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Fall 2010 Issue one

GEMS Film Series p. 8

Comedy Night with Russ Brummer p. 20

Raven

from Raven Stole the Sun

Part of The ACT Family Series p.16

Calendar of Events p. 22

FALL 2010 ARTS PROGRAMS INSIDE


Canada Culture Day @ The ACT

Saturday, September 25 • Noon–4pm

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Come celebrate the launch of our season with:

Lobby Entertainment featuring August (1pm), Celtic Music Jam (3pm) Canadian Short Film Showings:

12:30–1:30pm family films: ---------------------------------

The Cat Came Back Log Driver’s Waltz Uncle Bob’s Hospital Visit The Danish Poets

2:30–3:30pm 16+ films: ---------------------------------

Ryan Runaway Five Hole: Tales of Hockey Erotica Madame Tulti-Pulti The Saddest Boy in the World

August

Family Art Jam Activities

Gallery Exhibit Rags to Riches

Backstage Tours (2pm & 3:30pm)

Arts & Culture Group Info Booths

Maple Ridge Public Art Necklace Project unveiling (4pm)

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Millennium Players presents Self-Help, a black-hearted farce by Canada’s premier playwright, Norm Foster! 2 shows on Sept 25: 2pm & 8pm. Tickets: Adults $20, Seniors/Students $18 available online at www.theactmapleridge.org/self-help

Check out our web site for details about free performances, film listings and special event information.

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In This Issue... 2 5 8 11 16 Eagle Clan Helmet by Ken Mowatt: One of the pieces at Maple Ridge Art Gallery’s exhibition, Transformation Tales. (see story, p.16)

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Canada Culture Day Community Presentations at The ACT GEMS Film Series Fall 2010 Arts Programs Diverse Collaborations Project (Raven Stole the Sun & Transformation Tales) Featured Art Gallery Shop Artist: Maria Palotas Comedy Night with Russ Brummer Volunteer Feature: Brian Smith Calendar of Events

ON THE COVER: Raven from Raven Stole the Sun, part of The ACT Family Series. (see story, p.16)

Comedy Nights with Russ Brummer is the newest addition to the After-Hours @ The ACT Lobby Event Series. (see story, p. 20)

Artist and pottery instructor Maria Palotas. (see interview and story, p.18)

The Trotsky: One of the movies being presented at Golden Ears Movie Series at The ACT. (see story, p. 8) Fall 2010 - 3


Letter from the Executive Director ACT OUT is published quarterly by the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Arts Council, in partnership with Sloan & Company. 12,000 copies are distributed through the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Times and around the community four times per year. The MRPM Arts Council is grateful to all the advertisers and supporters who have made this first issue possible. Publisher: Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Arts Council Publishing Partner: Sloan & Company Executive Director: Lindy Sisson Marketing & Development Coordinator: Nick Sartore Marketing Assistant: Lori Ceaser Layout/Design: Lotte Sloan Advertising: Andrew Sloan Contributors: Carol Cheremkora, Landrie Davies, Barbara Duncan, Ian McLeod, David Wall This publication’s contents are protected by copyright. Reproduction in whole or in part is forbidden without permission from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of the publisher. Any error or omission of fact is unintentional.

I thought finding a title for a new community arts magazine that would interest and engage people would be hard. But it seemed logical to call this new Arts and Culture publication ACT OUT to showcase everything happening at The ACT Arts Centre and Theatre, our cultural hub, plus what was going on out in the community. I think this title also encourages people to get out - go see things, get involved, participate! Just as I wrote in the introduction for the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Arts Council ACT presentations season brochure, we encourage expanding your horizons by including the Arts in your life. What will you find in this quarterly publication? Everything about the arts in Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge that we can get our hands on! You’ll see ads for renters’ presentations at The ACT - from commercial rock shows to community presentations. We will also highlight some of these productions in editorial articles so that readers get a behind the scenes glimpse about their creation and who is involved. Other ads are also welcome and all advertisers participation is much appreciated, as it will enable this publication to thrive. If you don’t know what kind of creative activity is happening in our region, then how can you participate? This magazine can now be your source. To ensure that the magazine’s Calendar of Events is as complete and information as possible and that we include a diversity of listings, please send event information, press releases and story ideas to Lori Ceaser – loric@ mract.org. We will also be including this information on The ACT web site in our community news section. Another aspect of the Arts Council’s work in the community is the provision of arts programs in conjunction with Parks and Leisure Services who undertake registration. To increase knowledge and interest in the breadth of programs delivered for all ages you will find the full listing of fall programs inside. As well, included is information on what’s going on in the Maple Ridge Art Gallery and gift shop which showcases local artisans work, plus features on volunteers. We encourage readers’ feedback and your help in spreading the word about the importance of arts in our community and our society. Happy Reading and hope to see you at an arts event soon!

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Community Presentations at The ACT

featuring Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Community Services’ Country Christmas, Emerald Pig Theatrical Society’s Butterflies are Free, and Specc-tacular’s Christmas Panto Beauty and the Beast By Nick Sartore

Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Community Services’ Country Christmas Concert Fundraiser & Silent Auction Saturday, Nov. 27 – show at 1:30pm, $12 Auction from 12noon to 3pm, free to attend

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Rob Hess and Kevin Assoun

he Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Community Services’ Country Christmas Concert returns for the eighth year to fundraise for their Meals on Wheels program. “This a true community fundraiser,” explains MRPMCS Director of Administration & Services Joanne Leginus. “Service clubs, businesses and our organizers donate their time and help support the silent auction.” This year features another eclectic line-up of performers from in and around the community. A full line-up will be available later in the fall – visit www.theactmapleridge.

org for more information as it becomes available. Maple Ridge country musicians Rob Hess and Kevin Assoun donate their personal time to help fundraise and present the annual concert. “I believe that we are all given gifts to share,” said Hess. “Some are given financial blessings, some musical talent and others are given good health and the spirit to serve. If together we can make a brighter day for those in need in our community, I can’t think of anything I’d rather be a part of.” Their efforts have helped make Country

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Christmas one of the most recognized annual events in Maple Ridge. “They are passionate about raising funds for the program and have supported the event the past eight years,” said Leginus. The Meals on Wheels program is funded through the generous support of the community and the Country Christmas event is the biggest fundraising event that MRPMCS produces. “We only have one part-time staff who manages the program, so we depend on our volunteers who deliver close to 16,000 meals annually to seniors,” said Leginus. This year, the event will also feature the return of the silent auction, which was introduced for the first time last year. “We are still looking for donations of items to the silent auction,” said Leginus. Businesses can contact Joanne at 604-467-6911 ext. 206 or jleginus@comservice. bc.ca to donate to the cause. For more information about this event and the programs and services of MRPMCS, visit their new website at www. comservice.bc.ca.

Emerald Pig Theatrical Society presents Butterflies Are Free

Special Preview Night: November 17 – $15 Dinner Theatre: November 18-20 – $45 (includes HST); table of 8 – $350 Sunday Brunch Matinee: November 21 – $40 Special dinner rates for corporate parties and large groups Emerald Pig Theatrical Society is bringing another highlyanticipated dinner theatre comedy to The ACT Studio Theatre November 17-21. Butterflies Are Free by Leonard Gershe is a romantic comedy set in 1969. Young Don Baker (played by Kyler Banks), hero of his mother’s children’s book series “Donny Dark”, has been blind since birth. When his overprotective mother (Hazel Neill) becomes too overbearing, Don finally decides to take his own apartment in Manhattan to pursue his songwriting ambitions – and makes a deal with his mother that she won’t visit for two months. He meets Jill (Becca Strom), the free-spirited actress-next-door and they have an instant connection. Mrs. Baker’s controlling instincts go into overdrive when she breaks her promise and pops in unexpectedly. Don’s life gets more complicated when Jill, who is having trouble making a commitment to Don, meets Ralph (Adam Mcdougall), the director she is working with on her next play. Butterflies reminds us all what it’s like to strive for our independence from our parents, regardless of our own challenges and handicaps. It is also a reminder that our challenge as parents is to raise strong, independent children, even if it means watching them get hurt. Emerald Pig has presented many dinner theatre productions over the years, including Faith County 2: An Evening of Culture, in which the entire set was built and destroyed every night. Then there was Har! The Pirate Play, with its motley crew of misfits, Dirty Work at the Crossroads, The Odd Couple and last season’s Rumors – to name just a few. Emerald

Pig audiences always look forward to this event as it is a complete entertainment package at an extremely affordable price. From the moment the doors open at 6pm, you will be swept back to 1969, enjoy cocktails-a-go-go, connect with old friends and new, have a wonderful dinner and be treated to a warm and funny performance you’ll be talking about for years. This year’s sumptuous, psychedelic feast is once again being prepared by Louise Manseau at Star Five Catering. For those of you who are tired of the same old Sunday brunch, this year there is also a Sunday Brunch Theatre on November 21. Doors will open at 10 am for brunch, which includes a selection of muffins, scones and pastries, quiche, scrambled eggs, sausage, roast potatoes, juice, coffee and tea. Tickets for dinner are $45 and brunch is $40. Save even more by reserving a whole table for 8 or invite your whole office to come for an evening out and save even more. There will also be a Special Preview Night and Opening Reception on November 17. There won’t be dinner, but tickets are all only $15 – talk about a 1960’s deal! Visit www.theactmapleridge.org for more information as it becomes available.

