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Monday, November 26, 2018
As I write, blue skies prevail over the Okanagan - the sun shines, although it won't be long before clouds once again hang heavy and the socked-in inversions of winter droop over us daily. Spirits are up, front-running the winter greys. On Saturday, Peachland was bustling with artisan markets and at night Summerland came alive with its 30th annual Festival of Lights.
From now on the Christmas Artisan Market at the Peachland Art Gallery is open for business during the current exhibition, Artists of the Okanagan. Check out the affordable small canvasses, beautiful hand-painted Christmas ornaments, art cards, Paverpol snowmen and gnomes and fused glass tree sculptures. These are items carefully selected for their artistic skill and offered at a reasonable price. The market runs down the centre of the Mary Smith Hall Tuesdays to Saturdays from 9 to 4 and 10 - 4 on Sundays until December 23.
The magic of the Christmas season will be enhanced this week with the Peachland Little Theatre's production of The Enchanted Bookshop starting at 4th Street Place this Wednesday, November 28 at 7 pm and playing each day until Sunday, December 1 with matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm. An old English bookshop comes alive in the deep hours of night when some very familiar fictional characters attempt to rescue the demise of a threatened bookshop by forestalling some wily thieves. Tickets are: Adults $15 and Students $10, available at Peachland Pharmacy, UPS store in West Kelowna, or at the door if available.
Drawing or painting portraits is not an easy skill. The last of the Peachland Little Schoolhouse workshops, Portraits, will be held on Saturday, December 15 from 10 to 4 pm when Kelowna artist, Jetta Williams, will demonstrate to both new and experienced artists how to become proficient at drawing the human face - you'll learn techniques that show how to place certain facial features as well as how to use tools that form the correct shape. The fee is $50 and participants will receive a supply list. For more information please email: email@example.com
On Thursday November 22, the Mary Smith Hall of the Peachland Art Gallery was roused by the rhythmical beat of a Jazz Quartet comprised of senior music students from Mount Boucherie Secondary School. The programme selection was notable for its variety and also the musical challenges that were met head on. In addition to some rousing numbers there were one or two particularly subtle moments when the percussion of Keon Narinesingh's bass and Cam Powell's drums set a very delicate mood for the combined melodies of Luke Nickel's trombone and Zander Miller's alto sax.
The appreciative audience were treated to a delightful hour's entertainment prior to fine dining at the Gasthaus on the Lake Restaurant in Peachland. The PCAC is grateful to music teacher Christopher Perry for providing us with these highly accomplished students. You can view images of the performance at the above link and also on the Gallery's Facebook page.
Peachlanders familiar with the the Anam Cara Harps & Harmonies will be pleased to learn that the group will be performing a Celtic Blessing in Kelowna at St. Michael's Anglican on December 1 at 7 pm; in Summerland at St. Steven's Anglican on December 2 at 3 pm; and in Penticton at St. Saviour's Anglican on Friday, November 30 at 7 pm. Adult tickets are $20, Seniors and Students $15, Children $10, available at the door or from Evenbrite.
For a magical European Christmas delight, a unique holiday experience will take place Sunday, December 16 from 2 to 5:30 pm at the Ad Lib Art Gallery in West Kelowna. Reservations are required to enjoy this one of a kind experience set with an elegant table setting and state of the arts ambiance. Guests will be astonished at the delicious culinary variety, organic homemade Viennese pastries, special blend of Viennese coffee and complimentary traditional goodies.
Well known Christmas compositions performed in an enchanting setting with cultural traditions from European lands will touch the hearts of all. The two-piano-duet ensemble of Claudia Kargl and Rachael Pauls will perform a varied in-house program of European classics and favorite melodies. What a perfect occasion to dress up and celebrate the holiday season with a special friend! Tickets $40.00 per person. Tel. 250-768-1404 and please visit www.claudiakargl.com .
Opera Kelowna will be performing their Annual Christmas Concert at Evangel Church, Gordon Drive, 7:30 pm on Friday, November 30. The concert features four emerging artists from Vancouver Opera accompanied by the Opera Kelowna Chorus and Children's Chorus. Tickets are $25 purchasable from our website.
This is a reminder to all artists that the Suk'ʷtəmsqilxʷ West Kelowna Arts Council (SWAC) 2019 Call to Artists will be closing as of midnight Friday, November 30. All artists are encouraged to submit work since this is a wonderful opportunity to showcase your work to thousands of travellers whiling away time in Kelowna's airport on the way to and from other lands and who may wish to offer a ready gift to friends or family. The procedures are downloadable from our website at the underlined link above.
Hambleton Galleries on Ellis Street in downtown Kelowna will be opening their 56th Annual Winter Art Show with an evening of fine art from 5 to 8 pm on Thursday, December 6. This all-artist show brings together the incredible talent of 30 of Canada's finest painters, including Ken Gillespie, Nicholas Bott, Dominik Modlinski, Stephanie Gauvin, Laurie Koss, and many more. Witness live painting from Rick Bond and Jessica Hedrick as they create new works over the course of the evening! Entrance is free, with complementary appetizers provided, and free wine tastings hosted by Sandhill Wines. Please RSVP via the links available from the PCAC website link underlined above.
The 2018 Red Dot Member's Show & Sale opened on Friday, November 23 at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art and runs until December 22. The Show and Sale offers the opportunity for Alternator Members to sell their artwork between $25 and $250. 75 per cent of the proceeds goes to the artist and the remainder to the gallery to support their 2019 programme. The happy buyer takes home their purchase and a giant red dot fills the empty wall space.
The Lake Country Art Gallery in Winfield opened their Under 100, 2018 Sale of Art on Saturday, November 24 and continues until Friday, December 21. The exhibition is open seven days a week and comprises small, one of a kind, original artworks by all the Okanagan artist members of the Lake Country Art Gallery. Hundreds of artworks will be available for sale starting at $30 to $100, with a small selection of larger feature pieces.
Season's Sparkles will be lighting up the Arts at the Summerland Arts Centre on Friday, November 30 when you'll be able to shop from 10 to 4 pm for unique handcrafted art and gifts for everyone on your list. Also in Summerland the Summerland Singers and Players will be doing a reading of the play It's a Wonderful Life on Sunday, December 9 from 2 to 4 pm. You're invited to join the reading of the play or simply to listen.
The Summerland Singers and Players will also be holding a Play Writing Workshop with Denise Whittaker on Monday, December 3 from 7 to 9 pm. There's a plan for the group to meet regularly in 2019. Here's a possibility that will stimulate you to write a play for the Ryga Festival. The charge will be $15 at the door. You can pre-register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lynne Wilkes Kinsey will be opening her exhibition Wild and Country at the Front Street Gallery in Penticton from 12 to 2 pm on Saturday, December 1. Kinsey is a self taught artist who has dabbled in pencil, pastels, watercolour, and acrylic. Her subjects include wildlife, horses, and country life, some exhibiting a comical aspect. The show continues Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm until December 21.
December, the holiday season, is a busy one - a time for family, celebration and perhaps some reflection for the New Year ahead. And so I shall leave you my very best wishes 'til then. To you, your family and friends - a Happy Holiday Season, a very Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah or other Holidays of Faith! Above all, lots of good health and happiness in the coming year!
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