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October 18, 2021
The Artists of the Okanagan exhibition which will commence at the Peachland Art Gallery on Saturday, November 20 will be extended another 2 weeks into January 2022.
This is a friendly reminder that the submission call for this exhibition closes this Monday, October 25. All artists who wish to display their works representing a variety of mediums should have the attached submission in by midnight Monday at the latest.
Ah yes, those humdrum, too short, grey days are fast approaching, and we must find ways of lightening the load! I’ve got my winter tires on (pat on the back); the lugs are torqued, and I’ve finally got down to writing this newsletter
As winter approaches it’s so important that the vacant hours of children be spent in useful creative activities. So, in addition to the Children’s Acrylic Painting Workshop being held for children mentioned last newsletter, the Peachland Art Gallery is offering on Saturday afternoons at 1 to 2:30 pm from October 30 to December 18, Children's Art Gallery Textile Art Classes. They involve 8 fun-filled textile-based arts classes that use natural and recycled elements to create 8 different seasonal projects. They’ll learn to weave, dye, embroider, print and more! The cost for the eight classes is $160 plus $20 for the supplies. To register please call Janet at 250-801-0134 or email email@example.com.
To keep the adults out of mischief, the PCAC Adult Education Program will feature Wayne Power’s Introduction to 3 Art Mediums at the Peachland 1898 Little Schoolhouse on Wednesdays, November 3, 10, 17 and 24 from 10 am to 2 pm. To satisfy your curiosity, the three mediums are acrylics, pastels, and watercolours. Power is a master of all three and will emPower you to be the same! (I’m serious!)
Here’s an opportunity for those of you seeking an audience for your musical talent! Peachland Community Art Council’s second OPEN MIC event is scheduled for Thursday, December 2 in the Peachland Art Gallery at 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. All musicians, poets, authors, magicians, comedians, ventriloquists, etc. of any age or level are invited to perform. Please contact organizer Paula McLaughlin at 604-908-8070 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a space for each performer and guest as attendance is limited. A digital piano and mic/amp are available. Refreshments will be provided as well as wine for purchase from our local Hainle Winery. It will be a pleasant evening of live music and entertainment together! A limited number of tickets will be available in November for each performance at the Gallery.
Hainle Winery will be welcoming back Paula McLaughlin as their featured musician this coming Saturday, October 23, from 1:30 to 4:00 pm. Enjoy sampling some of Hainle’s excellent new wine varietals while enjoying McLaughlin’s guitar and vocals in folk and contemporary pop music. As you may know, Hainle’s, the pride of Peachland and the birthplace of North American ice-wine, became Canada’s first certified organic winery in 1988 and is under new ownership. New owner, Bella Huang, is dedicated to following its Peachland tradition. The Peachland Community Arts Council is truly appreciative of Huang’s dedication to Peachland.
Our next-door neighbor rang our bell a few springs ago to warn us that a bear was up our pine tree. Sure enough, there he was eating our pink pine flowers – a few days later the bear entered a friend’s basement and emptied a freezer of scrumptious frozen muffins! Tragically, the bear had to be put down! I tell you this because I was reminded of it from an exhibition, Grizzly Bears: Teachers of the Land, one of several interesting exhibits currently on display at the Kelowna Art Gallery until January 9, 2022. Just how much are we intruding on bear habitat and affecting their and our lives? The travelling exhibition features 27 original artworks by 16 Canadian artists including works by Robert Bateman, Susan Point, and Bill Reid.
Although the Kelowna Community Theatre has long been the venue for the performing arts, since the advent of COVID and the consequential shutdown of all venues there is a realization that the theatre no longer meets the requirements for all the arts. A committee of the Kelowna Citizens for a New Performing Arts Centre Society has been set up to examine establishing a New Performing Arts Centre in downtown Kelowna by 2026 that is more adaptable to the variety of performing arts. The movement is supported by Okanagan Symphony Orchestra Music Director, Rosemary Thomson. You can watch her plea in this VIDEO. Right now, they are looking for two volunteers with relevant expertise to fill vacant positions on their Board of Directors - specifically an expert in communications and one in social media, both to head up their communications committee. If you feel you have the qualifications and would like to offer your service, please email: email@example.com.
The Kelowna Actors Studio is performing musicals again at its charming theatre on Ellis Street. Into the Woods the current show is running October 20 to 30, Wednesday to Sunday under limited seating conditions because of COVID but may shortly be restored to full capacity upon functional use of a vaccine card. “The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.”
Ballet Kelowna awakens their 2021/2022 Season on November 5 and 6 at 7:30 pm at the Kelowna Community Theatre with Resurgence and three ballets representing their interpretation of a resurrection of the arts. All three works are premieres danced to the music of Bach, Stravinsky, and Beethoven. Tickets can be purchased from the underlined website. These concerts are always an audiovisual delight!
Weaving Cultural Identities is a national touring exhibition currently on display at the Penticton Art Gallery. The exhibition explores multiculturalism and intercultural relations by using traditional weaving as a storytelling medium and binding element. “Graphic artists and weavers from Vancouver’s immigrant Muslim communities and Coast Salish Indigenous communities including Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Tl'azt'en were brought together in collaboration to create a series of 10 small-scale “prayer rugs” inspired by Islamic prayer rugs and ceremonial Indigenous weavings.” It’s not surprising that religion being a universal experience would find common ground in the artistic symbolisms laid out in Muslim prayer rugs and similar artifacts of Indigenous culture. The exhibition carries on to November 6.
Another fibre arts exhibition is With Every Fibre of My Being at the Vernon Community Arts Centre currently running every day except Sundays until Monday, October 25. This is an exhibition “that explores the use of fibrous materials to express one’s passions and deeply felt emotions. Paper, wool, silk, bark, bamboo and other fibers are the ground of this collection of work and have been used to create two- and three-dimensional forms.” Although admission is free, donations are welcomed to support community arts programming.
Ah, well, “Hi Ho, Silver!” (Don’t forget the tires!)
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