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Our first public venture was a Canada flag display for the Canada Day celebrations. Submissions ranged from kindergarten art through to a beautiful stained glass flag produced by local artist Judy Bourhis

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Screen Shot 2015-11-18 at 10.26.51 AMPACC also participated in the Slow Food Cycle event. Five tents were erected at the Millers farm for an art display and sale. A watercolour painting of the farm donated by local artist Gretchen Frith was a very popular raffle item. The Children’s Interactive Art tent was the most popular attraction – Molli Reynolds did a great job of keeping the children busy. We did not sit back for long as planning for the annual fundraiser MADE (music art dance expression) needed to begin.


Screen Shot 2015-11-18 at 10.25.54 AMBehind the scenes the executive has been busy researching funding opportunities, applying for grants and forming new partnerships. PACC was the fortunate recipient of state of the art DJ equipment donated by Skrillex and his partner the Bridges for Music Foundation during the Pemberton Music Festival. A grant from the sponsors of the Community Charity Golf Tournament – Pemberton Supermarket (Bob & Sue Adams) and Blue Shore provided seed funding for MADE The SLRD also supported us by waiving the fees for the venue. We currently have two grant applications pending. Should we be successful these funds will allow us to hire part-time paid assistance for our overtaxed volunteer board and fund a public awareness campaign for PACC. These funds will also allow us to plan an expanded program of events, workshops and programs for 2016.



_DBS3203 copyThe program this year was expanded to include a day-time family event and a teen DJ workshop. The evening event had some surprises – a Zombie Flash Mob and a performance by the Gruff Goat dancers. The showcase of art had a new edition with the “Board Room” display adding a Sports theme to the event. Guests enjoyed not only the art but the great food and dancing to the music of Blame the Weekend band.

Music, Art, Dance and Expression – all were showcased at the annual fundraiser held in the Community Centre on October the 17th.. The day began with a swarm of excited children and their parents participating in a “Playdate” organized by our partners – Growing Great Children.  A quick turn- around of the Grand Hall and a delicious lunch of different ethnic dishes was served by members of our other partnering group – Pemberton Multicultural Network.  A demonstration of Karate and music by the KBand entertained us during lunch and the children participated in some traditional cultural games and crafts.

The teens were not left out. DJ Pete led a workshop to introduce a number of them to the new DJ equipment that was donated to the PACC from Skrillex a popular DJ & singer/songwriter who performed at the Pemberton Music Festival in July.

_DBS3331 copyThe MADE evening program was well attended and from all reports, was a great success. Twenty two artists exhibited a wide variety of creative works. Well known local artists including Karen Love, Valerie Butters and Wim Tewinkle hung their paintings. Meg Gallup (potter) and Judy Bourhis (stained glass artist) and Hiroko Takaya (basket weaver) also displayed their work. New for this year was a display of art by the members of the Shades of Grey, a group of retirees learning to paint under the tutelage of local artist Gretchen Frith.  Gretchen and her team of volunteers also used their talents to transform the venue into a sparkling wonderland.

Fort Berens staff poured tasters of their award winning wines and volunteers, with trays laden with delicacies prepared by the Pony’s two chefs, tempted the guests with their offerings.

_DBS3273 copyAt 9pm, the Zombies began to gather. They led the intrigued guests to the dimly lit grand hall and invited the crowd to join them in their macabre dancing. Next the Gruff Goat dancers performed their “Freak Show”. The dancers wore spectacular masks and the choreography of the dance was in keeping with the “spooky” theme.
Blame it on the Weekend, a local group of five, then began to play and the crowd enthusiastically moved onto the dance floor to demonstrate their own dancing skills. At midnight the band said goodbye and the revellers reluctantly left. (photos by Dave Steers)_DBS3261 copy


Screen Shot 2015-11-18 at 10.27.11 AM“Donation of state of the Art DJ equipment gifted to the Pemberton Arts and Culture Council by DJ/singer Skrillex during the Pemberton Music Festival”. These were the headlines that announced the details of his Fullflex Express Tour in partnership with the Bridges for Music Foundation.  The DJ equipment has recently been gifted to the SLRD for the Teens Centre.

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The Pemberton Arts and Culture Council joined this alliance of Corridor Arts Councils last year. Although the group is newly formed, the energy and collaborative spirit of the members has been inspiring.

Screen Shot 2015-11-18 at 10.44.17 AMRecently a workshop was held in the beautiful Bowen Island art gallery. We met to both plan our strategic directions for the next few years and assist in developing an application for a grant to support the production of a Sea to Sky Cultural map and supplement the cost of art and culture based activities in each of our communities. Unfortunately the competition was strong and our application was not successful. Undeterred, we continue to seek ways to support each other and create partnerships to leverage our combined resources. As president of one of the smallest Art Councils, I am grateful for the generosity of the larger and more established councils in sharing, not only resources, but their wisdom and experience in growing a viable and successful organization to support the Arts. Currently we are working towards each of our councils cementing strong relationships with their respective Tourism organizations. PACC has joined Tourism Pemberton and we hope to play a part in supporting and growing cultural tourism in our community and the Sea to Sky Corridor.

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