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What do you have when you combine the Sunshine Coast Art Crawl, the Sechelt Arts Festival, and too many other noteworthy events to fit into one Art Beat column? You have this weekend, an overflowing bounty of local arts and entertainment:

Art Crawl

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It will always be called the Sunshine Coast Art Crawl, but it’s a charming misnomer because it will take a brisk walk and multi-stop drive to sample even a small portion of the arts and crafts on display this 10th annual event, featuring 186 venues, the most ever. You could also just stroll around your local neighbourhood, where there are bound to be things to see. A whole new portion of the Coast – Gambier Island – has joined in, as well. (See our feature story above.) Friday to Sunday, Oct. 18 to 20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, with select locations open 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. Guide maps are widely available or see sunshinecoastartcrawl.com for all the details.

Sechelt Arts Festival

The annual mid-Coast celebration of the arts wraps up this weekend with Forro Do Cana, which will bring “an explosion of Latin sounds, colours and dance from northeast Brazil” to the shíshálh Nation Community Hall Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. The group was created by local world-class fiddler Serena Eades and Brazilian dancer Andrea Monteiro. They’ll also be offering a free Farro and Frevo Brazilian dance workshop at Coast Academy of Dance on Wharf Road at 2 p.m. Tickets for the evening show are available at secheltartsfestival.com. It’s also the last weekend to catch the festival’s excellent display of local art, plus the memorable heritage exhibit, Through Helen’s Eyes, both at the Seaside Centre.

Writers read

A special Friday, Oct. 18 event at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt (7 to 9:30 p.m.) brings together seven local writers who will offer readings and chat. Included are Heige Boeham, Jan DeGrass, Jo Hammond, Rosella Leslie, Andreas Schroeder, Andrew Scott, and Howard White. There’s a suggested $10 admission in support of the Forge Writing Bursary – a fund that offers financial assistance to Coast writers.

Body of Light

Multi-discipline creator Gordon Halloran’s film Body of Light was inspired by his direct encounter with a life-threatening illness. In the aftermath, Halloran took in the views of dozens of local healing practitioners, a process described as “an artist’s flight through the shadowy passages we must negotiate to explore the mystery of healing, its affect on our relationships with one another and with our planet.” Screenings Friday, Oct. 18 at 1 p.m. at Raven’s Cry Theatre in Sechelt, and Saturday, Oct. 19 at 1 p.m. at Gibsons Cinema. Admission is by donation ($15 suggested). All proceeds go to the Sechelt Hospital Foundation.

Unique theatre

October’s Off the Page reading performance is the unique SRO Stars, a play written by five members of Vancouver’s Motivation, Power and Achievement (MPA) Society about their lived experience with mental health issues. Local writer Lenore Rowntree volunteers with MPA in writing workshops, and she and the MPA writers have developed SRO Stars, a production of five-scenes, each a mini-play in the style of “documentary theatre,” a stage version of reality TV. Sunday, Oct. 20 at 1 p.m. at the Heritage Playhouse in Gibsons. Admission is by donation.

Custody

Winner of the César (French Oscar) for best film of 2018 and Best Director at the Venice Film Festival, Custody tackles the subject of domestic violence and the trauma of family breakup. The story unfolds in director Xavier Legrand’s gritty style and is “flawlessly and realistically acted by the three central performers, particularly the ten-year old boy at the centre of the custody battle.” Saturday, Oct. 19, 2 p.m. at Raven’s Cry Theatre, Sechelt. Sunshine Coast Film Society members $5, non-members $9.

Taiko and more

Wa-Gakki Matsuri is a celebration of Asian musical instruments, a performance ranging from the thunder of taiko drumming to the gentility of bamboo flutes and lutes. Led by Madeira Park’s Alcvin Ramos, this gathering of musicians will also feature special guest Min Lin, master of the guqin/zheng, or Chinese zither. Saturday, Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. at the Heritage Playhouse in Gibsons. Tickets are $15 to $20 from MELOmania, Strait Music, and online at eventbrite.ca.

Serenade into autumn

Here’s a great line-up presented by Nikki Weber: The J Tones Trio (Joan Vernon, Joy Germaine and Jan Gillis), accompanied by musicians Miles Black, Sacha Fassaert and Barry Taylor. Special guests are Four on the Floor, a new quartet directed by Patrice Pollack. Saturday, Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m. at St. Bart’s Church, Gibsons. Tickets $22 in advance, $25 at the door. Available at the Blackberry Shop in Gibsons, Strait Music in Sechelt, or call Nikki at 604-740-0933.

Cool trio

Singer and songwriter Devon Hanley teams up with pianist and trumpeter Walter Martella and bassist Boyd Norman for a Sunday afternoon concert, the latest in the Pender Harbour Music Society’s 2019-20 series. At the School of Music, 2 p.m. on Oct. 20. Tickets $25 at Harbour Insurance, Strait Music or online at the society’s website.

