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Pretty in pink Beautiful waterlilies captured in the lens at Grassie Lake.
Public boat launch to become fee-based Pirjo Raits Sooke News Mirror
In 2013 it will no longer be free to launch a boat at the public boat launch, opened earlier this year. At council on Monday, July 25, it was agreed that a $10 launch fee would be initiated next year and a proposed $10 sani-dump fee would not be instituted. In a report to council,
from staff, it said that commercial operations in Sooke are being impacted by the free launch, in particular Jock’s Dock next to the hotel which offers boat launching for a fee. There was also an issue with users of the public boat launch who utilized water, washrooms, fish clean out stations, etc. at Jock’s without any compensation. Mayor Wendal Milne said
they would be taking some action to protect business, not compete with business in Sooke. Councillor Rick Kasper said it was never implied that the public boat launch would be free. He said in the 2009 grant application, fees were used as a measurement tool. In the interest of keeping the harbour clean, Milne said, “I am personally not
in favour of a big, or any, fee for the sani-dump.” Issues of parking along West Coast Road came into focus as well, both for boat launchers and people who came to events at the hotel. Discussions will be held with the Ministry of Transport in regard to parking along the highway. “We’re a victim of our own success here,” said Kasper.
Tempers flared at the District of Sooke council meeting on Monday night in regard to council making the decision to look at the service agreements between the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce and the Sooke Region Tourism Association. Currently the chamber of commerce receives $28,150 from the district budget and the tourism association receives $20,000. Mayor Wendal Milne said he wanted to ensure that all of the grants handed out by the district were treated the same way. “We want to make clear, well in advance, that here are the requirements,” he said. He stated that some of the agreements were fiveyears in length while others were year-by-year. He said the district wants to provide sustainable funding while keeping the entire budget in mind. The Finance and Administration Committee has, since the election, been reviewing all of the contracts the district is party to. Rick Kasper, chair of the Finance and Administration Committee felt there were items in the service agreement (Schedule A) with the chamber that were strictly for the benefit of the members and not the entire business community. He stated that when they first signed a service agreement with the
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chamber it was for a onehalf time operation. The fee for service was established when the chamber operation became full-time. He said he would support the agreement for this year only and the conditions would be looked at seriously. In regard to the Sooke Region Tourism Association Kasper stated that perhaps the District of Sooke should not be the only partner and the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area, which benefits from the association’s efforts, should be a contributing partner as well. Councillor Maja Tait said the chamber does many things which benefit the entire community, such as the Santa Parade, Communities in Bloom and the light-up at Christmas. She said these were measureable outcomes. Chamber manager Kari Osselton took offense at Kasper’s comments and asked, “If we’re not doing these things, who would be?” Mayor Milne said the onus was on the district to establish what they want as far as agreements go. An angry Frederique Philip accused Kasper of lying and took the podium at the Committee of the Whole portion to outline how she has helped promote tourism and business in Sooke. “You don’t seem to understand what tourism does,” she said to Kasper.
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Chiasson preliminary hearing set TAKE A HIKE! for fall JUAN DE FUCA Up Sooke
Community Trails Society Hike ON SATURDAY, AUG. 4 meet at 9 a.m. to hike a section of the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail. Another day long hike. Details to be announced. FOR INFORMATION EMAIL Rosemary Jorna at: SID2767@SHAW.CA OR PHONE 250642- 2767 www. jdfcommunitytrails.ca
CHINOOK DERBY THE SOOKE SALMON Enhancement Society would like to ensure faithful derby followers that their derby for 2012 IS VERY MUCH alive and on track, thanks to dedicated sponsors and friends. THE DERBY IS scheduled for the long weekend in August, as usual and will be on Aug.4 and 5. TICKETS WILL BE on sale at the usual outlets in Sooke.
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Hot ride Sooke resident, Bart Bevers, stands next to his electric bicycle, the Dayak Shadow.
Bevers spent a year modifying the bike, shimmying down the panels, painting it black and adjusting the suspension.
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A preliminary hearing to review evidence regarding the fatal West Coast Road accident has been set for Nov. 20 at Western Communities court. The driver in the accident, David Chiasson, 18, has been charged with dangerous driving causing death, dangerous driving causing bodily harm, theft and possession of stolen property. At the preliminary hearing, the judge will determine whether the evidence presented is sufficient to stand trial. A plea has not yet been entered. The single-vehicle accident, involving a stolen vehicle, occurred on April 9 on the 7000block of West Coast Rd. The vehicle lost control on the narrow road’s gravel shoulder, ran into a power pole and flipped over into a ditch. The accident resulted in the death of 15-yearold Nicolas ‘Nic’ Twiddy. Two other passengers, Steve Livingstone, 18, and Maria Forbes, 15, were also injured. Forbes was airlifted from the accident scene to hospital with serious head injuries.
