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 Zopyra Theatre will perform along the Galloping Goose Trail for Bike Ride.

ALL THE COLOURS OF SUMMER

“We approach this as our most important show of the year … it’s a chance to highlight the best of what the gallery has to offer, to a very broad audience.” So says Madrona Gallery co-owner Michael Warren of Colours of Summer, which features approximately 50 paintings and pieces of sculpture rotating throughout the summer, with special events every two weeks. Up to 30 of the gallery’s artists will be represented, ranging from locals like Nancy Ruhl to nationally celebrated painters such as Karel Doruyter, whose landscapes look like photo-realist art from a distance but actually feature such heavy layers of acrylic that they almost become works in relief. Warren is also impressed with painter Meghan Hildebrand, an “exceptional talent” whose dreamlike canvases are getting international attention. Although Madrona Gallery originally focused on landscape paintings and Inuit art, three years on, they have broadened their mandate to present provocative abstract work, including modern sculpture. “We’ve really grown as a gallery and now receive artists’ submissions from all across the country,” says Warren. “Our goal is to give voice to the full diversity of the visual arts in Canada.” Running from July 1–August 31 at 604 View Street. For information, see madronagallery.com.

 Tree Debris (acrylic on canvas, 30" x

SKAM ARTISTS

With an 18th birthday just behind them, Theatre SKAM has long been one of the most celebrated forces on Victoria’s cultural scene. They especially made a name for themselves with sitespecific performances such as George F. Walker’s Zastrozzi performed in the back of a loading dock, and have latterly created an annual tradition with Bike Ride, comprising a dozen 10-minute works performed at various spots along the Galloping Goose Trail. “It’s five years old and the training wheels are off,” boasts SKAM’s artistic producer Matthew Payne. “We’ve doubled attendance and the festival has started to pay for itself.” Word is out about Bike Ride, and this winter Payne found himself curating 36 submissions from across the country. A few of the local groups that got the nod include cabaret performers Gotta Getta Gimmick, who mostly do musical comedy but are shifting gears (sorry) towards sketch comedy with Bug Out, the story of two incompetent campers who have the further challenge of avoiding a zombie plague. Then there’s sketch comedy regulars Launch Pad, whose Chain Drive is a punk rock musical that turns bike parts into instruments during the show. As before, Ride runs Saturday and Sunday afternoons on two successive weekends. The staging area is based at Cecelia Ravine Park, just north of the Selkirk trestle bridge, with groups of 12 being dispatched to see three shows at a go. “It starts at 3:30 and runs for about four hours each day,” adds Payne. Running July 6–7 and 13–14, at Cecelia Ravine Park. Advance tickets available at skam.ca or ticketrocket.org.

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