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Events on Hornby Island

Gina-Rae Horvath’s Photography at HIAC
Sep 19 – Sep 21 all-day


September 19 to 21st 2014

Opening reception: September 19th, 7-10pm

“If there is any cohesion to this body of work at all, it is purely accidental.

The creation of these images has been a completely organic process. This exhibition represents a twelve week collaboration with more than fifty of the most independant, strong and beautiful women I have met on Hornby Island. The results of these one hour photo sessions are fascinating to me. I have always liked photographing strong minded women, they are of particular interest to me. I like how they hold themselves.The women create themselves in my pictures. It’s always been that way. I have hardly directed at all. I stared endlessly at the models looking for something I have not seen before. This was interesting to me because I see these women around all the time in our small island community. I recognized every one of them as they stood before my camera. Then suddenly I saw them differently. This is a privileged view. None of the images are for sale for this reason.” – Gina-Rae Horvath, photographer


2115A Sollans Rd

In the woods behind the Credit Union

Contact us at 250-335-2070 or hornbyac@telus.net for more info

Fall Photo Workshop
Sep 21 – Sep 24 all-day


Last year photographer and photo educators Boomer Jerritt and Karen McKinnon joined forces, as Illuminate Photo Education, to blend their combined extensive experiences to inspire others with their cameras.

Their first two workshops sold out immediately and the reviews were outstanding, praising the format of two teachers as well as both of them for their enthusiasm, organization, knowledge, and ability to teach and inspire. Throughout the year they continued to host workshop and classes, all of which have sold out and continue to receive raving feedback.
The duo has recently announced the last opportunity to learn with them in 2014, and it will be at one of their favourite locations.

“For both Karen and I, Hornby Island offers more then one could ask for photography inspiration,” said Jerritt, adding that last year, “people were blown away by the beauty that is just a boat ride away.”

Participants will capture the varied and dramatic feeling of fall ushering in on Hornby Island. Stunning seascapes, natural rock formation cliffs at Helliwell, low tides at Tribune Bay, and sunsets at Grassy and Tralee Point will form the backdrop for this inspired opportunity. On this workshop participants will also visit Chrome Island; one of the few manned light houses here on the east coast of Vancouver Island. The event will center around shooting in the field at sunrise with indoor sessions at mid-day and shooting again at sunset. There will also be time for night-time photography, lectures, and photo sharing and ample opportunity for one on one assistance all within the framework of a fun, supported and stimulating small group situation.

“Immersing yourself in photography with like minded people will set the stage for exploring your own personal vision,” said Jerritt, adding, ” Both myself and Karen are excited to be able to help kick-start photographers visual journey in such a supported and encouraging, not to mention inspiring environment”

The Hornby Island workshop will take the new photographer to a level of comfort with their camera, and the advanced photographer will grow technically. Perhaps more importantly though, both can expect to be charged creatively and leave with a fresh perspective for taking in the beauty they see day to day.

The cost for the four day workshop, including all meals, accommodation in beautiful Ford’s Cove and a full experience with a small group and two instructors is $835

The workshop runs from Sunday September 21 to Wednesday the 24th after lunch. To register contact Karen McKinnon at 250-890-9222 or Boomer Jerritt at 250-338-3749.

Plein Air Painting Workshop @ Hornby Island
Sep 22 – Sep 25 all-day

Workshop Dates: 9/22/2014 – 9/25/2014



CLASS INCLUDES: We have made special arrangements to enhance camaraderie with individual attention, instructor demonstrations, painting en plein air and picnic lunches. Instructor and students dine together to make the most out of this great island experience. The local hospitality will surely make this a memorable workshop. Special access to a private golf course along the waters edge and time to relax on the beach, clothing optional. There is something special about an island. Leave your cares on the mainland and just concentrate on the “art spirit”.

Testimonials: Kevin is a fantastic teacher and creates great examples and demonstrations for his students to understand the information he is presenting while making the experience a lot of fun. Wanda and Kevin are a fantastic team and thank you for organizing the workshop and group so well. – RW

Kevin, you’re the best teacher ever and so generous to share your love and knowledge of painting with us. I learned more in 5 days than I have in the last 5 years and I’m encouraged that I can improve with the tools and exercises you gave us. -PK

I appreciated every minute of the time you gave us, and Kevin I really appreciated the valuable information… the valuable instruction… so much of it was completely new to me. Your encouragement hit home. – PM

Kevin exceeded my hopes. Obviously a master at painting, but equally so as a teacher – that magic combination is few and far between… and lets not forget to add Stand Up Comedian to the list – bet there is never a dull moment between the 2 of you. SB

Without question this was the best investment in a workshop I have ever made. – DJ

You were genuinely interested in how each student was doing and that you were very generous with your information and time. – JC

REGISTRATION: Early registration is encouraged. Registration is first come, first served. Kevin’s classes fill quickly. COST: $875 USD.
Reserve your space with a non-refundable deposit of $300 (Paypal available). Class size limited to 20. The balance of the class fee is due August 29. The tuition does not include transportation, food or lodging. Only credit card and Paypal can be accepted. Please call (575) 758-7105 (New Mexico) with questions. CANCELLATION POLICY: Your tuition will be fully refunded if the class must be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.