The Christmas Pantomime Beauty and the Beast presented by SPECC-tacular Productions December 15-18, 7:30pm – $18 or $60 for a 4-pack December 18 – matinees at 10:30am & 2:30pm (in addition to the evening performance)

Following on the heals of last year’s Christmas “Panto” Cinderella and this summer’s musical presentation of Wizard of Oz, Beauty and the Beast is a fun Christmas Panto with lots of colourful characters that sing and dance their way through the show. Bella our Beautiful heroine is forced to stay at the castle with the Beast, in order to save her father from ruin. The selfish Prince, who has been transformed into the ugly Beast by the Fairy, must learn the meaning of true love before the last petal drops from the Rose that was given him. Pierre Cardigan, the town flirt, also wants to win the love of Bella and pursues her with gusto. The show is great for families, so be sure to join SPECC-tacular and see how the story unfolds in true Panto style. Pantomime, not to be confused with a silent mime artist, is a musicalcomedy theatrical style often presented around Christmas or New Year season. Pantomime, or ‘Panto’ for short, often includes audience participation and features various styles of comedy, music, theatre and dance. Panto is very popular across the globe, especially in the UK. Director Ed Marshall has been producing Pantomimes since 2001 with SPECC-tacular’s Su Wolfe, Christine Olorenshaw and Pauline De Silva. Using mainly British scripts, their Pantos are traditional with Wolfe and Marshall usually playing Principal Boy and Dame respectively. &

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FESTIVALS, EVENTS & LEISURE PROGRAMS

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View all of the great festivals and events available or submit a new one to the on-line events calendar. Stop by or call the Festival & Volunteer ofce at 604-467-7325 to see how you can get involved in your community. Drop in or preregister for a variety of programs designed to t all ages and levels of tness and fun! mapleridge.ca pittmeadows.bc.ca myvolunteerpage.ca Registration at 604-465-2450 or recreg4u.ca

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GOLDEN EARS MOVIE SERIES COMES TO THE ACT

By Ian McLeod

Starting this fall, The ACT will offer Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows an opportunity to see recent Canadian and international films from the library of the Toronto International Film Festival’s Film Circuit. The Golden Ears Movie Series (GEMS) kicks off on Monday, September 27 with The Trotsky (Canada, 2009) and continues with one film night each month through March 2011. Showings will take place in the ACT Main Stage theatre on a full-size screen. “There are at least half a dozen movie houses and film centres in Vancouver specializing in Canadian, international and alternative films,” says Lindy Sisson, Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Arts Council Executive Director. “We hope to find a similar demand for quality films in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.”

across Canada or around the world, but have not been available locally.” “Our intention is to show films that are fresh and interesting, but not too far out. We hope to attract people who have enjoyed going to film festivals, film society showings and niche cinemas in the past, as well as anyone who just likes good movies.” The series has been organized in cooperation with the Toronto International Film Festival‘s Film Circuit program. Film Circuit currently supports close to two-

“Our intention is to show films that are fresh and interesting, but not too far out. We hope to attract people who have enjoyed going to film festivals, film society showings and niche cinemas in the past, as well as anyone who just likes good movies.” The MRPM Arts Council has become part of the TIFF Film Circuit, with Sisson and staff at the Arts Council working with a volunteer committee of local residents to choose films and plan the evening showings.

hundred community organizations across Canada by providing access to films. New Westminster, Langley and Mission are among the Lower Mainland communities that have benefited from the program.

“It’s been the experience of members of the committee that the film selection at nearby commercial movie houses is somewhat limited and often pitched at younger audiences,” says GEMS organizing committee co-chair T.J. Hulstra. “Our series at The ACT will offer films that have proven their appeal to adult audiences in markets

“The Toronto staff have been very helpful with advice on setting up our film series,” says Sisson. “The ACT has acquired a top-of-the-line digital projector with the assistance of the Maple Ridge Spirit Committee, and we are putting this new asset to work with the Golden Ears Movie Series.”

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The GEMS Line-Up For Fall 2010: Monday, September 27

The Trotsky (2009): An awardwinning Canadian film about a teenager who believes he is the reincarnation of Soviet revolutionary Leon Trotsky, and sets out to change the world. With Colm Fiore, Saul Rubinek, Genevieve Bujold and Jay Baruchel. Rated PG – featuring pre-show entertainment at 7pm with guitarist Chris Rolin and short film “The Watchmaker”. Monday , October 25

Creation (UK, 2009): Charles Darwin, on the verge of publishing the Origin of Species after 20 years of hesitation, is torn between his commitment to science and his wife’s religious faith. With Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly. Rated G – featuring the short film “Vive La Rose”.

The Trotsky

Monday, November 29

The Secret in their Eyes (Argentina, 2009). Winner of the 2010 Academy Award for best foreign film. A retired lawyer is haunted by an unsolved homicide case. With Ricardo Darin and Soledad Villamil. In Spanish, with English subtitles. Rated 14A – featuring the short film “Danse Macabre”. The Secret in their Eyes

Each evening will begin with an additional short film and a spoken introduction to the main feature. The GEMS menu for early 2011 will be confirmed later this year as more film choices become available. Show time for this season’s features is 7:30 p.m. Single tickets are $11. A three-night package is $27, and the price for the full series is $50. Tickets are on sale now. For more information, including film trailers and sneak peaks at the short films scheduled to be shown before each feature, visit www.theactmapleridge.org/gems. & Fall 2010 - 9


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FALL 2010 ARTS PROGRAMS CHILD/YOUTH CHILD/YOUTH *NEW* “L’art c’est passionant” Age: 6-11 yrs Vive l’art en Francais! Explore the art of drawing, sketching, painting, the proper understanding and use of colour and venturing with different mediums, such as acrylic, watercolour, pastel and much more! Instructor: Gerard Aubuchon Location: Craft Studio; The ACT Fee: $65/8 Tu Oct 5-Nov 23 3:30-5:00 PM #148336 “airPLAY!” An interactive music and imagination program with the emphasis on FUN! Using percussion instruments, singing, dancing and imagination games while accompanied by Kirk on guitar and other instruments the children learn about rhythm, listening and music enjoyment. Instructor: Kirk Watson Location: 2-D Studio The ACT Age: 3-5 yrs -Fee: $29/8 M Oct 18-Dec 6 1:15-1:45 PM #147359 Age: 6-8 yrs -Fee $45/8 M Oct 18-Dec 6 2:30-3:15 PM #147360 Act Out Age: 4-6 yrs In this class students will get a little taste of everything; storytelling, singing, dancing and classic nursery rhymes and fairytales, while creating plays using puppets and costumes. Instructor: Deb Solberg Location: 2-D Studio; The ACT Fee: $56/8 M Oct 18-Dec 6 4:15-5:00 PM #147204 Acting for Kids Age: 9-12 yrs Explore stage acting through theatre games, improvisational techniques, mime and more! Instructor: Nigel Harvey Location: Studio Theatre; The ACT Fee: $62/8 Tu Oct 5-Nov 23 3:30-4:30 pm #147147

