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PHOTOTEXTRINUM

Weaving Light, Coaxing Death


 
"Thus hath the candle singd the moath."

-William Shakespeare:  The Merchant of Venice


 
Spiderweb filaments both reflect and refract (the splitting of white light into its color components) light. The exploration of these scientific phenomena is at the heart of Phototextrinum (light weaving).  Created using macrophotography, this body of work places the viewer within the realm of the insect. Here, the optical properties of spiderweb silk functionally weave light into a trap that either seeks to attract, like a moth to a candle, or to disorient the insect through vibrant colour.  By presenting the spiderweb in a way we do not normally see, Phototextrinum invites the viewer to see past the cliché images of the web, to consider its true function: coaxing death.

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To Fish As Formerly: A Story of Straits Salish Resurgence
June 17 - November 21, 2020
Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.
Lekwungen territory
Curated by XEMŦOLTW Dr. Nicholas Claxton, UVic, School of Child and Youth Care) and Katie Hughes, UVic Department of History, graduate student.
With artists: TEMOSEN Charles Elliott, John Elliott, Chris Paul, Dylan Thomas, Sarah Jim, Temoseng, aka Chasz Elliott and Colton Hash.
To Fish as Formerly tells the story of the SXOLE (the Reef Net Fishery) through contemporary art, traditional knowledge and historical documentation. The exhibition shares the story of the efforts of generations of W̱SÁNEĆ people who are revitalizing the belief systems, spirituality, knowledge and practices inherent to the SXOLE.
See FOCUS story by Kate Cino,
 

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TUKTUUYAQTUUQ (Caribou Crossing)
Maureen Gruben
June 17 – November 14, 2020
Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St. 
Lekwungen territory | Inner Gallery
'Tuktuuyaqtuuq’ is the Inuvialuktun name of Maureen Gruben’s home on the Arctic coast (known in English as 'Tuktoyaktuk'). It means, 'Looks Like a Caribou.’ The tuktu/caribou are integral to Inuvialuit life, providing food, clothes, tools, stories. In TUKTUUYAQTUUQ, Gruben works with multiple facets of the animal: the translucent heart sac, the intricate patterning of bone seams on skulls that are reminiscent of waterways curving through the land. In her careful attention to life-sustaining physical elements, Gruben also traces the caribou’s vast immaterial presence in her culture.
Weds, Fri & Sat: 10am - 4pm; Thursdays: Noon - 7pm
Image: Maureen Gruben, 2020.
 

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Curated by Andrea Valentine-Lewis
Opening Friday, September 11, 7-9pm
Deluge Contemporary Art
636 Yates Street, Victoria
For this exhibition, Callum Monteith and Alex Tedlie-Stursberg will present a new body of work that considers the contradictory nature of the term Utopos. Through the development of their shared research interests including the relationship between humans and nature, explorations into artificiality, manicuring of environments and abstracted or absurd artistic gestures, Monteith and Stursberg challenge the conditions of Utopia. Their research has advanced through an open and wide-ranging dialogue between the artists that looks to many topics for inspiration, including pop-culture, sociological/philosophical studies, art history and fictional narratives.
Gallery hours: Wed–Sat, 12-5pm

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Angela and Ryan Rosenberg have been creating jewellery together since 2007. Moving to Creston, B.C. their Silversmithing studio was born in their hillside house, across from vineyards and orchards. Inspired by the mountain vistas and rocky shores of the valley’s lakes, their jewellery designs flourished.  Thirteen years later, their Silversmithing has evolved and transformed, almost instinctively with the changing of the seasons.
 
The Avenue Gallery
2184 Oak Bay Avenue
Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm, Sunday 11am - 4:30pm
See more at www.theavenuegallery.com

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A contemporary impressionist artist, Eunmi Conacher creates paintings which bring energy to the canvas. Using depth of colour to balance realism and abstraction, she captures the mood of a scene, connecting her viewer emotionally to the painting.
 
The Avenue Gallery
2184 Oak Bay Avenue
Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm, Sunday 11am - 4:30pm
See more at www.theavenuegallery.com
 

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Geoff Searle adds his own artistic flair to the centuries-old art of Raku ceramics. Pots that are almost dry are polished to a mirror-like finish using the back of a silver spoon. This process is repeated twice more before being fired. Once cooled the pot is wrapped in an assortment of organic materials and metallic salts which are fumed during a second firing. All pieces are fired in the same way, yet they each take on a different appearance, creating unique, complex and exciting works of art.
 