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Getting There: BC Ferries http://www.bcferries.com is the primary provider of ferry service in the province. They offer scheduled passenger and vehicle service to almost 50 ports of call along BC’s coastline. For ferry schedules see the BC Ferries Website. Approximate ferry crossing with car charge $62.00. High speed Passenger ferry from Seattle to Victoria, British Columbia.
Link: Passenger ferry from Seattle to Victoria

CAR: It takes three ferries to get from the Lower Mainland to Hornby Island. You travel from the Vancouver area to Nanaimo either via Horseshoe Bay to Departure Bay or via Tsawwassen to Duke Point. Your route choice depends on where you are coming from in the Lower Mainland. Horseshoe Bay is the Northern terminal reached via the Trans-Canada (Highway 1) and Tsawwassen is the Southern terminal. Once you reach Vancouver Island, head North on the Island Highway (Highway 19) about 90km (55 miles) to Buckley Bay where the ferry departs to Denman Island on an hourly basis. This drive will take you around an hour. Follow signs across Denman Island to the Gravelly Bay terminal and the ferry to Hornby Island.

PLANE: Comox Valley Airport has direct flights from a few major cities and connecting flights through Vancouver. There are a variety of transit options from the airport including BC Transit, Taxis, and a number of shuttles. See the airport link above for complete details.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Artists are responsible for their own lodging. A list of accommodations and private host homes will be available upon request. Ask about special opportunities to stay and trade art for guest accommodations.

Also available at Sea Breeze Lodge (cabins)
http://www.seabreezelodge.com, Phone (1.888.516.2321),
Email: info@seabreezelodge.com

See more about Kevin’s work and biographical information: http://kevinmacpherson.com

Community Choir @ Clinic Atrium
Sep 22 @ 7:15 pm – 9:00 pm

The Community Choir Needs You! (and you need it)

After each of the past several Community Choir concerts I’ve been told by enthusiastic audience members that it was the best concert ever.

So why is this a problem?

It’s a problem because I’m also hearing from people that they would like to join the choir, but they think they’re not good enough.

My reply is invariably, “You’re as good as anyone who is in the choir now.”

But they don’t believe me.

But really, guys, it’s true!

Ask any Community Choir member: Did they think they would be able to sing music in French, Italian, German, Spanish, Latin, Swahili? Did they think they could learn a bit about reading music without the customary pain and suffering? Did they imagine that they could, as a group, remain on pitch, to the surprise and delight of their benevolent dictator? Did they anticipate that, after dragging themselves away from home after supper on Monday evenings they would return home cheerful and energized?

Studies* have shown that group singing has remarkable mental and physical benefits.
Experience has shown that we can do better than we thought we could.
Step outside your comfort zone, and see how good it feels!

Questions? Call Dr. Laura at 250-335-0470. Or just show up:

Rehearsals are on Mondays at 7:15 in the Clinic Atrium, starting September 15th

Yoga with Ambika @ New Horizons
Sep 23 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Photo by sugarmelon.com on flickr

Photo by sugarmelon.com on flickr

New Horizons
Drop in $12/session

Tuesdays & Fridays
September to June – 9:30 to 11 am

Certified Yoga Instructor Ambika.

Kripalu-style yoga; suitable for all levels.
Please bring a mat/blanket for floor work.

Questions? 250-335-3097
Come and share the energy of YOGA.

Songbirds @ The Thatch Pub
Sep 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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The Songbirds: Great three-part harmonies, lush guitar and lots of energy! Eclectic mix of upbeat retro tunes you’ll love to sing along with, plus new material.

4 new tunes this month. And what will they be wearing?
Thursday, September 25 at The Thatch
6:00 pm.

Jodi Laine, Betty Nightingale, Cath Gray, Larry Lingle (guitar), Don Geppert (guitar)

Song and Meditation (night) @ Hornby Island Yoga
Sep 25 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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Thursdays at 8pm
Hornby Island Yoga – 8120 Central Road


Dear Hornby,

All are welcome to come along to Hornby Island Yoga Studio at Cat Creek, 8120 Central Rd, to sing, hum along or just be present.

One of my favourite things is to hold space for people to come together to share an experience of sound and song that can lift us up and out, carry us in, and deep. I’ve really enjoyed teaching groups and workshops in small communities in New Zealand the songs of Taizé (see below) as a vehicle for this exploration of harmony, unity, stillness and celebration and am happy and honoured to be able to hold this space on Hornby this summer at Diane’s beautiful new yoga studio. Hooray!

Singers of all abilities are welcome, you don’t have to have a great voice just a desire to be there. The songs will be taught in simple, gentle ways with an emphasis on ease, for optimum voice physiology… Come every week or drop-in when you feel inspired.

Taizé is an ecumenical order of monks in Burgundy, France founded during the second world war. They have developed a form of worship based almost entirely on song and with hundreds and thousands of visitors every week from all over the world, they have written and favoured songs that are simple, repetitive and quick to communicate an essence of peace and beauty. The songs are in Latin and a mixture of English and other European languages.

Skate and Swim :)
Sep 26 all-day
Yoga with Ambika @ New Horizons
Sep 26 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Photo by sugarmelon.com on flickr

Photo by sugarmelon.com on flickr

New Horizons
Drop in $12/session

Tuesdays & Fridays
September to June – 9:30 to 11 am

Certified Yoga Instructor Ambika.

Kripalu-style yoga; suitable for all levels.
Please bring a mat/blanket for floor work.

Questions? 250-335-3097
Come and share the energy of YOGA.

Jazz at the Thatch @ Thatch Pub (at Ferry Terminal)
Sep 26 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Chill out and enjoy Hornby’s traditional jazz night. 19 years and older.


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