Contributed photo Langley artist Susan J. Falk – who often teaches in White Rock and South Surrey and supervises regular drawing sessions through Semiahmoo Arts – is showcasing her work in a one-woman show at the Turnbull Gallery in South Surrey Recreation and Arts Centre from now until Oct. 17.

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Arts and entertainment on the Semiahmoo Peninsula

Susan Falk

Simply titled Susan, the new show presented by Semiahmoo Arts Society at the Turnbull Gallery in the South Surrey Recreation and Arts Centre features new drawings and paintings by well-known Langley-based artist Susan J. Falk.

Falk, who has guided many Peninsula artists through drawing and painting classes, and supervises regular life-drawing sessions for Semiahmoo Arts at the centre, will host the opening reception for the show Sept. 15 from 1-3 p.m.

In keeping with what her news release terms a “display of eclectic imagery,” the opening will include a short performance of tribal fusion dance, featuring Fusionistas dancers Kat and Willow.

Falk, who describes herself as “a colourist by nature,” said she actively pursues different painting techniques and subject matter for her work.

“I love the fact that I can work anytime, anywhere,” she said.

“Inspiration comes to me from my surroundings and experiences in life. I don’t sit and wait for it to come to me. I prefer to chase after it with blinding faith and my box of colours.”

The new show presents a potpourri of recent inspirations, ranging from bears and salmon to spring garden flowers and life-drawing sessions.

The show continues until Oct. 17 at the centre, located at 14601 20 Ave.

Pop-Uptown Gallery

White Rock’s new display space, the Landmark Pop-Uptown Gallery, is currently presenting the show Crossroads by the 4X4 Artists Collective.

The exhibit features the arrestingly colourful fibre and mixed-media art and sculpture of Elizabeth Carefoot; dynamic ceramic artwork by Don Hutchinson that ranges from practical to whimsical sculptural pieces inspired by ancient mythology; mystical and evocative abstract expressionist paintings by Tom Douglas; and the appealing, well-executed large-scale portrait drawings and paintings of Scarlet Black.

The space, at 15140 North Bluff Rd. (Central Plaza), is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with one of the artists present each day.

The space will be the venue for a variety of artist-driven shows year-round, including exhibits of work for sale, arts classes or the production of creative projects.

Coming up: October will be stone sculpture month at the gallery, featuring sculptors and educators Bruce Kleeberger of Surrey and Oliver Harwood and Jocelyn Dodier of Vancouver in a show and sale of recent works, and also demonstrations of techniques, while November and December are earmarked for a display and sale of work under the aegis of Semiahmoo Arts Society.

Blue Frog

Virtuoso guitar talents are no stranger to the entertainment lineup at White Rock’s Blue Frog Studios (www.bluefrogstudios.ca), but several featured in concerts this fall are of particular note for fans of the magic that can happen when fingers meet fretboard.

Terry Robb – ranked by many critics as one of the top acoustic blues guitarists of our time – will be highlighted Sept. 15 with his band, the Blue Hearts.

Vintage Guitar Magazine has called him “one of the best players, on acoustic and electric, embracing a range of blues styles and then some,” and his signature finger-picking style, in which he incorporates Mississippi Delta blues, ragtime, country, swing and jazz has drawn raves from peers and fans alike.

His diverse career has included more than 15 releases and national tours with Buddy Guy and Steve Miller, as well as sharing the stage with a who’s-who of greats including B.B. King, Bo Diddley, George Thorogood and Leo Kottke.

Also in the lineup for September is master guitarist – and new B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame inductee – David Sinclair, who will share the stage with North Vancouver harmonica virtuoso Keith Bennett (Sept. 29).

The Burnaby-based Sinclair’s 50-year-plus career as a guitarist and vocalist includes performing for many years with k.d. lang and Sarah McLachlan, and on the shows of David Letterman, Jay Leno, Arsenio Hall, Saturday Night Live, and at the Grammy and Juno Awards.

And on Oct. 4, Jack Semple, former member of the Lincolns, dubbed a “guitar player’s guitar player,” will showcase his individual, Juno-winning style – which has been described as “Stevie Ray Vaughn meets James Brown meets Robben Ford.”

Upcoming concerts also include Someone Like You: The Adele Songbook performed by Katie Markham (still tickets for an additional show Sept. 13); and exceptional jazz singer Karin Plato and a hand-picked group of some of Vancouver’s finest sidemen (Sept. 14).

The venue is located at 1328 Johnston Rd.

For information on upcoming shows, and to reserve tickets, visit bluefrogstudios.ca

Club 240

The Semiahmoo Music Consortium’s regular Friday night party on the celebrated dance floor of Crescent Legion’s Club 240 continues this week (Sept. 14) with a special CD release party for African-born music sensation Ezra Kwizera (Sept. 14).

Also coming up are a trip through the rock ’n’ roll decades with The Retrogrades (Sept. 21) and the exciting debut of the new Ocean Park Wailers (now featuring dynamic vocalists Terry Raible, also of Big City Soul, and Carolyn Neapole).

The show gets underway at the 2643 128 St. legion at 8 p.m., and hot food is available from Seriously Good Catering.

For more info on shows at Club 240, visit www.club240.ca

Conductor wanted

The South Fraser Community Band – a 25-member ensemble that performs locally – is looking for a new conductor.

Rehearsals are held every Thursday evening from 7:45-9:45 p.m. at Elgin Park Secondary.

Interested applicants are asked to email rbutula@telus.net or mdcullen05@gmail.com for more information.

Branch 8 Music

The White Rock Legion (Branch 8) presents bands and musical entertainers every Friday and Saturday, and Country Sunday live entertainment Sundays from 3-7 p.m., interspersed with other special music presentations, and daily specials from MacKarino’s Kitchen (open Wednesday through Sunday from noon). Entertainers coming up are Nightwing(Sept. 14-15), Cheek To Cheek (Sept. 21-22) and Two Of A Kind(Sept. 28-29).

The legion is located at 2290 152 St. and, on Fridays and Saturdays, is open from noon to 1 a.m. Call 604-531-2422 or 604-531-4308.

Traditional jazz

Toe-tapping retro jazz is a continuing feature at the Crescent Legion Branch’s Club 240, 2-5 p.m. on Sunday afternoons, even before the official return of the White Rock Traditional Jazz Society season on Oct. 7.

Throughout this month, Ben McCrae is organizing Sunday sessions on behalf of the WRTJS music-student program.

Traditional jazz scholar and mentor Alan Matheson’s Vancouver Community College jazz ensembles will be highlighted on Sept. 16, followed by Benny and the Goodmen (with Rice Honeywell Sr. as special guest) Sept. 23) and 2017 Matheson Trophy winners the Ridge Drive Ramblers (Sept. 30).

The venue is located at 2643 128 St.; admission is $10; $12 (non-members) and $6 (students).

Art at the beach

The MIX group – a collective of established artists – has taken over the Crescent Beach Pop Up Gallery at Beecher Place (12160 Beecher St. – lower level) until Sept. 16.

Participants Doris Anderson, Lee Caulfield, Veronica Davies, Louise Harding, Candace Latinga and Adriana Molina will be showing works that reflect their freedom of expression in contemporary and abstract art.

For more, visit mixcontemporaryart.com

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