The Avenue Gallery
2184 Oak Bay Avenue
Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm, Sunday 11am - 4:30pm
See more at www.theavenuegallery.com

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UTOPOS Callum Monteith & Alex Tedlie-Stursberg

Curated by Andrea Valentine-Lewis

September 11 to October 10, 2020
Opening Friday, September 11, 7 to 9pm

Deluge Contemporary Art
636 Yates Street, Victoria BC  |  deluge.ca

Thursday to Saturday, 12 to 5pm
If this is paradise I wish I had a lawnmower – Talking Heads, 1988

The title for this exhibition is taken from the Greek term, Ou-topos; Ou (not) and Topos (a place). The term Utopos holds two other meanings: the first being “the good place” and the second “the place that cannot be.” In the Talking Heads song “Nothing but Flowers,” David Byrne’s lyrics follow a similar path by embodying this shared meaning of Utopos, where yes, the grass really is greener on the other side of the fence, but, upon reflection, neither greens—nor grass for that matter—are all they were cracked up to be. Be careful what you wish for. You might get it and regret it.

The notion of a Utopia, a perfect community or civilization designed for perfection and autonomy can only, in essence, exist in the imagination or conceptually. It is by humankind’s very existence that renders the reality of this endeavour impossible. Yet, it is a concept that is constantly strived for, as is evident within the current socio-political climate, and with trends of populism, nationalism and retrenchment. The paradox is that while striving for this idealistic model of a Utopia, humans actually move closer to that of the antonym of this condition in Dystopia—a community or society that is undesirable or frightening.

There was a factory
Now there are mountains and rivers
You got it, you got it.

There was a shopping mall
Now it’s all covered with flowers
You’ve got it, you’ve got it.

If this is paradise I wish I had a lawnmower

For this exhibition, Callum Monteith and Alex Tedlie-Stursberg will present a new body of work that considers the contradictory nature of the term Utopos. Through the development of their shared research interests including the relationship between humans and nature, explorations into artificiality, manicuring of environments and abstracted or absurd artistic gestures, Monteith and Stursberg challenge the conditions of Utopia. Their research has advanced through an open and wide-ranging dialogue between the artists that looks to many topics for inspiration, including pop-culture, sociological/philosophical studies, art history and fictional narratives.
 
Callum Monteith (b. 1988) lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland, where he works in painting, photography and printmaking. Monteith’s practice interweaves notions of nature, philosophy and aesthetics with a particular interest in how we construct our ideas of self through fictions of alternative places or imagined landscapes. Recent exhibitions include solo exhibitions Shelf Show #3 at Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, PARADISAL at The Briggait, Glasgow and PLANT ROOM, a group exhibition at Hanson Street Project Space, also in Glasgow (2019).

Alex Tedlie-Stursberg (b.1980) lives and works in Vancouver, BC, where he is a multidisciplinary artist with a key focus on sculpture and installation. His work has been exhibited in numerous galleries across North America and Europe; recent exhibitions include MASS RESIDUE with Field Contemporary and SUPER, NATURAL, a group exhibition at Unit 17, Vancouver (2019), Holy Wave as part of Glasgow International, Scotland and Everything Flows with Burrard Art Foundation, Vancouver (2018). Stursberg is currently employed as a Sessional Instructor at Langara College Visual Arts Program. He is currently developing public artworks for Ballard Fine Art in Vancouver.

Andrea Valentine-Lewis (b.1991) is an independent curator and freelance writer based in Vancouver. She is a recent graduate from McGill University with an MA in Art History concentrating on ecological contemporary art and countervisuality. She is grateful that her research was funded with a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (SSHRC) for the 2019-2020 academic year. In late 2019, Valentine-Lewis curated Green Piece, a solo exhibition for Andrew Dadson at Unit 17, Vancouver.
COVID protocols in place.
 

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Luke Ramsey: Real Cloud September 12 - 26
Opening Reception: September 12, 1-3 PM
Artist in Attendance   Madrona Gallery is pleased to announce "Real Cloud", a solo exhibition of works by Luke Ramsey   Artist Statement:

