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Monday, September 18, 2023
Is it fair to say it’s fall, and if so, was the Fall Fair in Peachland this fall the success so many say it was? Now, roll that round your tongue a few times!!! The answer to both questions, by the way, is an unqualified ‘Yes!’.
The weekend not only revolved around the success of the Fair, but it also combined with the impressive opening at the Peachland Art Gallery of the latest exhibition Nature’s Labyrinth, the current exhibition and works of the Kelowna Sculptors Network Society. An absorbed crowd roamed the eclectic mix of two and three-dimensional art while accompanied by the young Barbaza trio who filled the Mary Smith Hall with delightful music on violin and cellos. Some of you will remember their concert with their OSO teachers during the HeARTS Festival last February. You can see a slideshow of most of the exhibition’s art works on our website. You will also find the images on our Facebook page. But images of artworks NEVER do justice - be sure to see the REAL works themselves! The show runs Wednesdays to Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm until Monday, October 9.
Peachland has become an even more colourful town following the Making Waves weekend last September 2 and 3 . There is now a lively fox mural on the fire station wall in the lane beside the dentist office. This is soon to be followed by another mural with a fruits and wellness theme on the wall at 4th Street Place, currently the home of the Peachland Wellness Centre and Peachland Food Bank. On that Saturday, in the early evening and in conjunction with the “Making Waves” weekend, Peachland Community Arts Council (PCAC) member, Paula MacLaughlin, hosted a very successful Peachland's Got Talent competition in Heritage Park before an enthusiastic audience. Three judges, Peachland Mayor Patrick van Minsel, Deb Livingstone, president of the PCAC, and Geoff Trafford of the Peachland Wellness Centre commented on the performances and awarded prizes at the end. There were fifteen performers in total. A cross section of talent (aged 12 to adult) included ukulele, guitar, vocals, piano, comedy, and the spoken word. Each performance was special which made judging so difficult! Nonetheless, the winners of both children and youth categories were two sisters Lydia McCallum (10) and Ava McCallum (16) who sang so beautifully and expressively (see images attached). The road closure between Summerland and Peachland had caused them to come to Peachland by boat! Second place in the children's category went to Lily Bassett-Smith who sang and played ukulele with great poise. Second place in youth was Cecelia Sales an accomplished young pianist. In the adult category, Tony Pattison won for his skills on ukulele along with his incredible musical whistling and second place went to Marilyn Dodd for her original poetry recitation. The caliber of talent made this a very special event. Kudos to all the performers! The Peachland Mural Festival hopes to have a talent show again next September. Get ready all of you out there! It's never too early to start preparing!
Popular art instructor, Jim Elwood is returning to the Peachland Little Schoolhouse Fall Workshops with a series of 4 workshops in drawing technique and mediums. And the Pens in Peachland writing group (which continues to grow) welcomes new members within the Okanagan Valley to check out what they are inspiring to write each week at the Peachland Little Schoolhouse. Meetings will start this coming Wednesday September 20 from 10 am to noon at 1898 Brandon Lane in Peachland. These workshops, sponsored by the PCAC, fill up quickly and so you’ll not want to miss this opportunity - don’t wait! Contact Mary Staudinger at email@example.com for details.
The "Shape of the Lake" contest is still on until the end of the month! It’s all in the name of conservation. Just head down to The Peachland Historic School to "Celebrate the Salmon Sculpture" and enter your name on a ballot for a chance to win! Ballots are available to fill out until the draw on September 30, 2023. There are also specially made salmon key chains and two varieties of "Authentic Indigenous Wild Candied
BC Salmon Jerky" to purchase.
Local artist, historian and PCAC member Richard Smith has received an award for his photographic image of Lake Okanagan - specifically the Judges' Favourite Award in the Lake Landscapes category in the 2023 Lake Biodiversity Photo Challenge organized by Living Lakes Canada. They are a national non-profit focused on water stewardship. There were 629 photos submitted this year from across every province and territory in Canada. Smith’s image was awarded Judge Favourite in the Lake Landscape category for his capture of Lake Okanagan after an afternoon rainstorm. What a truly beautiful part of the world we live in - eh?
Seems Penticton artist and PCAC member Peggie Collins has spent her summer well! She mentions in an email that apart from her ventures with her grandchildren (especially on the water) she attended a workshop sponsored by the Federation of Canadian Artists. It was led by artist Doug Swinton who introduced her to twenty-minute paintings. Talk about a stress test! Although she produced a few, she was more comfortable with forty-minute paintings (if she was to be really satisfied with the results). Now, there’s a challenge for some of you to consider! You may remember Collins for her 100 Shoes for Mental Health project where she borrowed a collection of shoes (all types) from various people which she used as subjects to paint. The proceeds from the purchase of these paintings went to the Canadian Mental Health Association.
Those of you who have attended events at the Kelowna Community Theatre will have noticed on occasion exhibitions of paintings hanging in the lobby. Currently, the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art has a call for submissions open for those artists who may wish to showcase their works in that space. Artists must be current residents of the Central Okanagan which of course includes Peachland and West Kelowna. Artworks must be completed, finished, and ready for presentation by October 25, 2023. Those selected will receive CAR/FAC royalties for the presentation of their work. There’s an online session on September 28 from 7 to 8:30 pm that will provide details of the submission process and a question-and-answer period. Register here for free. For more information about the exhibition spaces and submission guidelines, click here.
The production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte - The School for Lovers, that was cancelled by Opera Kelowna during the summer because of the West Kelowna fire, will now be performed at the Kelowna Community Centre for one performance only at 2 pm on Monday, October 7. There are a limited number of seats still available at the underlined link. Here’s your opportunity for a fine evening of entertainment!
Last Wednesday’s opening Korean film, Past Lives, at the Kelowna Film Society was a particularly good start to the season – it was well directed with an interesting plot and creative cinematography! This Wednesday’s, as mentioned in the last newsletter, is the French film, Full Time (A Plein Temps). If you’ve not booked your seats, you’ll be lucky to get good ones (if any are left)!
The following week’s film at the Orchard Plaza Cinema, Wednesday, September 27 at 4 and 7 pm is Eight Mountains, an Italian film with English sub-titles. The film is an adaptation of the 2016 novel by Paolo Cognetti in which two men first meet as children during family vacations in an isolated village at the foot of the Alps. As adults the two become reunited with the common purpose of constructing a cabin in the Alps. It’s a paradox that it’s their affinity for nature that conflicts with the demands of society and threatens to drive the two apart. The film was the winner of the Jury Prize at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival.
A lot to take in this week, n'est-ce pas? Better cut it short then!
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