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)


JULY 22 – AUGUST 7, 2021


Welcoming introduction by Koosen Pielle and artist talk by Prashant Miranda



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.


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

mycelium rising
submit your art to Underbrush: Mycelium Rising by Oct 22, 2020


Malaspina Art Society is happy to announce our autumn 2020 group art Virtual Group Art show titled ‘Underbrush: Mycelium Rising’

We are inviting all artists in the qathet region to submit new work produced within the last 2 years in any medium that reflects our theme as developed by Giovanni Spezzacatena. Here is a very recent link to a Zoom Discussion with lots of film clips from the feature film Fantastic Fungi to get your creative juices flowing (scroll the timeline to see the film clips).


**Mycelium is the vegetative part of a fungus or fungus-like bacterial colony, consisting of a mass of branching, thread-like hyphae or shiro. The word mycelium literally means “more than one”, and refers to the thread-like body of a fungus; it is the main part of the fungus. The mushrooms that we eat are actually just a small visible part of the organism – the fruiting bodies, like the apple off a tree: the tree, leaves, bark, and extensive root system give birth to the visible fruit.



  • What:  “Underbrush: Mycelium Rising” is a Group Art Exhibition based on the concept and cultural manifestation of Mycelium – and their fruiting bodies: mushrooms. While open to interpretation, the title of the show encourages a point of view that focuses beyond simply representing mushrooms, but into the function and form of mycelium (and mushrooms) also as a metaphor for social issues. Any medium will be accepted (photography, painting/illustration, collage, sculpture/ ceramics, fibre-based work, video, animation, interactive work, sound pieces, installation, written works, etc.)As for the title, the ‘Mycelium Rising’ part of the title is in reference to this famous mushroom book by Paul Stamets, Mycelium Running.
  • Where: Online through www.artpowellriver.com and associated social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter accounts – see side panel for links)
  • Why: To encourage local and non-local artists to produce work in chosen media, on our given theme, and to provide a catalyst for interesting work that may be political in nature (think ‘grassroots’).
  • Who: Local qathet regional artists, including emerging artists and craftspeople.
  • When: Show will open in early November 2020 online at http://www.artpowellriver.com
  • HOW? Apply below: Deadline Oct 22, 2020 – fill out the form below and/or email this info to giovanni@rabideye.com

Once you have sent the form information in please prepare a digital representation of your work (file size between 300KB-1MB) to email giovanni@rabideye.com with your name.