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District responsible for exempted DCCs Exemptions and bylaw to be reviewed Sharron Ho Sooke News Mirror
Council will be reviewing a bylaw that allows reductions in Development Cost Charges for developments in Sooke’s town core. A consultant from Urban Systems, contracted to review road DCCs, recently told council they would be accountable for approximately $40,000 of exempted DCCs for Mariner’s Village. The reduction was permitted under the Sooke Revitalization Bylaw 408, which waives 30 per cent of DCCs on residential housing developments of 50 or greater units per hectare in the town core. Developments are also eligible for an additional 30 per cent reduction if they are LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified -- which is granted to environmentally constructed and operated buildings. The district is then financially responsible
to replace the waived amounts into the DCC reserve fund. “Places like Mariner’s Village met that requirement, so their DCC could be reduced by 30 per cent, so they went ahead and took advantage and it’s no fault of their own,” said Mayor Wendal Milne. “What we’re going to be doing, very quickly, is reviewing this bylaw to see if in fact, it is something we want to continue to have,” he said, adding the provision maybe amended or rescinded completely. According to Milne, the bylaw was approved in 2010 by the previous council to encourage development in Sooke’s town core. I’m not sure that the previous council understood that when they gave this exemption that they had to pony up the money into the reserve fund, he said. Bylaw 408 also provides a 100 per cent DCC exemption for nonprofit rental housing, supportive living housing and for-profit affordable rental housing.
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The Sooke Fine Arts show, which draws a plethora of talented artists, has a team who work throughout the year to put on the massive event. Among the hardworking bunch are dynamic duo, Britton Jacob-Schram and Catherine Keogan. The two young women were hired in October to share the position of administrative co-ordinator. A position that requires a multitude of skills and knowledge. Touching just the breadth of their position, the two women handle administrative work, write grants, respond to enquiries from sponsors and artists, do web design and provide support for the nearly 300 volunteers who put on the show. “There’s no one hat to wear,” said Keogan. “There’s a lot to be done, and a lot of aspects of the show that need our help.” Although the job can be demanding, with a workload that “rises and falls,” Keogan said it’s been a great experience.
Catherine Keogan, left, and Britton Jacob-Schram. “I love it, this is a wholly positive work environment and we are working towards a very positive goal.” Keogan arrived in Sooke, along with Jacob-Schram, last October after living in Costa Rica. Their relocation to Vancouver Island’s west coast was all thanks to a simple wish list, depicting their ideal
homestead. Items on the list included mild weather, close to the ocean, close to a big city, but not in one, a strong community feel, and marvellous wildlife and nature. And just as expected, Keogan is an artist in her own right, with her main medium being words. As an accomplished writer, Keogan has published a national best-seller on Costa
Rican travel titled Pura Vida. She is also trilingual, having a grasp on English, French and Spanish. “They are more than what I was hoping to get in this office,” said show director, Sally Manning. “They are exceptionally talented.” The two women were hired on an eight month contract, which Manning now hopes to extend. “We really, really are working hard to keep them with us,” she said. “We’re more than thrilled to have them here with us, they are just a godsend.” The Sooke Fine Arts show, which is in its 26th year, will take place at the SEAPARC Leisure Complex from July 28 to Aug.6. The show features artists from Vancouver Island and B.C.’s Coastal Islands, and has approximately 8,000 annual visitors who attend. This year, 1,335 arts works from 561 artists were submitted, which was narrowed down to about 275 pieces for the show. For more information on tickets and the Sooke Fine Arts Show schedule, visit: www.sookefinearts.com
Web casting is not a new idea, says mayor Pirjo Raits Sooke News Mirror
The idea of web casting council meetings is not a new idea at the municipal hall. The issue was bandied about and discussed during the budget deliberations at the committee level, said Mayor Wendal Milne. It’s also not something that is written in stone and destined to be a fixture at council chambers — if it is not utilized by residents.
Wendal Milne — District of Sooke Mayor
“People will be able to select a recording
(video) of the meeting in conjunction with the agenda,”said Milne. He said people would not have to sit through an entire council meeting to learn what happened to a specific item on the agenda. Hot buttons would exist on the agenda posted on the District of Sooke website and a viewer could select which part of the council meeting they want to view. “A tab button would go to the camera record-
ing of the issue,” Milne stated. “We would hope for 50-100 hits a week,” He said if there wasn’t enough interest, they would look at the viability of the technology. The tech support from the streaming company is on a yearto-year basis and could be cancelled if the interest wasn’t there. Milne stated the municipality of North Saanich did a lot of the legwork and an exhaustive review on web casting with the provider,
Granicus, and they went with a “proven product.” Sooke would enlist the same provider. On another topic, the renewed request to be a part of the Juno Awards bid came up. The bid committee, based out of Victoria, was seeking about $12,000 from Sooke to be a part of the festivities. Milne said the request was sent back to Finance and Administration Committee but there was “not a lot of enthusiasm.”
