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Monday, December 31, 2018
This is the last newsletter of the Old year and yet in a way it's the first of the New. I'll not be here next week and so I thought it best to anticipate rather than delay by not having a newsletter out until Monday, January 21 at the earliest.
So, we had a green Xmas after all, though in some areas we may have had a dusting of snow. I'm sure that did nothing to inhibit your Christmas spirit and for those who received new ski equipment there was plenty of white stuff in the hills to try it out. Nonetheless, some of us old killjoys who've reluctantly had to give away our skis have been rejoicing! Not for long, though - true. Seems winter's here at last - damn!!!
These coming two weeks, Gallery coordinator, Janet Hornseth, will be busy preparing the Peachland Art Gallery for the first exhibition of 2019 - the Kato Rempel Solo Show - Evolution of an Artist - and it is truly an exciting one to open the New Year. Over a decade, Kelowna artist, Karen Rempel has travelled several countries - among them Sri Lanka, India, and Nepal - honing her artistic skills, constantly exploring different media techniques.
You're invited to join us at the Opening Gala on Saturday, January 12 from noon to 3 pm. The show will run winter hours Tuesdays to Saturdays from 9 am to 4 pm and Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm from January 12 to February 10. Unfortunately, my return flight that very day will miss the event. You are also welcome to visit Rempel's studio online at www.katodesign.ca.
A partial schedule for the Winter/Spring Adult Workshops at the Peachland 1898 Little Schoolhouse is now available on our website. To start the Winter session, Roberta Farrelly is offering a Beginners’ Acrylic Series on Mondays beginning Monday, January 7, from 12:30 to 3:30 pm. This is a six week series for beginners who want to improve their skills. The cost is $60. You can register with Sharon McPhee at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250-767-6556. This is always a popular series but not much time is left to register so please do so ASAP.
The second of the Winter workshops will be Loose and Creative Acrylics! on Saturday, January 26 from 10 am to 4 pm when Anita McComas will lead you through the process of painting Acrylic landscapes. The course is designed to steer you clear of detail by avoiding the use of small brushes and opening you up to a stress-free creative process. The cost of the course is $50. To register for the course please register with Sharon at email@example.com or phone 250-767-6556. For more information about the course itself you can call or text Anita at 250-870-3597 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mid-February will launch the Peachland Art Gallery's 4th Annual 2019 Captured Images Exhibition fast becoming recognized as a useful portal for fine art photographers wishing to expose their work to the Okanagan photography establishment. The venue is open to a broad range of artistic photographic techniques from the experimental to the classic. The gallery's location on the waterfront of the Central Okanagan is ideal for public exposure over a six week period. There is currently a Call for Submissions and the deadline for entry is Friday, January 18. The submission form is available online from the website page at www.peachlandarts.ca/calls-for-submissions.html. This should give the photographer plenty of time to print and frame selected works. Please submit your completed submissions to email@example.com
The Summerland Arts Centre and Summerland Montessori School have a call out to artists for their 2019 Valentine's Art Auction. Artists are invited to submit for jurying original works in all media along with a completed registration form and agreement found in the Artist Package available for pickup at the Summerland Arts Centre. Acceptance is free for members of the Summerland Community Arts Council. Non-members need purchase membership for $20. The deadline for submission is January 18. Delivery date for hanging work is Monday, February 4 and Tuesday, February 5 for all other work.
The Shatford Centre in Penticton has a call out to artists for their Art For Peace Exhibition from January 16 to February 27. Artists are asked to reflect on the concept of Peace and what that may mean to themselves as an individual, as a member of their community, or as a global citizen. They are invited to share their visions in any of the following categories: painting (any media), drawing, photography, graphics, and mixed media. The intention is to use the power of art to inspire dialogue about peace, to generate ideas and to stimulate action. The deadline for delivery of a maximum of two pieces of work is Friday, January 11 together with a $15 fee.
The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra will perform its third Masterworks Concert The Chase Wines Masterworks III - Amadeus at the Kelowna Community Theatre in Kelowna on Friday, January 25 with a free open dress rehearsal (donations optional) from 2 to 4:30 pm. The concert will feature three of Mozart's works written for clarinet, an instrument brand new for his day - his final serenade, symphony and concertos performed by the orchestra's Principal Clarinetist, Erin Fung - a concert not to be missed! A repeat of the concert will be held in Penticton on Saturday, January 26 at 7:30 pm and in Vernon on Sunday, January 27 at 7 pm.
Apart from opera perhaps, musicals are not usually equated with matters serious but more often with the light-hearted. This is not the case with Kelowna Actors Studio's present offering, Next to Normal, which explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. The musical, which was the winner of three 2009 Tony Awards including Best Musical Score and 2010 Pulitzer Prize, opens on Wednesday, January 9 at 7:30 pm at their Ellis Street theatre and runs Wednesday to Sunday evenings with matinees at 1 pm on Saturdays and Sundays until January 20.
Although the Kelowna Film Society's 2019 Winter Brochure is not yet out, their list of winter films is, and the first film starting at the Orchard Plaza Cinema a week Wednesday, January 9 at 4 and 7 pm, is Sir. Sir, an East Indian/ French collaboration with English sub-titles, is set in Mumbai. The plot involves a wealthy man, Ashwin, who is a bit of a lost soul despite his wealth. Nonetheless, his household is kept in order by his live-in servant woman Ratna who has little else but her tasks as a servant and a sense of hope towards achieving her dream. Living in the present as opposed to a colonial past where a strong caste system was the order, social change is constantly at odds in their interactions and presents a barrier in their achieving a relationship.
The following week's film is Japanese with English sub-titles. Winner of the 2018 Palme d’Or at Cannes and nominated for the 2019 Best Foreign Language academy award, Shoplifters on Wednesday, January 16, like Sir has a lot to do with cultural tradition. Japanese culture highly emphasizes family honour, material success, self sufficiency and following traditional norms. Too low an income in a part of Tokyo, however, forces one close-knit family into shoplifting in order to make ends meet and to live up to those accepted cultural standards. To add to the conflict, their rescuing an abandoned, destitute child puts their family further at risk of discovery and social shame.
Tonight, as we say goodbye to the old guy and welcome in a young one, I'd like to raise a glass to you and yours and wish you a year full of rich rewards, new creative ideas, and above all good health and happiness!
See you next year!
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