by Phillip Tiicham Muir –
A Week of Watercolour
Visit the Tulista Park ArtSea Gallery March 2 to 7 for a look at the beautiful watercolour work of Louise Piquette. Her “Boreal Expressions & Prairie Landscapes” take you to a serene place, where you’ll become lost in a world of incredible colour, lighting and scenery. Free drop-in admission. Open Monday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Take a night to unwind to the peaceful melodies of Latin Grammy/Juno award winning singer-songwriter Alex Cuba. Alex embraces his Latin roots, but diverges from the region’s typical sound with jazz-pop ballads and sweet melodies. Cuba has written for the likes of Nelly Furtado, and collaborated with stars like Ron Sexsmith. He will delight Sidney audiences with an intimate performance at Mary Winspear Centre on March 7. For more information visit www.marywinspear.ca.
Kids and Critters on Canvas
Salt Spring Island children between the ages of six and nine have an opportunity to explore their creativity and forge a deeper connection with the animal in their lives! Artist Tracy Harrison is instructing paint and pastel classes for children to create self portraits with their pets. Finished work will be displayed at the Easter Arts Show. Register with the Salt Spring Arts Council for classes on March 19, 20 and 21. www.ssartscouncil.com.
The Kin of C & W Legends
He’s an up-and-coming name in the country music scene, has country and western in his blood, and he’s coming to Sidney this month! Tre Twitty is the grandson of country music legend Conway Twitty. He’ll be honouring his grandfather with a moving tribute that marks the 25th anniversary of his death. Tre’s performing guest couldn’t be more fitting, as she too is the grandchild of a C & W legend. Tayla Lynn’s grandmother, Loretta Lynn, played with Conway Twitty in the ’70s, making this show the ultimate generational tribute!
Mary Winspear Centre on March 23 at 7:30, or venture out to the McPherson Playhouse on March 15 for their Victoria show.
Spring Reading Series
Hear first-hand insight from award-winning authors Bill Gaston and Margriet Ruurs on their latest books. Gaston’s new collection of short fiction, A Mariner’s Guide to Self-Sabotage, centres around society’s rejects, who, despite their demons, find wisdom and peace on their paths. Ruurs is known for her children’s literature and educational books. Her newest is a picture book entitled Stepping Stones. The book is inspired by Syrian artist, Nizar Ali Badr’s evocative pebble pictures, depicting the civil war in his country. Ruurs’ story follows a family forced to flee their village, as the conflict moves closer and closer to home. Purchase tickets through Tanner’s Books for this March 23 event at The SHOAL Centre. More information available at www.sidneyliteraryfestival.ca.