, who will open the presentation, and Dave Baron, president of White Rock Players Club.
Leggatt said invitations had gone out to many high-profile arts figures who live in the city or have had connections with it in the past.
Others, including musicians Ra McGuire, Randy Bachman and Jodi Proznick, and sculptor Robert Davidson, had not confirmed attendance at press time.
Leggatt added that other arts-oriented events are planned for the rest of the year, including a city-sponsored International Artist’s Day festival scheduled for Oct. 21-27.