FOR SESSION A) Morning 11AM to 1PM  B) Afternoon 2PM to 4PM  

Maximum 8 participants per session |  5477 Wharf Ave. Sechelt

Here's your chance to learn the aboriginal art  of cedar basket weaving with master weaver Jessica Silvey at far less than typical cost. Two sessions/classes offered in morning or afternoon.

All materials included.

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7PM TO 10PM | SC ARTS CENTRE: 5714 Medusa St. Sechelt

Learn to make large-scale video projection art with Mieke Jay in a three hour exploration of vide projection art basics.

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2PM to 5PM | SEASIDE CENTRE: 5790 Teredo St. Sechelt

Local genealogy buffs will show you the basics, or help you with more complex "brick walls."  

Each facilitator offers different areas of expertise in family tree sleuthing.

 Photo courtesy of Sechelt Archives

Photo courtesy of Sechelt Archives



REGISTER ONLINE (CLICK HERE)  |  Seaside Centre: 5790 Teredo St. Sechelt

Introduction and documentary film 2PM to 3PM (admission by donation)

Hands-on Workshop 3:15PM to 6PM | $25 |All materials included. Workshop is limited to 12 participants! 

A first for the Sechelt Arts Festival this year, learn about the origins of type and the basics of letterpress printing.

No previous experience is necessary, however, you must register to secure your space in the workshop. 

Participants are encouraged to bring a favourite “quote” to reproduce during the workshop, 15 to 20 words/100 to 150 characters. The group will be broken into 4 teams of 3 participants, each team having access to a selection of cases of metal type and a printing press. The workshop will start with a brief intro on the origins of moveable type followed by instructions in the basics of hand-setting type for your group creation. Every participant gets their hand at hand-setting type, locking-up their form and hand-pulling a number of prints. Everyone gets to bring prints of their own composition home, as well as a copy of each of the other 3 teams’ compositions.

The instructors:

Jan & Crispin Elsted, The Barbarian Press, Mission, BC ( check out trailer for thier new film documentary)

Stuart Isto, Isto Press, Powell River, BC (check out their short doc here - https://youtu.be/v2lT7Q8Qz98 )

Gary Shilling, Flying Ink Letterpress, Powell River, BC

Yvon Lantaigne, Fox & Found Press, Halfmoon Bay, BC

About the instructors:

Crispin & Jan Elsted founded Barbarian Press in Kent, England, in 1977. In 1978 they relocated to Mission, B.C., where the press has been active ever since. Barbarian Press is a private press devoted to the publication of poetry, translations, classics of literature in English, books on books, and books on (and with) wood engravings. The books are produced exclusively by letterpress, using hand-set type, and are usually hand bound. The printing is done by Jan, the design and typesetting by Crispin, while the editorial decisions are shared.

The press has an international reputation, and has won seven Alcuin Society design awards and two Judge’s Awards at the Oxford Fine Press Fair. In 1996 it was honoured by two exhibitions, one in Edmonton’s Indigo Gallery devoted to the press’s book, Endgrain: Contemporary Wood Engraving in North America; and a major retrospective, Utile Dulci: Twenty Years at Barbarian Press, at the Kinsey Gallery of Seattle University. In April, 1997, it was the subject of a month-long retrospective exhibition at the National Library of Canada in Ottawa. The press was also featured as a prominent part of the exhibition on Canadian private presses, A Death Greatly Exaggerated: Canada’s Thriving Small and Fine Press, at the Fisher Library in Toronto in 2015.

Barbarian Press is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2017, in honour of which this fall it will publish Ursus typographicus: A Chronology of Bears, which chronicles the 20 pressmarks which have been created for the press by many leading wood engravers,  including Simon Brett, Barry Moser, and Gerard Brender à Brandis. Also presently in the press is a major book on the Curwen Press, Bordering on the Sublime, and several other books are in the planning stages. In 2015, Jan and Crispin Elsted were given the Robert R. Reid Award for lifetime Achievement in the book arts in Canada. see web site

Stuart Isto is a musician, Anglican deacon, lifetime member of the Alcuin Society, letterpress printer and proprietor of Isto Press, located on Cranberry Lake in Powell River, BC.In addition to repairing old books and working on his extensive collection of rare type specimen books and other books related to printing, Stuart is currently working on the creation of various broadsides and a limited-edition book. Stuart also teaches bookbinding and letterpress printing workshops at the Powell River Public Library.

