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  2. From a number of discussions I see there's a need for a 'civic watchdog ' process in Saanich to help it return to its former leadership role in environmental stewardship. Here are notes from a first discussion with a group of concerned community members.
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    Oil & Water is a collaborative exhibition exploring coastal connections and featuring the recent work of Victoria-based artists Natalie Shumka and Selina Jorgensen. Working primarily in oils, Shumka’s traditional style of realism captures the beauty in everyday objects. Current studies involve glass objects surrounded by driftwood, seashells and feathers. Inspired by themes of collection, bio-diversity and personal symbolism, Jorgensen creates illustrative imagery of waves and found objects from nature using water-based paints.
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    The Contemporary Botanical (DRWGw239-3) The inspiration for this workshop comes from the fantastical and intricate botanical drawings from the 16th through to the 19th century. The workshop begins by drawing a series of plant studies from observation that will be used later as a source for design development and transformation to create an imaginative watercolour painting. Suitable for beginners. Feb 16, 2020 Sunday, 1pm - 4pm Wendy Welch Tuition: $85.00 (3 hrs) (materials included) For more information and to register: call 250-380-3500 or online http://vancouverislandschoolart.com/workshops.html
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    This workshop will use techniques and ideas inspired by Surrealist games and methods of art making. The Surrealist artists were interested in accessing their inner self or their subconscious to realize new ways of expressing ideas that were both personal and political. You will explore various methods used by the Surrealists such as automatic drawing, photomontage, collage and decalcomania (a blotting process whereby paint is squeezed between two surfaces to create a mirror image.). You will create an accordion fold journal to record all the explorations and discoveries of the day. Suitable for beginners. Feb 9, 2020 Sunday, 10am - 5pm Tony Bounsall Tuition: $175.00 (6 hrs) (materials included) For more information and to register: call 250-380-3500 or online http://vancouverislandschoolart.com/workshops.html
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    In this one-day workshop you will explore the enormous potential of oil paint. Oil paint is a slow-drying and very forgiving medium, ideal for beginners because you can redo any brushstroke. Smelly solvents are a thing of the past; we will explore non-toxic methods for thinning paint and cleaning brushes. The focus will be on creating the lush, textured mark-making, rich colour, and subtle effects that only oil paint can achieve. This workshop is open to painters of all levels, from beginners to experienced acrylic or watercolour painters who are curious about working in oils. Suitable for beginners. Feb 2, 2020 Sunday, 10am - 5pm Neil McClelland Tuition: $175.00 (6 hrs) (materials included) For more information and to register: call 250-380-3500 or online http://vancouverislandschoolart.com/workshops.html
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    In this one-day workshop you will discover new ways to create collage while learning important foundation principles of colour and composition. Collage is a versatile and creative process that results in pieces that are both unique and surprising. It continues to be a valued technique used by artists to create images for their own sake or as inspirations for other drawings and paintings. Suitable for beginners. Feb 2, 2020 Sunday, 10am - 5pm Kate Scoones Tuition: $175.00 (6 hrs) (materials included) For more information and to register: call 250-380-3500 or online http://vancouverislandschoolart.com/workshops.html
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    Are you curious about watercolour but aren’t sure where to begin? This afternoon workshop will introduce you to watercolour painting through a series of basic exercises that demonstrate how to build simple, yet dynamic, compositions. The emphasis is on “play,” not on making finished paintings. You will learn how to hold the brush, how to mix colours and how to have fun by just making marks, shapes and well-designed compositions. Suitable for beginners. For more information and to register: call 250-380-3500 or online http://vancouverislandschoolart.com/workshops.html
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    Awareness Film Night presents a film created by beekeeper and cinematographer Peter Nelson that unveils the fascinating world of honeybees, indispensable to the feeding of North America, and how they are transported all over the continent in semi-trailers, the ways in which pollinators are in danger and what we can do to come to their aid. Post screening Q&A with Bob Liptrot and Dana LeComte from Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery and members of Transition Sooke's Pesticide Education Group. Bob Liptrot has a Masters Degree in Entomology, specifically in the parasitology of bees. He is a Master Beekeeper, teaches beekeeping at Royal Roads University and is part of the Capital Regional Beekeepers Association. He has kept bees since the age of 6. Doors open at 6:30 for honey tasting and bee and pesticide info; film and Q&A from 7-9. By donation. Contributions above expenses will go to the David Suzuki Pollinator Protection Campaign. trailer: https://ca.demand.film/the-pollinators/ awarenessfilmnight.ca
  11. Very intellectual and reasoned and scentific. Very encouraging and explicit. Do you believe anything will change in this province under NDP or Liberals? Good luck. Same goes for salmon. Remember 1992 in Nfld? Well, get ready...