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A remarkable seafaring life Seafaring stories abound on the west coast of North America, but perhaps none are more remarkable than the life of mariner Captain James Christensen. Born in Denmark in 1840, James Christensen’s west coast career began in 1864 when he arrived in the port of Victoria as bosun on the German vessel King Oscar. When the ship departed, Christensen did not. By 1868 Christensen was captain of the Surprise, a two-masted coastal schooner carrying trade items such as blankets and engaged in transporting Roman Catholic priests and supplies for missions. They sailed as far afield as the Sandwich Islands for molasses. The 55.5 foot Surprise was the first vessel to engage in the pelagic seal hunt. A year later, when he carried a contingent of Pacheedaht seal hunters, it was the success of those nimble men and their unerring aim that established the decades-long industry. On his 1869 journey north, he discovered the wreck of the British barque John Bright off Hesquiat, and brought to the attention of authorities the sad fate of the survivors. After several more seasons as master of trading schooners, Capt. Christensen took a position as pilot, guiding sailing vessels into port. Married in Victoria, Chris-
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Capt. James Christensen spent a life on the sea and sailed the coastal waters as far away as the Sandwich Island. tensen raised two sons, seafarers as well. (After his time on the Surprise, that staunch little vessel was wrecked at Simpson Point across from Whiffin Spit.) After a few years piloting, Christensen took over the Hudson’s Bay Company’s legendary vessel Beaver for a decade before becoming master of the Dunsmuir ship Lorne. At 151 feet, the Lorne, part of the fleet of British Columbia’s coal baron James Dunsmuir, was recognized as the largest tug on the coast. One of the duties carried out by Capt. Christensen was to meet sailing vessels at Cape
Flattery and tow them through the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Strait of Georgia to Union Bay to load coal. He passed away in Victoria in 1927. Capt. Christensen’s tradition of seafaring was carried out by his sons, and his grandson William James followed suit as a marine engineer, and also served for a time in the British Columbia Provincial Police. Capt. James Christensen’s great-grandson Lorne expanded the family horizons once again, with a career in international flights as a captain for Canadian Pacific Airlines.
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BIG THANK YOU TO ALL THE VOLUNTEERS, WE COULD NOT HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT YOU TO ALL THE VENDERS- WE HOPE YOU DID WELL A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO KIM AND RANDY HARDING AND BEV. AND STEVE MCGIRR
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NEWS • 7
All creatures great and small lead the parade Sharron Ho Sooke News Mirror
The Sooke Fall Fair Pet Parade will be celebrating it’s 50th anniversary this year on Sept. 9, under the fall fair theme, “All Creatures Great and Small.” Sooke woman, Pauline Atterbury, started the pet parade in 1962 in order to include all children in Sooke Fall Fair festivities. At the time, children under the age of 12 did not qualify for the fair’s junior section. According to her daughter Liana Maloney, Atterbury grew up in a modest household, which led her to become empathic to families and people who didn’t have means. “She wanted something accessible to all kids so no child would be excluded. She made it so it would be absolutely free,” Maloney said. The no registration fee tradition has continued until this day. Since Atterbury passed away over a decade ago, her family and different members of the community have continued the pet parade in her memory. “It’s been in the family and we’ve been keeping it going, and we really like to do that,”
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Liana Maloney, owner of Posh Paws and daughter of Pet Parade founder, Pauline Atterbury, poses with a 50th anniversary rosette and her two dogs coloured with nontoxic dyes. Maloney said. “It was my mom’s thing every year, the fall fair and the pet parade.” Over the years, the pet parade, which is the first of its kind on Vancouver Island, has evolved along with the rest of Sooke. Maloney recalled in the parade’s early days, the event saw an abundance of fancied horses, cows and goats that were
ushered down the event’s original course on Sooke Road by a fire truck. Now, the parade, which will circles around the Sooke Community Hall, sees some livestock-like pets, but mostly an assortment of smaller breed dogs, reptiles, and other household critters. Entrants have also aged with the parade,
with those who participated as children now attending with their children and grandchildren. “A lot of people say Sooke spirit is changing and the heart of Sooke isn’t what it used to be... but once a year everything stays the same,” she said. “The thing that never changes is the kids... they have that smile on their faces when they win anything for their pet.” The parade has a total of 21 categories for children including sections like; best dressed pet, original costume, pet with longest ears and smallest pet. The event tends to see some of Sooke’s most creative animal lovers and peculiar pets. Maloney said some of the ingenious and witty entries she’s seen include a pet flea for smallest pet, a teddy bear hamster driving around in a toy car and a young girl dressed up in a paper mache egg, holding a chicken, begging the perennial question: ‘What came first, the chicken or the egg?’ “We get all kinds of really interesting and fun things.” Last year the parade had 61 families participate in multiple catego-
ries and about 10 adults in the adult section, which was instituted two years ago. Different prizes are awarded for the several categories including cash prizes, ribbons
and 50th anniversary rosettes. Registration will occur on the day, and last minute participants can join in right up to the moment of the parade at 1 p.m.
The Sooke Fall Fair takes place Sept. 8 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sooke Community Hall and in the upper hall at the Legion on Sheilds Road.
