Playhouse seeks to fill gaps on set: Art Beat

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The Gibsons Landing Heritage Society, which operates the nearly 100-year-old Heritage Playhouse, is seeking new members for its board. There are currently three vacancies on the volunteer board, according to Dianne Evans, its chair.

“The pandemic has kind of made it difficult for people to come together,” Evans said. “But now it feels like we’re back in business. There are new projects going on and there is plenty of room for people to get involved.

The Playhouse is in the midst of a major lighting upgrade and is raising funds to outfit the theater with modern LED fixtures.

In the meantime, with the help of the Sunshine Coast Community Solar Association, an energy audit has been completed and plans are in place to acquire an energy efficient heat pump. Rising energy costs make it difficult to keep admission and rental fees competitive, Evans said.

The 146-seat facility opened as a theater in August 2000, following earlier incarnations as Howe Sound Women’s Institute Hall and a school district maintenance facility.

“The Playhouse is a tremendous treasure,” Evans said. “We have excellent board members. I would be very happy to have a chat with anyone interested in serving as it can be exciting and challenging and it is a beautiful little theatre.

Roberts Creek Parties for the Planet

Earth Day celebrations hosted by the Roberts Creek Community Association drew crowds to the downtown Gumboot Nation waterfront for live music, food and vendors on Sunday, April 23.

Local bands Monty Montego, Brothers in Farms, The Shapes, Bellows and Strings, SPaDE and The Gratefully Dead Seagulls performed on the mandala stage.

A number of impromptu dance performances added to the fun as spectators munched on cotton candy.

The Gibsons Public Library continues its celebration of National Poetry Month with a reading on Saturday, April 30 by British Columbia poets Heidi Greco and Marion Quednau.

Greco recently published a volume of cultural criticism titled Glorious Birds. Her latest book of poetry, Practical Anxiety, explored climate change, habitat desecration and social inequality.

Quednau, who lives in Gibsons, published a novel called Sunday Drive to Gun Club Road last year. Her 2018 release Paradise, Later Years is her second book of poetry.

The number of places in person is limited: contact the Library to register at 604 886-2130 or via gdplinfo@gibsons.bclibrary.ca. The event can also be accessed live via Zoom from the library’s website: gibsons.bc.libraries.coop.

The Gibsons Public Art Gallery presents a new exhibition from April 28.

The Nature of Grief will explore the works of interdisciplinary artist Amberlie Perkin. Perkin’s diverse practice includes sculpture, installation, printmaking and painting. She is interested in the game of mourning and ecology, nature and the body; his works explore the deep relational bonds we share with each other and with our non-human loved ones.

The public is invited to meet the artist during a free stopover on Saturday April 30 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Bellows and Strings, a mother-son duo of Anna Lumiere and Noah Ord, perform at Gibsons Public Market on Saturday, April 30 at 2:30 p.m.

Noah Ord plays fiddle and percussion and Anna Lumiere plays keyboards and accordion, with occasional vocals.

The two have been playing together since Ord was 11, starting at farmers’ markets and moving on to local venues, cafes, private parties and festivals.

The duo promises a “joyful mix” of fiddle tunes, waltzes, jazz and bluegrass.

An important correction to last week’s article about BC and Yukon Book Award nominations: Nightwood Editions, which has published two volumes of poetry shortlisted for awards, is actually headquartered in Gibsons . It is not an imprint of Harbor Publishing – in fact, Harbor Publishing is the exclusive distributor for Nightwood Editions. We regret the error and apologize for the error.

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