The show is titled "Real Cloud." The premise stems from considering dependencies on the digital cloud - uploading data, messages, photos, and art, while considering that real clouds don't store large amounts of data in the same way. A real cloud may store a moment of visual data, but clouds change and evolve and don't need servers. I like to approach my work like the flow of a cloud passing in the sky and how it can also shape itself to its environment. In most of the new work, clouds are represented as themselves, as islands, as molecules, aggregates, or patches of paint on a graffiti wall.   Luke Ramsey is internationally recognized for his art and design work. He describes his work as, "Organized chaos - a play with paradoxical themes. The content is influenced by a beautifully strange cosmos of organisms and comedy. The approach needs to feel fluid and not forced." Ramsey served as the City of Victoria's first artist in residence from 2017-2018 and his work is held in numerous private and public collections, including the permanent collection of the City of Seattle. mage: Luke Ramsey, "Real Cloud", 30 x 24, Acrylic on Canvas 
M A D R O N A   G A L L E R Y | 606 View Street  | Victoria, B.C. V8W 1J4 T: 250.380.4660  E:info@madronagallery.com
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Mary Ann Laing is a Victoria based artist who has been painting for over 30 years. Inspired by the landscapes around Vancouver Island her colourful and playful renditions of beloved places bring joy to the viewer. Using oils, her colour palette is a rich combination of complementary blues and oranges with the ever-present lush greens associated with the West Coast landscape. With each painting she tells a story and Mary Ann is able to bring the viewer on a visual journey where you can bring your own experience and layer it with hers. A signature member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, Mary Ann's work has been included in many exhibitions over the past 25 years.
ARTIST STATEMENT
This collection of works was inspired by memories of places I visited with my husband and children over the past decades. I hope to draw people into the world of peace and joy I recall as we explored these various spots on Vancouver Island. My works are not to copy the physical, but to communicate the spirit of those glorious moments that remain in my heart for my rest of time.

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Elaine Brewer- White was born in Saskatoon in 1961 and studied at Emily Carr University, she now resides in Vancouver. Known for her provocative personifications of real and imaginary people, her sculptures have been widely exhibited across North America. They feature in many corporate collections and public art installations. In her latest series, Elaine’s sense of humour and whimsy shines the spotlight on some of the great Canadians we are proud to represent our country both home and abroad!
ARTIST STATEMENT
In these strange times of worry and isolation I began reflecting on my country and which people have helped shape my Canadian life.
This show is a small collection of past and current Canadians who have helped define Canada as the remarkable country it is. Scientists, naturalists, politicians, writers, actors, astronauts, painters, musicians, these people have all contributed in some way to make our country a better place.
Emily Carr showed me to look inside and beyond when creating, Margaret Atwood helped me to love story-telling, David Suzuki taught me to champion the environment, Chris Hadfield helped me to look up to the sky in wonder, KD Lang showed me the awesomeness of the human voice, Oscar Peterson gave me a reason to stick with my piano lessons, Ryan Reynolds showed me how humor and social activism go together, Gord Downie thrilled me with his songwriting and taught me about grace and courage. A Mountie, a beaver and some Canada geese somehow always make me proud, Pierre and Justin Trudeau demonstrate how hard it is to steer this country through troubled waters, Dr. Bonnie Henry taught me empathy, humility and calm when facing great unknowns, and Michael Buble a singer of jazz and a joyful soul remind me that it is still a wonderful world.
This small series was created in 3 months. There are so many more remarkable Canadians I would like to portray. I plan to expand on this collection of Icons as well as lesser known Canadians. 
Oh Canada - we stand on guard for thee - and each other!
 

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2020 Fairfield Artists Studio Tour. Saturday and Sunday,
Sept. 12-13, 2020, 11 am - 4 pm
Tour more than 20 Fairfield, Rockland and Gonzales area studios at this free event.  In its 19th year, this annual self-guided tour provides art lovers an opportunity to meet local artists who work in paint, sculpture, pottery, fabric, jewelry, glass, photography and more. 
Most artists will be offering works for sale.  You can walk, cycle, or drive the tour using our free brochure.  It includes a map with locations and artist information.
 Brochures and maps free at the Fairfield Community Place, 1330 Fairfield Rd., various locations in Fairfield Plaza or download at www.fairfieldartistsstudiotour.com   or  facebook.com/Fairfieldartistsstudiotour/   
250-598-6034 for more information
Please note:  We are abiding by the Public Health Guidelines for the safety of everyone.  Most artists are moving their studios outdoors to allow for social distancing.  We ask that you respect the rule of keeping 6 feet apart unless you are visiting with your family.  There will be hand sanitizers available and artists will be restricting the number of people in their event space at one time.  This is a fun way to view and shop for artwork to support your local artists. 
We look forward to welcoming you.
 

