ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
COMOX VALLEY RECORD • Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Movie about‘our Van Gogh’ West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson will play at the Rialto Theatre for one performance only on May 13 at 5 p.m. Thomson is one of Canada’s most beloved painters. Described as our “greatest colourist” and “our Van Gogh,”
Thomson’s vibrant interpretations of the northern landscape are iconic representations of the Canadian soul. On July 8, 1917, just as he was reaching ascendancy in his craft, Tom Thomson paddled across Canoe Lake and disappeared. His
Kobus paintings at Comox eatery
JILLIAN PEACOCK (LEFT) and Cameron Kearns danced well at the Fraser Valley open championships.
Brigadoon dances well Several dancers from Brigadoon Dance Academy competed at the Fraser Valley open championships recently. Cameron Kearns won two Gold, one Silver and one Bronze in her four events at the Chief Sepass Theatre in Fort Langley. Cameron is 11 years old from the Comox Valley. Kearns is the new 2012 Fraser Valley open champion. This is the first championship she has ever won.
Jillian Peacock, 16, from the Comox Valley, won a Silver Medal, a Bronze Medal and two fifth places. She was a third runner-up in her division. A great effort was also made by Zoya Lehrke, Anissa Jahromi and Paris Johnson. All dancers train with Diena Henry at Brigadoon Dance Academy in Nanaimo and the Comox Valley. — Brigadoon Dance Academy
Jilli helping to open‘new’ Grotto The Comox Valley’s Jilli Martini Band will play at the Union Street Grill and Grotto on May 12 from 8 p.m. till late. Jill has performed a broad range of styles and genres, accompanied by many accomplished musicians. At present, the band is a dance band, promising something for everyone, covering favourite hits from many eras and styles. The Jilli Martini Band currently consists of five members: Jilli Martini (aka Jillian Gathright) on vocals, Peter Cloud Panjoyah of Hornby Island also on vocals, Doug Biggs on guitar, Andre Forgues on bass and Blair Bentley on drums. “The Jilli Martini Band is looking forward to rocking the Grotto, like it’s never been rocked before!” Jilli says. “Just be
warned, this will be a high-energy dance party to celebrate the grand opening of the new Grotto.”
Tickets are available at the Grotto, which is sporting a new look. — Union Street Grill & Grotto
During May you may fill your belly with wonderful fresh delights at the Purple Onion Deli in Comox, while feasting your eyes on some original acrylic paintings by Tracy Kobus. Kobus, also a popular art instructor in the Valley, will show some of her latest dream-like paintings which often juxtapose both human and natural elements in surprising and expressive ways. Tracy’s imaginative acrylic paintings have been exhibited in many group and solo exhibitions across the northwest. Since receiving her BFA from the University of British Columbia, Tracy has participated in artists’ residencies at the Atlin Art Centre, the Banff Centre for the Arts and also at the Island Mountain Arts Centre in Wells. Tracy, also an art instructor, has been inspiring others to pursue their own creativity for over a decade. You may sign up for the artist’s inspiring newsletter, read her blog at www.tracykobus.com or find her on Facebook for latest updates. An exhibition of her paintings is on display
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May 09, 2012 edition of the Comox Valley Record