At the pubs

On Friday, Oct. 18, there’s a fundraiser for Dianne Whelan’s film, 500 Days in the Wild. Performers include Joe Stanton, Clay Hepburn, Simon Paradis, Devora Laye and Bonar Harris. At the Roberts Creek Legion, 8 p.m.

On Saturday the 19th, dance with the Peter Van Trio, Motown, R&B, and ‘70s rock, with Al Alford, Tim Rannard and special guest Karen Graves. At the Gibsons Legion, 8 p.m.

Submissions

If there’s an event you’d like considered for Art Beat, please let us know by 11 a.m. Tuesday at arts@coastreporter.net. Space is limited and, regrettably, we can’t list everything. Also check Coast Reporter’s Coast Community Calendar for more music and events.

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Local man tries to keep 'Canada's original art' afloat (6 photos) – BarrieToday

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John Harrison wants to bring back what he views as a nearly forgotten art.

For the past eight years, the Orillia native has spent eight months a year living in the bush near Algonquin Provincial Park as he hones his skills at making traditional birch-bark canoes.

“The whole project has been about releasing a craft that’s been out of favour,” he said, noting that craft involves building canoes on the ground with three simple hand tools, sustainable harvesting and following a traditional process.

“I show my canoes and people are in amazement, but they often don’t see the art and this is the original (Canadian) art,” the 53-year-old said.

“It’s a really good project for arts, culture and history because it all ties in with that…Canadiana.”

Harrison, who has a fine arts’ university degree and is also an accomplished musician, is just finishing building 17- and 18-foot racing canoes and would now like to build a racing canoe side-wing as his next project.

“That original Canadian idea still hangs out in every canoe that you see today,” he said, noting he sold a 12-foot trapper canoe that’s now on display at Rama’s Bare Butts Smoke shop.

Harrison, who lives in a large tipi on the shores of Kimball Lake when not in the city, takes about three weeks to build a canoe.

“It takes a certain consistency of environment to produce the right tree,” Harrison said, noting he first uses a ladder to climb to an appropriate level before harvesting the bark from mature trees.

“You want 15- to 16-inch diameter (trunks) since with a tree like that you’re getting a quarter-inch of bark. I’m strictly doing a sustainable thing. I’m a surgeon when I’m on that tree and can get three canoes out of one tree. I pay homage to the tree.”

Harrison’s passion project has also led to displays, talks and workshops at Culture Days, Orillia Public Library, Rotary Club of Washago along with Cape Croker and Rama powwows.

As well, he teaches students at Rama’s Mnjikaning Kendaaswin Elementary School how to build a one-foot canoe and also wrote lesson plans for a canoe program.

“The last day, we had a regatta down the Black River. They had so much of a connection to what they built.”

But Harrison comes by his love of building Canada’s traditional watercraft honesty. His father Ron Harrison was a machine-shop teacher at Park Street Collegiate Institute from 1962 to 1995 and started the school’s Outward Bound program in the late 1960s.

“I was always around it; the essence, respect and joy of being in nature,” Harrison said, noting his father also helped students learn to build canoes.

“My father has built 86 canoes in cedar strip or fibreglass. I’ve built six, so I have a long way to go.”

Harrison has also been busy writing a collection of essays for an upcoming book entitled The Last Algonquin, which is a guide on how to build a traditional Canadian canoe that also features insights into life, Indigenous history and one’s place in nature.

“What technology utilizes birch bark’s water repellent nature, sewn in a blanket with spruce roots, structured internally with split cedar ribs, and sealed with spruce gum housing?” one essay excerpt asks before pointing out the canoe was created by combining three existing First Nations’ technologies found in other traditional items like snowshoes and toboggans “for travelling over frozen water.”

Harrison said he loves living in his tipi and being one with nature.

“I get so much peace and quiet for weeks at a time up at my site,” he said.

“I’m taught by nature and you renew your senses of sight, smell and sound. I get a better balance then when I was just living in the city.”

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John Harrison wants to bring back what he views as a nearly forgotten art.

For the past eight years, the Orillia native has spent eight months a year living in the bush near Algonquin Provincial Park as he hones his skills at making traditional birch-bark canoes.

“The whole project has been about releasing a craft that’s been out of favour,” he said, noting that craft involves building canoes on the ground with three simple hand tools, sustainable harvesting and following a traditional process.

“I show my canoes and people are in amazement, but they often don’t see the art and this is the original (Canadian) art,” the 53-year-old said.

“It’s a really good project for arts, culture and history because it all ties in with that…Canadiana.”

Harrison, who has a fine arts’ university degree and is also an accomplished musician, is just finishing building 17- and 18-foot racing canoes and would now like to build a racing canoe side-wing as his next project.

“That original Canadian idea still hangs out in every canoe that you see today,” he said, noting he sold a 12-foot trapper canoe that’s now on display at Rama’s Bare Butts Smoke shop.

Harrison, who lives in a large tipi on the shores of Kimball Lake when not in the city, takes about three weeks to build a canoe.

“It takes a certain consistency of environment to produce the right tree,” Harrison said, noting he first uses a ladder to climb to an appropriate level before harvesting the bark from mature trees.

