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The Outside The Box Fibre Festival is ongoing in White Rock and the Semiahmoo Peninsula this month, including an ongoing exhibit at White Rock Library (15342 Buena Vista Ave.).
A world-class display of art focusing on the multitude of possibilities of fibre as a medium features works by Pauline Dutkowski, Judy Alexander, Valeria Unruh, Elizabeth Carefoot, Annet Holierhoek, Katherine Siemens, Elke Denhart, Alicia Ballard, Linda Coe, Barbara Morley and Vladimira Fillion.
There’s still a chance to buy tickets for the gala launch event for White Rock’s first full International Artist Day Festival, Friday Oct. 25. at the White Rock Community Centre, 15154 Russell Ave.
Only 200 tickets will be available for the gala, hosted by Jane Baldwin.
A who’s who of participating master artists will be present, including International Artist Day founder Chris MacClure, Alan Wylie, Raymond Chow, Arnie Fisk, Brent Heighton, Jon Einerssen, Richard Tetrault, Dave Benning, Dan Gray, Gaye Adams, Keith Hiscock, Terry Isaac, Rick McDiarmid, Jef Morlan, Dave Patterson, Vance Theoret and Jose Ventura.
Entertainment will be provided by MC Mark Donnelly and award-winning local bassist Jodi Proznick and her trio. The first 75 people to buy a ticket will also receive a special bonus – admission to a special after party performance by the trio at White Rock’s Blue Frog Studios.
Ticket price ($150) includes a $100 voucher that can be put toward the purchase of any piece of art featured in the festival.
The festival itself runs from Oct. 21 to 27, featuring a variety of related exhibits, talks and demonstrations by the master artists, plus the opportunity to purchase artwork, and admission Oct. 26-27 is by donation only.
Tickets can be purchased online through White Rock Leisure Services, by calling 604-541-2199 (Ext. 0), or in person at White Rock Community Centre; due to demand tickets cannot be reserved for later purchase.
Crafts at museum
Rock, Paper, Scissors: The Transformative Power of Craft is the title of a new collaborative show presented by Semiahmoo Arts and White Rock Museum and Archives, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Craft Council of B.C.
Running at the museum (14970 Marine Dr.) until Oct. 15, the show covers the concept of craft and how it has evolved through the centuries.
Semiahmoo Peninsula artists demonstrating the traditions in such media as fibre, metal, wood, ceramic, glass and vellum will be June Bloye, Aryn Bowers, John Butt, Roxanne Charles, Don Fleming, Suzanne Gerard, Elizabeth Glowacki, Don Hutchinson, Colin Hyatt, Lance King, Samantha Knopp, Robert Gary Parkes, Sharon Reay, Anne J. Steves and Diane Zwickel.
From 1 to 3 p.m. each Sunday during the exhibition, the museum will also hold workshops and presentations explaining, specific craft traditions. For more details and full schedule of workshops, visit the museum’s website (www.whiterock.museum.bc.ca) or its Facebook page.
Artistic director and dancer/choreographer Jill Tunbridge will present the 12th-annual Flamenco del Mar Festival, Friday, Sept. 13 and Saturday, Sept. 14, 8 p.m. both nights, at Coast Capital Playhouse, 1532 Johnston Rd.
Student dancers and members of the Flamenco del Mar Spanish Dance Company will perform with Tunbridge and guest artists Karen Boothroyd and The Fusionistas in an event intended to celebrate and capture the essence of flamenco.
Boothroyd is the flamenco dancer and teacher who is almost singlehandedly responsible for making the Kino Café the home and headquarters for many ‘flamencos’ in Vancouver.
The Fusionistas (Stephanie Lafreniere and Katherine Siemens) are a dance troupe who fuse dance and costume from many tribal traditions around the world, including flamenco, belly dance, improvisational tribal style, folkloric and Kathak.
Tickets ($25, $20 children and seniors, including fees) are available at the playhouse box office, 604-536-7535 or online at firstname.lastname@example.org
White Rock Elks will present the first annual Hootenanny, recalling the folk scene of the early 1960s, Saturday, Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. at the upstairs lounge of the club, 1469 George St.
Described as a “fun-filled night of toe-tapping singalong songs from the college years, 1960-64” the Hootenanny will revisit the tradition of an open mic and an informal mingling of folk singers both known and unknown (Joan Baez described it as “a folk music jam session”) that all started with Gerdes Folk City in Greenwich Village.
For information or reservations, call 604-538-4016 or visit www.whiterockelks.ca
The musical group The Hazeltones – well known from sell-out singalong events at historic Hazelmere United Church – will be lending their talents to fundraise for First United Church’s Thursday Community Dinner program, in a special concert Sunday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. at First United, 15385 Semiahmoo Ave.
The ‘Autumn Leaves Singalong’ will be followed by a dessert buffet at 8:15 p.m.
Tickets ($15, $5 for children) are available by emailing email@example.com or by calling Susan at 604-531-4850.
Call for artists
Semiahmoo Arts is issuing a call for artists for Paint the Town, an event celebrating Canada Culture Days – and raising the profile of local artists – that will come to the streets of White Rock Sept. 28 and 29.
During those two days passersby will be able to observe artists painting ‘plein air’ in various locations, enjoying and reflecting the sights and sounds around them.
Art work produced will be judged in a range of categories, with prizes awarded and a concluding exhibit to be held Sept. 29 – and some pieces may also be selected to appear in the White Rock 2015 calendar.
Artists interested in participating (registration fee is $20) should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604-536-8333.
Peninsula-based performance/training group Surrey Youth Theatre Company (SYTCO) is looking for young people aged six to 17 to train as actors for its 17th season. Boys and girls aged 13 to 17 are invited to audition for the senior company’s fall production of Little Women, while boys and girls six to 13 are invited to audition for the junior company’s spring production of The Aristocats.
There will also be an, as yet, unannounced late-spring production cast by invitation only. For more information, or to register for auditions, call 604-538-9793 or contact email@example.com