The Sunshine Coast is not all games and recreational activities. It may not have the cultural pretentions of West Vancouver but it is not a cultural waste land.
There are public art galleries in both Gibsons and Sechelt. On an almost year round basis there are showings featuring the works of local artists. Many of these exhibitions feature paintings, others metal sculpture or ceramics. The point we are making is that the arts are everywhere on the Coast and many of the artists are well known in centres far from here. If your interests tend towards ceramics there are many Coast people who practice the art of making pottery, from a simple coffee mug emblazoned with your favourite team’s emblem to a twelve piece dinner set.
Theatre is not neglected. Gibsons has its “Heritage Playhouse” which features musical performances both local and visiting. On the drama front there are high calibre local productions. The latest presentation was Noel Coward’s “Blythe Spirit”.
Music is an important part of Sunshine Coast life. Annually, there is a music festival where young artists compete in voice and different instrumental categories. At no time in the fifty-two weeks is there a week where there is not a musical performance either visiting, local or both. Every year Pender Harbour presents its well-known “Jazz Festival” presenting jazz artists from around the world.
It is Saturday morning from April 1st to September 30th. The place is the town of Sechelt’s Cowrie Street. There is no vehicle traffic but there are people swarming around each other as if they were bees entering a hive. Some are young parents with small children in tow. Some are seniors with small dogs on leash. What are they all doing here? There are vivid colours everywhere. On each side of the street are rows of tables manned by local people displaying their wares. It is the Sechelt Farmer’s Market featuring locally produced fruits, vegetables, plants, baking and crafts. To be a seller you must make it, bake it or grow it. Some of the sellers offer fresh tomatoes, some homemade jams and jellies, some honey from their own hives and others offer bedding plants for your garden. Other tables are stacked with homemade breads, buns, pies and tarts. Many vendors are displaying their crafts such as jewelry and ceramics. It is colourful. It is an EVENT.
There are also Farmer’s Markets in Gibsons and Robert’s Creek on different days of the week. They all help provide the atmosphere which makes the Sunshine Coast a unique and enjoyable place in which to live.