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    Music from London's first subscription concerts. Theresa Cornelys’ highly fashionable concert hall at Carlisle House in Soho Square - “the most magnificent place of entertainment in Europe” – were where Europe’s leading composers, including Haydn, J.C. Bach and Abel, often received their English debut.
  13. Reader Ken Waldie has pointed out that Stantec's report actually found industrial GHG emissions were "Not Occurring" and that the IPPU emissions it found were from "Product Use" only. Ken notes, "The number reported for IPPU is from consumer use of products that emit SF6 and NF3 (refrigerants, aerosols etc.), which the report notes the City has 'little influence' over. Moreover, these emissions are only crudely estimated in the Stantec report. That's no reason to exclude them of course, and at the very least the City's report should have explained their calculations. I have no doubt that this was a deliberate effort to deceive the public. But this error raises doubts about the accuracy of other elements of your report so it might be worth correcting." I had completely missed this line in Stantec's report. There are various "industrial processes" occurring around Rock Bay and Selkirk Waters that produce emissions, including two asphalt plants, the concrete batch plants and other industrial operations. I presumed that Stantec had included those in its report under "Industrial Processes." Based on Ken Waldie's expert information (he is a former senior policy advisor for Canada's GHG Offset Systems agency), I have removed from the story this paragraph: "Why would the City eliminate the Industrial Processes and Product Use category? A significant IPPU emission source in Victoria are the concrete batch plants around Rock Bay, which supply much of the concrete used in construction of buildings in the Downtown core and in the city’s neighbourhoods. The City has no intention of restricting such growth, of course, because new construction increases the City’s tax base. So it got around that pesky problem by deleting the category."
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    Second Chance: From the sublime to the ridiculousJanuary 2–18 at Gage GalleryThis exhibition references a second chance for both materials and subject matter where four artists explore the concept of repurposing. Agnes Ananichuk, Frances Beckow, Jonathan Craven and Martina Edmondson offer works of recycled material, both conceptual and physical. Watch for the transformation of an old chrome door handle, a brass gear and a vintage pressure gauge, or “disposables” such as used coffee filters and teabags. Everything and everybody deserves a second chance. Opening Jan 5, 1-4pm. 2031 Oak Bay Ave, 250-592-2760. www.gagegallery.ca. Images: “In All its Wonder” Agnes Ananichuk, assemblage“George Washington in Space” Jonathan Craven, assemblage sculpture“White Mask” Martina Edmondson, Used coffee filter, burn marks, wax, bark and twigs
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    Kylee Turunen

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    Kylee TurunenJanuary 27–February 23 at Gallery at Mattick’s FarmKylee is a Canadian artist, currently living in Port Alberni, BC. Growing up with the constant exposure to her artist father, she picked up an appreciation and excitement for creating art. Since completing the Fine Art program at Toronto’s Centennial College in 2009, she has continued to develop her skills as a fine artist, working primarily in acrylic and oil paint. She works with colour and form, often playing with opposites like curves and straight edges, or light and dark tones to create contrast. 109-5325 Cordova Bay Rd, 250-658-8333, www.thegalleryatmatticksfarm.com. Image: “Vibrant Shore” kylee turunen, 36 x 36 inches, oil on canvas