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conText art exhibition @ Errant artSpace, 975 Alston Street, Victoria, BC.  September 12 to 27, 2020 
Live Ekphrastic Poetry Event September 12, 3pm. with Gisela Ruebsaat at Errant artSpace
The conTEXTshow includes the following artists - Farid Abdulbaki, Rachel Epp Buller, Jeanne Cannizzo, Jane Coombe, Lorraine Douglas, Kathy Guthrie, Ira Hoffecker, John Luna, Richard Pawley, Anne Petrie and Victoria poets, John Luna and Gisela Ruebsaat. 
Virtual Show Tour, September 17, 7.30 to 8.30. Zoom event with Gisela Ruebsaat and Ira Hoffecker.   
The Speaking Surface: Text and Embodiment in Painting.  September 19, 7- 9.30 with John Luna.  Zoom event with Vancouver Island School of Art. 
 Errant artSpace is pleased to announce conTEXT, an art exhibition featuring the incorporation of text as printing, handwriting, calligraphy, sound, letters and words.  This show (originally scheduled for April 2020) is to be held in collaboration with the Victoria Arts Council,  Stanzas, a city-wide art and poetry event.   In planning this show, the co-curators, Jane Coombe and Ira Hoffecker, approached a wide variety of established and emerging visual artists who work with text, in some form or other.  
A special Ekphrastic poetry event will be held September 12 at 3pm  at Errant artSpace on Alston Street.   This event will feature poems written by Gisela Ruebsaat in response to specific works of art from the conTEXT exhibition and will be held in the parking lot outside the Gallery, to maintain safe distancing.  There will also be an opportunity for guests to actively engage with the art by developing their own written responses. 
 
For more information contact: 
Janecoombe@shaw.ca                
ira.hoffecker@gmail.com 
Kegan McFadden, VAC<ed@vicartscouncil.ca>
Website: errantartspace.com 

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This Time, This Place
Lesley Finlayson
September 11- 30, 2020.
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 12, 2020, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
COVID Precautions will be taken.
Artist will be in attendance.
 
Winchester Galleries is pleased to announce the exhibition This Time, This Place celebrating the arrival of autumn. This exhibition presents the works of the local artist, Lesley Finlayson. This body of work is an ongoing dialogue with Vancouver Island’s natural environment, through the continuum of exploring, walking, drawing, and accumulating memories.
In her Victoria studio, she progresses to working on a series of paintings, distilling and editing her collected and remembered information, which allows for the work to become more suggestive of revisited experiences of moments in time.
 
Lesley Finlayson
Born in Scotland, Lesley Finlayson graduated with Honours from the Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, and received her Master of Fine Art from the University of Calgary, Calgary AB. She has received numerous grants and awards including the Elizabeth Greenshields Scholarship in 1983. She is the former Department Chair and Instructor, Fine Arts, at Langara College in Vancouver, BC, and is now a full-time painter.
Lesley Finlayson has had numerous solo exhibitions in Canada and the United Kingdom. Her work is included in corporate and private collections in North America and abroad.
 
 
CONTACT
Winchester Galleries
art@winchestergalleriesltd.com
This Time, This Place catalog Aug 2020 HP.pdf

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A senior signature member of The Federation of Canadian Artists, Lorna Dockstader’s simplified style invokes the themes of purity and solitude.
“Certain places have the ability to increase our sense of peacefulness, in an unpredictable world.”
She believes that subtracting non-essentials, as well as the use of elegant colours, and neutrals, achieves her desired result.
 
The Avenue Gallery
2184 Oak Bay Avenue
Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm, Sunday 11am - 4:30pm
See more at www.theavenuegallery.com

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This event repeats every week on Sunday and Saturday until 27/09/20


Bastion Square Artisans Market
Saturday & Sundays 11:00am - 4:30pm  until September 27, 2020
We are located in Bastion Square every Saturday and Sunday, 11:00am-4:30pm.
Shop locally-made from local artisans in downtown Victoria’s only outdoor artisans market!
COMMUNITY EVENT ·  CRAFTS ·  SHOPPING & FASHION   56 Bastion Square  Victoria, BC

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This event repeats every day until 30/10/20


Join the Gallery Associates for a guided virtual tour of a restored 1919 Samual Maclure home , hosted by local appraiser Alison Ross.
Get your tickets now online and don't miss this amazing house tour 10$/35$ 
The tour takes place  September 20- October 30, 2020 at: :  Aggv.ca/house-tour

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September 15- 18
Winchester Galleries is pleased to announce the upcoming Art Workshops instructed by our talented local artists Neil McClelland and Lesley Finlayson. These workshops will happen from September 15 to 18 and will be instructed on different themes.
REGISTER HERE
Following the provincial guidelines regarding COVID-19, we have limited the number of participants to 6 people at every session. All ages are welcome to register.
We recommend wearing masks during the workshops and at the gallery. We will sanitize and disinfect all the surfaces and equipment before and after every session.
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Workshops 1 & 2: September 15 – 16, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
(Instructor: Lesley Finlayson)

Going beyond literal colour

By imposing controlled palettes onto your paint choices, you can begin to explore modifying the depth, mood and expression of your painting beyond what literal colour might offer. You can project a sense of calm, or energy, suggest a time of day, exaggerate the physical space and ultimately make the painting work as a whole.

