2014 March

The new home of Semiahmoo Arts! We are excited to announce the creation of the South Surrey Recreation & Arts Centre, as part of the facility expansion located within the South Surrey Athletic Park off 20th Avenue and 148th Street. Opening in April 2014 and managed by Semiahmoo Arts, the Arts Centre has 5,300 sq ft of dedicated arts space, featuring an art gallery, a pottery studio, a visual arts studio and multi-purpose rooms for various programs and events. The facility is a valuable asset to our thriving arts community, and is already receiving a wide variety of bookings. We look forward to the Grand Opening Celebration on May 10,… Read More

Job Posting: Curatorial Assistant (Summer 2014) Job Description: Semiahmoo Arts has been operating in the communities of South Surrey and White Rock since March 1974 and will be marking its 40th Anniversary in 2014. As part of the larger celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Semiahmoo Arts, a special exhibition of the history of The Community Arts Council of White Rock and District is being planned. Responsible to the Executive Director, the Curatorial Assistant will work with the 40th Anniversary Curator and the White Rock Museum & Archives Archivist to curate the “40 Years of Art on the Peninsula” exhibition as part of the Art on Display program co-sponsored with… Read More

Jimmy Flynn’s Celtic Snug on Marine Drive welcomed well known poet and novelist George McWhirter as part of Semiahmoo Arts ongoing “Irish Poetry Night” series.   Barbara Cooper, representing Semiahmoo Arts, welcomes George to White Rock.   Belfast born and raised, George McWhirter attended Queen’s University there and taught school for three years before moving to Canada in 1966. He received his MA at UBC, eventually becoming a Full Professor in 1982 and subsequently heading the Creative Writing Department for a decade. While there he served on the editorial board of PRISM International, and was honoured with the Killam Prize for both teaching and mentoring as well as the Sam… Read More

It was standing room only at Semiahmoo Arts on St. Patrick’s Day as Irish Author Patrick Taylor entertained a sold out crowd.   Author Patrick Taylor came to Semiahmoo Arts as part of their “Readings by the Salish Sea” series.   Semiahmoo Arts Board Member Barbara Cooper introduces Mr. Taylor.   Patrick Taylor talked about writing, answered questions, and read from some of his works.   Patrick’s humour delighted the appreciative crowd.   Black Bond Books was on hand to provide copies of Patrick’s books, which he then took the time to sign. Patrick Taylor’s newest book “The Wily O’Reilly” is available in stores now.

CAST A VOTE If you’ve been enjoying our “Get Reel” Film series, cast a vote for your favourite Canadian and international film screened via Film Circuit in 2013. Voting takes place between now and March 31, 2014 on the tiff website: www.tiff.net/votefilmcircuit, where you can also find the complete contest rules and regulations. A draw will be held at the end of the voting period and one lucky voter will win a cash prize of $500!  The winning films will be announced in April 2014.

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Call for Artists – Art on Display – Solo Art Shows Semiahmoo Arts and the City of White Rock invite artists to submit an application for one of our solo art shows at the White Rock Community Centre as part of our Art on Display Program. Purpose Created in partnership with the City of White Rock and Semiahmoo Arts, the Art on Display program ensures art is visible and accessible to the community. In a series of 5 to 8 themed juried exhibitions held throughout the year, Art on Display showcases work in a variety of media by community and regional artists. Click here to see upcoming Art On Display… Read More

On Tuesday, March 4, 2014, Earl Marriott Secondary School was the recipient of two Welcome Posts created by Semiahmoo First Nation Master Carver, Leonard Wells. Guests entering through the front entrance of the school will now be greeted and protected by these two permanent Welcome Posts called “CEN’ALIEN. CEN’ALIEN (with an extended “A” sound) was the Reefnet Captain of the canoes that pulled up the net of fish, by the Bay off of Point Roberts. Traditionally, CEN’ALIEN welcomed and gave thanks to the fish that came aboard his canoe. CEN’ALIEN will leave a true legacy of respect, connection, and commitment between the Semiahmoo People and the Earl Marriott Community. (See… Read More

  Wonderful music, amazing musicians, and an intimate setting at Semiahmoo Arts, made for a great start to White Rock’s Irish Festival. The works of Irish singer songwriter Van Morrison were showcased March 1st at Semiahmoo Arts. Money raised from this concert goes to the Sources Food Bank.   White Rock Mayor Wayne Baldwin announces the beginning of Irish Heritage Month in White Rock.   The Irish Ambassador to Canada sends a telegram to Mayor Baldwin, which is read to everyone.   Chris Thornley starts the evening performing a few solo versions of Van Morrison songs.   Chris is then joined on stage by violinist Jim De Kleer (left), Dennis… Read More