“You want 15- to 16-inch diameter (trunks) since with a tree like that you’re getting a quarter-inch of bark. I’m strictly doing a sustainable thing. I’m a surgeon when I’m on that tree and can get three canoes out of one tree. I pay homage to the tree.”

Harrison’s passion project has also led to displays, talks and workshops at Culture Days, Orillia Public Library, Rotary Club of Washago along with Cape Croker and Rama powwows.

As well, he teaches students at Rama’s Mnjikaning Kendaaswin Elementary School how to build a one-foot canoe and also wrote lesson plans for a canoe program.

“The last day, we had a regatta down the Black River. They had so much of a connection to what they built.”

But Harrison comes by his love of building Canada’s traditional watercraft honesty. His father Ron Harrison was a machine-shop teacher at Park Street Collegiate Institute from 1962 to 1995 and started the school’s Outward Bound program in the late 1960s.

“I was always around it; the essence, respect and joy of being in nature,” Harrison said, noting his father also helped students learn to build canoes.

“My father has built 86 canoes in cedar strip or fibreglass. I’ve built six, so I have a long way to go.”

Harrison has also been busy writing a collection of essays for an upcoming book entitled The Last Algonquin, which is a guide on how to build a traditional Canadian canoe that also features insights into life, Indigenous history and one’s place in nature.

“What technology utilizes birch bark’s water repellent nature, sewn in a blanket with spruce roots, structured internally with split cedar ribs, and sealed with spruce gum housing?” one essay excerpt asks before pointing out the canoe was created by combining three existing First Nations’ technologies found in other traditional items like snowshoes and toboggans “for travelling over frozen water.”

Harrison said he loves living in his tipi and being one with nature.

“I get so much peace and quiet for weeks at a time up at my site,” he said.

“I’m taught by nature and you renew your senses of sight, smell and sound. I get a better balance then when I was just living in the city.”

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Nearly 80 incredible artists, one extraordinary Vancouver Island tree – Ladysmith Chronicle

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By Rick Stiebel

Robert Bateman’s art highlights his rare power to capture and release the essence and spirit of the natural world that surrounds us. 

OneTree 2019 is a partnership between the Bateman Foundation and Live Edge Design conceived in the spirit of sustainability and partnership that honours the life of a single, salvaged tree.

The exhibition features creations by more than 70 artists that have worked the wood from a 200-year-old Bigleaf maple from the Chemainus Valley into pieces that include art, jewelry, furniture and musical instruments. Art by Bateman — and for the first time in partnership with his son, John Bateman — is featured in 80 pieces by local artisans from Vancouver Island and California.

The tree at the root of their creations is one of the oldest and largest of its kind in the world, with a history that spans two centuries. It rose on the land of the Halalt First Nation, nourished by water from the Chemainus River.

The tree towered by the home of Charles Edward Barkley, a captain in the British Navy. It stood guard in 1909 when Barkley, 80 years old at the time, ran back into his house as it was engulfed in flame to try and rescue the diary of his grandmother, Frances Hornby Trevor, the first woman to circumnavigate the earth. Although sadly, Barkley and the diary were never seen again, the Bigleaf maple endured for another century, until it began to rot from top to bottom.

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The three pillars of OneTree Project are to celebrate the life of a tree, to showcase the extraordinary talents of artists in B.C. and beyond, and to demonstrate the vast potential of the wood from a single salvaged tree, explained John Lore, president of Live Edge Design in a media release. OneTree 2019 includes the most artists ever involved in a OneTree project and involves the biggest and oldest tree ever used, he noted.

“The tree stood for two tumultuous centuries and had a most extraordinary life from a human perspective,” Lore wrote. “We are anxious to tell its story and let it live on through the many pieces created for this exhibit.”

Peter Ord, executive director of the Bateman Foundation, said “We are thrilled to be hosting the third edition of OneTree at the Bateman Foundation Gallery of Nature. It’s a beautiful and inspiring exhibit that speaks to our commitment to creativity, sustainability and the role the arts play in engaging the public with the beauty of nature.”

OneTree 2019 will be at the Bateman Foundation Gallery of Nature in Victoria’s Inner Harbour from Nov. 16 to Feb. 29,2020. The official public launch takes place Saturday, Nov. 16 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with admission by donation.

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Everything in the exhibition is available for purchase, and the Gallery of Nature gift shop will be stocked with pieces by artists participating in OneTree 2019. Commissions from sales support the operation of the gallery and the Bateman Foundation’s educational programs.

The Bateman Foundation is a national charity and one of the only non-profits in Canada primarily using artwork to promote a connection to nature. the Gallery of nature is a core initiative that hosts the largest collections of Bateman’s work. Visit batemanfoundation.org. for more information on Bateman and the foundation.

Live Edge Design creates custom furniture from locally salvaged trees. The drying, design, production and finishing is done in their workshop in Duncan. For a look at their work, check out liveedgedesign.com.

rick.stiebel@goldstreamgazette.com

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