Studio Theatre; The ACT Fee: $45/8 Th Sep 16-Nov 4 Age: 10Y - 13Y Fee: $56/8 Th Sep 16-Nov 4

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Hip Hop For Kids Age: 6-8 yrs Have fun learning Hip Hop dance moves while exercising and improving your coordination! Instructor: Heather Morrison Location: Studio Theatre; The ACT Fee: $45/8 Sa Sep 18-Nov 13 12:00-12:45 pm #147499 Instructor: Emmy Antaya Location: Multipurpose Room; Pitt Meadows Family Recreation Centre Tu Oct 12-Nov 30 4:15-5:00 pm #147498 Instructor: Emmy Antaya Location: Studio Theatre; The ACT M Oct. 18-Dec.6 4:55-5:40 pm #148693 Age: 9-13 yrs Instructor: Heather Morrison Location: Studio Theatre; The ACT Fee: $49/8 Sa Sep 18-Nov 13 1:00-2:00 pm #147497 Intro to Dance for Kids Age: 6-8 yrs This class is created to encourage kids to explore the variety of genres of dance. We will touch on some basics of Jazz, Hip Hop, and Street Jazz, giving an idea which each has to offer. Instructor: Amber Georgeson Location: Studio Theatre; The ACT Fee: $45/8 F Sep 17-Nov 5 4:15-5:15 PM #147500 Drawing Age: 8-12 yrs Enhance your drawing skills! If you love to draw this class is for you. Learn how to train yourself to see the world through the eyes of an artist in order to improve your drawing. Bring a plain white drawing pad and a regular HB pencil to class. Instructor: Lisa Lake Location: Craft Studio; The ACT Fee: $65/8 F Oct 1-Nov 19 3:30-5:00 pm #147898

*NEW* Acting for Kids ADVANCED Age: 9-12 yrs This program is an advanced level for kids to explore more stage acting through improv and theatre games to further develop their skills. Need to have taken Acting for Kids to register for this class. Instructor: Nigel Harvey Location: 2-D Studio; The ACT Fee: $62/8 Tu Oct 5-Nov 23 4:45-5:45 pm #147148

*NEW* Drawing Apprenticeship Age: 13-16 yrs For teens who want to develop their drawing skills. Lisa will be teaching ways of seeing that will unlock your potential on paper! Instructor: Lisa Lake Location: Craft Studio; The ACT Fee: $65/8 W Oct 6-Nov 24 3:30-5:00 pm #147900

Art Evolution Age: 10-14 yrs A fine arts class focused on developing personal style through drawing, painting, mixed media and sculpture as well as examples from historical and contemporary artists. Both beginners and experienced artists will have the opportunity to experiment in a supportive and creative atmosphere. Instructor: Danielle Swift Location:Craft Studio; The ACT Fee: $75/8 Sa Oct 16-Dec 4 12:00 - 1:30 pm #147150

Musical Theatre Age: 6-12 yrs Musical theatre is a one-stop imagination station for those interested in a little of everything; singing, dancing, and acting. Join Deborah Solberg in this 8 week program featuring a mini-musical production to introduce young thespians into combining basic performing art skills. Instructor: Deb Solberg Location: 2-D Studio; The ACT Fee: $75/8 M Oct 18-Dec 6 5:15-6:15 pm #147205

*NEW* Blender Youth: 3-D Animation and Modeling Age: 12-16 yrs An intense hands-on introduction to the tricks and tools needed to make cool 3D animation. Students script, animate and render a short lipsync animation, as well as design, model and rig an original low-poly character. *Students must demonstrate an aptitude for hilarious and/ or cool art to register for this class. Instructor: Kevin Lake Location: Conference Room; The ACT Fee: $130/8 Sa Oct 16-Dec 4 12:00 - 1:30 pm #147902 Sa Oct 16-Dec 4 1:45 - 3:15 pm #147903

Pottery - Kids on the Wheel Age: 11-15 yrs Designed for students that want to learn how to use the potters wheel. You’ll learn the basics of creating simple forms on the wheel, such as bowls and plates. Be prepared to get muddy! Glazes and firings included. Instructor: Maria Palotas Location: 3D Studio; The ACT Fee: $89/8 Tu Sep 28-Nov 23 3:30-5:00 PM #147245

*NEW* Body Percussion Age: 7-9 yrs This class will explore those percussive movements learning how to coordinate your feet and hands in a way which makes music. So get your boots, taps or any shoe that makes a loud sound on the floor and come learn this amazing art! Instructor: Amber Georgeson Location:

Pottery for Kids Age: 6-13 yrs Express your creative ideas with clay. This pottery class will give students an opportunity to explore a variety of hand building techniques, wheel throwing and glazing. Price includes all materials and firing. Instructor: Josie Stead Location: 3D Studio; The ACT Fee: $89/8 Sa Sep 25-Nov 20 10:00-11:30 am #147209 Sa Sep 25-Nov 20 12:00-1:30 pm #147210 W Sep 29-Nov 17 3:30-5:00 pm #147207 Th Sep 30-Nov 25 3:30-5:00 pm #147208


Show Biz Age: 7-13 yrs This course is ADVANCED Musical Theatre for students that have already taken Musical Theatre. During the 15 classes in fall and winter you will work on a mini production. The final class will include a tour of our backstage and a mini-performance on our MAIN STAGE for your parents, friends and family. Classes run Oct 18- Dec. 06 2010 and then continue in Jan. 10 - Feb. 21 2011. Instructor: Deb Solberg Location: 2-D Studio; The ACT Fee: $195/15 M Oct 18-Feb 21 6:30-7:30 pm #147206 Studio Kids - Age: 6-9 yrs A fine arts class focusing on finding and honing the childs personal style through drawing, painting, printing and mixed media projects in a supportive and social environment Instructor: Danielle Swift Location: Craft Studio; The ACT Fee: $65/8 Sa Oct 16-Dec 4 10:00-11:30 am #147149 Woodcarving for Kids Age: 8-12 yrs Here’s your chance to learn woodcarving from a Master Carver. This hands-on introduction includes incised, relief and three-dimensional woodcarving techniques. One or two projects can be finished during the course. Tools and materials provided. Instructor: Doug Morrison Location: Craft Studio; The ACT Fee: $47/5 Th Oct 7-Nov 4 3:30-4:30 pm #147151 Th Oct 7-Nov 4 4:45-5:45 pm #147152 Painted Pumpkin Pageant Age: 1 yr and up The Downtown Maple Ridge Business Improvement Association has partnered with The ACT and local businesses to share their Halloween enthusiasm with our community by presenting the Downtown Maple Ridge Painted Pumpkin Pageant event October 27th, 2010. All ages are encouraged to come out and be creative using a pumpkin as their canvas. Prizes will be given for the most creative in different age categories. The event is FREE but you must pre-register in one of the sessions. (This event is held outdoors please dress for the weather!). Location: Studio Theatre; The ACT Fee: FREE/1 W Oct 27 11:00am-12:00 pm #147305 W Oct 27 2:00-3:00 pm #147306 W Oct 27 4:00-5:00 pm #147307