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    Salt Spring National Art Prize2019 winners + local finalistsJanuary 11–February 22 at Victoria Arts Council GalleryThe Salt Spring National Art Prize is a biennial competition and exhibition of Canadian visual art, presented by the Salt Spring Arts Council. Its intent is to encourage artists whose practice demonstrates originality, quality, integrity and creativity–resulting in significant work with visual impact and depth of meaning. In all, it gives out $39,000 in prizes to 10 artists each year. 1800 Store St. Tues-Sat, 12-5pm. www.vicartscouncil.ca. For images see https://saltspringartprize.ca/finalists-2019/
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    Salt Spring National Art Prize2019 winners + local finalistsJanuary 10–February 22 at Victoria Arts Council GalleryThe Salt Spring National Art Prize is a biennial competition and exhibition of Canadian visual art, presented by the Salt Spring Arts Council. Its intent is to encourage artists whose practice demonstrates originality, quality, integrity and creativity–resulting in significant work with visual impact and depth of meaning. In all, it gives out $39,000 in prizes to 10 artists each year. Opens January 10, 6-9pm. 1800 Store St. www.vicartscouncil.ca. For images see https://saltspringartprize.ca/finalists-2019/
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    Join us for the world premiere of Tara Beagan's play, The Ministry of Grace (from February 4—March 1, 2020).“There’s a flood of human warmth and compassion in anything Tara Beagan creates.” —NOW MAGAZINEA grand, sweeping story of friendship and redemption.It’s 1950 in the deserts of Southern California. Evangelist Brother Cain has a booming trade; his tent revival show moves from town to town, fleecing crowds desperate for something to believe in. When he discovers Mary, a Ntlaka’pamux woman from the Nicola Valley, reading the bible, he puts her onstage, renames her Grace, and displays her as a miracle: an Indian who can read.WHY I CHOSE THIS PLAYIt’s like a sprawling Steinbeck novel – a real saga – of encountering hypocrisy and evil, while clinging to the beliefs that guide you. Produced by the Belfry and created by an all-Indigenous team, including designer Andy Moro and writer/director Tara Beagan, one of our leading playwrights. —Michael Shamata https://www.belfry.bc.ca/the-ministry-of-grace/ Performance Schedule (February 4 - March 1) Tuesdays - Thursdays at 7:30 pm Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm Wednesday Matinees at 1 pm (February 12, 19, 26) Saturday Matinees at 4 pm (Free Childcare offered on February 29) Sunday Matinees at 2 pm (Free Childcare offered on February 16 / VocalEye offered on February 23) ENHANCED PERFORMANCESFree Childcare Matinees: February 16 at 2pm | February 29 at 4pmVocalEye Described Performance: February 23 at 2pmStarring PJ Prudat (Grace), Stafford Perry (Brother Cain), Sheldon Elter (Clem), and Lara Schmitz (Lizzie Mae).Tara Beagan - Playwright / DirectorAndy Moro - Set & Lighting DesignerJeff Chief - Costume DesignerAllison Lynch - Composer & Sound DesignerMorgan Yamada - Fight DirectorMeghan Speakman - Stage ManagerBecca Jorgensen - Assistant Stage Manger