Gary Shilling is the proprietor of Flying Ink Letterpress, based in Powell River, BC. Gary enjoys engaging in the creative process and mixing words with pictures to tell stories. When not pushing pixels he gets tactile with ink, paper, and blocks of wood and metal precisely 0.918” high. Gary is active in the cultural community of Powell River – he’s the Executive Director of the Powell River Film Festival and President of the Friends of the Library.

Yvon Lantaigne is the proprietor of Fox & Found Press, currently relocating in Halfmoon Bay, BC. Yvon returned to letterpress in 2007 after a 30 year hiatus from his college years’ training. His passion for typography and the craft of letterpress compelled him to host various training workshops for aspiring Vancouver area artists, where he co-founded the Vancouver Letterpress League in 2011. Yvon looks forward to resume carving illustrations in wood and linoleum and combining them into hand-set wood and metal type compositions in his upcoming print studio in Halfmoon Bay. He is currently working at creating a Sunshine Coast chapter of the Letterpress League, care to join in?

 Internationally acclaimed  Barbarian Press  founders, Crispin and Jan Elsted, will lead the Origins of Type, Letterpress workshop along with local letterpress experts Stuart Isto, Gary Shilling and Yvon Lantaigne.   REGISTER ONLINE HERE!

Internationally acclaimed Barbarian Press founders, Crispin and Jan Elsted, will lead the Origins of Type, Letterpress workshop along with local letterpress experts Stuart Isto, Gary Shilling and Yvon Lantaigne. REGISTER ONLINE HERE!

CAUTION: Note that in the course of this workshop, soy-based printing inks will be used. While protective nitrile gloves will be supplied for everyone, individuals suffering from a particular medical or respiratory condition may want to refrain from attending.

WHAT TO (NOT) WEAR? For your own safety, we suggest removing heavy rings or dangling jewellery during the sessions. Long chains, pendants, ties, and loose scarves should be safely secured- long hair should be tied back. Consider wearing comfortable flat shoes, and fitted clothing you don’t mind staining with ink (or an apron).



REGISTER ONLINE (click here) | Maximum 15 participants per class |   FLAMENCO: 11am TO 12:30pm | TAP: 1pm to 2:30pm |NOTE - NEW TIMES!

COAST ACADEMY OF DANCE: 5645 Wharf Ave Sechelt

FLAMENCO: Learn flamenco from one of the best! Karen Pitkethly, Artistic Director and choreographer from Vancouver's Karen Flamenco will teach an inspiring "beginner-level" flamenco class. Great for dance students and adults.

TAP: Modern tap artistic director and choreographer Troy McLaughlin will teach an "intermediate- level" tap class for students and adult dancers with some previous training.

PLUS Watch Karen and Troy and their dancers  perform the premier performance of Grease, at the Ravens Cry Theatre, the evening before your class.

 ( see Grease dance performance page for more info).

 Vancouver dance Artistic Directors and choreographers,  Troy McLaughlin  and  Karen Pitkethly  will teach flamenco and tap workshops.

Vancouver dance Artistic Directors and choreographers, Troy McLaughlin and Karen Pitkethly will teach flamenco and tap workshops.



REGISTER ONLINE ( CLICK HERE) | Sunshine Coast Arts Centre, 5714 Medusa St Sechelt - 7PM to 10PM

Terry Aleck and Christine Turenne will share their process of drum and stick making through video and demonstration. Terry and Christine will also share some of ther stories about how they got into teaching people of all walks of life and from around the world who have made drums with them.

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