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Elly on the Arts: Home Routes ahead, plus NorVA photo contest winners

As I write this, the weather is dull but only -10°C, so I kind of want to tell you to get outside and see the beauty of our natural surroundings.
Coco Love Alcorn
Coco Love Alcorn will be in Flin Flon in early February as part of the Home Routes tour.

As I write this, the weather is dull but only -10°C, so I kind of want to tell you to get outside and see the beauty of our natural surroundings.

Having said that, there is a ton of cool arts and cultural activities happening indoors, so maybe just walk to work and back, then come in out of the winter to enjoy it all.

Coco Love Alcorn is the next performer in the Flin Flon Home Routes tour.  She is a jazzy, folk-roots-blues singer travelling to Flin Flon with a bass player.  

Coco’s father is Canadian jazz icon John Alcorn, so musical expression has been a big part of her life. She is a master improviser who has a leap-and-the-net-will-appear performance style.  

Performances start at 7:30 pm Friday, Feb. 5 at 19 Hemlock Drive, and 7:30 pm Saturday, Feb 6  at 183 Murton Boulevard.å As usual, email or rossann53@ for tickets.  They are $20 each and all funds raised go to the performer.   

If you feel like you want to go to one of these shows but also feel kind of funny about going into the home of someone you don’t really know, let us know by email and we will try to work something out. These are awesome concerts and really up close and personal with the performers.  It’s an amazing atmosphere.

NorVA Centre has the Flin Flon Photography Club’s first annual exhibit up until the end of January.   The club sponsored a juried show with six categories and the winners are as follows:

Pets: first, Reilly George by Patty Evans; second, Please Tell Me Why I Adopted Two Puppies by Daniel Dillon; third, Lucky by Jeff Henderson.

Wild Animals: first, Wary by Michele Hrywkiw; second (tie), The Hummingbird Moth by Randy Whitbread and Spruce Hen by Sandra Dixon

Sports: first, The Reach by Daniel Dillon; second, Simon Eyes by Michele Hrywkiw.

Landscape: first, Quiet Harbour by Randy Whitbread;  second, Frosted Farm by Claudette Pachal; third, Open Water #1 by Dorion Kent.

Portrait: first, Everyone’s Cowboy Friend by Daniel Dillon; second, Shaleen by Jeff Henderson;  third,  Monkey King by Jeff Henderson.

Miscellaneous Subject Matter: first, The Web by Jeanette Parker; second, Cathedral by Jeff Henderson; third, Keyhole by Jeff Henderson.

Best in Show: Quiet Harbour by Randy Whitbread.

There are over 60 photographs in the exhibit, in black and white and in colour, and there is still time to drop into NoRVA to cast your vote for the People’s Choice award.  It is really lovely.

Sticking to visual arts, Lois Pedersen is offering the course Flowers with Watercolour every Tuesday evening in February, for only $50.  That’s February 2, 9, 16 and 23 at NorVA. Class time is 7 to 8:30 pm. 

Also, the NoRVA Sketch Club has begun meeting again after the Christmas season break.  

They meet on the first and third Thursdays of the month in the gallery.  Matthew Enns is the instructor and all teaching is free. Grab pencils and paper.

Wood ’n’ Wire dates are still being worked out for February but look out for an evening of East Coast music and a special guest violinist/violist from Brandon, MB who will be playing a very special viola made right here in Flin Flon by luthier Alistair Calligari.  It will be a very special evening.  

The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre will also be here later in February with their production of Hound of the Baskervilles. Watch out for more info on these upcoming events.

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