Outside the Box
Billed as a “mixed media extravaganza,” Outside the Box 2017, a month-long celebration of art and fibre arts by Semiahmoo Peninsula artists, includes displays at the Mind & Matter Gallery, White Rock Community Centre, White Rock Museum and Archives and the White Rock Library.
Highlighted in this year’s festival is the genre-challenging artwork of well-known Peninsula innovator and artistic inspiration Elizabeth Carefoot.
Her noted interest in Middle-Eastern and far-Eastern culture and dance has been a strong influence on her acrylic paintings, constructed boxes, jewelry, stitching, dolls and papier mache objects and drawing in ‘altered’ books.
The Joy Flags workshop she leads at White Rock Library today (Sept. 13, 1:30-3:30 p.m.) is inspired by prayer flags at Buddhist temple grounds in Nepal and Tibet.
Other events at the library for Outside the Box include an ongoing display of quilts by the Piece Arch Quilters, a demonstration by the Peace Arch Weavers and Spinners Guild (Monday, Sept. 25, 1-3 p.m.) and a demonstration by the Needle Nuts (Friday, Sept. 29, 1-4 p.m.).
For more information, visit www.mindandmatterart.com; www.whiterockcity.ca and www.whiterockmuseum.ca
Latin Friday night
Hot Salsa Dance Zone’s Latin Friday Night feature returns this week (Sept. 15) to the White Rock Elks Club, but the dress-to-impress event will now be twice each month, according to organizer Alberto Gonzalez.
It’s an opportunity for Peninsula salsa fans to socialize and dance to authentic Latin music – including such dances as bachata, merengue, cha-cha, and cumbia – from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
For those who’ve never danced salsa before – or those who want to brush up on their skills – a salsa lesson with Gonzalez and partner Teresa is featured at 7 p.m. as part of the $10 admission charge at the door.
Upcoming sessions include Sept. 29, Oct. 13 and 27 and Nov. 10 and 24.
The club is located at 1469 George St.
For more information, visit www.HotSalsaDanceZone.com
The Crescent Legion’s Club 240 (2643 128 St.) continues to provide the venue for successful Friday night dances organized by the Semiahmoo Music Consortium.
On Sept. 15, it will be the turn of guitarist Rob Montgomery’s band Incognito (doors, 7 p.m, show 8 p.m.), featuring the dynamic lead vocals of Amanda Dean, the piano and Hammond B3 of Steve Werbicki, the bass of David Barton and drums of Darrell Mayes.
Sept. 22, Blue Voodoo will be back to rock the house with the dual guitar lead of Ted Tosoff and Rick Dalgarno, ably backed by Gary Berg on bass and John McCreath on drums.
Tickets are $20, available at the door, at the legion box office from 3-9 p.m., or online at www.brownpapertickets.ca
Peace Arch Chorus
The harmony-singing women of the Peace Arch Chorus (Sweet Adelines) will be showcased at Cloverdale Market on Saturday, Sept. 16, 10:30 a.m.
The performance will feature special guests the Glow Quartet, 2017 Region 26 Quartet champions.
The venue is at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds, 176 Street at 62 Avenue.
For more information, visit www.peacearchsings.com
Lovers of wildlife art should mark off Saturday, Sept. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 1 in their calendars.
That’s when well-known Peninsula artist Wendy Mould will be holding an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at her studio/gallery at 9349 152A St.
It’s a chance to see how she uses watercolour, coloured pencil and ink – and her specialty, graphite – to create breathtaking images of such subjects as hummingbirds resting on a flower, eagles feeding on a log or seals basking in the sunlight.
The open house will also highlight Mould’s popular pet portraits in graphite.
Free hands-on drawing demos – for beginners or those who want to give their drawing skills a boost – will be offered by Mould at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily during the open house.
Peninsula Art Tour
The 8th annual Peninsula Art Tour takes place Saturday, Sept. 16 and Sunday, Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Some 27 artists will be featured in some 16 locations throughout South Surrey and White Rock – including a selection of artists’ home studios.
Work includes a wide variety of visual art styles and disciplines, ranging from oil, acrylic and mixed-media pieces to jewelry, ceramics, mosaic, glass work, and turned wood; and many of the works will be for sale.
Among those showing recent work will be Nicole Carrie, Jeanette Jarville, David Klassen, Rich Schmid, Doris Anderson, Veronica Davies, Emily Vincent, Nicoletta Baumeister, Sandra Tomchuk, Alyson Thorpe, Gail Nesimiuk, Jacquie Janzen, Connie Glover, Lee Caufield, Audrey Bakewell, Lisa Samphire, June Bloye, Joanne Carter, Gary McDonald, Jess Rice, David Patterson, Angelo Morrisey, Adele Samphire, Sid Samphire, Irma Bijdemast, John Wright and Alice Loftus.