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8 • EDITORIAL
WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, 2012 - SOOKE NEWS MIRROR
Rod Sluggett Publisher Pirjo Raits Editor Sharron Ho Reporter
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LETTERS Above and beyond the call of duty We wish to express our thanks to the Sooke RCMP for their considerate and thorough handling of the reported hit and run damage to our vehicle last month. First off, we wish to thank the anonymous witness who kindly recorded the particulars of the vehicle that scraped our car when it was parked at Evergreen Mall. We contacted the RCMP and an officer came to our residence, documented the damage, took the particulars of the offending vehicle, and commited to visit the owner to advise them of
their responsiblities. Ultimately, the owner of the vehicle that hit our car admitted they were at fault and contacted ICBC so we were able to have our vehicle repaired. That might have been the end of the story, but in a demonstration of thoroughness, the officer followed up with us to confirm that the matter had been resolved. No one was injured in this event and the damage was relatively minor, but we were nevertheless impressed by the officer’s consideration and follow-up. The RCMP was responsive at the outset, followed up as promised and then closed the loop to confirm that the matter was competely resolved.
We want to acknowledge the RCMP officers thoroughness and professional commitment to ensuring our interests were addressed. Well done and thanks. Milt and Jean Wright Sooke
Against charging a public boat launch fee I am very disappointed to see that council is considering charging a $10 fee for using the boat launch and sani dump. This council has made it abundantly clear that it is completely unacceptable to support or finance
private business, yet this is exactly what they are proposing with the neighbouring property. This is supposed to be a free public boat launch for the citizens of Sooke and as a taxpayer, I have (and will continue) to pay to have access to this facility through taxation. The solution to this problem is simple, if you are a tax paying resident of Sooke, you get a vehicle decal and access to the free launch. If you are not a tax paying resident of Sooke, you are charged the launch and sani dump fee. Decals can be applied for and issued annually at the municipal hall. Cam Norris-Jones Sooke
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Bare bones By the time you see the SEAPARC arena again, it will be transformed into a high-end art gallery, for the 10-day Sooke Fine Arts Show.
SOOKE NEWS MIRROR - WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, 2012
LETTERS • 9
We asked: Have you heard iof the Sooke Fine Arts Show, and will you be attending?
No, I don’t think so, I’ve heard of it but I’m not going to attend.
Alice Hebert Manitoba
Media responsible for poor reputation, apparently It was refreshing to see, in your July 18 edition, positive coverage regarding Sooke Fire Rescue Service. Mayor Milne’s article about the value of the fire department volunteers was encouraging, despite the concerning picture he paints for the residents of Sooke, who depend on the fire department for help in a variety of emergency situations. In contrast however, the past several years have seen the evolution of a pattern of negative coverage and opinions, ranging from ill-informed to seemingly malicious, regarding Sooke Fire Rescue Service – much of it disseminated via editorial opinions and Letters to the Editor in these very pages. A bruised reputation – from my experience, greatly unwarranted within the community is the unavoidable result. Any organization facing repeated public challenges to reputation can be expected to struggle in efforts to recruit new members. Potential volunteers can be influenced by one-sided information they read, dissuaded by a desire to avoid affiliation with such a
We always go, but we’ll be on holidays this year, so we’ll be out of town.
Heard of it and could possibly be attending. Just moved here about a year ago.
Brenda Ryan Sooke
Yes, we’ve heard of the festival. We’re going to miss it because we’re only here for the day and the night.
Liana Walaker Langford
LETTERS Fundraiser for “Nic”
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(Pictured from left) Ali Jane, Nic Twiddy’s mother, Lisa Twiddy, Sarah Squigles, Chelsey Dixon and Christina Dixon all attended the Nicolas Twiddy Memorial Fundraiser at the Sooke Co-operative Association of Service Agencies (CASA) building on July 7. The event raised $1,800 to assist the Twiddy family with funeral and burial service costs. reputation, or simply uninterested in the prospect of being harangued in the media each week. Regardless of what Mayor Milne plans to change within Sooke Fire Rescue Service, the most important change needs to come from without. Until council takes a leading role in correcting published misinformation, standing up on behalf of their fire department to unwarranted attacks, and more publicly supporting Sooke Fire Rescue Service, I suspect that they will encounter continued difficulty in finding
sufficient volunteers willing to be put on trial each week by the very community they protect. Mayor and council would be well advised to commit to continued public support of the fire department and to protect its reputation when coverage and/ or published opinions are incorrect and damaging. I would venture that these actions would help them see the increase in volunteer numbers that they need. Ben Temple Sooke
Animal tragedy in our own backyard Today is a very sad day for our foundation; we had rescued two ill cats from a woman who was said to have a “cat rescue facility” and the SPCA refuses to help us. On May, 2012, a member from our community requested us to investigate the living conditions of the 56 cats living in the above mentioned building. On May 6, the person
