Jacqueline Hamlin is finding out the breadth of talent in South Delta.
She's been the recreation programmer at the Tsawwassen Arts Centre, a venue that's home to plays, art exhibits and more, since 2011.
Hamlin, who lives in Tsawwassen, notes Delta parks, recreation and culture programs are getting started this month while the Sidekick Players have a new production, If We are Women, that will hit the stage in early February. The local theatre group calls the arts centre home.
Talented performers from the community get a chance to try out material at ongoing Open Stage nights.
Hamlin, who previously taught skating lessons in Delta, has an artistic side as well, having grown up playing piano and saxophone.
The Tsawwassen Arts Centre is at 1172-56th St.
Q: You've been at the arts centre since 2011. How have you enjoyed the position so far?
It's been great to be here. I think the thing I've noticed the most is the amount of talented people that are in our community - the visual artists who put up their work here or the people who come to Open Stage and play music or try to do their comedy or try out new things. Just seeing everyone come in and have a place to go, that's been the most exciting part of it.
Q: What's a typical day at work like for you? I come in, end up answering e-mails about different programs if people have any questions about registering their child, giving information about that. I often get visitors coming in to look at the art or ask questions. Still trying to get people to know this is the arts centre and that it's here.
Q: What are some upcoming shows or exhibits you're looking forward to?
We just opened a show yesterday (last Monday). It's called Art in Action by Nasser Ghaderi. His show is until Jan. 30. Then we have another artist coming in on Jan. 31 who will be having an opening night on the 31st as well.
We have an Open Stage, which is where artists come in and perform, on Jan. 30. Other than that, its registered programs through Delta Parks and Rec that are starting ...
Q: What are a few things that make the arts centre a good venue?
It's a great space. The theatre ... it's cozy. I know the Sidekick Players Club, that has their theatre productions here, they like it because it's a great space and it's cozy enough to get enough people in there for a good crowd. It's definitely an interestingly shaped building. It's a neat kind of space for artists to come in and check out. It's a good gallery space.
Q: Are there any events or programs you'd like to see more of in the future?
We do have opportunities for youth bands or (groups) like that to come and do concerts with us, to co-sponsor it with Delta Parks and Rec. That way we can decide on ticket cost and things like that. It's a good performance space for that when we do have the time and it would be great to have any local bands who want to come in and perform.