For more information about the artists – and to download a tour map – visit www.peninsulaarttour.com.
The City of White Rock, Semiahmoo Arts and Canada 150 are winding up two exhibits, both highlighting established and emerging artists, curated by Melanie Watts.
The second exhibit, Our Future, runs until this Saturday (Sept. 16) at the Pop-Uptown Gallery, 1459 B Johnston Rd.
It features new work by Debbie Westergaard Tuepah with Roxanne Charles, plus work by Christine Leviczky-Riek, Diane Roy, Tom Douglas, Bev Ellis, Robert Wakefield, Mallory Donen, Molly Gray, Uryel Cho, Tony Wilson, Chrystal Johnston, Linda Bickerton-Ross, Brandy McLean, Rachel Kirkpatrick, YoungHwa Cha Hach, Lesley Tannen, Jevon Greco and Frazer Cole.
Subtitled Sagas, Narratives – and Selfies, the exhibits began with the Our Past exhibition, which is still running at White Rock Community Centre, 15154 Russell Ave.
Among special events planned for the Pop-Uptown show is a ‘plant pounding’ workshop with Bobbie Hammersley (Sept. 17, 6:30-8 p.m., $10, pre-registration required at 604-536-8333).
Closing reception Sept. 16, 7-9 p.m., will include live music, storytelling and light refreshments. The new exhibit is open Wednesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The White Rock Traditional Jazz Society will be back to its regular 2-5 p.m. sessions of live Dixieland and swing music for dancing at the Crescent Legion Branch’s Club 240 (2643 128 St.) this Sunday, Sept. 17.
Continuing this month’s focus on youth bands, the featured act will be the Curbside Trad Jazz Band, featuring clarinetist Ben MacCrae.
McCrae will be back the following Sunday (Sept. 24) when the music will be provided by his New Orleans and Chicago-style band Benny and the Good Men, featuring special guest Rice Honeywell.
Coming up on Oct. 8 will be reedman Gerry Green’s Crescent City Jazzers, featuring Jim Armstrong (trumpet), Ron Minshall (trombone), Bill Dixon (banjo), Dave Brown (bass) and Nick James (drums).
Admission is $10 (WRTJS members), $12 (non members) and $6 (students with ID).
Hazelmere United Church is offering an evening of spiritually-uplifting music in an eminently suitable setting.
The historic Hazelmere Valley church will host a gospel sing-a-long on Sunday, Sept. 17 featuring the stirring vocal talents of guest performer Lori Barnson.
The event takes place at 7 p.m. at the church (1614 184 St.); doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Admission is by donation.
Musicians noted both locally and internationally continue to enliven the program at White Rock’s Blue Frog Studios.
Upcoming shows include an evening with famed singer/actor Jane Mortifee and Friends (Saturday, Sept. 23, 7 p.m.).
In a 40-year career in theatre, film, television and recording, Mortifee has been nominated for an Actra award and three Jessie awards, and was inducted into the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2002.
She will be accompanied by three of Vancouver’s most accomplished and versatile musicians: Bill Sample, David Sinclair and Rene Worst. The venue is at 1328 Johnston Rd.; tickets are at 604-542-3055, or www.bluefrogstudios.ca
The next reader’s theatre presentation by Naked Stage at Newton Cultural Centre (13530 72 Ave.) will be the acclaimed dramatic comedy Poor Richard, by Jean Kerr, Sept. 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 24 at 2 p.m.
The play, directed by Ed Milaney, reunites four members of the cast of Naked Stage’s debut production, Any Wednesday: Deanna Gray, Croy Jenkins and George Stone, plus newcomer Diane Jameson.
By the author of Please Don’t Eat The Daisies, Poor Richard concerns a newly-widowed poet from England who has been invited to the U.S. to attend a dedication ceremony for his late wife.
His publisher has provided him with a secretary, but he soon discovers she has more than secretarial duties on her mind.
Tickets ($15) at the door, or brownpapertickets.com
Legion of Sound will host the Seaside Shindig Sept. 30 at Star of the Sea Hall (15262 Pacific Ave.), a fundraiser to help create concerts for emerging indie artists.
The event will feature three live bands plus a DJ, with a Texas BBQ dinner by Railtown Catering, full bar and craft beer.
Headlining will be Vancouver-based Coco Jafro, a dynamic band that combines the powerful voice of Karina Morin with a unique mix of jazz, reggae, funk and more. Semiahmoo Peninsula indie band The Escapes will also be featured.
For tickets ($60) , call 778-988-4755 or at www.legionofsound.com