Dear Members and Friends
Invitation to lunch and AGM, 27 November, Memorial Hall, 12 Noon
The Board of the Slocan Lake Gallery Society has much pleasure in inviting its members and friends to a complimentary lunch at the Memorial Hall on Sunday 27 November at 12 noon when soups from Soup du Jar (one gluten-free) and more will be served. We will also have the pleasure of listening to Rebecca Fudge on piano. This is an opportunity for members to hear and discuss future plans, exchange ideas for future programming and give feedback to the Board. Membership is of prime importance this year as, due to the New Society’s Act, the Board will be asking for members’ votes on the changes to its bylaws so it is your chance to make a difference. The invitation extends to everyone, so please encourage friends and family to Join us.
The SLGS is committed to promote and foster artistic practices on all platforms of art and culture and strives to offer eclectic and lively programming for all. Hence the Board works very diligently, together with our Programming Committee, to ensure its goals are met. Over the last year the SLGS has been involved in over 20 events organized solely or in collaboration with other local societies or groups to ensure that art and culture remain vibrant in our small but talented community. To name just a few: workshops included the popular Spring Break Workshops for children and youth, Art in the Park watercolour classes, pumpkin carving, Theatre Improve Workshop, Memoir Writing. Family events included the amazing marionette show, ‘Robin and the Timeless Forest’ Coffeehouses, Hanukkah, Eloise Charet-Calles’ book launch while our series of concerts included ‘Voices Two’, Pendleton Sisters, Bessie Wapp and Tango Quartet.
This full programming has been assisted by an RDCK grant and the BCAC Annual Performance Award which, although competitive and based on past achievements, we have consistently been granted. The Board has once again applied for the BCAC award which, if granted, will mean we have the ability to finance further programming and will therefore be eager to hear from individuals and local groups about their ideas and hopes for the coming year.
The SLGS is your local Arts Council whose role is to administer the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance grants and consistently over the years we have put forward more grants to help individuals and local groups achieve their artistic projects than many larger urban communities. The SLGS is very eager to continue to promote and support the arts in this way and encourages the local community to place applications in March 2017.
As I write this letter the Village of Silverton is awaiting the imminent decision from the Western Diversification Program regarding the 150 Celebration grant they submitted for the renovation of the Silverton Gallery. In the meantime they have also applied to the BC Rural Dividend for yet further funding. These grants, if awarded, would cover the cost of renovating the building, when added to the matching funds from the VOS and the grant money and donations the SLGS. Hence, we are optimistic that our lovely heritage building, which is so versatile and well-adapted to art performances and workshops, will be restored. What is so encouraging is that the present VOS has the foresight and vision to see the importance of the Silverton Gallery in improving both the quality of life and economic progress of the town.
I take this opportunity to thank all members for their support that is both much appreciated and necessary for the work of the SLGS to continue. While every member of the Board works very hard, we need help from the community at large to continue. This can be by way of membership, volunteering for events, being a member of the Board or Programming Committee or simply supporting our events. Recognizing the importance of keeping the community connected to the Society, I am pleased to announce that the Board has recently reduced membership fees. (Please see attached new Membership Form). Please renew your membership and encourage others to join. The Board is committed to vitalize the community through art and culture. Please help us achieve this goal.
We look forward to seeing you on at our AGM luncheon on Sunday 27 November at 12 noon. Do bring a friend.
Kind regards, Penelope Stuart, President
PS: Please note, Members will receive a hard copy of this letter and membership forms and there will be further forms available on the 27th November.
Slocan Lake Gallery Society is sponsoring a performance featuring the fabulous Cellist, Jeff Faragher during his CD release tour.
Saturday- October 1, 2016 7:30 Memorial Hall, Silverton
“Voices Within” is a culmination of some of the finest music written for the classical cello ensemble. From duets up to a small orchestra, Jeff Faragher captures the rich colour and tonal range of this fine instrument. Recorded acoustically in studio, Mr. Faragher used several fine instruments from the BC interior to capture a wide array of vocal characteristics to emulate the sense of a live cello ensemble. His virtuosity shines through this truly unique project where he masterfully performs every part of each work seamlessly, playing off his own recorded parts intuitively and sensitively. Cellist, Jeff Faragher’s new album, Voices Within is a truly unique and enjoyable experience for the listener.