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    Corrinne WolcoskiFebruary 1–15: Madrona GalleryThe new works in this solo exhibition largely focus on Wolcoski’s recent travels up the west coast to Haida Gwaii. This collection further explores the play of light on water and the incredible drama of the sky on the west coast. She is a graduate of the Emily Carr University of Art and Design and is heavily involved in the Vancouver arts community. This is her fifth solo exhibition with Madrona Gallery. Opening reception with artist in attendance, Saturday, February 1, 1-4 pm. 606 View St, 250-380-4660, www.madronagallery.com. Image: “Coastal Beauty” Corrinne Wolcoski, 36 x 72 Inches, Oil on Canvas
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    Pierre Giroux: New PaintingsFebruary 8–20, West End GalleryGiroux paints ghostly interiors and exteriors filled with gesture and light. Drawing inspiration from houses in his local area of Southern Ontario, as well as grander rooms in Europe, his abandoned spaces evoke memories and nostalgia. Says the artist,“The paintings play upon the fine line between reality and slight surrealism, always drawing upon the viewer to move within the rooms…My hope is to evoke the memories of the many spaces we’ve visited, lived in and the role they’ve played upon our senses.” 1203 Broad St, 250-388-0009, www.westendgalleryltd.com. image: “Allegro” Pierre Giroux, 36 x 60 inches, Oil on Canvas
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    Woven, Embroidered and Stitched in Tradition:Women’s Textile Labour in 20th Century Asia February 8–May 24 Legacy Maltwood Gallery, UVic campusThis exhibition showcases a dazzling array of luxury textiles, exquisitely crafted in China, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, and Bangladesh. They shed light on women’s roles as makers, consumers, and connoisseurs between the late 19th century to today, an era of monumental shifts in the production, accessibility, and commodification of garments. At the McPherson Library, Mearns Centre, and at UVic Libraries Special Collections & University Archives Rm A005. Www. Legacy.uvic.ca, 250-721-6562.
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    Colour Theory

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    Colour TheoryJanuary 11–25Madrona GalleryThis exhibition follows the evolution of colour from the early 20th century to today. From traditional oils used in works from the likes of A.Y. Jackson, to the invention of acrylic paints in the 1950s and 60s, to the vibrant pigments used today, Colour Theory traces changes in technique and materials through the years. Featured artists include: Meghan Hildebrand, April Ponsford, Halin de Repentigny, Hashim Hannoon, Morley Myers, Sean Yelland, Nicotye Samayualie, William Perehudoff, Jack Shadbolt. Opening January 11, 1-4 pm. 606 View St, 250-380-4660, www.madronagallery.com.
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    FLUID, a photographic portrait series by Blake LittleLegacy Gallery, Downtown GalleryJanuary 11 to April 11 As people who identify as trans, gender fluid, non-binary, Two Spirit, and other gender-diverse identities face complex and challenging societal responses, the act of representing oneself can be a brave act of defiance. FLUID, a new photographic portrait series by LA-based artist Blake Little, sets out to collaborate with local, national and international trans and gender fluid people to reflect some of the concerns and potentials of how they choose to represent themselves. Reception Jan 25, 2-4pm. Regular hours: 10am to 4 pm, Wednesday through Saturday. Legacy Art Gallery Downtown, 630 Yates St., Victoria. legacy.uvic.ca, 250-721-8298. Image below: “Brynn Hawker” Blake Little, PHOTOGRAPH (c)BlakeLittle2019.
