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Monday, March 4, 2019
Some artists may well have felt exhausted for a few days following the HeARTS Festival. PCAC president Deborah Livingstone was full of praise for those who’d put themselves out demonstrating and inviting the public to participate in their particular art form. Hopefully their enthusiasm will spill over to others in the community and their love for the arts will spread afield. Many thanks are due to those visitors, especially newcomers, who turned up and supported the arts.
Images of some of the HeARTS Festival Showcase events can now be viewed in the Artisan showcase Slideshow on the peachlandarts.ca website as well as ‘Blind’ Artist – Susan Haglund on the same page. Jazz vocalist, Anna Jacsyzyn’s concert with guitarists Loni Moger and Sean Bray was a full house hit, and a slideshow of the concert can be viewed on the same page of the website or on Facebook. The concert was followed by a very pleasant dinner at the Peachland Legion restaurant.
Our friends from the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and Kelowna Community Music School will be back with another concert in the Peachland Art Gallery on Saturday, April 6, with dinner at the Gasthaus on the Lake restaurant. This time a new musician has been added to the group, classical guitarist, Alan Rinehart. Four students will be playing – three on violin and one on cello - for an ensemble of seven. The programme will include works by Vivaldi, Bach, Paganini, Haydn, Stradella, and more! Tickets and the Gasthaus menu will shortly be available from the Gallery.
This Friday, March 8, women around the world will be celebrating International Women’s Day, as will we in Peachland. The PCAC is sponsoring two events to which male and female members are invited. Both are at the Peachland 50 Plus Activity Centre – High Tea from 2 pm to 4:30 pm featuring speakers, Renee Wasylyk, Nancy MacDonald and Susan Haglund, then Wine and Cheese from 7 to 9:30 pm with Meena Cleland, Beryl Itani and Geneva Ensign-Langin. This is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
This year’s campaign theme of #Balance for Better is a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world. These six women have been invited to share their life experiences and contributions to their communities. A limit of 75 tickets for each session is available from the Art Gallery (250-767-7422). Admission is by donation. Tickets are likely to go fast. Monies raised from the donation will be contributed to a scholarship for a deserving female graduate.
Captured Images 2019 the exhibition of 68 fine art images captured by 30 fine art Okanagan photographers is currently on display at the Peachland Art Gallery until March 31. It’s the longest running in the Valley and is particularly worth a visit since it contains the works of some of the most notable photographers in the Valley. Drop in if you haven’t already. You’ll be pleased you did. Images of the opening can be viewed on the Gallery Facebook page.
Peachland Art Gallery coordinator, Janet Hornseth is already planning ahead for the 2020 season and sending out a CALL FOR 2020 EXHIBITION PROPOSALS. If you are an individual artist, member of a group of artists, curator or non-profit organization who would like to be juried for consideration as an exhibition at the gallery next year, please read the requirements on the website at the underlined link and/or download the attached PDF file. The deadline for exhibition proposals is Friday, September 27, 2019.
The Central Okanagan Foundation offers a $1,500 scholarship to Peachland youths who are volunteers and who are about to pursue post-secondary education in the coming year. If you know of any student who would benefit from such a scholarship be sure to let them know of this opportunity. The grant also applies to students living in West Kelowna, Kelowna, and Lake Country. Applications are available on the COF website at www.centralokanaganfoundation.org. The deadline is March 15, 2019.
Ever thought of sipping on a glass of wine while painting en plein air in the heart of France’s wine country? With “Sip & Paint in the South of France” perhaps you could have that experience. This fall Sallie and Malcolm Johnson are offering artists of all levels, photographers, wine lovers and others that very opportunity - a tentative itinerary for September 4 to September 14, 2019. You’ll have daily opportunities for painting, sketching, scrapbooking, journal writing, photographing and exploring whatever your passion in a variety of beautiful settings. Contact Sallie and Malcolm Johnson for additional information and bookings at email@example.com
The Hambleton Galleries on Ellis Street will be opening their Spring Exhibition this Thursday, March 7 at 5 pm displaying all new work from Stéphanie Gauvin, Tresa Gibson, and Robert E. Wood. All three artists will be live painting throughout the evening. This will be a great opportunity to meet the artists. Entrance is free with complementary appetizers and wine tastings provided.
PCAC member Maureen Warner has extended her teaching of Paverpol sculpture to the Summerland Arts Centre, specifically, Saturday, March 16, 9 to 5 pm at $125 per person. You will be able to create a beautiful figurine perfect for display indoor or outdoors. Learn to sculpt using Paverpol a textile hardener that withstands the external elements. Call 250-494-4494 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Instructors who like working with children from ages 3 to 14 and have experience in the visual arts, music, drama, or dance are needed at the Summerland Arts Centre for their Summer Arts Programme. You’ll be working with children from 2 to 3 hours a day at $30 an hour. Email email@example.com, or phone 250-494-4494, or drop in at the Arts & Cultural Centre on Wharton Street.
Summerland area residents may also be interested in joining traditional fibre artists every Tuesday in downtown Summerland. The Tuesday Afternoon Fibre Arts (TAFA) group gathers between 1 and 4 pm to create, inspire and share their craft. Spin, weave, knit, crochet, needle felt and more! Bring your own supplies and projects or just come join them and be inspired. There is a $2 drop in fee, collected to cover facility use. This is a drop-in program - no membership is required. For more information: www.summerlandtafa.ca
It seems the Kelowna Forum at 1317 Ethel Street is the centre for jazz lovers these days. The Okanagan Jazz and Blues Society has announced that The Kirk MacDonald Quartet featuring the legendary Harold Mabern will be there on Monday, April 8 at 7:30 pm (doors open at 6:30). Acclaimed Toronto based Saxophonist/Composer Kirk MacDonald is touring Western Canada with the legendary American pianist Harold Mabern and is joined by bassist Kieran Overs and Vancouver drummer Jesse Cahill. Tickets for non-members are $35 in advance through okanaganjazzblues.org or $40 at the door if not sold out! This will be a truly powerful and unique concert that has wowed sold out audiences throughout Canada and recently at NYC Lincoln Centre's “Dizzy's Club, Coca-Cola”. Not to be missed!
The dates for the 42nd annual BC Interior Jazz Festival 2019 held here in Kelowna are now set for April 11 to 13 and the featured artist is Mike Murley - an engaging, lyrical saxophonist and one of Canada’s most celebrated and well-respected jazz artists. More details about the Festival closer to the time.
The Kelowna Film Society film originally scheduled for this Wednesday, March 6 at the Orchard Plaza Cinema at 4 and 7 pm has been replaced by Anthropocene: the human epoch. This is a film that shows how human activity has damaged our world but also how what we’ve done to it can be repaired - that there is hope. Six continents and twenty countries were visited in the filming of this documentary. The co-director, Jennifer Baichwal will be in attendance at both screenings to answer questions. Cost: $7 per person plus a one time $1 annual membership fee if not already a member.
The following Wednesday, a German film The Silent Revolution with English sub-titles will be screened. Based on a true story the film follows the accumulating effects when high school students in East Germany react to the Russian repression of Hungary’s 1956 revolution.
Prior to the building of the Berlin Wall, the students learn the truth behind the invasion and its human costs and stage a two-minute silence in solidarity with the victims of the revolution. Their actions involve their teacher, principal, families and ultimately the highest echelons of the state. The film touches on youthful idealism, political oppression, rebellion, official reaction and the power of an unchecked state. This film is the last of the winter series.
No, let’s try to avoid any walls of our own if we can, Mr. ‘T’ ! If you know what I mean? Beautiful day yesterday was it not?
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