Time for Tots Christmas Age: 2-3 yrs Time for Tots with a Christmas theme. Activities will include arts & crafts, music, stories and songs. This is a special experience for one child and one parent. Parents are encouraged to stay. Bring a paint smock. Instructor: Caitlin Legault Location: Pitt Meadows Family Recreation Centre Fee: $38/4 M Nov 15-Dec 6 9:30-10:30 am #147404 M Nov 15-Dec 6 10:40-11:40 am #147405 *NEW* “storyART” Age: 2-3 yrs This introductory program will introduce your preschooler to the imaginary world of books. We will discover a new story each week and create an art activity based around the story. This is a special experience for one child and one parent. Parents are encouraged to stay. Bring a paint smock. Instructor: Shelly Davies-Conley Location: 2-D Studio; The ACT Fee: $55/8 Tu Sep 14-Nov 2 9:30-10:30 am #147363 Tu Sep 14-Nov 2 10:40-11:40 am #147362 *NEW* “storyART Christmas” Age: 2-3 yrs ‘storyART’ with a Christmas theme. Stories and activities will be focused on the holiday season. This is a special experience for one child and one parent. Parents are encouraged to stay. Bring a paint smock. Instructor: Shelly Davies-Conley Location: 2-D Studio; The ACT Fee: $38/4 Tu Nov 16-Dec 7 9:30-10:30 am #147364 Tu Nov 16-Dec 7 10:40-11:40 am #147365 Adventure Centre – Preschool Age: 3-5 yrs This is a fun place for your preschooler to learn new songs & stories and create nifty arts and crafts. Your preschooler will access their imaginations with creative play using costumes from our ‘tickle trunk’. This program runs twice a week. Please bring a snack. Instructor: Shelly Davies-Conley Location: 2-D Studio; The ACT Fee: $65/8 M, W Sep 13-Oct 6 9:30-11:00 am #147193 M, W Sep 13-Oct 6 11:15-12:45 pm #147194 M, W Oct 18-Nov 10 9:30-11:00 am #147195 M, W Oct 18-Nov 10 11:15-12:45 pm #147196 Adventure Centre Christmas Age: 3-5 yrs Gear up for Christmas in this holiday continuation of our Preschool Adventure Centre. Join Shelly for Christmas crafts, stories, and songs. Bring a snack. Instructor: Shelly Davies-Conley Location: 2-D Studio; The ACT Fee: $50/6 M, W Nov 15-Dec 1 9:30-11:00 am #147197 M, W Nov 15-Dec 1 11:15 am-12:45 pm #147198 Boppin’ Babes Age: 12-24 months Catch the beat! Music appreciation starts early in this program focusing on songs, stories, and nursery rhymes. This is a parent participation music program for one parent and one child. Percussion instruments are provided. Instructor: Musical Rainbow Location: Craft Studio; The ACT Fee: $56/7 Tu Sep 28-Nov 9 9:15-10:00 am #147145

PARENT INFANT/TOT Time for Tots Age: 2-3 yrs This introductory program will encourage children to explore, discover and create. Activities will include arts & crafts, music, stories and songs. This is a special experience for one child and one parent. Parents are encouraged to stay. Bring a paint smock. Instructor: Caitlin Legaul Location: Art Workshop; Pitt Meadows Family Recreation Centre Fee: $55/8 M Sep 13-Nov 8 9:30-10:30 am #147402 M Sep 13-Nov 8 10:40-11:40 am #147403

Clay Explorations Age: 4-6 yrs 8 sessions of Creative play with clay! Children learn to mould and create clay forms while having fun. Supplies included. Instructor: Maria Palotas Location: 3D Studio; The ACT Fee: $66/8 Tu Sep 28-Nov 23 1:00-2:00 pm #147143 Clay Explorations Christmas Age: 4-6 yrs Clay play with a Christmas Theme. 4 Sessions of creative fun! Celebrate the last day with a party! Instructor: Maria Palotas Location: 3D Studio; The ACT Fee: $35/4 Tu Nov 23-Dec 14 1:00 PM-2:00 pm #147144


*NEW* Critters & Crafts Age: 3-5 yrs Preschoolers explore the wonderful world of insects, animals and plants through stories, movement and crafts! Instructor: Shelly Davies-Conley Location: 2-D Studio; The ACT Fee: $55/8 Tu Sep 14-Nov 2 12:30-1:30 pm #147203 Hip Hop for Preschoolers Age: 3-5 yrs Students will have fun exercising and improving coordination while learning Hip Hop moves! Must have taken Preschool Movement and Dance. Instructor: Heather Morrison Location: Studio Theatre; The ACT Fee: $45/8 Sa Sep 18-Nov 13 11:00-11:45 am #147503 Friday Fun With Art Age: 3-5 yrs An exciting opportunity for preschoolers to explore and create with a variety of art materials. Art activities may include: painting, collage, drawing, printmaking and sculpture. Bring a paint shirt. Instructor: Shelly Davies-Conley Location: 2-D Studio; The ACT Fee: $55/8 F Sep 17-Nov 5 10:00-11:00 am #147199 F Sep 17-Nov 5 11:15-12:15 pm #147200

Friday Fun for Christmas Age: 3-5 yrs A fun filled opportunity for preschoolers to explore and create Christmas Crafts with a wonderful variety of art materials. All with a Christmas theme. Art activities may include: painting, collage, drawing, printmaking and sculpture. Bring a paint shirt. Instructor: Shelly Davies-Conley Location: 2-D Studio; The ACT Fee: $33/4 F Nov 12-Dec 3 10:00-11:00 am #147201 F Nov 12-Dec 3 11:15 am-12:15 pm #147202 *NEW* Movement & Dance for Preschoolers Age: 3-5 yrs This is a fun dance program that introduces your preschooler to rhythm, movement and the basic steps for hip hop in this action packed class! Instructor: Amber Georgeson Location: Studio Theatre; The ACT Fee: $45/8 F Sep 17-Nov 5 3:15-4:00 pm #147495 Instructor: Heather Morrison Sa Sep 18-Nov 13 10:00-10:45 am #147496 Instructor: Emmy Antaya M Oct 18-Dec 6 4:00-4:45 pm #147493 Instructor: Emmy Antaya Location: Multipurpose Room; Pitt Meadows Family Recreation Centre Tu Oct 12-Nov 30 3:15-4:00 pm #147494

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*NEW* “Come Play in the Mud” Age: 16 yrs + Join Kjaer Pedersen your ‘Artist in Residence’ for these monthly clay classes. Classes for people who want to relax, enjoy, and creatively play with clay! They are designed to encourage everyone, including the complete beginner, to experiment with a range of pottery making techniques. These classes are all about hand building, even though wheel work can be demonstrated and experimented with. Instructor: Kjaer Pederson Location: 3D Studio; The ACT Fee: $100/4 M Sep 20-Dec 13 10:00 am-12:30 pm #147998 M Sep 20-Dec 13 6:00-8:30 pm #147999 *NEW* Art of Wine - Absolute Beginner: Wellness & Wine Age: 19 yrs + Join John Gerum Wine Expert in this workshop and explore the link between wine and a healthy lifestyle. A tasting of four wines that have the greatest health benefits will be sampled, and you will learn all the physical and psychological benefits that wine has to offer. Instructor: John Gerum, West Coast Wine Education Location: The ACT Fee: $45/1 Tu Oct 26 7:00-9:00 pm #147395 *NEW* Art of Wine - Finding the Perfect Food & Wine Match Age: 19 yrs + Absolute Beginner course with John Gerum Wine Expert. Food and wine matching isn’t just for fancy dinners anymore. Find the wines that pair with everyday fare such as burgers, pasta, salads and chicken. Learn techniques and guidelines so you can make the right connection. You will sample and discuss four wines that will be matched with four basic foods to illustrate these points. Instructor: John Gerum, West Coast Wine Education Location: The ACT Fee: $50/1 Tu Nov 30 7:00-9:00 pm #147396 *NEW* Beeswax Candle Making Workshop Age: 16 yrs + You will learn to make tea lights, votives, floating candles, and a square pillar. Beeswax is natural, non-toxic, non-polluting, and non-allergenic. 100% beeswax candles are the finest candle to burn and make a lovely gift. The class will be led by Laura from Sweet Bee Candles (www. sweetbeecandles.com) Instructor: Laura Murray Location: 2-D Studio; The ACT Fee: $25/1 Th Oct 7 7:00-9:00 pm #147397 Th Nov 18 7:00-9:00 pm #147398 *NEW* Creative Wire Working For Holiday Entertaining Age: 16yrs + Beautiful accessories for your holiday entertaining can be easy and fun to create. Create two pieces of wrapped cutlery, some very unique wine glass markers, and a bead and wire wrapped wine glass that works wonderfully as a candle holder. Use of tools and all materials supplied. Tools may be purchased from the instructor for $30.00. Instructor: Susan Albert Location: Conference Room; The ACT Fee: $60/1 Th Nov 18 6:30-9:30 pm #147394