  24. Black History Month: ISSAMBA On behalf of the African Arts and Cultural Community Contributor Society (AACCS) Pulchérie Mboussi is pleased to announce the fourth edition of ISSAMBA. ISSAMBA is an interactive musical spectacle that showcases African Roots, Rhythms & Music, and featuring world-renowned African-born artists. Issamba means "come together" in Béti one of the 285 Cameroonian dialects. ISSAMBA promotes and brings together music from across African cultures to present a unified African groove. Immerse yourself in a mix of African instruments, traditional rhythms, and dancing styles. These artists will travel from abroad, gracing BC with their special talents and sharing aspects of their culture with you. ISSAMBA, a 90-minute show that gives you a glimpse into the rich and diverse musical culture of Africa, an invaluable experience you won't want to miss! This year again, directly from Paris, our Chouchou, the world renowned choreographer and dancer Merlin “The Enchanter” Nyakam will be with us. Born in Cameroon, Merlin has reached an international status for his interpretations and teachings of African and Afro-Contemporary dance. Merlin has and continues to enchant audiences around the world. Special guests will include the Montreal-based African flutist Salif Sanou, legendary multi instrumentalist Adama Dembele Bilorou, Emmanuel Mbala: Sherbrook, Quebec-based percussionist - balafonist, Assouma Long: Montreal-based Mvett (Cameroonian harp)-Nkull player among other artists guests... ISSAMBA promotes the International Decade for People of African Descent through Arts & Cultures. Feb 15 at Victoria: The David Dunnet Community Theater (Oak Bay) https://issambafebruary2020.eventbrite.ca Feb 21 at Victoria Event Center: https://issambafeb2020-vec.eventbrite.ca Gabriola Island: https://issambafeb2020-gabriola-island.eventbrite.ca Nanaimo: https://www.porttheatre.com/events/issamba
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    Black History Month BRUNCH-CONFERENCE The African Arts & Culture Society is planning to host a community forum focused on the International Decade for People of African Descent. The forum will tackle the following topics: Black Ownership & Generating Wealth, Media Representation & Arts, Black Identity, Mental & Physical Health, Accessing Justice & Community Safety, Migration and Inclusion, Education, Democratic Engagement, Access to Affordable Housing and Shelter. The Decade is significant as it promotes respect, protection, and fulfilment of human rights of people of African Descent. We believe that this event is in line with the objectives of celebrating Black History Month. Black History Month is an opportunity for all Canadians to learn about the many contributions Black Canadians have made to Canada. We invite you to join us on February 6 & 7 as we are discussion on the International Decade for People of African Descent. On February 7, on the spirit of Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility): Let's build a strong community by solving our problems together. This event is an opportunity us to network and socialize while being empowered in our cultural identities. 🚨Space is limited REGISTRATION: https://regional-black-canadians-forum-registrations.eventbrite.ca
  26. Black History Month: ISSAMBA On behalf of the African Arts and Cultural Community Contributor Society (AACCS) Pulchérie Mboussi is pleased to announce the fourth edition of ISSAMBA. ISSAMBA is an interactive musical spectacle that showcases African Roots, Rhythms & Music, and featuring world-renowned African-born artists. Issamba means "come together" in Béti one of the 285 Cameroonian dialects. ISSAMBA promotes and brings together music from across African cultures to present a unified African groove. Immerse yourself in a mix of African instruments, traditional rhythms, and dancing styles. These artists will travel from abroad, gracing BC with their special talents and sharing aspects of their culture with you. ISSAMBA, a 90-minute show that gives you a glimpse into the rich and diverse musical culture of Africa, an invaluable experience you won't want to miss! This year again, directly from Paris, our Chouchou, the world renowned choreographer and dancer Merlin “The Enchanter” Nyakam will be with us. Born in Cameroon, Merlin has reached an international status for his interpretations and teachings of African and Afro-Contemporary dance. Merlin has and continues to enchant audiences around the world. Special guests will include the Montreal-based African flutist Salif Sanou, legendary multi instrumentalist Adama Dembele Bilorou, Emmanuel Mbala: Sherbrook, Quebec-based percussionist - balafonist, Assouma Long: Montreal-based Mvett (Cameroonian harp)-Nkull player among other artists guests... ISSAMBA promotes the International Decade for People of African Descent through Arts & Cultures. Feb 15 at Victoria: The David Dunnet Community Theater (Oak Bay) https://issambafebruary2020.eventbrite.ca Feb 21 at Victoria Event Center: https://issambafeb2020-vec.eventbrite.ca Gabriola Island: https://issambafeb2020-gabriola-island.eventbrite.ca Nanaimo: https://www.porttheatre.com/events/issamba
  27. Madeleine (note spelling 👍) is leaving an unforgettable legacy of her own & VCC accomplishments in the voices of her many VCC alumni who have gone on to musical careers around the world. We have much to thank her for ..... . Thank you "Mads" and another thank you to Focus for the article.
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