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feeding the cats brought two cats to us in good health, she said. The same day the two cats were adopted by a man in Sooke who had promised taking very good care of them. At the beginning of June we received a complaint from the man saying the cats were not used to the litter box. He said he was willing to keep trying for a while. In case he would change his mind, we had offered him to call us to pick them up. On June 15, we noticed that the cats were living outside day and night in the cold, but this time they were completely frightened. On July 1, after obtaining the man’s landlord approval to re-trap the cats we finally got them. The same day they were placed in a loving foster home. On July 19, the foster mother gave us the diagnosis that both cats had intestinal problems, but that one of them, Petite, needed immediate medical attention. Sadly, it was
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Cont’d from page 9 already too late for her. She had the FIV (Feline Immuno Virus) and a bacterium called, Campylo Bachter, which does not like air. On July 20, 2012, we called the SPCA. We have covered the cost for the first cat and requested them to help us pay for the second one. The answer was, ‘You were the one taking the cats in and they are your responsibility now. The fact that you cannot pay for the veterinary care of the animal does not speak highly about your foundation. If you want to surrender the animal to us you first need to pay for the FIV virus exam.’ It must be noted that in order to get an animal tested we also need to pay for the doctor’s consultation totaling approximately $120. Therefore, the irony on this case is that people from Sooke are donating to help the animals in Victoria, but nobody is donating to help the animals in our own backyard? Margarita Dominguez Sooke Animal Food and Rescue Society Sooke
LOOKING BACK July 25, 1984 Nestman welcomes sewer study Some 15 Sooke businessmen, galvanized into action by Regional Director Ray Nestman’s pledge to clean up Sooke harbour and basin from sewage pollution, have pledged $100 apiece to help finance the study of a new sewer system and treatment plant for the commercial core. Previous studies have indicated that the cost of a sewage system for this area could run into the millions and in April, 1979, the Regional Director Charlie Perkins reported that both the CRD and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs declared this figure was “far beyond the capabilities of the community” and the matter was dropped. July 29, 1987 Arts, 87 designer happy with show result Fine Arts ‘87 show designer Stuart Stark said that when he was asked to make over the Sooke Arena into an art gallery for the first
show, Fine Arts 86, his first thought was, “no way.” “The first time I saw the arena was in February, 1986. The place was knee-deep in peewee hockey players and steam and bright lights and it was hard to visualize it as an art gallery. “But the energy and enthusiasm of the people from the Sooke Region Museum who were planning the show, coupled with the fact that I enjoy taking on formidable tasks, was enough to convince me to try it,” he told the Mirror. The results of his efforts are now history, The area was miraculously transformed into a sophisticated art gallery with art works exhibited in a series of modular pods which, combined with a masterful use of lighting, give the viewer the feeling of intimacy within the large arena. July 24, 1991 Bob Clark confident Socreds can win with Rita Johnston Though the majority
of the Sooke delegates attending the Social Credit convention in Vancouver last weekend ended supporting the losing candidate for leader of the party, candidate Bob Clark says he’s confident that the party “can close ranks and win with Rita.” Most of the candidates from the MalahatJuan de Fuca riding had committed their support to Mel Couvelier on the first ballot,” said Mr. Clark. July 28, 2004 Region residents differ on annexing Silver Spray Sooke supports annexation; Lund wants vote While the District of Sooke Monday night reaffirmed its support of a proposed annexation of the Silver Spray development, the Juan de Fuca electoral area regional director Erik Lund believes a referendum on amalgamation is needed. “Let’s vote,” he said. “Let’s do it, let’s not wait until next year. Let’s do it now.”
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ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION Meat draw at 3 p.m. Sock hop, rock your socks off at DVD’s at 7 p.m. SOOKE FALL FAIR FLEA MARKET From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sooke Community Hall. SOOKE FINE ARTS SHOW The show will run until Aug. 6, and is open daily at 10 a.m. Ticket information available at: www.sookefinearts.ca or at the door. Musical Guests: AM: Sooke Philharmonic String Quartet PM: Rosette - Jazz Vocals & Guitar
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SOOKE NEWS MIRROR - WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, 2012
Gaynor Gauthier: A life of printerâ€™s ink and art Gaynor Gauthier retires in order to create art Pirjo Raits Sooke News Mirror
Twenty two years ago, publishing was very different than it is now. These days anyone can become a desk top publisher, but back in 1990 things were a lot more complicated and printing was an art as much as a business. Anyone in the graphics and publishing business will remember cutting and pasting, wax machines and set squares, repro paper, exacto knives and drafting tables. It was cum-
â€˜A graphic designer is not the same as someone who does desk top publishing... â€™ --Gaynor Gauthier bersome, compared to todayâ€™s computer assisted publishing, but it was an art. Gaynor Gauthier thrived in that world. In 1990, Gauthier came to Sooke with a lengthy background as a graphic designer working for printing and graphic firms. â€œIâ€™m still a newcomer,â€?
