poster of Gabriola Roots film premiere

Many thanks to

Steve Struthers, our event photographer,
Gerry Stefanson* (Cymbal Wear) and Derek Mattes, our intrepid auctioneers,
Sonja Zupanec (Just Another Weed Patch), who donated the lovely flower arrangement for the door prize,
Village Food Mart, who supplied the tents
David Andrews, for the projector, computer, and technical expertise,
Arbutus Home Hardware, for the popcorn machine, and
Sheila Norgate, for the use of her movie screen

*Gerry is co-sponsoring the PHC Dog Show at the Common’s Fall Fair, Sunday, Sept.13 at 11:30.

Many Thanks to our scarecrow creators

Wheelbarrel Garden and Nursery

Village Food Mart

Mid-Island Co-op

The Gabe Shop

Wild Rose Nursery

Coastal Community Insurance Services

Rick Cranston

Coast Realty-Royal Lepage

Gerry the auctioneer at the Gabriola Museum scarecrow auction
Our fun and funky scarecrows were auctioned off by the inimitable Gerry the auctioneer, and his sidekick Derek.
Derek, Gerry's sidekick at the Gabriola Museum

Introduction and background to the Event

The  30 minute film will be preceded by a fun, live auction of the quirky scarecrows created and donated by local businesses and artists to complement the theme of the video. The auction will be for the benefit of the Museum to enable us to undertake similarly ambitious projects in the future.

DVD copies of the film will be available in the Museum gift shop.

The Scarecrows will be on display from September 1-3, at Folklife Village.

In the event of rain, the screening will take place inside the Museum.

Gabriola Museum scarecrow auction-the Gabe Shop
Gabriola Museum scarecrow auction-Coastal Community scarecrow
Gabriola Museum scarecrow auction - Co-op scarecrow
Gabriola MUseum scarecrow auction - Royal Lepage

FILM PREMIERE UNDER THE STARS (with Scarecrows attending)

Excerpt from article submitted by the Gabriola Museum to the Gabriola Sounder newspaper.

Aug.25, 2015

THE LAND PROVIDES film focuses on the unique relationships islanders have to the land, from farming and harvesting to protecting wildlife and preserving the sanctity of the land. The film begins with the earliest islanders, the Coast Salish-Snuneymuxw, and then documents some of the settlers who followed, including the generations of Grays and the enduring Boultons.

Gabriola today supports a wide range of farmers and harvesters. Rosheen Holland and Bob Shields of Good Earth Farm provide healthful local produce. Naomi Melnyk of Cappon Corner Farm raises small livestock as well as produce. Innovative partners on the Watercliff Permaculture Farm are using new methods to grow crops on waterlogged land. The collective workers on the Namaste Farm are practicing multi-use land sharing and conservation. Margo Anfossie is a careful harvester of herbs and Lawrence Mayles has created a wildlife sanctuary on previously logged land. Geraldine Manson of the Snuneymuxw First Nation begins and ends the film with a perspective on the sacredness of the land.

Gabriola Museum scarecrow by Rick Cranston
Gabriola MUseum scarecrow auction - Wild rose scarecrow
Filmmaker Tobi Elliott (Granny Power, Between Wood & Water) was an early instigator of this film, partnering with the Museum to create a video that parallels THE LAND PROVIDES exhibit. “I have always been drawn to stories around the use of land and natural resources – and our relationship with them – so I was delighted to come on board and be able to pursue a story that’s close to my heart.”
Gabriola Museum scarecrow auction-wheelbarrel nursery
Gabriola Museum scarecrow auction - Village Food Mart