Elly on the Arts: New shows kick off year

Happy New Year, everyone! This will be a year of change for our town and the whole region, as Hudbay makes the initial changes that may affect the workforce. There may be some challenges in our future, so we will have to try to initiate new and diverse economic opportunities for all. After all, we are a diverse and resilient community and we have no end of talent, so let’s get this party started and make a meaningful contribution to the Flin Flon area.

The NorVA Centre is opening a new exhibition by local photographer Bea Walker and local sculptor Doug Dmytriw in January. The opening reception and artists’ talks will be on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. at NorVA and the show will run throughout January.

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This is the first exhibition at NorVA for both Bea and Doug, but they have both shown individual pieces on several occasions.

Trevor Gordon Sytnick has produced another Loaded Mic night for Johnny’s Social Club on Saturday, Jan. 12. The show will feature The Shy Instrumentalists and some tried and true performers including Natalie Milligan, Courtney Lycan and Chris Lengyel, Lane Laderoute, Katrina Windjack and Kevin Imrie, Joanna Dauk and almost-Flin Flonners Marc Provencher and Mark Matejka (both from Swan River).

Trevor Gordon will host and he promises special guests. The show begins, as always, at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 7 p.m. Admission is $20.

The Central Canada Film Group will present Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) film Phoenix at Hapnot’s Dorothy Ash Theatre on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 7:30 pm. There will be more information about the film in the next column, but put it into your calendars now so you don’t miss it.

The Flin Flon Arts Council presents “Inspiration II: Knowledge and Development,” the northern conference on the arts, culture and economic diversification, on Jan. 22 and 23. Sponsored by the Victoria Inn and with financial assistance from the Town of Creighton, this conference will host arts, culture and volunteerism experts Janice Price, CEO and president of the Banff Centre of Arts and Creativity; Jean Giguere, president emeritus of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet; and Dorothy Dobie, CEO of Pegasus Publishing.

The special guests will spend time with several different groups including our city leaders, the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce, the economic development office, Community Futures Greenstone and the Flin Flon Arts Council. Discussions will include ways to propel the Flin Flon/Creighton/Denare Beach arts and cultural communities forward into new, business-oriented roles.

They will also meet with an exciting new group of young people, the “Visionaries,” who will take on new responsibilities to solidify plans and move them forward.

Look for more information in the next column.

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