Parent & Tot Rhythmic Gymnastics Age: 2-3 yrs Explore rhythmic skills in this introductory gymnastics class where children, with their parent or guardian, experience a fun yet structured program using balls, scarves, hoops and ropes in movement to music. Instructor: Leanne Karpus Location: Studio Theatre; The ACT Fee: $29/8 Th Sep 30-Nov 25 9:30-10:00 am #147154 Th Sep 30-Nov 25 10:15-10:45 am #147155

Cha Cha & Waltz Level 2 Age: 16 yrs + This course is for those of you that have taken ‘Social Ballroom Level 1’ or consider themselves fairly fast learners as all level 1 material will be reviewed first. Singles Welcome! Instructor: Robyn Picard Location: Highland Park Elementary Gymnasium; School Fee: $59/10 M Sep 27-Dec 6 8:00-9:00 pm #147259

World Musicians Age: 3-5 yrs Children receive musical training through singing songs from around the world. Ear training and rhythm training are accomplished through singing and playing music games. Rhythm instruments are use as well. Instructor: Musical Rainbow Location: Craft Studio; The ACT Fee: $56/7 Tu Sep 28-Nov 9 10:10-10:55 am #147146

Cha Cha/ Samba Level 3 Age: 16yrs + This advanced class is for those of you who have a good handle on more intermediate level variations or consider yourself very fast learners. Singles Welcome! Instructor: Robyn Picard Location: Yennadon Elementary Gymnasium; School Fee: $59/10 W Sep 29-Dec 1 8:00-9:00 PM #147265


Country Two Step Level 1 Age: 16yrs + Come learn 8-10 basic patterns as well as lead and follow techniques that will also help the frame connection (not tense, just tone) you have in all other styles of partner dance. Even if you’re not a huge country fan now, you just might become one once you feel how fun it is to dance to!! Instructor: Robyn Picard Location: Studio Theatre; The ACT Fee: $59/10 Th Sep 30-Dec 9 9:00-10:00 pm #147272

Night Club Two Step Level 1 Age: 16yrs + Here is a dance that can be used for all those slower ballads, some people might call them waltzes but the problem is, 90% of those songs are not 3/4 timing. Therefore, waltzes cannot be danced to them. Although the name implies country dance it instead can be danced to many styles of music. Singles are welcome! Instructo: Robyn Picard Location: Highland Park Elementary Gymnasium; School Fee: $59/10 Tu Sep 28-Nov 30 9:00-10:00 pm #147263 Rumba & Foxtrot Level 2 Age: 16yrs + This course is for those of you that have taken ‘Social Ballroom Level 1’ or consider themselves fairly fast learners as all level 1 material will be reviewed first. Singles Welcome! Instructor: Robyn Picard Location: Highland Park Elementary Gymnasium; School Fee: $59/10 M Sep 27-Dec 6 7:00-8:00pm #147258

Egyptian Belly Dance Level 2 Age: 15yrs+ For those who have experienced beginners belly dance and wish to move forward. We will build on the basics taught in level 1, these classes focus on layering techniques, performance, and the addition of further movements to the basic repertoire of dance. Instructor: Ayanna Location: Studio Theatre; The ACT Fee: $80/10 W Sep 29-Dec 1 8:00-9:30 PM #148108 Egyptian Belly Dance Level I Age: 15yrs + A gentle way to exercise, a beautiful way to express yourself and a great way to have fun! Classes cover the basic movements and isolations necessary for an excellent basis in Egyptian Dance. All students are welcome. Instructor: Ayanna Location: Studio Theatre; The ACT Fee: $80/10 W Sep 29-Dec 1 6:15 -7:45 pm #148107 Hip Hop Teens & Adult Age: 16yrs + Learn Hip Hop dance moves while exercising and improving your coordination! Instructor: Amber Georgeson Location: Studio Theatre; The ACT Fee: $59/8 F Sep 17-Nov 5 5:30-6:30 pm #147502 Instructor: Emmy Antaya Location: Gymnasium; Pitt Meadows Family Recreation Centre Tu Oct 12-Nov 30 5:15-6:15 pm #147501

Salsa Level 1 Age: 16yrs + This in-depth Salsa program will start with the basic steps and progress to more advanced styles and patterns. You’ll add a new pattern to your repertoire each week. Singles welcome! Instructor: Robyn Picard Location: Highland Park Elementary Gymnasium; School Fee: $59/10 M Sep 27-Dec 6 9:00-10:00 pm #147260 Social Ballroom Level 1 Age: 16yrs + Learn to dance to the ‘Big Band Sound’ basic steps of the major dances - fox trot, rhumba, cha cha and waltz. Weddings, parties, celebrations and cruise ship evenings will be more appealing with your new found confidence on the dance floor. Singles are welcome! Instructor: Robyn Picard Location: Highland Park Elementary Gymnasium; School Fee: $59/10 Tu Sep 28-Nov 30 8:00-9:00 pm #147262 Teen Latin/ Ballroom/Swing & Country Age: 13- 18yrs In this course Robyn will be introducing teens to the world of partner dancing. We will cover the basics in 1 style for each genre. The styles you will cover are Cha Cha, Waltz, West Coast Swing & Country 2 Step. We need the boys to come out for this too! Partner dancing is where it’s at if you’d like to give yourself an edge. Instructor: Robyn Picard Location: Studio Theatre; The ACT Fee: $59/10 Th Sep 30-Dec 9 5:30-6:30 pm #147267

International Waltz Level 1-2 Age: 16 yrs + This course is 10 full weeks of International style Waltz. It would be best to have previous experience in Waltz and a basic understanding of a Diagonal Basic, but if you consider yourself a fairly fast learner you would be okay as you will be reviewing it anyway. Singles Welcome! Instructor: Robyn Picard Location: Studio Theatre; The ACT Fee: $59/10 Th Sep 30-Dec 9 8:00-9:00 pm #147270

Teen Belly Dance Age: 14- 18yrs Discover the passion, exotic beauty and mystery of this Middle Eastern dance form. This class is designed for all fitness levels. Learn some of the graceful movements and intriguing rhythms set to choreography while getting a full body workout that will strengthen and improve flexibility. No dance experience needed. Please bring a water bottle and wear comfortable workout clothes. Instructor: Ayanna- Location: Studio Theatre; The ACT Fee: $55/8 W Sep 29-Nov 17 5:00-6:00 pm #148106

Jive Swing Level 1 Age: 16yrs + Here’s a dance for everyone that can be done to country, big band or rock ‘n roll music. Basic steps in single and triple rhythm jive will be covered. A few lessons will put you confidently on the dance floor at any occasion. Singles Welcome! Instructor: Robyn Picard Location: Highland Park Elementary Gymnasium; School Fee: $59/10 Tu Sep 28-Nov 30 7:00-8:00 pm #147261

Waltz/ Foxtrot Level 3 Age: 16yrs + This advanced class is for those of you who have a good handle on more intermediate level variations or consider yourself very fast learners. 5 weeks will be spent on Waltz & 4 weeks on Foxtrot. Last class will be spent reviewing. Singles Welcome! Instructor: Robyn Picard Location: Yennadon Elementary Gymnasium; School Fee: $59/10 W Sep 29-Dec 1 9:00-10:00 pm #147266

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West Coast Swing - Level 2 Age: 16yrs + Prerequisite: must have a good handle on basic 6 & 8 count material - Push break, Underarm Turn, Left Slide Pass, and Basic Whip. Just the first 2 classes will be review of previously taught level 2 steps the remainder of the course will be ALL NEW material. Instructor: Robyn Picard Location: Yennadon Elementary Gymnasium; School Fee: $59/10 W Sep 29-Dec 1 7:00-8:00 pm #147264

