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Meet the Artists | Tam Harrington & Linda Suffidy

Meet the artists Tam Harrington (Fashion, A Complex Relationship) and Linda Suffidy (Strata) Saturday February 17th from 2 pm – 4 pm. We hope you will join us for conversation and light refreshments. All are welcome!

Tam Harrington is an artist and educator living on the Sunshine Coast. She is a transdisciplinary artist whose practice includes installation art, research, collaboration, assemblage sculpture and painting, drawing, photography, ephemeral art, fiber arts, and performance.

Linda Suffidy is a Vancouver based artist who has exhibited throughout the lower mainland, in Edmonton, Kelowna, Bulgaria, and Dubai. The enormity of time past and contemplating the countless generations of life that have come into being are themes explored in Suffidy’s artistic practice.

Meet the Artist | EZMINA SAMAROO

Meet the artist Ezmina Samaroo on Saturday Feb 3rd, 2pm – 4pm. Samaroo’s exhibition Distant Shores New Horizons tells of the artist’s journey from Africa to England to the prairies of Canada, ending with her settling on Canada’s west coast. An exhibition in celebration of Black History Month, located in Joe’s Lounge.

Born in Mombasa, Kenya with ancestral roots in India, Ezmina Samaroo spent many years in London, UK before finding her new home in Canada. Her artwork is inspired by the colors, sights, smells, sounds, and feelings of the changing landscapes and countries around her. Samaroo works primarily in oils whilst exploring a variety of other mediums. Her aim is to highlight the essence of the world as she sees it, through simplicity with a focus on shape, line and form.

PR – qathet Art Centre: Opening Reception and Talk: Peter Gynd Exhibition – 10989 Dunlop Road

Reception 6-8pm; Talk 7pm. Known for his expressive and abstracted landscape paintings, Peter Gynd’s work is often a ‘long look’ at a particular subject. 10989 Dunlop Road focuses on a series of paintings Gynd made from his mother garden in kwekwenis (Lang Bay). In this series—collectively titled after the location’s address—Gynd presents multiple iterations on a grouping of trees surrounding the entrance to the south-of-town property.

Meet the Artist | Hiroshi Shimazaki

Sundays to Feb 11th – 2pm – 4pm. Meet GPAG exhibiting artist Hiroshi Shimazaki (The World As I See It) to ask questions and hear about his watercolour work and process.

Shimazaki will be in attendance on Sundays throughout his exhibition from 2 pm – 4 pm to speak with visitors and answer any questions you may have. We hope you will join us!

Sunday, January 21, 2pm – 4pm
Sunday, January 28, 2pm – 4pm
Sunday, February 4, 2pm – 4pm
Sunday, February 11, 2pm – 4pm

Max Wyman speaks about The Compassionate Imagination

Author, former art critic and arts policy-maker, Max Wyman, will read from his new book, The Compassionate Imagination. How the arts are central to a functioning democracy. He was an arts critic and columnist for The Vancouver Sun and CBC Radio for over 30 years. He is the author of seven books on the arts in Canada. Fundraiser: Sunshine Coast Writers and Editors Society.

Save a seat by emailing Please arrive by 5:45 p.m. to claim your seat. Suggested donation of $20 at the door as fundraiser for SCWES.

‘Gracie’ – by Joan MacLeod. Performed by Amy King

Feb 16 & 17 @ 7pm; Feb 18 @ 2pm. “Gracie” is a one person show written by Siminovitch Prize-winning and legendary Canadian playwright Joan MacLeod. It follows the story of Gracie, a young girl growing up in a fundamentalist Latter-day Saint community tucked away in Bountiful, British Columbia. Through Gracie’s eyes we see a life enriched in family, community, and faith. However, she dreams of a life beyond what she knows.
“Gracie” is brilliant in its compassion and understanding of a little known and sensationalized culture. It tells the story through a vehicle of heart, childlike curiosity and fun amidst authoritarian rule, patriarchal oppression, and sexual abuse both historic and ongoing within the FLDS organization.

Directed by: Jessica Anne Nelson
Associate Producer: Wanda Nowicki

Opportunity: Call for Artists, Photographers & Authors- 3rd Annual Art & Words Festival

Be a part of the Art & Words Festival 2024, August 22-25, at Gibsons Public Market, where you’ll be paired at random with an artist to create magic works of literature and art.

New this year, on the first day of the festival we will have a book & art fair in the market, where participants can sell their art and books. We’re also accepting proposals for workshops.

