Concept for Semiahmoo Arts' new home at the Mel Edwards Centre.

Arts society finalizes new headquarters

Vacant Mel Edwards Centre to become home for Peninsula organization

Semiahmoo Arts has a new home.

The organization (formerly the White Rock and District Community Arts Council) signed a lease Tuesday with the city of White Rock for the Mel Edwards Centre at Centennial Park.

The building – used only for storage since the Centre For Active Living replaced the old Peace Arch Curling Club facility – will be reopened in January providing rental space for art displays, art workshops, rehearsals and some workshop performances as well as a permanent office for Semiahmoo Arts.

“I wouldn’t say it’s a full-fledged arts centre, but we’re moving in that direction,” Semiahmoo Arts’ executive director Patrick Reynolds said.

The building provides a 960-sq.-ft. multi-purpose open space capable of holding an audience of some 60 people, he said, plus a small room suitable for a dressing room or ‘green room’, with a kitchen and two bathrooms.

“It’s not necessarily just a gallery – we’re not going to run the programs all the time, but we will be the umbrella group for arts activities taking place there, and there will be a small cost for rental of the facility, which will help us recoup the cost of the monthly lease,” he said.

The building will be ready for use as soon as it is repainted and re-equipped with chairs and tables, and receives a safety inspection clearance, Reynolds said.

“The only challenge with the space is going to be parking,” he said. “But there should be plenty of parking for activities, especially in the evenings. And parking is only $2 for the whole day so we’re not subject to the heavy rate down at the waterfront.”

Reynolds said the move is a good step to consolidate Semiahmoo Arts’ activities and give them a face and provide a ‘hub’ for groups at a time when the organization is reassessing its mandate.

“It’s in a position now where it has to figure out how it’s going to move forward. Because of the cuts to arts funding, particularly the gaming grants, there just isn’t the money to do a lot of things.”

The organization is currently in fund-raising mode, including an online auction of artwork that has been donated over the years.

For more information on the group and its Hidden Gems art auction, which runs to Dec. 14, visit www.semiahmooarts.com

 

Just Posted

Oppal says Surrey mayor wrong about policing transition timeline

Chairman of committee overseeing Surrey’s transition from RCMP to city police says work won’t be done by Dec. 11

White Rock waterfront strategy ‘pop-up’ session to be held tomorrow

Event to take place at museum from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

‘A labour of love’: High school turns into ‘toy shop’ for Surrey Christmas Bureau

Fraser Heights Secondary has been making toys for the non-profit for more than a decade

Farnworth says Surrey RCMP boss’s statement on budget should be taken ‘seriously’

Assistant Commissioner Dwayne McDonald warned Surrey’s budget will have “detrimental effect” on policing

New date set for suspects in South Surrey Hells Angel murder

Court heard that both sides are prepared to set preliminary hearing date

VIDEO: Federal Liberals’ throne speech welcomes opposition’s ideas

Trudeau will need NDP or Bloc support to pass legislation and survive confidence votes

VIDEO: John Lennon’s iconic Rolls Royce rolls into Vancouver Island college for checkup

Royal BC Museum, Camosun College and Coachwerks Restorations come together to care for car

VIDEO: Rockslide closes part of Highway 93 in Fairmont Hot Springs

Geotechnical team called in to do an assessment after rocks fell from hoodoos

Chilliwack mom gives back to neonatal unit with Christmas stocking drive

Ashley Durance is paying it forward to other families and their babies following daughter’s NICU stay

Petition calls for appeal of ex-Burns Lake mayor’s sentence for sex assault

Prosecution service says Luke Strimbold’s case is under review

Northwest B.C. wildlife shelter rescues particularly tiny bear cub

Shelter co-founder says the cub weighs less than a third of what it should at this time of year

BC firefighters to help battle Australian bushfires

Canada sent 22 people, including 7 from B.C.

B.C. NDP touts the end of MSP premiums

Horgan, James held news conference to reiterate that people will get their last bill this month

Illicit drug deaths down, but B.C. coroner says thousands still overdose

Chief coroner Life Lapointe says province’s drug supply remains unpredictable

Most Read

l -->