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Gaynor Gauthier, pictured above, back in the 1990s when she worked for the Sooke News Mirror, and on the right, Gauthier as she heads into retirement. she says with a laugh. Originally from â€œback east,â€? Gauthier found herself in Sooke and when she went in to buy an ad at the Sooke News Mirror, publisher John Arnett hired her on the spot. â€œHe needed someone to do high-end ads, and it also allowed me to carry on my business (graphic design),â€? said Gauthier. Her stint at the Mirror was brief, but it allowed time for her own business to take off. She was Phase West Graphics and she plastered the town with her graphics. Business cards, posters, pamphlets, visitor guides, you name it and Gauthier did it. She even hand drew logos and illustrations. You
couldnâ€™t afford to make any mistakes and you had to have a thorough knowledge of the processes. â€œItâ€™s like giving birth,â€? said Gauthier. Running a business in Sooke, with all the competition in Victoria, was tough, but she persevered. She worked below the poverty line and for minimum wage many times. She often worked 70-80 hours a week. But she believed in herself and what she was trying to accomplish. â€œA graphic designer is not the same as Som
someone who does desk top publishing â€” your work has to look professional,â€? she said. â€œItâ€™s important to have a professional image.â€? And image is what she sold, at both Phase West Graphics and Blue Moon Graphics. She worked for most of the established arts groups and organizations in Sooke and for a time she produced Positively Sooke, a monthly â€œgood newsâ€? community magazine. Her clients appreciated her efforts. In many cases, she changed corporate images and with
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memories of the Sooke Region.â€? Those words came from Whiffin Spit Lodge just after Gauthier announced that she was retiring from the graphic design business. She will continue to work for a couple of local groups as a community service more than as a job. These days the off-
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set printing industry is suffering and along with that, no doubt, go the small independent printing and graphic design firms. Gauthierâ€™s son Colin still works for a printing company and she says they both â€œhave printerâ€™s ink in their veins.â€? He was her strongest advocate to quit the business and do art. Gauthier hasnâ€™t had a vacation since 1997 and now that she is retired, she wants to discover her own backyard and do some art. Images, graphics, colour and print will all appear somehow in her art. She does very realistic portrait work and now wants to do things not so controlled, something abstract. Sheâ€™s anxious to get her art studio set up. Chances are that when she does, she will be listening to the blues, creating art and discovering the inner woman within.
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WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, 2012 - SOOKE NEWS MIRROR
An artist’s opinion on buying original art Why should I buy original art? My brother once boasted, “It isn’t everyone who has original art on their walls.” Once I got over the shock of realizing he was referring to a piece that I had painted and given him, I started wondering about the comment. Is it only people with lots of money to invest who collect art? The kind of people you might see through a window at an art gallery opening, as you trudge home from your late foray to the grocery store? Are they swishing back champagne and canapés, lingering in front of an explosive shaft of blue paint on camo green garbage bags while you envision piles of laundry waiting back at the house? What if you actually catch a glimpse of something that you might be interested in? Likely as not, just the idea of stepping in to get a better look is akin to swimming with sharks. So why are many of us so intimidated? Aren’t all humans pretty much the same underneath our clothes? Setting foot in a highend gallery can immediately make us feel a little out of our league with the posh interior, high prices and high heels. What language are they speaking? Can we look savvy, avoid the eye of the staff and get out in time to gasp our next breath? Whew! The truth of the matter is that this sophisti-
cated, often stark and tasteful environment is carefully created to reduce distractions and to showcase the art. The work is sometimes unfamiliar, ‘cutting edge’ demanding openness and curiosity from the viewer. Although we may be afraid of seeming stupid, why not ask the gallery worker, ‘what should I be paying attention to in these paintings’ or ‘can you explain how these pieces were created.’ Most gallery owners and employees are proudly supportive of their artists and keen to promote them. As artists, many of us long to have our work on their walls, to be ‘recognized’ and compensated for our efforts. In a conversation with a fellow artist the other day, we agreed that although we may yearn for our story to grace the art history books, the real joy in selling our work is to witness the appreciation of the viewer. That they like it enough to buy it, means they are experiencing some of what we felt when we created the art. I have been told as well, that for the buyer the art work means more to them if they know something about both the piece and the artist. So this leads me to the Stinking Fish Studio Tour. Despite this being a more intimate setting, in my opinion it is much more comfortable for both the artist and the
guests. Seeing the artist at work, learning about the process and what the thoughts are behind the art piece makes the experience immeasurably more enjoyable. Surprisingly, the artist also really enjoys the conversations, because we get to know about our new friends for the moment of that exchange. And admittedly, most of us like to talk about our work! We often like art that reminds us of an event or a place. A glance at the watercolour of a Mexican town takes our mind back to the warm January holiday and the brilliance of the bright pink bougainvillea. Buying original art means trusting your heart. When we see a piece that catches our interest, moves us or
cheers with its colours, we need to set aside our swirling doubts and pause to reflect. Will I still like it in the morning? Probably, and if I don’t, I can ask the artist if I can exchange it or take it on a trial basis. Will my friends like it or think that I am colour blind and design challenged? If it catches your interest, it will probably catch theirs too, given that birds of a feather flock together. And it doesn’t hurt to be a little ahead of the curve. Art can grow on us, but what if you don’t like the art? You won’t necessarily be able to afford or like everyone’s art enough to buy it. Feel free to admire and linger or leave for the next studio. You can also purchase art cards to remind you of the vis-
its and the artists. Is it worth the price? Believe me, when artists factor in the cost of framing, hours spent crafting the piece and the studio overhead, minimum wage for slinging beer looks more attractive by the day. But we create because we are passionate and we hope you will be too. Happy hunting. Lead with your artist’s beret held high. The Stinking Fish Studio Tour runs from Aug. 3 to 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Some artists showing from Aug. 8 – 12). Please watch for the brochure and map or visit the website at www.stinkingfishstudiotour.com. Elaine Morton is a watercolour painter on the Stinking Fish Studio Tour.