Last year about 4,000 people came through the doors and saw the show, which included the awards ceremony of our SCWES Book Awards for BC Authors!

CLAIRE DIBBLE | Meet the Artist

Join us on Saturday, November 4th, from 12pm – 2pm to meet the artist Claire Dibble, currently exhibiting In An Altered Landscape in the Main Gallery.

Beginning at the source of the Columbia River in southeastern BC and ending 3.5 months later in the ocean at Astoria, Oregon, this photographic series in the Main Gallery documents the artist’s solo kayaking adventure paddling down the 2000 winding kilometers of the Columbia River. Claire Dibble is a photographer, writer, and project-based artist living and working in Golden BC. She draws her artistic inspiration from time spent in extreme outdoor environments, working in a variety of mediums including photography, encaustics, textiles, and boatbuilding

Art Exhibition: Cath Hughes – Re-Wildings

November 24 – December 22, 2023
Cath Hughes
Reception + Artist Talk: Friday, November 24th at 5pm

Re-Wildings is an exhibition of work by Cath Hughes developed in response to issues of climate change, and a questioning as to what this term might mean, both for civilization, and for us as individuals. How can we ‘re-wild’ ourselves and our planet, to find fecundity of our imaginations, our hearts, and our habitats?

Opening Reception + Artist Talk: John Down

Please come join us for the opening reception and artist talk with John Down.
There will be food and drinks!

Of Line and Landscapes- John Down
Exhibition Dates: February 9th- March 9th

Meet the artists | A Mysterious Attraction

Meet the artists Edzy Edzed, Pierre Leichner, and Bill Westwell on Saturday, October 7th, 12 noon – 2 pm; Artist Talk at 1 pm. Please join us for conversation and light refreshments!

In this body of work the artists explore the force of gravity artistically. The works are informed by abstract expressionism, spin, and fluid art. This mixed media presentation aims to engage viewers visually and physically in the experience. An interest in art and science brought these artists together, sharing a curiosity about the visible and invisible world around us.

Group Reading & Tea: Art & Words

Join us for a special presentation by local artists and authors from this summer’s 2nd Annual Art & Words Festival. Artists and writers paired together to prompt each other’s creativity, resulting in stunning art and accompanying literary works, that were published in the Art & Words Anthology 2021-2023. Selected writers will read from their works. Tea and baked goods from Sandy’s will be served. Free but space is limited. Registration is required. Contact the Gibsons and District Library. For the entire month of September, selected works from the show will be on display at the library.

Metta Grove : Visionary Art Concert

Metta Grove is a cinematic visionary art concert with roots in guided meditation and psychedelic experience.

Featuring stunning visuals of animated art by Simon Haiduk with an uplifting soundtrack, this visionary experience will enliven your senses, leaving you calm and clear. A unique and unforgettable event not to be missed.

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Opening Reception + Artist Talk: The Days of Augusta (Robert Keziere) + shíshálh photography (Jordan Louie)

Please join us at the opening reception for The Days of Augusta by Robert Keziere and shíshálh photoghrapy by Jordan Louie. There will be food!

The Days of Augusta is an exhibition that brings together photographs, audio and text that shares the story of Augusta, a Soda Creek Elder who died in 1978. Jordan Louie’s shíshálh photography embodys a deep connection to place and community, displaying his passion for storytelling and a technical eye for capturing moments of beauty in the everyday.

The exhibitions run September 8 – October 7, 2023

Printmaking with Leonard Brett

Join GPAG exhibiting artist Leonard Brett for a free printmaking demonstration (cutting and printing by hand) and talk as part of Short Bear Tales. During the demo Leonard will explain different techniques employed in the exhibition which runs until August 27th.


Currently exhibiting Coastal Sentinels at the Gibsons Public Art Gallery.

Now living in Vancouver, Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki was born and raised in the former Yugoslavia during a period of brutal industrialization that resulted in the destruction of ecosystems and the contamination of nature. Since moving to Canada, she has spent twenty years building a connection to the land through her artistic practice, exploring the spectacular natural sanctuaries on our beautiful coastline.

DAVID EVANSON | Meet the Artist

Currently exhibiting New Life from Old Wood (sculpture).

David Evanson is a local artist who has been carving for 15 years. Recently, he has been transitioning to larger scale and more abstract carvings. He draws sustenance, nourishment, and resilience from the natural world, and that connection continues as he works with some of the oldest wood in this country.

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