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BRACKENDALE: AN ART GALLERY IN THE WOODS
is a documentary by filmmakers Laura Palka and Michael Hansen about that dream and the community it has created.
It is available on Vimeo: https: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/bagmovie
SUNDAY AFTERNOON NEIGHBOURHOOD OUTDOOR CONCERTS
(The Times article is transcribed at the bottom)
|2021 @ THE BAG|
|HELLO TO ALL OUR FRIENDS, NEIGHBOURS AND SUPPORTERS!
2020 was quite a year! We thought we would be celebrating 50 YEARS SINCE THE DREAM BEGAN all year long, but that was not to be. Of all the scenarios we had thought of for taking the BAG into the future, being closed indefinitely for a pandemic was beyond imagining. Where we go from here no one knows. But we are here and, so far, we are well and carrying on like we hope you are - the best we can.
We do have some Outdoor and Livestream Summer Events planned but will otherwise remain closed until further notice but we look forward to a time when happy carefree indoor gatherings can happen once more.
SUNDAY AFTERNOON OUTDOR CONCERTS 2021 @ the BAG
The FREE series will be produced by CAM SALAY
with LOCAL PERFORMERS and perhaps a few surprises.
BYO Chairs and refreshments!
Join us for safely distanced and Covid careful entertainment on Sundays from 3 to 4 starting soon.
SUNDAY, JUNE 27, JULY 25, AUGUST 29, 2021
While it is uncertain what, if any, public gatherings will be allowed this summer, Squamish's Douglas Kerr is working to make sure there will be local music for folks to enjoy regardless. The musician and producer is organizing Squamish Live Streamed, a series of concerts with at least eight Sea to Sky area bands. Kerr was the recipient of a $3,460 Community Enhancement Grant through the Squamish Arts Council. The concerts are set to run the last Sunday of each month throughout the summer streaming live from the Brackendale Art Gallery in Brackendale. There will be a small fee charged for tuning in to the concerts that will run from about 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Acts peforming include: Bluesberry Jam Showband, Dark Star, Spiritual Warriors, Cat Madden, Will Ross, Marc Charron, Glen Mishaw and the Elcamino Rust and The Allmost Brothers.
"This is something that can be shown globally, so to speak. You can reach out to your global network if you have friends from Australia or Eastern Canada, or somewhere in the U.S. anybody can watch this"
More than a year after the pandemic shut down all large gatherings and thus concerts, Kerr said this series helps get local musicians in front of audiences where they belong.
"This seems to be the new way that musicians are getting in front of people, I very much want this to be professional sounding productions, so I teamed up with E-Sound Production, which has been doing sound in the Sea to Sky for 25 years.
Please tune in and support live music ! FACEBOOK EVENT
Council honours four exceptional community members
|It is time to take the BAG into a new era.
We are very open to ideas and options we may not yet have heard or considered.
SUMMER 2020 @ THE BAG
|If you are local or following us on FB, you might know that every Sunday this summer from 3 to 4 pm there waslive music from the deck (or sometimes the parking lot) here @ the BAG.
From March 29 to Nov. 1 we hosted 30 concerts! It started with Erik Musseau on bagpipes and a few passers-by and became a socially distanced COVID safe Mini Music Festival Every Sunday with many of your favourite local musicians! We also hosted two WIND FESTIVAL livestream events with the Squamish Arts Council featuring Lazy Ghost, Norman Foote and Jim Byrnes.
HUGE THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED!
Sunday @ 3 Neighbourhood Concerts
THE TIMES of Squamish, Alta Lake & Pemberton
By Joy Daw
Brackendale Art Gallery result of lots of hard work,
Been looking for a place to tie up your horse while you look over a painting for sale or drink tea? Maybe you’d like to eat meat stew and a parsley bun and take in a short movie or listen to a folk singer. It’s all on the way (and more).The Brackendale Art Gallery and Tea House is coming on very nicely thank you with a lot of hard work by the gallery’s originator Thor and a little help from his friends, local kids, local carpenters and a local logger. Thor says everybody has been tremendously helpful and encouraging. “People come in and think I must be on some kind of grant but the building is coming out of my own pockets and there’s holes in both of the,” he said. Thor chose Brackendale (just north of the Esso station) because he really likes the European village feel he finds there He is a Dane and visited European countries from the Mediterranean to the Baltic when working as a cabin boy after leaving school. He also worked as a logger in Sweden and did his apprenticeship as an upholsterer in Denmark before coming to Canada 15 years ago. Thor reels of the jobs he’s done in B.C., mostly in Vancouver elevator operator, landscaper, bricklayer’s helper, shoe factory and sawmill worker, longshoreman.