This concert will feature Jeff playing solo works for cello in addition to some of the pieces from the album. He will be demonstrating the process through which this CD came together and performing on various instruments and even with some electronic equipment to simulate the studio multi-track recording environment. This performance promises to be a unique and thoroughly engaging experience for audiences of all ages.
Don’t miss these wonderful musicians, playing these classical instruments, with the addition of the bandoneon, the signature Tango instrument, in our wonderful Memorial Hall and playing the beautiful Holly Wiseman grand piano. It will be concert seating with a small dance floor.
Tickets are available at the Raven’s Nest on New Denver’s main street, Silverton Building Supplies and at the Dollar Store in Nakusp. This event is sponsored by the Slocan Lake Gallery Society and the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance and hosted by Fran Wallis. Promises to be a very enjoyable performance! See you there! September 27th, 8 p.m.
MARK KUNJI IKEDA PRESENTS 2 PERFORMANCES OF SANSEI: THE STORYTELLER
Using dance, theatre, and humour Mark Kunji Ikeda narrates the story of Japanese Internment in BC. He investigates the social climates and hardships from a time when his own family was labelled enemy aliens. He delves into one of Canada’s darkest decisions, and unwraps how racism of past generations has affected the Japanese community today.
This production was nominated for Best Solo Performance at the 2015 Calgary Critters and won Best of Fest at the 2014 Calgary Fringe Festival.
“Performers and audience alike were thoroughly engaged by Mark’s weaving of a personal story with a tale of profound historical impact. Sansei is storytelling at it’s finest; sophisticated, meaningful, moving, and humorous.” – Laurie Fife, Ottawa Storytellers Society
As Mark relates: “Through this project, I’ve combined the most incredible story of my family history with the more incredible methods of storytelling. The title holds a particular personal relevance. The Storyteller is classically meant to please and instruct, to be alluring and surprising; in this piece I’ve unleashed theatrical devices, contemporary dance, recorded family interviews, and historical publications to give the full breadth and scope of this experience… this exceptionally dark experience that has lead to my birth: a real silver lining from my own perspective. As for Sansei: Third Generation Japanese Canadian (ancestors arriving before WWI) – I believe I am the youngest Sansei in Canada, perhaps even North America. Through this personal narrative unwrapped through the performance, my grandfather had my father – and my father sired myself – exceptionally late in life. So if there are any other Sansei out in Canada who are under 30 – please speak up!”
Ikeda creates original performances that combine narrative and dance. His training in dance and theatre has developed a unique methodology, combining story, imagination, and choreography that lead to being named the 2015 Emerging Artist by Calgary Arts Development Authority.
Mark is an ensemble member of the Dancers’ Studio West and has taught at the University of Calgary and the Rosebud School of the Arts. He has also served as the Artistic Director of MoMo Dance Theatre. He has found a special place in his heart for the Kootenays.
Mark will perform SANSEI: THE STORYTELLER at the Kohan Garden, New Denver, on August 20 and 21, 2 pm.
All Sansei performances are made possible by support from the BC Multiculturalism Fund. The Columbia Basin Trust, RDCK, Slocan Lake Gallery Society and the Slocan Lake Garden Society are also providing financial support for the Kohan Garden performances.
Catch Sean Ashby’s 1 man band show – 6 guitars onstage with beats and bass. This is the multi talented guitarist, songwriter and independent artist’s launch tour for his two new albums “Lodestone and Iron” and “Surf Guitar Smash Hits”. Tuesday, August 23rd, 8 pm, 15$ at the door only – no advance tickets. Memorial Hall in Silverton. www.seanashby.com; www.silvertongallery.ca. Sponsored by the Slocan Lake Gallery Society.