Bring drawings or photographs that you would like to work from.
Materials will be provided

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Workshop 3: September 17, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
(Instructor: Neil McClelland)

Still Life: Exploring Complementary Colours

Participants will create a painting working from observation of still life objects and using two complementary colours.

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Workshop 4: September 18, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
(Instructor: Neil McClelland)

Painting on the Photograph

Participants will create an artwork by painting on a colour image collaged onto canvas. Participants should bring with them a selection of colour images to paint on (photograph, magazine, or printed in colour from online). Magazines will also be available.

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Artistic inspiration began at an early age for William Liao. Growing up in Beijing, China after the Cultural Revolution, he was surrounded by classical Chinese culture as well as new European art. These are the influences which continue to define and inspire his work today. With seven years of professional training, he graduated from Beijing Normal University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a major in Fine Arts.
Now living in Vancouver, William finds inspiration for spectacular cityscapes in his new home. His paintings combine traditional mediums with modern techniques, providing his audience with another dimension of experience. In 2017, William won the Art Battle Vancouver and First Place in the Acrylics in Action show.
 
 
The Avenue Gallery
2184 Oak Bay Avenue
Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm, Sunday 11am - 4:30pm
See more at www.theavenuegallery.com

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Xchanges Gallery Is delighted to host PHOTOTEXTRINUM by Randall McGinnis in its physical space September 4-20, 2020.
See preview webpage here: http://www.artopenings.ca/randall-mcginnis.html.     COVID measures are in place. The artist can welcome four visitors to the gallery at one time. Masks worn inside.
Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday 11am-4pm, Sept 5&6, Sept 12&13, Sept 19&20. 
Opening on Sept 4, 7-9pm
Xchanges Gallery address: 2333 Government St, Victoria, BC V8T 4P4.  250 382-0442;  http://www.artopenings.ca/randall-mcginnis.html
 

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This event repeats every 2 weeks on Sunday and Saturday until 04/10/20


SNOWBIRDS: STRANGERS IN PARADISE

A series of oil paintings based on wintertime travels to Mexico, chronicling the annual migration of retired Canadians to warmer climes. This collision of two very different cultures creates an interesting narrative: the ‘snowbirds’ are at leisure while the Mexicans are struggling to get by, but the Mexicans are at home, the snowbirds are not: the climate, terrain and culture are a dislocation.

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"What Emerges" by Joanna Pettit. Solo show at Gage Gallery 
September 29 - October 18, 2020
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 5pm.
Sundays, noon-4pm.
Artist in attendance to greet the public on Sunday Oct 4 and Sunday Oct 18. 
View preview webpage here: http://www.artopenings.ca/joanna-pettit.html


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The Sooke Multi-Belief Initiative (SMBI) is inviting all in town to a series of free talks intended to inspire courteous, meaningful discussion on matters of the heart, mind and spirit during one of the most challenging years many of us have ever faced.  Starting on July 21 and running for four successive Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m., the 45-minute sessions near the Municipal Hall in John Phillips Memorial Park will feature a talk and group discussion led by members of the SMBI, a Transition Sooke working group.
Please bring a chair, blanket and extra layers of clothing as the evening cools down. Parking is available at the Municipal Hall. Talks will be cancelled in the event of rain. Physical distancing guidelines will apply. 
The speakers' schedule: 
* July 21: Rick Eby and Andy Schell - Identity and Worth. A discussion with the Lead Pastor at the Sooke Baptist Church and the former Executive Director of the Toronto City Mission.
* July 28: Troi Leonard - Mindfulness. Enter the "silence within" as we refine our sensitivity, harmlessness and joy of life. A board member with Victoria's Church of Truth, Troi has shared his spiritual insights worldwide as a teacher and guide.
* Aug. 4: Mark Ziegler- Grace and Gratitude. Cultivating an attitude of gratitude (the word "grace" is derived from the Latin for "thankful"). Past-President of the Rotary Club of Sooke, Mark and his wife Bonnie host a local Buddhist insight meditation group.
* Aug. 11: Don Brown - The Psychology of Spiritual Wellbeing: How to Flourish in the Face of Adversity. A member of the Baha'i Community of Sooke, Don is a retired organization systems consultant and researcher of ancient philosophy, modern science and contemporary religion.
The SMBI is a working group of individuals from diverse religious, ethical and moral traditions. Together we promote understanding, acceptance and common ethical and moral values to develop the Sooke community as a haven of peace, well-being and caring for each other and our physical environment. 
For more information, contact Don Brown at donhbrown@shaw.ca  

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