Right in the middle of Powell River’s marine drive, Base Camp is a cafe built from scratch by artists out of metallic sculpture and hand-milled wood. It’s like a functioning art installation you can hang out, drink coffee, and eat food in.
Living up to its name, Base Camp has quickly become the watering hole for the huge pack of artists, film-makers, musicians, and lefty politicians roaming about town. Any time I’m there it’s full of cool people drawing up big plans for fun things.
Oh, and did I say anything about how good the coffee is?
The coffee is good. It’s very good, in fact. What they serve there is among the best stuff I’ve tasted, and it’s roasted right here in town by 32 Lakes. Being a wandering caffeine junkie has never been so good.
After spending a profitable afternoon writing at Magpies, I’d gotten an invite to wander down to Base Camp and meet a couple of other artists for a Saturday Night sketchbook jam. It’s supposed to be a weekly event, and I definitely plan on being a regular after my first night there.
I joined Meghan Hildebrand, Kelsey McMillan, and Jesse RG at a big shared table – each of us bringing some wildly different sensibilities to the mix. After a few minutes of tapping my pencil on my head trying to think of something to draw, I decided to make mine a sasquatch – a viking sasquatch to be precise – and because the sasquatch is the sort of official mascot of Base Camp, we all decided to make our own.
After we finished we all put our work up on instagram and used the hashtag #saturdaynightsasquatch. I really hope that becomes the name and hashtag of our weekly art jam. In fact, I’m going to demand it.
I can’t wait to see who shows up next week, and what we end up creating. Stay tuned…