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Save Our Shores (SOS) is sponsoring a month-long celebration of Art and Activism around Gabriola. Everyone is welcome. Some events require preregistration.

November 1 to November 13 — The People’s Art of Protest (part 1) — Art display upstairs at the Gabriola Commons.

Opening Sunday, November 3, from 2 to 4 p.m. Everyone welcome — music, snacks and conversation.

  • Clayoquat ’93 Peace Camp protest art, quilts, and banners, on loan from the Friends of Clayoquat Sound
  • Vintage peace and protest banners and signs loaned by the Gabriola Museum
  • 2002 Duke Point protest quilts and 2003 Peace Quilts by the Positive Energy Quilters
  • The UnspOILed Coast Quilt Project of the Positive Energy Quilters

Donations to the Commons are appreciated. The displays can be viewed whenever the Commons is open.

November 7 to November 20 — SLICK: Big Oil, Slick Politics, & the Steep & Slippery Slope of Climate Change — Group show at Artworks in the Gabriola Village

Opening Thursday, November 7, from 7 p.m. at ArtWorks

  • A group art show featuring the works of Gabriola artists addressing issues of great concern with talent, wit, colour, and flair.
  • Two Photo Exhibits from Amnesty International: “This is What We Want to Tell You!” Messages from Indigenous peoples threatened with annihilation in Colombia and “Canadian Extractives as Development: Myth or Reality?“: Documentary photographer James Rodriguez considers essential questions about Canada’s self-proclaimed role of responsible global leader in mining development.

Friday, November 8 — “The Power of the Pencil” Poetry Workshop — with poet/activist Sheila Peters,  at the Poetry Yurt at the Commons from 2 to 4pm

This interactive workshop will trigger ideas and create a series of group poems on issues you care deeply about. Bring your current cause or burning issue, your indignation and your idealism, your pet peeve or fierce frustration—and together we’ll subject it to the power of the pencil.  Limerick or lyrical, satirical or serious, you can speak your mind as you speak out in rhyme.

Suggested donation: an arm-load of firewood to warm the Yurt, a thermos of tea, or snacks to share.

To sign up, email or phone 247-8482 before 8pm.
Sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Saturday, November 9 — Sheila Peters reads from her novel “A Taste of Ashes” — at the Gabriola Library from 2 to 3 pm

Two unlikely worlds collide in The Taste of Ashes, a story of redemption and the  resilience of the human spirit, even at its most frail and vulnerable. Isabel Lee’s early life in rural BC was forever changed by a brief but powerful love affair with a young priest. Now a recovering alcoholic, Isabel struggles to pull the tattered fragments of her life together and repair the damage to her relationship with her estranged daughter.

Once idealistic and hopeful, Father Àlvaro Ruiz now has his own demons to confront. Brutally tortured at the hands of the Guatemalan authorities and unable to escape the wounds of his past, Àlvaro returns to Canada seeking sanctuary, a broken man with a tenuous grip on his faith in God and humanity.

Isabel’s and Àlvaro’s stories slowly weave together and they are eventually faced with their greatest challenge yet: can they carry on in the wake of the damage and bring themselves to forgive? Compelling, disturbing but ultimately hopeful, this is the story of how we find grace in the most unexpected places.

After the reading, Sheila will speak on links between activism, research, and the creative process.  Sponsored by Friends of the Library, with funding from Canada Council for the Arts through The Writers’ Union of Canada.

Saturday, November 9 — Activism Inspiration and potluck supper with Sheila Peters at the Commons — 5 to 8pm

SOS invites you to meet with Sheila and learn how artists can bring community together in a positive, affirming way to take on big issues and Big Oil. She will help us understand how creativity and strategy are intertwined. Conversation with Sheila should encourage and inspire us to use our own talents effectively as we campaign against pipelines, tankers, tar sands expansion, and climate change.

Sheila will show a short video of the Smithers area’s “4,000 Reasons Festival 2012”.  celebrating the beauty and wildness of the land along the route of the proposed Enbridge Pipeline, and of the 4,000 people who spoke in defense of it before the NEB Joint Review Panel. Sheila can update us on what’s happening ‘up north’ and we can share what we are doing ‘down south’. For our entertainment, a few poems from Sheila’s “Power of the Pencil” workshop may be read.

Sponsored by Save Our Shores. Bring potluck to share.
Donations appreciated to Commons or to Sheila appreciated.

Wednesday, November 13 —  “Clayoquot Summer 20 Years After”, with Dan Lewis and Bonny Glambeck of Clayoquot Action — at the Rollo Centre, 7:00 p.m.

Join Tofino sea kayaking naturalists Dan Lewis and Bonny Glambeck of Clayoquot Action. They present an unforgettable journey through the history of Clayoqout Summer 1993, the largest act of civil disobedience in Canadian history. Featuring stunning photos of the protests and the natural beauty and ecology of Clayoquot Sound. Don’t miss this entertaining, informative and inspiring evening!

Doors open 7pm; 1 hour slide show at 7:30; Q&A till 9pm
Suggested donation: $8-10

Saturday, November 16 — “Stitch a Perfect Protest Quilt Poster” workshop —  with activist quilter Susan Paynter.  10am to 4pm at the Women’s Institute

Susan will guide you in creating a “quilt poster with punch,” using photos, paper, fabric and thread, paints, and even an oil spill look-alike to visually express yourself on an issue you feel passionately concerned about. Susan is renowned for fibre art with messages that move the soul and stir the pot, so this will be an exciting workshop.

Cost: $25. To sign up: email   or call 247-7656

November 17 – 30 People’s Art of Protest Part 2 — upstairs at the Commons

Opening Sunday, November 17  from 2 to 4 p.m. Everyone welcome — music, snacks and conversation.

  • The Middle East Peace Quilt Project by Elizabeth Sima Shefrin. Elizabeth coordinated an international art project involving about 300 people from all around the world. She feels that visual art and imagery can open doors, stir debate, and help end hatred. The 30 panels of the Mid-East Peace Quilt are a cry for social change, and a beautiful art project.
  • The Perfect Protest Quilt Posters. The quilt posters made in Susan Paynter’s workshop to speak out about environmental, political, or social concerns will be on display.
  • Susan Paynter’s masterpiece, Requiem to Cedar, will be on display during the opening only.

Donations to the Commons are appreciated. The displays can be viewed whenever the Commons is open.

Monday, November 25 —  An Evening with Sally Armstrong, reading from “Ascent of Women”,  — 7:00 pm at the Haven’s Phoenix Auditorium.

Sally is a 3-time Amnesty International Canada award winner, a member of the Order of Canada, the holder of 7 honorary degrees, and a teacher.  She has covered stories in zones of conflict all over the world, from Bosnia and Somalia to Rwanda and Afghanistan, providing eyewitness reports that focus in particular on women.  In her just-released Ascent of Women, she argues that a tipping point in the oppression of women has at last arrived.

Sponsored by Friends of the Library and Gabriola Amnesty

Donations to FOL or Amnesty are appreciated.

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