Arts in brief: Musician hosting art exhibition

Melissa Clark is a busy person, an artist in the visual and musical sense of the word.

In between her doctoring, she is teaching ESL and music privately, is an art educator for in school programs and the community via Langley Centennial Museum, a piano accompanist for violin classes at the Langley Community Music School and is working to complete her music degree through Royal Conservatory of Music.

So it’s little surprise that the artist hadn’t picked up a paint brush for a couple years.

Two recent health scares threw a curveball into her otherwise busy life and got her thinking anew about her art.

“Changes to the way I live gives me some time to pursue painting again which has allowed me a different perspective towards my art work,” she said.

See her paintings along with framed prints, photographs and pottery at her exhibition and sale Oct. 18 and 19 at 4860 203rd St. Stop by between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on that weekend.

Make a date with the Timewalkers

The Langley-centric band the Timewalkers performs at the Blue Frog Studios in White Rock (1328 Johnston Rd.) in a special concert Oct. 11 starting at 8 p.m.

The members – Ron Irving, Michael Vincent, Eli Bryan Nelson and Luke Isaac – have impressive musical credentials, from working with Buddy Holly’s producer, to writing hits for Anne Murray, Jennifer Rush and Michael Buble.

These singer songwriters began playing together for the sheer love of the music. They perform the great pop and rock classics from the ’60s and ’70s. Tickets are available through www.bluefrogstudios.ca.

What’s up, Doc?

A doctor with seven books under his belt and numerous newspaper columns is in Langley today (Oct. 9) at 7 p.m. at Nature’s Fare Market on the Langley Bypass. Call 778-278-1300 to register if attending.

In 1975, Dr. Gifford-Jones (the pen name of Ken Walker) started writing a newspaper column as a hobby for the Toronto Globe and Mail and seven other newspapers. He expected to write the column for a year or two. Now 38 years later, The Doctor Game column can be found in over 70 Canadian newspapers, several in the United States and the Epoch Times which has editions in a number of European countries. 

His latest book What I Learned as a Medical Journalist is a collection of columns. During his medical training he has been a family doctor, hotel doctor and ship’s surgeon. He is a Fellow of The Royal College of Surgeons and author of seven books. He was senior editor of the Canadian Doctor, a regular contributor to the magazine Fifty Plus and other publications. He was awarded a certificate of merit by The Mitchener Foundation for his efforts to legalize heroin to ease the suffering of terminal cancer patients.

Gifford-Jones turned 90 in February 2014.

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