Organizations

organizations bannerPEACHLAND ART GROUP
PEACHLAND LITTLE THEATRE SOCIETY  
(formerly Peachland Players)
PEACHLAND VARIETY SINGERS
PINCUSHION QUILT GUILD
MINIATURE ENTHUSIASTS of the CENTRAL OKANAGAN

The PCAC mission is to encourage the arts in all its aspects: visual, literary, and performing and to support both recreational and professional artists of all ages. As a not-for-profit organization, it is responsible for an overall total of around 400 participants. It is the umbrella organization for 15 different arts organizations and is supported by three patrons of the arts and two corporate members.

PEACHLAND ART GROUP

June Venutti & Joan Walter

A room full of light

 

We are a casual group, most of us amateur painters, meeting once a week in the Community Centre on Thursdays from 9:30 – 12:30 from mid September to the end of May.  We come together to learn, teach, encourage, critique and marvel at each other’s work.  Most of us are hobby painters, some more serious, and some downright professional!  We are here for our love of painting!  We welcome anyone with an interest in painting.  During the year we hold several in-house workshops with various Okanagan artists at very reasonable rates.  Beginners are always welcome.  This year we have a membership of 48 artists from Peachland and the Westside.  Our yearly fee is only $30.00 and everyone is welcome to attend.

Joan Dupuis & Berni Buyse - critiques always help!

Joan Dupuis’ critques – always helpful

On the last Sunday in May we present our annual art show and sale.  It is our chance to showcase the group and feature paintings created during the year.  In 2010 our group celebrated its 50th show!  Our ‘Golden Anniversary Galleria’ at the Community Centre in Peachland featured paintings from the group’s alumni dating back 50 years as well as over 200 of our current works in various mediums including oil, acrylic, watercolour and pastel We put on a fabulous luncheon and tea.  Our Mayor presided over a cake cutting ceremony at 1:00 pm.  Admission was by donation.  Our annual show is all about participation, so no matter what their level or skill, our beginners are encouraged to enter their work.  The money collected from donations goes towards paying our rent at the Community Centre  as well as our insurance costs for the group.

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Chris Berry – a study in concentration

 

One of the group’s first projects in 2010 was to create 30 new banners for the City to be hung along Beach Avenue.  Each banner celebrates some aspect of life in Peachland and the Okanagan.   Some of the banners can be viewed in the gallery.  During Arts & Culture week, Peachland’s Arts Council sponsored a ‘Banner Walk’ along Beach Avenue.  Our group’s artists were in attendance along with the Mayor and 50 or 60 residents.  We walked along Beach Ave. as each artist shared his or her inspiration for their banner.  We then headed back to the Little Schoolhouse for refreshments afterwards.

 

           

Richard Smith

 

The group helped to celebrate Peachland’s 100th Birthday, by featuring Centennial themed paintings in our show.  Each member was asked to create an ‘old time’ painting showcasing some aspect of life in Peachland 100 years ago.  The show was a  huge success and our Centennial paintings were hung in the Library for the rest of the summer for everyone to enjoy.

 

 

Mary Smith

 

The Peachland Art Group was started in the late ‘50’s by Mary Smith, a long time Peachland resident, and three of her friends, Jean Coldham, Myrtle Ferguson and Anne Webber.  The first sessions were held in the old Municipal Hall with about 6 or 8 people.  One year the class was held in the school, then for a few years, afternoon classes were held in the Legion Hall.  When the Centennial hall was added to the Community Hall in 1971,  classes were held there on regular Thursdays and have continued ever since. The Peachland Art Gallery now resides in the Mary Smith Hall named after Richard Smith’s mother.

 

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PEACHLAND LITTLE THEATRE SOCIETY (formerly PEACHLAND PLAYERS)

Submitted by Bill Bennett

Bill Bennett, former director of the Peachland Players, describes in his own words how the original Peachland Players group came about:

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Our Town (First production)

 

“Some 15 years ago Ricki Morin contacted me and asked if it was possible to form a theatre group in Peachland. Well, that was the start.

We called ourselves The Peachland Players and somehow found a cast for our first production, Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. We performed in the Community Centre with the audience on three sides. We also took the play to Westbank and Kelowna.

 

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A Christmas Carol

 

                              

There followed a number of children’s plays on the stage in the Community Centre and also a shortened version of A Christmas Carol.

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The Chalk Garden

  

 

Then along came the Bowling Alley. After taking a look at it we tried the acoustics and decided to mount The Chalk Garden. We set up crude lighting, laid carpets on the concrete floor, and it was a success.

 

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Agnes of God

 

 

 

During the next two years with the help of the Arts Council, the Archery Club, and others, we laid a sprung floor, darkened the walls to avoid reflected light and generally improved the place. We gave it the name 4th Street Place.

Now after some twenty full length plays and musicals, including the Fantastics, Agnes of God, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, and Steel Magnolias we are waiting to start our Summer Junior Players’ Production, Androcles and the Lion.

Some later plays were a Christmas pantomime, Mother Goose, and a spring play, The Effect of Gamma Rays On Man in the Moon Marigolds.

Though at the moment we do not have full use of 4th Street Place, we have formed a good working relationship with the Peachland Boxing Club and are looking forward to a rosy future. We are grateful to have an enthusiastic  Peachland audience that continues to fill our seats and enjoy our productions.”

For more information contact: 

Rhoda Weisgarber     250-767-2196      rhodaw@shaw.ca

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PEACHLAND VARIETY SINGERS

Submitted by Frank Warburton

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Peachland Variety Singers

 

The Peachland Variety Singers, now in their 33rd year, are the longest running Senior choir in the Okanagan valley with an average number between 35/50 coming from Westbank as well as Peachland with some members ageing into their nineties and still singing a robust song even though it is only in the bathroom while having a shower or bathing.

 

 

Phyllis Papineau has been the current choir director for the past 16 years. The energy and humour she displays to her choir members has to be seen to be believed. Phyllis will tell you that singing is a good exercise for your breathing it is also a right, left, brain activity and that music and song is always talking to you, giving joy to our heads and hearts and voiced through the choral singing. The total activity is reputed to help with memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

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The Croakers and BIG blue Frog

Our talented accompanist Dave Smith with his patience and ability to portray his humour through the keyboard is another story, and can only be appreciated by hearing what he can make those ivories do.

The choir undertakes to perform two concerts a year Spring and Christmas and some members of the choir sing on different occasions at other concerts and local functions, also at times at care homes where the audience is invited to join in the singing of the old familiar songs of today and yesteryear So if you have a song deep inside you come and join the choir, recruiting takes place in the Fall and early Spring every year, no audition required. Come on all you men who sing in that bathroom venue, don’t be shy, please come and join us we are always looking for that hidden Peachland talent. As members will tell you everyone has fun with song and even though the practice may be trying you leave feeling invigorated and humming that favourite you have just been practicing with joy in your heart and a smile on your face.

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Big Blue Frog

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Dave Smith and Phyllis Papineau

 

At the concerts some of the choir named the ‘Treasures’ may well display part of those Peachland hidden talents by singing a solo or duet or perhaps even reciting a poem, and very often present a small skit* which is sure to broaden that smile on your faces.

 

 

* For a PDF sample of one of their skits please double click here.

For more information, please contact Phyllis Papineau  at phyllisap@shaw.ca  or phone 250-767-2546

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PINCUSHION QUILT GUILD – Peachland

Submitted by Rita Macdonnell

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What better name for a quilt guild than “pincushion “- the name of the distinctive mountain that looks over us all in Peachland and the name of an essential tool that all quilters rely on.

Formed in 2004, we are just completing our sixth year together.  Pincushion Quilt Guild is comprised of energetic and talented quilters who come together twice a month to sew, learn, design, consult and, yes, sometimes just chat.  Some of our members have quilted for more than twenty years and some are beginners.   No matter what your skill level, you’ll find an easy fit with our group.

In 2009, we helped Peachland celebrate its Centennial by mounting a OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAshow, called “A Century of Quilts”.  The collection of antique quilts spanned almost two centuries and demonstrated various styles and materials, truly showing how quilting has changed over the past many years.  The display of contemporary quilts demonstrated incredible diversity, in style, pattern, fabric, colour and technique.

Every year we undertake several  “community” projects, such as quilts for the Kelowna Hospice House a ‘Quilt of Valour’ for our armed forces. This year’s plan includes completing a quilt for our local on-call ambulance attendants to use, as well as completing a Breast Cancer Quilt.  This quilt, along with many others, will that will travel on display from coast to coast and then be auctioned off for Breast Cancer research.  Next year, guild members will take on the challenge of creating tote bags, designed especially for patients receiving cancer treat-ments.

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We have organized several workshops during the year, as well as many “mini-workshops’ given by our more talented members.

PQG QuiltsOf course, there’s always lots of time to work on our own projects.  We meet at the Community Center on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, between the hours of 9:00 and 4:00, and hold a short business meeting on the last Wednesday of the month.  Bring your sewing machine or your hand quilting project.   We have lots of room and some basic equipment for our members to use, and there will always be someone there to answer a question or help solve a problem.  New members are always welcome.

For more information,  please contact Donna (767-0330), Gail (767-9618) or Rita (767-9429)  or visit our website www.pincushionquiltguild.webs.com.

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MINIATURE ENTHUSIASTS OF THE CENTRAL OKANAGAN (M.E.C.O.)

The Miniature Enthusiasts of the Central Okanagan (M.E.C.O.) is a group with members from Kelowna, West Kelowna, and Peachland.

We are a small, fun-loving group dedicated to spreading the joy and enthusiasm of the world of miniatures!

We welcome members of all ages and different backgrounds to join our group and share with us, your interest in miniatures. Whether it’s dollhouse scale (1:12), half scale (1:24) or smaller, we’d love to have you join us for our monthly meetings.

Our web site: http://www.meco1.blogspot.ca

For more information contact Barb Yeo at 250-767-2842 or barbandpaulyeo@shaw.ca

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Flower carts to scale

The carts are made from wood kits in three different scales one twelfth, one half, and one quarter. The wood is unfinished Basswood, the wood was in all individual pieces, the wheels were complete.

One twelfth, means that one inch equals one foot in reality. One half, is that half an inch equals one foot in reality One quarter, is a quarter inch equals one foot in reality.

The flowers are all hand made in the corresponding scales.

 

Quarter scale Tudor house

 

Made from scratch using card stock, foam core, wallpaper for outside stucco, plastic for windows, Cherrywood for flooring and individual shingles. Chimney and stones were made from egg cartons.

 

 

Tudor house interior

 

The house is furnished.

This is the inside with furniture. The furniture is a mix of wood kits, items made from scratch with paper, card stock, foam core, lace, Fimo and jewellery findings.

 

Flower shop window in one twelfth scale

 

Wood kit display case for a collection of flowers. The kit is Basswood. The flowers are Fimo, paper, natural dried plants, and fiber.

 

Our web site: http://www.meco1.blogspot.ca

For more information contact Barb Yeo at 250-767-2842 or barbandpaulyeo@shaw.ca

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