THREE YEAR PROJECT
But right now all his energy is going into the gallery. He has been planning the project for three years and started the actual building in the middle of May though he laid the foundations last fall. The building is 30 feet by 50 feet 1,500 square feet on the lower gallery floor and the same on the upper floor which will be used for a living area and a craft workshop. The upper floors rest solidly on 20 14x14 foot fir pillars which too a trip to Japan as shoring for heavy machinery on a ship’s deck but have found their final resting place back in the woods. There’s a balcony to come and a bay window with a barn hoist (so that the piano, potters’ wheels, or anything can be taken upstairs) Big job ahead now for Thor and his helpers is splitting shakes and getting them on the roof (Workers welcome!) And inside? “The whole space will be very mellow, and amber colour,” Thor said. The Amber colour will be the real sun filtering through the south wall’s stained glass window on the stone and wood and people. And why the stained glass sun? “And why not? It’s beautiful the sun. And the moon. And the cosmos. Then the conversation is back to the practical and the immensely positive nature of this man shines through again. No, he doesn’t know anything about stained glass. But he wants a stained glass window, so he and Vancouver artist, Mike Malcolm, who also knows nothing about stained glass, are going to make one. Mike Malcolm is one of the artists whose work Thor plans to exhibit. “He’s a visionary painter. He paints whatever comes into his head just stays home and paints in his studio,” Thor said. Another Vancouver artist he is interested in is Louise E. Schmidt who does “incredible drawings.” “Right now she is into oils too,” he said. The Gallery will exhibit sculpture by Marshall Mar who makes small silver sculptures and by Joseph Caveno who does scientific sculptures. Caveno has an exhibition in Burnaby at present. Thor will travel around the B.C. coast, Vancouver Island [and] the Gulf Islands looking for paintings and sculpture he likes. He already plans to exhibit the work of Sayward artist Hette Fredrickson who does visionary paintings as well as her well-known portraits on cedar rounds. Collecting paintings and sculpture will be a good excuse to indulge in his first love fly fishing. Thor was a founding member of the Totem Flyfishers, the first club of its kind in Vancouver. He’s a keen canoeist too, and helped start the Dogwood Canoe Club in Vancouver. Well it’s laughing time again and Thor is laughing at his own impetuousness in splurging on a Heintzman Boudoir grand piano for the gallery. John Blair, a Vancouver classical pianist will be up to play it. “It’s a piano that any really good piano player who walks in will just have to play.” Thor said.
There’ll be other instruments too viola, guitar, alto flute the mellow ones. A small stage is planned and Thor wants to have people singing, among them Cathy Payne and Dale Wilson of Vancouver. He is going to get National Film Board films and wants to have a projector ready to roll at any time. Furniture will be low stone walls and platforms for sculpture or sitting and lots of benches two feet by one foot and 16 inches high that can be used for seats or put together for tables or stacked to make floor space. Half the floor space upstairs is planned to be a pottery studio and Vancouver potter Ellen Juul will come from Vancouver to teach classes. A kiln? “We can build one outside or get or make one somehow.” As with everything else it’s “where there’s a will there’s a way philosophy.” The half acre site is really planned as one big gallery with outdoor sculpture in the wooded area and a playground of children’s sculpture planned by a group who built playgrounds at UBC and for the Vancouver free School. There’s a horse trough and a hitching post to come and a covered seat for hitchhikers already build into the fence. Commenting on the help given him by local people Thor said he felt really concerned about the kids “up here.” “They have nothing social to do. Some of them are just interested in motorbikes, the juke box and Coke. And it’s not their fault. These things have been brought in. Well, we are bringing in something different.” And the name of the gallery isn’t “Tomorrow” as you may think (like me) when you see the sign on the fence. “Tomorrow” says Thor, “is a lot of things. Yesterday is not here. You can live for today but there’s always tomorrow and what it may bring.” A very special tomorrow will be the opening of the gallery in October, maybe November. It’s a tomorrow that promises to be a good one for tourists and residents alike.
Caption to photo of Christine Hether (Kris) and Thor sitting on the “Tomorrow” sign: