Arts council spring

  • Apr. 15, 2011 8:00 a.m.

Submitted by Pat Carrie Smith for Haida Gwaii Arts Council –Your new arts council is having an exciting spring! Well, we’re not really new, but we have a new name and some new volunteers. Read on.Our next event, as part of our literary series, is a visit with Marilyn Bowering on April 29 in Queen Charlotte at the Legion, and in Masset April 30 at Maritime Museum. Marilyn is a prize-winning author of fiction and poetry, and has been nominated for the Governor General’s award. The two readings are free, courtesy of Canada Council.The All-Islands Art Show opened March 18 and sponsored a workshop people are still talking about! The show closes April 23. A closing event will be held on April 15, a week before the closing, at 7 pm at the museum: The writing on the wall, written responses to the All-Island Art Show, otherwise known as the creative writer’s opportunity to participate in this annual event, formerly known as TEXTured. Contact Heather Ramsay, 559-0093 to participate. Also on April 15: Woodprint workshop participants, please bring your favourite piece from the workshop to share/display at the special closing event on April 15. Contact Fran Fowler, 559-4691. Your arts council hosted Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson in February, a project a long time in organizing. If anyone wants a copy of Atwood’s Year of the Flood, we still have a few for only $22: contact Beng Favreau, 559-8378. Other recent arts council events included our support of the annual Haida Gwaii Film Festival in March and in April, a reunion in Masset with jazz musician Tim Hamel. More stuff is coming: this summer at the annual Edge of the World Music Festival, the Arts Council will be sponsoring Wayne Lavallee, an aboriginal folk rock and roots performer on August 5, 6, or 7. Also the Naden Band is coming in June and Shane Philip in May. Other authors are also planned-their names will be posted as soon as we hear from our sponsor, Canada Council. Along with our new name, we have a new domain name for our website. Same website, new name (your webmaster has been too busy to create a new website, although it has been on the list for quite a while now). Check out for details on our upcoming events and our blog. We also have a new community Facebook page (search Haida Gwaii Arts Council on Facebook), where you can also find upcoming events as well as conversations, other information, etc. Update your annual membership (if you haven’t already) and get in on the fun! Send a cheque to HG Arts Council, Box 35, Queen Charlotte: $20/individual, $15/couple, $20/family. Or come to one of our events and get involved with your arts council. See you all soon!

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