What the Plus Festival ~ July 22-August 7, 2021

WHAT THE PLUS (+) Arts Festival

Group LGBTQ2S+ Art Exhibition, Artist talk, Writers Workshop + QR Zine

2021 Theme: Creative Self Portraits ~ Beyond the Selfie

Powell River, BC

July 22-August 7, 2021

Moving beyond our inaugural LGBTQ2S+ art festival in 2020, where we focused on the gradient implications of the ‘+’ within LGBTQ2S+, our ‘Creative Self Portraits – Beyond the Selfie’ themed show this year celebrates the queer self-portrait, as a way to further develop our local LGBTQS2+ conversation, as we strive toward greater queer visibility and understanding in our community.


This year we have 14+ artists presenting works and ideas that play with identity, gender and sexuality in a wide array of media. Our art exhibition is rounded off by an artist talk on opening night, a writers workshop, and a Q(uee)R Zine!


Presenting our artists and guest speakers:

Brian Baxter (painting, sculpture)
andrea bennett (author, workshop leader)
Alfred Bolster (photography, Installation)
Erika Gail (fibre arts; embroidery and tapestry)
Angelica Hamilton (mixed media, painting)
Prashant Miranda (painting/illustration + guest speaker)
Kathryn Neun (Mixed media)  
The Noise (mixed media, painting)
Kate Parkinson (Illustration)
Koosen Pielle (guest speaker)
Chris Roberts (painting)
Giovanni Spezzacatena/rabideye (curator, painting + animation)
Jenny Taves (painting)
Earle Thompson (photography)
Makaila Wenezenki (painting, video)

WHAT THE PLUS + ART EXHIBITION:

JULY 22 – AUGUST 7, 2021

OPENING NIGHT: THURSDAY, JULY 22 – 5:30PM

Welcoming introduction by Koosen Pielle and artist talk by Prashant Miranda

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LGTBQ2+ MEMOIR WRITING WORKSHOP:

SATURDAY JULY 31, 2021 at 2-4PM

‘Writing the Self, When the Self is in Flux’ by andrea bennett

To reserve a seat, email whattheplusart@gmail.com or giovanni@rabideye.com Limited space. Masks required and BC Public Health Officer recommendations fully followed.

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Q(uee)R ZINE:

Our interactive gallery guide/ mini fanzine with submissions from all over; available at the gallery.

It’s all at The Art Centre – qathet Public Art Gallery #215, 6975 Alberni Street, Powell River BC

Gallery hours: Tues, Thurs, Sat 12-5PM (free of charge; current Public Health Orders will be strictly followed)

Presented by Malaspina Art Society, and sponsored by:

Info: whattheplusart.wordpress.com email: whattheplusart@gmail.com The Art Centre- qathet Public Gallery: 604.485.4278

MAS News – BC Arts Council Funding

The Malaspina Art Society thanks the BC Arts Council for $18K in funding through the Arts & Culture Resilience Supplement program. These funds are allowing us to plan programs for 2021 that will be safe and to provide online alternatives.

MAS relies on membership fees, grants, and donations to provide workshops, support an annual qathet Region Studio Tour, host exhibitions, and maintain our communications. 2020 has been challenging on many fronts and the Resilience Supplement will assist us in adapting to a changing cultural environment.


We will be hosting a virtual AGM in the near future to discuss our vision for 2021.
Become a new member of MAS or renew your membership for 2021 today. If you are interested in assisting us to move forward, please consider joining our Board of Directors. Contact us at malaspinaartsociety@gmail.com or use the contact form at https://artpowellriver.com/contact/.

Thank you,

Lorna Downie

President, Malaspina Art Society


Member of ARTS BC