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Monday, January 6, 2020
May the year ahead be full of happiness, good health, and artistic inspiration for you all! And welcome to our new members!
Some of you who have never painted may have developed an itch to do so (perchance after attending some of our Peachland Art Gallery exhibitions?) and would like to consider Sandra Dirom’s Beginners’ Watercolour Series starting tomorrow, this Tuesday, from January 7 to February 11 at 1 to 4 pm at the Peachland 1898 Little Schoolhouse Winter Workshops. Dirom’s considerable talent as artist and teacher will help you paint with watercolours or upgrade your ability to do so.
Also from January 18 to 19 Colleen Dyson will hold a Colour Theory Workshop from 10 am to 4 pm aimed primarily at the beginner and intermediate painter although it can also be a refresher for the more experienced. A Colour Theory Journal will be provided. Places are still available for both these workshops and so if you’re interested please contact Sharon McPhee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first concert of the year to be held in the Peachland Art Gallery will be An Evening with Lynda Brown on the Dulcimer, Friday, January 31 at 7 pm. While the traditional dulcimer is a comparatively simple instrument, the one that Brown will be playing is considerably more complicated and will surprise you with the range of delicate, melodious, and indeed wonderous sounds that she will create. Tickets are free for a limit of 50 people and a wine and cheese will accompany the evening. They can be ordered or picked up from the Gallery when it opens on January 18. Ticket-holders are reminded that if they are not able to attend, they should as a courtesy either hand them over to friends or phone the gallery at 250-767-7422 so that others may take their place.
The opening of the first exhibition at the Peachland Art Gallery is only two weeks away and excitement is building. The public is invited to the opening of the 5th Captured Images exhibition on Saturday, January 18 from 12 to 3 pm. This is one of the largest and longest running exhibitions in the Okanagan featuring 28 top fine art photographers and 68 quality works. Refreshments will be served and the photographers will be in attendance at the opening. For sheer size, quality, and depth of subject matter you won’t want to miss this one! Please tell your friends! By the way, have you had a look at the 2020 Exhibition Schedule at the Peachland Art Gallery yet? I’ve attached it above. It’s really exciting!
Planning for our 9th annual HeARTS Festival is gearing up. This year's theme is "The Roaring 20's". We're looking forward to some creative expressions dating back to the 1920's. We shall have a similar line-up of events as last year's festival including an arts event for each day of the week. This could be a workshop, lessons, a performance, displays, or an open house. The idea behind the festival is to invite the public to join in various arts events and give exposure to some of our smaller art groups in town. The week-long festival runs February 10 to 16. Stay tuned!
The New Moon Gallery in West Kelowna is offering to help you chase away the January blues by taking a class in their 2020 IN FOCUS series. Classes are on Thursdays from 1 to 4 pm and cost $55 with all supplies provided. They are: January 9 - Sunflowers inspired by Van Gogh; January 16 - Drawing Animals; January 26 - Exploring Watercolours and January 30 - Abstract Acrylics. Their classes also extend into February. Register by phoning 778-797-0791.
Sovereign Acts is a touring exhibition of eight well known Indigenous contemporary artists that is currently showing until March 1 at the Kelowna Art Gallery. The exhibition showcases photography, video, and installation works and illustrates the history of Indigenous Peoples performing cultural dances and practices for international and colonial audiences, an important part of Indigenous art generally and performance art specifically – well worth a visit.
With the current rise of dictatorial regimes around the world, even perhaps the possible threat of one in our own back yard, it’s not surprising that the latest production of the Kelowna Actors Studio should be a play based on George Orwell’s 1984 at The WorkRoom, their new theatre-in-the-round venue on Enterprise Way.
Winston Smith, the main character, lives in a society where cameras constantly follow everyone’s actions. He attempts to write a diary recording the circumstances which is punishable by death under the totalitarian rule of The Party. The nature of theatre-in-the-round with the actors within easy reach means that the audience is very much encompassed by the proceedings. Be prepared for intense scenes, graphic elements, violence, adult language, strobe lights, fog, sudden blackouts, jackhammer sounds, and the plot’s extreme torture scenes. This is an age 13+ performance only. The production begins a week Wednesday, January 15 at 7:30 pm and runs until January 26. Tickets can be purchased through our website.
Have you ever thought of writing a play yourself but never quite had the courage to put it down on paper? Well there’s a group that may help you. They meet the first Monday of every month, October to May, at the Summerland Arts Centre from 7 to 9 pm. They are the Play Writing Group, members of the Summerland Singers and Players. You can email them at email@example.com for more information. Break a leg!
The Summerland Arts & Culture Centre on Wharton Street in Summerland will be starting an interesting lecture series by Antonella De Michelis titled Made in Italy that has been running in Penticton for three years. The series will explore Rome and its history. Series 1 starts on Thursday, January 9 from 7 to 9:30 pm by exploring the function of the piazza in Italian life from the cafe culture of Piazza Navona to the marketplace of Campo de Lfori. Tickets are $2 each or $90 for the complete series. Visit www.summerlandarts.com for more information.
The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra will have you rocking nostalgically at the Kelowna Community Theatre on Friday, January 17 with their ORCHESTRAL ROCK ODYSSEY - THE GARY CABLE PROJECT. They’ll be performing at 7:00 pm with The Gary Cable Project to bring timeless rock music to the stage with the greatest hits of the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s while featuring some of Canada’s greatest musicians alongside the orchestra. They’ll also be performing in Penticton on Saturday, January 18 at 7:30pm and Vernon on Sunday, January 19 at 7:00pm. They hope to ROCK YOU!!!
The Kelowna Film Society will be back to business a week Wednesday, January 15 (4 and 7 pm), at the Orchard Plaza Cinema with Varda Par Agnès. This documentary about filmmaking (in French with English sub-titles) is created by well-known French filmmaker Agnès Varda herself and is therefore largely autobiographical. It will be appreciated not only by cinema buffs but people lovers.
“This charming and approachable film is a semi-dramatized, auto-biographical and auto-critical work using footage of her speaking at various events, with clips and playfully dramatized reconstructions looking back over her remarkable career. Varda talks about the three governing principles of film-making as “inspiration”, “creation” and “sharing”. What’s so stimulating is the way she gives each principle equal weight, discussing her formal decisions, such as editing with the same intensity and enthusiasm as her more existential motivations (she describes her 1965 summer bummer classic Le Bonheur as “a beautiful summer peach with a worm inside”).” Will you be there?
Great to be back – see you in two weeks!