performing and visual Arts
Sooke Folk Music Society
The Sooke Folk Music Society
sponsors a coffee house on the third Saturday of each month.
The usual format is:
7:30-8:45 Open Stage
9:00-Closing Feature Performer
Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for kids, membership is
available. Located at 6544 Throup Rd.
Sooke Performing Arts
three groups have come together under the sponsorship of
the EMCS Society to form the SOOKE PERFORMING ARTS GROUP (SPAG).
The group includes representation from all of the
performing arts groups in Sooke. Its funds are managed by
the EMCS Society and held in their Special Projects fund.
SPAG's main goal is to encourage local participation in
the performing arts by developing and showcasing local
talent in a professional performing arts environment and
by providing youth with opportunities to experience and
participate in all aspects of the performing arts.
250-642-6371 or 250-642-2849
Sooke Visual Arts
MICHEL DES ROCHERS, born
in Quebec, Canada, is an international artist who has
traveled extensively and shown his work in many places. He
has and still is creating paintings using mediums such as
oils, pastels and water colours. With his wife Marion and
son Simon, Michel lived for ten years in the south of
France, so is very familiar with the areas we visit. Michel
has a wealth of art knowledge which he gladly shares with
the students under his care.
Irvin Thomas Amundrud was born in August, 1950 at
Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, and grew up on a farm along
the banks of the North Saskatchewan River in a countryside
of rolling hills, grain fields and poplar bluffs. From an
early age he was fascinated by the landscape - its
textures, shades, and forms. He remembers his Grade One
excitement over a friend's Crayola crayons with their many
brilliant colours: gold and silver, bright pink and lime
green. For his twelfth birthday he got real oil paints,
and started formal lessons. At fourteen he was awarded two
bronze medals in an international art competition. After
two years at the University of Saskatchewan he abandoned
electrical engineering and continued with a major and
minor in fine art - painting.
In 1986 he took up flying, gaining access to a host of
new landscapes and a new perspective on the land. In 1990,
he quit a college position to work towards becoming a
full-time artist. He is an admirer of Tom Thomson and his
work is reminiscent of the Group of Seven in its focus on
the Canadian wilderness and the grandeur and beauty of the
land. This interest has taken him from the Rocky Mountains
to the Churchill River, but since moving to the West Coast
he has focused on the seashore; the interplay of sea,
land, and sky; the light on the water. He often works
directly in the field, and his dream is to paint the
Pacific Northwest with a float plane as his working
platform. He thinks of painting as the language of the
artist, and feels with Vincent Van Gogh that the process
is spiritual, as described by Paul the Apostle: "Now we
have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit
which is of God…..expressing spiritual truths in spiritual
language." From a note in his diary, while painting water
colour on location in June, 1997: "The pigment is
transported upon the water, brought together, separated,
strengthened and weakened, burnt by the sun, frozen by the
cold, mottled by the rain, abraded by the sand, streaked
by the wind; and the one who holds the brush is only a
witness to these things." Mr. Amundrud's work has been
exhibited in public and private galleries and may be found
in private and corporate collections. He and his wife
Joanna live in the village of Sooke, at the southern tip
of Vancouver Island. They have four sons and a daughter.
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Watercolours by Irvin T. Amundrud