*NEW* Songwriter City Course I

West Coast Swing Level 1 Age: 16yrs + This course starts right from the basics, and new variations will be covered for the most part each week, depending on the classes overall progression. Singles Welcome! Instructor: Robyn Picard Location: Studio Theatre; The ACT Fee: $59/10 Th Sep 30-Dec 9 7:00-8:00 pm #147269 Developing and the Darkroom Age: 15yrs + Develop your skills focusing on black and white photography in this course designed for the beginner as well as the active amateur. You will explore 35mm cameras, black and white film developing, the enlarger and photo printing. Learn more about the principles of photography techniques to help you create successful photos. Darkroom access is included. Bring a 35 mm single lens reflex camera. Instructor: Charles Britt Location: Darkroom; The ACT Fee: $112/8 W Oct 6-Nov 24 7:00-9:00 pm #148109 *NEW* Drawing “Fingers and Toes” Age: 16yrs + Learn to draw hands and feet following techniques inspired by the book ‘The Natural Way to Draw’. Artist Lysa Mair will be there to guide you through each exercise. No longer will you have to be intimidated drawing hands and feet. Instructor: Lysa Mair Location: Craft Studio; The ACT Fee: $102/8 Th Sep 30-Nov 25 9:30 am-12:30 pm #148095 Drawing for Adults Age: 16yrs + This course is designed to introduce drawing strategies and techniques the hidden elements of drawing. Students will work in a variety of drawing media exploring both structural and expressive drawing and include still-life, landscape, basic Chinese painting and drawing from the model. Instructor: Lisa Lake Location: 2-D Studio; The ACT Fee: $128/8 Sa Oct 16-Dec 4 10:00 am-1:00 pm #147901 Wheel Throwing Beg/Int Age: 16yrs + This class is suitable for the true beginner and for those who have some experience. Emphasis is on throwing skills and improving techniques and emonstrations in basic throwing forms. All pieces will be glazed and fired. Clay to be purchased from studio. Instructor: Maria Palotas Location: 3D Studio; The ACT Fee: $169/8 Tu Sep 28-Nov 23 6:30-9:00 pm #147246 Th Sep 30-Nov 25 6:30-9:00 pm #147247 Soapstone Carving for Adults & Teens Age: 17yrs + In this introductory course students will carve a bear, loon, or whale or choose a self directed project in consultation with the instructor. Students are exposed to the use of carving tools, principles of sculpture through form, and style and then sanding and polishing of the carved form. Start a special project for yourself or a special someone. All supplies are included. Instructor: Kevin Healy and Ken Rimmer Location: Maple Ridge Lapidary Club; Maple Ridge Lapidary Club Fee: $55/5 W Sep 29-Oct 27 6:30-8:00 pm #147997

Age: 16yrs + Learn how to write your own song! Rick shares his 30 years of knowledge and experience as a professional songwriter with you. The first four classes consist of a two hour songwriting seminar followed by a 30 minute song critiquing session. Classes will cover the basics on the craft of songwriting from the tools you need to get started, to the sections of a song, song structure, how to create a ‘killer hook’, rhyme schemes and lyric and melody writing. *Each participant will have the opportunity to have one of their songs critiqued by Rick during the course. Instructor: Rick Tippe Location: Conference Room; The ACT Fee: $220/5 Tu Nov 2-30 6:30-8:30 pm #147303 Age: 13- 15yrs Fee: $195/5 W Nov 3-Dec 1 6:30-8:30 pm #147304

*NEW* Traditional Rug Hooking Age: 16yrs + Learn the art of ‘Traditional Rug Hooking’. Lessons include a complete package of supplies and tools for a 12’x12’ project and also include techniques for wool cutting, preparation, transferring patterns, hooking finishing and introduction to dye techniques. Instructor: Freda Jackson Location: Conference Room; The ACT Fee: $160/2 Sa Oct 2-9 10:00 am-3:00 pm #147401 Watercolour All Levels Age: 16yrs + Olwyn will take students through the fundamentals of watercolour basics and then onto more advanced techniques. Use source material provided or work on your own images. Subject matter will include landscapes and still life. Demos and individual critiquing will be provided to help develop your own talents. Instructor: Olwyn Geeling Location: Art Workshop; Pitt Meadows Family Recreation Centre Fee: $117/8 W Oct 6-Nov 24 7:00-9:30 pm #148096 Wire and Bead Jewellery - Looped, Coiled & Hammered Age: 16yrs + Come join Susan for an introduction to the traditional technique of hammering wire and also learn how to make loops and coils. Your finished creation is a beautiful bracelet and earrings. All tools and materials supplied. Additional tools and materials will be available for purchase. Instructor: Susan Albert Location: Craft Studio; The ACT Fee: $50/1 Tu Oct 19 6:30-9:30 pm #147393 Woodcarving Age: 16yrs + Here’s your chance to learn wood carving techniques, design and wood types from a master. This program is suitable for beginning or continuing carvers. Tools are provided. Wood may be purchased from the instructor depending on your choice of project. Class limit is 8 so register early. Instructor: Doug Morrison Location: Craft Studio; The ACT Fee: $67/6 Th Oct 7-Nov 18 6:30-8:30 pm #147153 &

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Raven Stole the Sun and Transformation Tales Stories Related Through The Art Of The Northwest Coast Arts Council hosts a theatrical production at The ACT and a Gallery exhibition on First Nations themes By Barbara Duncan

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he twin themes of transformation and storytelling in First Nations culture are featured in the awardwinning Red Sky theatrical production, Raven Stole the Sun and the Maple Ridge Art Gallery’s exhibition, Transformation Tales. Two performances of Raven will be offered on The ACT Main Stage; a public show on Oct 24 at 2pm and a school show on Oct 25 at 11am. For no additional charge, audiences will be treated to art workshops and gallery tours, supported by funding provided through the BC Arts Council’s Diverse Collaborations program.

Raven Stole The Sun

Toronto-based Red Sky Performance is renowned for its artistry and innovation in presenting original works on indigenous peoples’ themes. Executive Director Lindy Sisson is thrilled to bring to Maple Ridge Red Sky’s production for ages four and up Raven Stole the Sun, the classic tale of how the wily Raven casts his stolen treasure, the sun, into the sky and brings light to a world of darkness. “Raven soars, delights...in a fast-paced show, we go through a whole series of emotions and narrative twists and come out the other end with a nice complete experience intact.” - Toronto Star “You can’t do better than the Red Sky Performance production of Raven Stole the Sun. The production is exemplary and magical.” - NOW Magazine Raven joins the company of other beings from the world of First Nations mythology as the Maple Ridge Art Gallery in collaboration with the Spirit Wrestler Gallery, presents Transformation Tales—Stories Related Through the Art of the Northwest Coast, Oct 2–Nov 13, 2010.

Kugan Jaat Mouse Woman - Jay Simeon

“Transformation is the documentation of change.  Creatures shed their skin to become other animals and eventually humans.  The people crossing the Bering Sea land bridge were entering a world of ice, volcanoes, earthquakes and constantly shifting weather – the shift in the trade winds brought rain, pushed back the ice and triggered a massive shift in landscape.  The red cedar tree was only in small pockets in the south prior to 4500 years 16 - ACT OUT


“Raven soars, delights...in a fast-paced show, we go through a whole series of emotions and narrative twists and come out the other end with a nice complete experience intact.” - Toronto Star ago and it quickly blanketed the entire coastline.   Raven was a reminder that change was inevitable – his stories were about the constant changes to the universe and that ownership of anything was fleeting.  With the arrival of the rain forest, the people established permanent settlements with an abundant food supply in the forest, streams and oceans they remained seekers and travelers who explored the world looking for knowledge held by the landscape, creatures, other nations and the spirit world.  In the modern world change continues and possibly at an accelerated rate.  Artists need to document these changes and add it to their history as a continual line of understanding how the world was formed and how it arrived at its current state as well preserving resources for future generations” Gary Wyatt, Curator, Spirt Wrestler Gallery Featuring work by Robert Davidson and Susan Point, the show will also include work by some of the provinces most accomplished First Nations artists including Norman Tait, Jay Simeon, Tim Paul, Ken Mowatt, Glen Tallio, Keith Wolf Smarch, and Dempsey Bob. Quentin Harris, a well known local artist and teacher with the Aboriginal School system will also contribute work along with local textile artisan Tracy Littlewood who has won awards for her work blending traditional Raven’s Tail Weaving within a contemporary context.

