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SC Arts Centre: Sunday Film Series: s-yéwyáw: Awaken

Sunday Mar 3 @ 2:30PM | Doors @ 2:00PM
Entrance by donation, limited seating

s-yéwyáw: Awaken
Director: Liz Marshall, 2023, 1h 42m
Post-screening discussion: Kwamanchi, Alfonso Salinas + hiwus, Calvin Craigan

Trailer: https://s-yewyaw.ca/
Ecko Aleck of the Nlaka’pamux Nation (Lytton, BC,) Alfonso Salinas of the shíshálh Nation (Sunshine Coast, BC,) and Charlene SanJenko of Splatsin of the Secwépemc Nation (Shuswap, BC,) are learning and documenting the traditional cultural teachings and legacies of their Elders, including the impacts of genocide resulting from Canada’s Indian Residential School (IRS) system.

Art Exhibition: Laurence Belzile – Through the Gardens

February 9th – March 9th

Laurence Belzile
Through the Gardens
Reception + Artist Talk: Friday, February 9th at 5pm

Through the Gardens invites contemplation on the poetic act of wandering through nature by delving into the evocative possibilities of abstraction. Laurence Belzile explains that gardens, with their myriad interpretations, parallel the indistinct nature of abstraction within her artistic practice.

Art Exhibition: John Down – Of Line and Landscapes

February 9th – March 9th

John Down
Of Line and Landscapes
Reception + Artist Talk: Friday, February 9th at 5pm

As rainforests of the West Coast become increasingly threatened, Of Line and Landscape documents the intimate conversation between the artist and the surrounding natural landscape. John Down’s studio sits high atop a granite outcrop looking into the forest where he interprets and expresses the energetic company of forest, rocks, trees and sky in acrylic, charcoal and pastel.

Sunday Film Series: Going to Mars the Nikki Giovanni Project

Sunday Feb 4th @ 2:30PM | Doors @ 2:00PM
Entrance by donation, limited seating

Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project
Directors: Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, 2023, 1h 42m
Post-screening discussion with Vimalasara and Terra Long (Editor)

The Sunday Film Series returns this Spring. Each screening is followed by a facilitated discussion with a special guest speaker. The film series is carefully curated to provide selections that challenge our audiences and stimulate discussion about important topics in the arts. An impressive line-up of films, guest speakers and sponsors make this series convivial, mind-expanding and enjoyable.

IN PERSON Art Talks: Colonial Symptoms + Decolonizing Practices with Sadira Rodrigues

Sundays – Feb 4; Mar 3; Apr 7.
In-person at the Arts Centre | Pre-registration required | Max. 15 participants | Suggested donation: $30-$50 (for all three sessions)

Museums and galleries have played an important role in how cultures and peoples from across the globe have been framed and represented in Western society. Many of the stereotypes that we retain today about other cultures have found their roots in the art and exhibitions of museums and their colonial histories. This three-part discussion will introduce how museums and galleries, and their exhibitions and collections practices are part of the complex framing of other cultures.

ONLINE Art Talks: Colonial Symptoms + Decolonizing Practices

Online via ZOOM | Pre-registration required | Max. 15 participants | Suggested donation: $30-$50 (for all three sessions) Wednesdays, Feb 7; Mar 6; Apr 10.

Museums and galleries have played an important role in how cultures and peoples from across the globe have been framed and represented in Western society. Many of the stereotypes that we retain today about other cultures have found their roots in the art and exhibitions of museums and their colonial histories. This three-part discussion will introduce how museums and galleries, and their exhibitions and collections practices are part of the complex framing of other cultures.

Art Group Exhibition: Friends of the Gallery (FOG)

January 5 – February 3, 2024

Reception: Friday, January 5th (5-7PM)

The Friends of the Gallery (FOG) is our annual celebration of the creativity of our membership. This exhibition launches our new year, and features the work of members of the Sunshine Coast Arts Council. The exhibition is a long-standing community event that has spanned more than 25 years. Its aim is to involve the broadest range of local artists, to acknowledge the role of the arts in our community, and to celebrate the extraordinary diversity in materials, forms and approach. Artists are invited to submit one piece of art they have completed in the previous year to be shown in this group exhibition.

Calling all Youth Artists

Tuesday, December 19, 4PM-5PM
The Arts Centre, Sechelt (5714 Medusa St)

Calling youth artists between the ages of 13 and 17 to join us for some food*, art-making and ideas-sharing.

What kind of art do you like to get involved with? What types of events or activities are missing for you here? Come out at share your ideas with us, we want to help make them happen for you!

*we will have dairy and gluten-free options

Annual General Meeting – Sunshine Coast Arts Council

We are hosting our Annual General Meeting Sunday December 3rd, 2023 @ 2PM!

