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Monday, February 19, 2024
Are your hearts beating back to normal now that last week’s activities are finally over? Kinda hectic at times, wasn’t it? But really HeARTbeat was a resounding success!!!
HeARTS Festival week was heralded last Monday with a concert by the Variety Singers led by Phyllis Papineau. The choir, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, is the longest running senior choir in BC. Throughout the week various arts groups, all members of the Peachland Community Arts Council (PCAC), held open houses. There was a good attendance at the Artisan Showcase on Saturday. The public was entertained throughout the day with art activities, demonstrations, and mini workshops. All groups had display booths featuring information, art displays and an opportunity to join their organization – painters, sculptors, gardeners, singers, musicians, performers, writers – there’s something for everyone in our vibrant arts community.
As for the very special HeARTS Festival Friday night party - how grand it was!!! The Arts Council celebrated its 13th annual Hearts Festival showcase by welcoming fourteen arts council umbrella groups along with displays by the Okanagan Folk School (OKFS) and the Bat Education & Ecological Protection Society (BEEPS). The Blind Angler Restaurant served a delicious array of appetizers, and everyone enjoyed lively entertainment by local musicians: Lloyd Sotas, Keith Thom, Paula McLaughlin and our Mayor, Patrick Van Minsel! Artist, Roberta Farrelly hosted a sip ‘n paint event up on the stage with 24 very exuberant artists who all went home with an amazing painting of a wolf.
What is most exciting is that the beginning of an arts and education centre for Peachland in the Historic School is happening soon! This was assured when Mayor Van Minsel announced the establishment of Our SPACE – Our School for Peachland, Arts, Cultural & Ecology Society. The Mayor was joined by the Presidents of the three groups involved in creating the centre: Murray Wood of the OKFS, Rachel Truant of BEEPS and Deborah Livingstone from the PCAC. They all signed a letter of agreement to join forces in the creation of an arts centre for Peachland.
Peachland has so much to offer - musicians, performers, writers - there’s something for everyone in our vibrant arts community! PCAC president Deborah Livingstone would like in particular to thank Paula McLaughlin who worked so hard to bring it all together. Paula is not only a talented musician, teacher and artist but brought a special sparkle to the party! She’d also like to thank all the wonderful people who helped with the special events and the set-up and takedown of the showcase. It was a big job but with so many helping hands they made it look easy. Bravo!!!
Gremlins were at work again last week. Some members received a second posting of the last newsletter instead of an intended bulletin to remind them of today’s AGM and Friday night’s party. If you were one of those, my apology – it’s a mystery! Just the same you are ALL WELCOME to attend the PCAC AGM this afternoon in the Peachland Art Gallery at 2 pm - important matters to clarify about the year ahead.
Good news for those who love writing. Wayne Power will be facilitating the Pens in Peachland writing group in the boardroom of Our SPACE at the Peachland Historic Schoolhouse on Beach Avenue. As a retired teacher, Power offers a great deal of experience in the art of writing prose and poetry. You can preview some of his prose and poetry on the PCAC website. Now, you don’t have to have had any writing experience to attend this group. You just need to enjoy writing whether it’s keeping a diary or just trying to write something – anything – you’re welcome to drop in on Wednesdays from March 6 from 10 am to 12 pm. Just drop in! Be sure to bring some paper and pens and perhaps even something you’ve written! Any questions? Contact Wayne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Master artist Terry Moore is also continuing his drop-in sketching classes. Just bring some drawing pencils and paper and drop in at any time at the Peachland 1898 Little Schoolhouse on Brandon Lane on Wednesdays starting March 6 from 10 am to noon. Moore will help guide and inspire you as you start drawing a subject of your choice. For more details contact Moore at email@example.com.
Watercolour artist, Mary Staudinger, is starting an eight-week session of watercolour classes, Watercolour Art with Mary (see attached poster), on March 4 from 9 am to noon. The class is FULL but fortunately she is holding two others on Tuesday, March 5 from 9:30 am to noon and Thursday, March 7 from 1 pm to 3:30 pm. No prior experience is needed and the maximum class size is 6. Mary’s farm background in Saskatchewan and the influence of her mother instilled in her “a love of nature, gardening, painting, hard work, music, and endless creativity…..Interior Design, Colour, Music, Dance, Family and Friends, and Nature include a few of (her) passions.” You can register with Mary Staudinger at artsinPeachland@outlook.com or phone 250-868-8784. Cost is $15 per class all supplies included plus an extra $10 paper fee.
The Alternator Gallery is open to submissions for spaces in their Main and Project Galleries in 2025. If you’d like to exhibit with them, these are the criteria they are seeking: compatibility with their mandate, an emphasis on experimentation in your artwork, clarity in your written proposal, and the cost and availability of your production. They seek “diversity of perspective, medium and theme when establishing (their) annual exhibition calendar….. We welcome submissions from under-represented artists of all backgrounds including, but not limited to, Indigenous, Black, and racialized persons; refugee, newcomer and immigrant persons; two-spirit, LGBTQ+ and gender non-binary persons, persons with diverse abilities, and those on low-incomes or living in poverty. We are committed to ensuring equitable access to our submissions process.” Now, here’s an opportunity to expose your art for those of you who like to go beyond the norm.
Currently on display at the Summerland Art Gallery on Wharton Street until Saturday March 9 is Chromatopia a co-operative exhibition of 47 Western Canadian fibre artists whose works are inspired by Picasso and the monochromatic works of his blue period. “This exhibition will explore colour and the moods that change as you move through the spectrum and around the room.” The gallery is open Tuesdays to Fridays from 10 am to 4 pm.
Concertmaster Rachel Kristenson, violinist with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, will be featured in Vivacious Vivaldi at the St Michael's Cathedral Church in Kelowna on Friday, March 1 at 6 and 8 pm. “Among the most recognizable and beloved works of the Baroque era, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons paints musical pictures of the cycle of nature.” The orchestra is also performing in Summerland on Saturday, March 2 at St. John’s Lutheran at 2 and 4 pm and in Vernon on Sunday, March 3 at All Saints Anglican at 2:30 pm.
The play Shakespeare In Love opened last Wednesday at the Kelowna Secondary School’s Night Owl Theatre and has a two week run closing Saturday, February 24. It is a suspense filled tragedy of forbidden love with lots of humour including sword fights. Tickets at $10 for students and $15 for adults can be purchased at the above link. The school is at 1079 Raymer Avenue off Gordon Drive in Kelowna.
Next Wednesday’s Kelowna Film Society’s French film Anatomy of a Fall (with English subtitles) on February 28 at 4 and 7 pm covers the trial of a woman whose husband’s body is found lying dead in the snow by their visually impaired son. Was this an accident or intentional? Under trial for his death, we learn about the failings in their marriage through a prosecution lawyer who is relentless in attempting to prove her guilty. The film won the Cannes Palme D’Or award.
Won’t be long now before the Peachland Art Gallery is back in action with the 10th Annual Captured Images Exhibition. Until then –
PCAC Director / Peachland Art Gallery Facebook
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