Thunder Spirit Mask - Glenn Tallio

Co-curator, Barbara Duncan of the Maple Ridge Art Gallery says, “Without the unstinting support of my co-curator Gary Wyatt from Vancouver’s Spirit Wrestler Gallery, an exhibition of this magnitude would never have been possible. Gary’s curatorial expertise coupled with his enduring relationships with many of the artists involved, have enabled us to present a firstclass exhibition blending the narrative and visual languages of First Nations people throughout the province of BC” Don’t miss this opportunity to meet Raven, Mouse woman, The Fire Thunder God and other transformative creatures from the lore of First Nations storytelling in Raven Stole the Sun on October 24th at the ACT and Transformation Tales, at the Maple Ridge Art Gallery from Oct 2 – November 13, 2010. All are welcome to the exhibit opening reception on Oct 2 from 2-4pm. Check out The ACT web site for specifics on workshops and gallery tours at www.theactmapleridge.org. & Fall 2010 - 17

Tlingit Moon – Wayne Alfred


Featured Art Gallery Shop Artist and Pottery Instructor Maria Palotas By Barbara Duncan, Gallery Curator

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few months ago, when I had been casting about for some exciting new pottery to feature in the Maple Ridge Art Gallery shop, my search turned up exactly what I was looking for, only closer to home than I had expected.

Maria Palotas, who actually teaches pottery at The ACT, somehow spontaneously appeared and asked if I would be interested in carrying her work in the shop. One glance at the gallery on her website, and I knew I had a perfect match for what I had in mind. While Maria is an incredibly versatile potter and

ceramicist, it was her classic, functional line of domestic pottery in exquisite hues of blue, yellow and orange that caught my eye – and the eye of a number of patrons since then, as Maria has proved a very popular shop artist. Typically, when I bump into Maria at The ACT, she is having a quick bite before her evening classes and has little time to talk. I have always wanted to learn a little more about Maria; her training, inspiration and teaching philosophy were some of the things that came up in our conversation when we finally got chance to have a chat earlier this summer.

Where did you initially do your training as an artist and potter?

portant to use non-manufactured glazes? Why?

My formal training was accomplished in Budapest, Hungary. I studied art for 9 years at Desy Huber fine arts academy focusing on drawing and sculpting. In 1979 I apprenticed as a potter for 2 years at Ari Lakatos and Andrea Kiss studio.

Making my own glazes is a distinguishing feature of my style and originality.

Did you have any particular influences?

Traditional Hungarian, Pueblo, ancient Greek and Roman have all influenced my work. My functional works are influenced by the Bauhaus movement. You have some particular stunning glazes on your work, many of which I understand you create yourself. Do you think it’s im-

Can you tell us about any recent innovation or technique you’ve learned or developed?

I’m always renewing myself by learning from my peers and studying techniques. Recently I’ve been exploring Yixing Sisha, which is a special Chinese clay used to make small hand built teapots. What interests you most about teaching? Do you have any particular philosophy around teaching art?

I like to give my knowledge to promote

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art and craft. It is very gratifying, and humbling when I see a beginner become enthralled with art or witness a child developing self confidence. Do most of your adult students have previous experience?

My adult students range from absolute beginner to those with years of experience. Many of my students come back year after year. What (if anything) is something new you hope to be teaching over the coming year?

The curriculum is fairly well established; I adjust to the needs of my students and try to challenge them appropriately. &


Diverse Collaborations Project 2010

Raven Stole the Sun and Transformation Tales ---------------------------------------------------------------

With Transformation Tales, the Maple Ridge Art Gallery along with Gastown’s Spirit Wrestler Gallery are excited to bring to The ACT the work from some of BC’s most significant First Nations artists. The display will demonstrate how themes of storytelling and transformation—between animals, humans and forces of nature—emerge in these outstanding examples of Northwest Coast art. Also, during the run of the show The ACT will be presenting Red Sky Performance’s Raven Stole the Sun, a compelling theatre dance piece for young audiences. Raven is a fabulous and magical creature of impulse and curiosity. In order to satisfy his overwhelming sense of curiosity, Raven hatches a brilliant scheme for stealing the stars, the moon and the sun and ends up bringing light to the people of the world.

Sunday, October 24, 2010 2pm Family Matinee Tickets: $13 Family Package (4 tickets): $45 For ages 4+

-------------------------School Performance Monday, October 25 Teachers: for more info or to book group tickets, call Bramwell Pemberton at 604.476.2790

For tickets and more information, please visit www.theactmapleridge.org/raven or call 604.476.2787 11944 Haney Place Maple Ridge, BC tel 604.476.2787 www.theactmapleridge.org


Comedy Nights with Russ Brummer By Nick Sartore

Part of the After-Hours Lobby Events @ The ACT Tuesdays – Sept 28, Oct 19, Nov 16, Dec 21 7-9pm

Russ Brummer

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omedy Nights with Russ Brummer is the newest addition to the After-Hours @ The ACT lobby event series. The free evening of entertainment will feature stand-up comedians and short comedy sketches and each month, donations will benefit a different community charity.

“This will be a great evening out to see professional comedians without leaving Maple Ridge and trying to find a babysitter on a Friday or Saturday night,” said Brummer. Each night, Russ will be partnering with a local charity or non profit organization and although the show is free for anyone, the audience is encouraged to make donations to the charity. Russ began his career in entertainment 10 years ago with the formation of table23. Since then, he has helped lead the group to perform hundreds of shows throughout western Canada.

Russ has also worked outside of the group with a variety of different companies and comedy shows. His credits include: Vancouver TheatreSports Main Stage, Yuk Yuk’s Improv Nite, and opening for Urban Improv. Russ has performed corporate entertainment for Rock Paper Scissors, The Comedy Factory, and Comedy Events. His work with David C. Jones in Suspect, a Game of Murder earned him rave reviews across the country. He is currently performing sketch comedy with Jonathan Chambers and The Baby Jessicas. As a Child and Youth Care Counsellor, Russ facilitates improvisational workshops for students and at-risk teens. Using improv, he helps youth build confidence, cooperation, and leadership skills. He lives in Maple Ridge with his wife, Leah Brummer, where they perform together under Jest 4 Us Theatre Society.

For more information about the After-Hours @ The ACT Lobby Event Series, visit www.theactmapleridge.org/after-hours. 20 - ACT OUT


ACT Volunteer Profile: Brian Smith By David Wall, volunteer since 2003

Brian has been a volunteer at The ACT for over five years and holds the highest number of hours volunteering in many different roles!

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rian has been an active member of the Maple Ridge community for the past 14 years and before that in the Pitt Meadows community for 7 years. His earlier background placed him in Ontario as a student in the area of Georgetown. On the volunteering side Brian’s contribution has been to The ACT Arts Centre and Theatre. Initially he felt that as the community had helped him through various difficulties it was only right that he should give something back. And so he decided to become a dedicated volunteer. As part of Brian’s background had already been in the theatre to some degree in the east, this decision was, for him, the right one.

Other considerations as to becoming a volunteer for Brian were: being able to meet new people and develop strong friendships; having a great deal of fun at the same time as doing an important job; being able to make a tentative connection to the technical side of the theatre operation which he would eventually like to participate in, as he had some tech experience when living in Stratford, Ontario. (Local theatre groups take heed!) Brian enjoys the variety of performances offered at The ACT by the Arts Council and facility renters including the old rock groups, and he hopes to see more theatre in the future, possibly even Shakespeare. Over the years Brian has enjoyed

Brian Smith

the fun volunteer appreciation events and get-togethers and looks forward to participating in more with the entire volunteer core. This aspect of volunteering is an important part of the experience and has helped volunteers and staff bond together in friendship and caring for each other. All in all, Brian is the consummate volunteer at The ACT. He is the go-to guy for any volunteer questions that may arise. He plans to continue his volunteering efforts in the years to come and encourages others to gain from this type of volunteer experience. & For those interested in Volunteering at The ACT or in the Maple Ridge Art Gallery, visit www.theactmapleridge.org/volunteer

Upcoming Volunteer Training Sessions: Saturday Sept. 18 9am - 12pm Saturday Sept. 18 1pm - 4pm Wednesday Oct. 13 7pm - 9:30pm Monday Nov. 15 7pm - 9:30pm Monday Nov. 22 7pm - 10pm

Level1 Level 2** Level 1 Level 1 Level 2**

**prerequisite, Level 1

For more information please contact: Landrie Davies - 604-476-2786 or landried@mract.org Fall 2010 - 21