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The Pastor's Pen There is a set of pictures on the internet entitled "Structural Engineer in Action". They show a bird building a mud nest on the window ledge of someone's house. Each successive picture shows the progression of the nest from its circular, bowl-shaped foundation to the ¿nal spherical, enclosed structure, replete with an opening large enough for only tiny birds to use. The introduction to the pictures remarks on the distance to the little pond where the mud for the building was found, and the number of trips required to bring enough beak-loads to complete the structure. The little bird's house might last for a few seasons, but in time, it will break up. But each of us is building our lives by all the things we do each day. The process and progress might easily be compared to the bird's tiny beak-loads that it brings from a long distance away. Like the bird, we have to have patience to keep building for as long as it takes to give us security against the winds and storms of life.
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Back for another round on July 30 are Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart. playing in the school of honky tonks and beer joints in and around Nashville in his dad’s band. Mark was off the road when he met Stacey and that very night he would play the first note of her music never leaving her side. Mark
still somehow found the time to work on his own music recording his solo record and touring. Mark, as well, spent some time in the Dukes in the 1990s. Like Earle, he recalls it as a time of glamour: appearing on the Tonight Show with
Jay Leno, and MTV. “I had someone tuning my guitar, strapping on my guitar,” he said. “Now we carry our stuff three flights up in the Red Roof Inn.” Over the years Stacey and Mark have learned so much from each other. Their songs are the diaries of their life — good times and bad, thereby completing the love they have. Together they share the full load of getting by day-by-day. They’ve gone on to release their duo albums, Never Gonna Let You Go in 2003 and S&M Communion Bread in 2005, and their Gearle Records 2008 release Love from Stacey and Mark which is available at thehir live shows only. While, no doubt, each still remains an individual solo artist with solo releases, such as the 2008 release of Mark Stuart’s Left of
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Nashville and Stacey Earle’s The Ride also in 2008), it is through the respect of each other’s work and years of playing together that they have created their unique sound. And that sound allows each individual to shine through. Stacey and Mark are no doubt together ‘til death do they part. Please be sure to join us for what will be a memorable evening with these two very engaging singer/songwriters. The gig is on Saturday, July 30 at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, at 1962 Murray Road. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with show at 8. Tickets are $15 and are available at the door or in advance at Shopper’s Drug Mart.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Folk Society puts on a special summer concert he Sooke Folk Music Society normally curtails it’s activities for the summer, but this Saturday, July 30, we are delighted to bring back Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart for a special summer concert at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, as part of their “Driver ‘til she drops” tour; a reference to their Chevy Suburban, which now has some 465,000 miles on the odometer Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart met for the first time 1991 at a songwriters night in Nashville TN. They knew that night it was one of them things that are just meant to be. They were married in 1992. It would be quite a balancing act at that time raising a family and trying to make a living along with all the other stuff that came with getting by, “but we managed,” Stacey said as she looked back at her first encounter with the world of touring. Stacey Earle’s first show was on an arena stage in Sydney, playing rhythm guitar in her brother’s band, Steve Earle & the Dukes. She spent about a year and a half on tour with her brother, and then returned to Nashville to start a career of her own as a country/ folk singer/songwriter. “I was 30-years-old and asking/seeking a recording deal in Nashville.At that age it was like asking God to turn back the world clock.” Mark Stuart went to the finest of music schools, he started his schooling listening and admiring his uncle’s guitar playing and his dad’s fiddling. By age 15 he would find himself
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he 25th Sooke Fine Arts Show opened on Thursday night with purchasers waiting in line to get into the show and see the latest works from the 275 artists who submitted entries. The adjudicators chose 375 pieces from the 551 artists who responded to the call for entries to the juried art show and sale. The 10-day show was once again staged in the SEAPARC Leisure Complex where a group of talented and hard working volunteers transformed the cavernous space into an amazing gallery. “We had a lovely weekend and a lot of people,” said Sally Manning, show coordinator. “It is a colourful and happy show.” Many Sooke artists stood out as the winners in the 25th Anniversary Artists Awards. They included Patrick Irwin for his acrylic and oil two-dimensional painting “Port Alberni,” Best Two-Dimensional work. The Best Three-Dimensional work award was awarded to Jan Johnson for his “Minotaur Overseeing Intake,” while Debbie Clarkson took the award for the Best Photography for her “La Habana Elegante #3.” Dana Sitar’s “When I Do Not Follow the Rules” took the award for Best Fibre. Honourable mentions were given to Chuck Minten for his “Circle of Friends” wood table and Anne Boquist’s “YoYoTokTik” gourd and found object piece. Other winners include Heather Hamilton’s “Internal Reflections” pendant (Best Jewellery); Jo Ludwig’s “No Title” glass piece (Best Glass); Metchosin’s Judi Dyelle won Best Ceramic for her “White Series #1”; and Jeff Molloy’ for his mixed media piece “A Man of the Cloth. Other honourable mentions went to Debbie Jansen for her fused glass, “Untitled”, Eliza Heminway’s fibre wall piece, “The Haberdasher’s Garden” and Leonard Butt’s “Uchi” raku sculpture. The adjudicators each chose a work for Juror’s Choice. Richard White gave full marks to Nicolas Vandergugten’s lino block print “Bridgework #3”; Grant Leier (substituting for Carol Sabiston) awarded Dee de Wit’s “Still Life with Mango” his kudos; and juror Nixie Barton chose Johannes Landman’s oil painting “Benchwarmer.” Manning said the attendance was keeping in line with past years as were the sales.