We invite all of our Members (current and future) to join us, come meet our Board and Staff, learn of our achievements from the past year, and discover our plans for the year ahead.

Join us for a reception following the AGM to celebrate honoured guest Paul Clancy and his many contributions to the community.

Voting and Exhibition – Banner Project: Fantastical Food

November 24 – December 22, 2023
Banner Project: “Fantastical Foods”

The Banner Project brings together elementary schools across the Sunshine Coast to make work under one theme. Each year young artists develop their ideas for the banners in the classroom, and 20 final designs are selected to be hand-painted onto banners by artists, parents, students, and volunteers. Each year’s exhibition includes around 300+ submissions from across the Coast. This wonderful, intergenerational art-making project has been in place since 1994. The banners are installed in Sechelt’s Civic Square for all to enjoy.

This year we invite you to help select banner designs!
Ask for voting dots at the front desk: each person gets 3!

Art Exhibition: Cath Hughes – Re-Wildings

November 24 – December 22, 2023
Cath Hughes
Re-Wildings
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?

Creative Sundays with Allyson Clay: Working with Text + Image

Sunday, October 29
1:00PM – 4:00 PM
Working with Text + Image with Allyson Clay

This workshop is held in conjunction with Allyson Clay’s small survey exhibition, Flow. From paintings, photographs, video, and print based works, her work has remained committed to making relationships between images and texts. This workshop will share her approach to working with text and image.

Max 12 students
The cost to attend the workshop is free for members ($25 for non-members)

Creative Sundays with Jennifer Love: Introduction to Collage

Sunday, November 26
1:00PM – 4:00 PM
Introduction to Collage from Jennifer Love

For most of her life, collage has been Jennifer’s fundamental art process. In this afternoon workshop, you will learn her current basic methods, using an assortment of paper ephemera (handprinted papers, music scores, dictionary pages, magazine text, etc), to compose simple abstract collages.
You will complete the workshop with several one-of-a kind mini artworks (which can be mounted on cards or framed), and lots of ideas for larger collages.

Max 12 students
The cost to attend the workshop is free for members ($25 for non-members)

Art Talks: Colonial Symptoms + Decolonizing Practices

Sundays, 10AM – 12PM
October 8, November 12, December 3
Art Talks: Colonial Symptoms + Decolonizing Practices
with Sadira Rodrigues

In-person at the Arts Centre | Pre-registration required | Max. 15 participants | Suggested donation: $30-$50 (for all three sessions)

Museums and galleries have played an important role in how cultures and peoples from across the globe have been framed and represented in Western society. Many of the stereotypes that we retain today about other cultures have found their roots in the art and exhibitions of museums and their colonial histories. This three-part discussion will introduce how museums and galleries, and their exhibitions and collections practices are part of the complex framing of other cultures.

Film Screening + Dialogue: Commemorating the National Day of Truth + Reconciliation

September 30th, 7PM-9PM
Sunshine Coast Arts Council, 5714 Medusa St
FREE

We invite you to join us for an important event held in commemoration of the National Day of Truth + Reconciliation. Pairing a film screening with a dialogue, we ask how settlers contend with the responsibilities of enacting good relations on shíshálh and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh lands.

FILM SCREENING: Augusta, by Anne Wheeler, 1976 (16 minutes)
DIALOGUE: Land Learning: Reflections on responsibility, relationality, and being in place
Moderator: Kamala Todd

Creative Sundays with Sheri Peters: Acrylics + Abstraction

Sunday, September 24
1:00PM – 4:00 PM
Acrylics + Abstraction with Sheri Peters
Join Sheri Peters for a fun exploration into acrylic abstract painting with artist Sheri Peters. This will be a playful class where we break free of conventional painting and is ideal for beginners who are curious about abstract art, pattern making and color. Supplies are an addition $10 paid directly to the instructor. Students will leave with 2 canvases: (5×7 mini canvas to warm up on, playing with patterns and shapes) (8 x10 project canvas). Please bring Notebook, to test colors, and make brief sketches. An apron is optional.

Max 12 students
The cost to attend the workshop is free for members ($25/non)

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

Art Exhibition: Jordan Louie – shíshálh photography

September 8 – October 7, 2023
Opening Reception + Artist Talk: Friday, September 8th at 5pm

Embodying a deep connection to place and community, Jordan’s photography displays a passion for storytelling and a technical eye for capturing moments of beauty in the everyday. Jordan Louie was born and raised on the Sunshine Coast. Having worked in natural resources for the Sechelt Indian Band, this gave him an opportunity to go to school at NVIT in Merritt for Natural Resources. Jordan is now the General Manager for Tsain-Ko Forestry LP. We are honoured to work with the Sunshine Coast Museum & Archives, and with Jordan, to showcase his work. ?ul nu msh chalap (thank you everyone)

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