CALENDAR OF EVENTS Clear Focus Camera Club Meet every second and fourth Monday of the month  Location: Pitt Meadows, at ‘the Social Room’, 19236 Ford Road Time: 7pm   Sept 27th, theme is Clocks Oct 11th, theme is Circles Oct 25th, Guest Speaker Nov 8th, Guest Speaker Nov 22nd, theme is Open Dec 13th, theme is Abstract Shapes Dec 20th, Christmas Party Music for Young Children is a keyboard based music program for children ages 3 and up Open House/Demo Classes now available for fall start-up. Ask about the Sunrise program for ages 2-4. Contact: Kathy Bartel http://www.myc.com/teacher/KBartel Ridge Meadows Quilter’s Guild Regular Meetings – 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of every month Time: 7pm – 9pm Location: St. George’s Anglican Church 23500 Dewdney Trunk Rd, Maple Ridge We are a friendly, welcoming group of beginner to advanced quilters who enjoy the library classes, retreats & show and tell that the guild offers. Ha Ha’s Comedy Cabaret Club Hosted by Erica Sigurdson Featuring Jennifer Grant & Julien Dionne Saturday, Sept 18 Time: 8:30pm Location: The ACT Tickets: Adults $27, St $20 UHF – Ulrich, Henderson & Forbes 20th Anniversary Tour Sunday, Sept 19 Location: The ACT Time: 7:30pm Tickets: $38

Self Help Presented by Millennium Players Sept 22 – 25 Location: The ACT Times: 8pm Sept 25 – 2pm & 8pm Tickets: Adults $20, Sr/St$18 Sept 22, 2 For 1 Night GEMS – Golden Ears Movie Series 7:30pm Sept 27 - The Trotsky Oct 5 - Creation Nov 29 The Secret in Their Eyes Tickets: $11 single tickets $27 for 3 films $50 for 6 films

into delicious and delightful appetizers by our own innovative chefs and restaurateurs. Crude Love Love in the Time of the Oil Sands Presented in Association with Beyond the Fringe Saturday, Oct 16 Time: 8:30pm Tickets: Adults $27, St $20 Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir Saturday, Oct 16 Location: The ACT Time: 8pm Tickets: $25/$22

Legends of Rock ‘N’ Roll Presents Buddy, Roy & Elvis Plus Special Added Attraction Fats Domino Saturday, Sept 30 Location: The ACT Time: 7:30pm Tickets: $39.75

Raven Stole the Sun Presented by Red Sky, Play by Drew Hayden Taylor, Based on a traditional Tlingit story as recounted by Sháa Tláa Maria Williams Directed by Sandra Laronde Music by Donald Quan Sunday, Oct 24 Time: 2pm Family Matinee Tickets: $13, Family Package $45 (4 tickets)

Classic Albums Live: The Beatles – Abbey Road Saturday, Oct 2 Time: 8pm Tickets: $45

The Celtic Tenors Saturday, Oct 30 Time: 8pm Tickets: Adults $38, Seniors $30

Arts Club on Tour 2010-2011 A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline By Dean Regan Starring Sara Jeanne Hosie Directed by Shane Snow This production originated at The Chemanius Theatre Festival Saturday, Oct 9 Time: 8pm Tickets: Adults $38, Seniors $33

Ha Ha’s Comedy Cabaret Club Hosted by Roman Danylo Featuring Dan Quinn & Patrick Maliha Saturday, Nov 6 Time: 8:30pm Tickets: Adults $27, Students $20

Homeless Awareness Action Week Friday, Oct 15 Time: 11:30am – 1:30pm Homelessness Action Week is a week long event held October 10–16, 2010 in the Lower Mainland. In Maple Ridge, the 8th Annual Harvest Chili event (in cooperation with the Golden Ears Feast Program) will be hosted on Friday, October 15th. Everyone is welcome to attend and enjoy a free lunch, and learn more about homelessness and the solution-oriented initiatives that our community has in place. Golden Harvest A Taste of Maple Ridge & Beyond Friday, Oct 15 Time: 6pm – 8pm Tickets: $15 It’s an hors d’oeuvre party featuring local agriculture producers, their products transformed

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Dal Richards Remembrance Day Concert Thursday, Nov 11 Time: 2pm Tickets: Adults $30 Seniors $28.50, Students $25 Michelle Wright Friday, Nov 12 Time: 8pm Tickets $45


Butterflies Are Free By Leonard Gershe Presented by Emerald Pig Dinner Theatre Location: The ACT Nov 17 - 21 Preview Night: Nov 17, 8pm Tickets $15 - Show Only - No Dinner Included Nov 18 - 20 Doors Open 6pm Curtain 8pm Tickets $45

A Jazzy Nutcracker Toronto Chamber Jazz Septet Sunday, Dec 5 Time: 4pm Tickets: Adults $35 Seniors/Students $32.50 Valdy & Gary Fjellgaard Saturday, Dec 11 Time: 8:30pm Tickets: Adults $27, Students $20

Nov 21 Sunday Brunch Doors Open 10:00 am Curtain 11:30am Tickets: $40 Special dinner rates for corporate parties and large groups Please indicate meal choice when booking dinner theatre: chicken/salmon/vegetarian Barney Bentall and the Grand Cariboo Opry Thursday, Nov 25 Time: 7:30pm Tickets: $42

The Christmas Panto Beauty and The Beast Presented by SPECC-Tacular Productions Date: Dec 15 – 18 Location: The ACT Time: 7:30pm Dec 18 – Time 10:30am, 2:30pm & 7:30pm Tickets $18, 4 pack $60 Winter Harp Sunday, Dec 19 Time: 3pm & 7pm Tickets: Adults $42, Seniors/Students $38, Child $32

Country Christmas Presented by Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Community Services Date: Saturday, Nov 27 Location: The ACT Time: 1:30pm Tickets: $12 Country Christmas Benefit Concert for Meals on Wheels Saturday, Nov 27 Time: 1:30 – 4:00pm Tickets: $12 The Nutcracker Presented by Royal City Youth Ballet Date: Sunday, Nov 28 Location: The ACT Time: 1pm & 4pm

After – Hours Lobby Events @ The ACT For More information www.theactmapleridge.org Friday Night Dance With Robyn Pickard Location: The ACT Sept 17, Oct 1, 8 & 29, Nov 12 & 26 Dec 3, 10 & 17 Maple Ridge Art Gallery Exhibits Gone Hooking Rug Group – Rags to Riches Sep 4 – 25 Transformation Tales – Stories Related through

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the Art of the Northwest Coast Presented in collaboration with the Spirit Wrester Gallery Oct 2 – Nov 13, Group Exhibition (First Nations) Ensemble Juried Christmas Group Show. All mediums Nov 20 – Dec 18 Group of Nine Artist Group Event Name: Colour Impact – 5th Annual Exhibition of the Group of Nine Date: October 23 & 24, 2010 Time: 10am – 4pm Location: St. George’s Anglican Church Hall 23500 Dewdney Trunk Rd, Maple Ridge 604 466-5477 Suzette Fram sfram@telus.net The 5th Annual Exhibition of Original Paintings by the Group of Nine Artist Group. Artist showing are: Margaret Bale, Joyce Campbell, Betty Coy, Shirley Felgner, Suzette Fram, Jane Duford Johnston, Jo-Anne Lewis, Florence Nicholson and Lea Sevcov. BC Girls Choir Outreach Concert Saturday, Nov 13 Time: 3:30pm Song Club and Training Choir members will perform a concert in support of a local Maple Ridge charity. Location: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church 12145 Laity Street Entrance by donation Garibaldi Art Club Fall Show and Sale Date: November 19, 20, 21, 2010 Time: Friday 7 to 9pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am to 4pm Location: Fraserview Village Hall corner of 116th Avenue and 227th Street, Maple Ridge Contact: Suzette Fram 604-466-5477 information@garibaldiartclub.com www.garibaldiartclub.com Garibaldi Art Club’s Annual Fall Show and Sale – a 3 day exhibition of paintings by members of the club. See original paintings of all media and styles, small paintings, unframed paintings, art cards as well as ceramics and pottery. Everyone is welcome to join us for the opening reception on Friday night. Admission is Free.



ACT OUT! Arts Magazine - Fall 2010