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Setting up for Sooke’s big fine art show Sooke Fine Art Show set to open this weekend Pirjo Raits Sooke News Mirror
lan Graves is a master at converting an ice arena into an art gallery, the hardest part of setting up the Sooke Fine Arts Show. It takes dozens of volunteers and hundreds of hours to achieve the look and feel of a gallery. And it happens beautifully every year. Graves takes care of details. The large and small details from the layout of the panels for the exhibition’s modular system to the lighting, laying out of the art work to the tiny tweaks to straighten a painting. For the past five years Graves has been the designer for the Sooke Fine Arts Show. He sorts through hundreds of works of art, finding the perfect spot to display each and every one. Each year is a little different and Graves said that this year they are consistently getting a number of art pieces that have the same esthetic. He felt the digital jurying process worked out very well and he was able to get a preliminary view of the work. With that look at the work to be displayed he was quite surprised at the quality of the threedimensional works. “This year there are
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Alan Graves, top, is the designer of the Sooke Fine Arts Show exhibition. Right, Bob Tully takes care of some hanging details, while Mary Wolfe, Loretta Fritz and Diane Dieter hang one of the many paintings chosen for the 10-day exhibition and sale.
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Musicians have a way of scattering, playing in different bands and generally moving along with the musical ebb and flow. Seven years ago, Graham Mackenzie decided that it would be a cool thing to get some of this musical friends together for a party. “I guess it all started when I met some musical friends I had lost touch with and said, ‘let’s play some music,’” said Mackenzie. “They were all playing in different cities, different bands, and I suggested we get together for a party.” And that party ended up being hosted by the 17 Mile
Pub. The 17 Mile has open mike nights every Sunday but this was to be something different. An outdoor stage and a lineup of bands soon brought the folks out for a day of music — all kinds of music. Sookapalooza 2012 is hap-
pening on July 28 at the 17 Mile Pub. Music starts at 3 p.m, right after the dodgeball tournament is finished. “We’re trying to change it to a festival atmosphere,” said Mackenzie. “We want people to wear costumes if they want to.”
quite a number of new artists and a stronger representation of threedimensional art. The quality is pretty consistent.” Graves does not do this all alone. Over the past five years the Sooke Fine Arts Show has developed a mentorship program, training local people in the art of exhibition design and display. “Everyone is much more efficient and much more empowered,” said Graves. Eight-five per cent of the hanging is done by the mentorship group. Graves just gives the final approval. “From the front office to the people who sweep up the floor, there is a positive attitude. They serve lunch which is indicitive of the care of the people,”
He also said the bands lining up for this gig are coming from further afield than the Sooke area. There are different bands coming from the mainland. The Brown Paper Baggers and Butterfly Jam Band are local as is Mackenzie’s band Johnny Galactic. Handsome Distraction is from Victoria and Mackenzie is pleased they are coming to Sookapalooza just before they head off on their Canadian tour. These bands are joined by Tractorgrease Folk from Chilliwack, and The Colebrook Shepherds. Who knows, others may show up as well. “You will never see this much local talent, with no cover charge, on an outside
said Graves. “It’s fairly unique.” Graves has two other experienced people helping with the grand scheme of things. David Saeger, from Metchosin, is a retired preparator from the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, who is volunteering his time to help set up the show. He said he likes the variety and the challenge. “The result is always spectacular,” said Saeger. The other man in charge is Robert Byers. “Together they bring over 55 years of museum experience,” said Graves. The Sooke Fine Arts Show opens to the public on Saturday, July 28 and runs to Aug. 6. For more information on exhibition times and events go to: www. sookefinearts.com
stage in the trees, with a beautiful waitress taking your order, while you dance like a maniac with good friends in your brand new Sookapalooza shirt,” said Mackenzie on the Sookapalooza 2012 Facebook page. The music will start out with a folksy/bluesy sound at 3 p.m and move onto reggae, funk/hip hop and end with good old rock n’ roll later in the evening. It’s a Sooke thing and Mackenzie is pleased with the response from the pub as well as all of the people and friends who help make this event happen. No cover, no minors and no rain are the key for Sookapalooza 2012.
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