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Monday, May 2, 2022
Driving up Drought Hill, on the left a splash of golden yellow is added to spring’s palette as those familiar Okanagan sunflowers, the arrowleaf balsamroot, glow in the morning sunlight. Ah at last - welcome to May!!!
The 8th Annual Captured Images Exhibition opens on Saturday at the Peachland Art Gallery and runs from Saturday May 7 to Sunday June 26. The exhibition showcases sixty photographic images of 26 Okanagan fine art photographers and, if you look closely, you might just find me hiding among them. On the Saturday between 7:30 and 8:30 pm there will be a Wine & Cheese Opening Reception to which all are invited except numbers are limited and so please RSVP Janet as soon as possible by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 250-801-0134 to reserve.
Are you aware that every road in Peachland is named after a former resident of Peachland, some going back to its very origin? Well, on Saturday, May 7 from 1 to 3 pm (the same day as the opening of Captured Images) Don Wigfield from the Peachland Historical Society will be launching their newest publication The Roads of Peachland in the Peachland Art Gallery. This is the second edition which features the background to every Peachland road as well as several suggested future names. The Peachland Community Arts Council is hosting the launch which the public is welcome to attend.
Our Peachland Community Arts Council’s third Open MIC at the Peachland Art Gallery on Thursday, April 21 was FANTASTIC!!! ‘Twas a variety show in every respect – a variety of ages (the very young, teens, and old folk) and a variety of instruments (piano, guitar, voice). Holding on fully masked through COVID with the two concerts at half capacity has been well worth the effort. Their success is largely due to the willingness of the people to participate and perform and to the response of their audience – not to mention the hard work and intensity of host Paula McLaughlin. Attached are several images of the event captured by Peter McLaughlin. At full capacity the wheels are now in motion with a participant sign-up list for the next Open Mic on May 19. If you’d like to participate as a performer at some point, please contact Paula at email@example.com. Plans are for more comedy and even spoken word/poetry. Listen up!!!
A new exhibition has opened at the George Ryga Arts and Cultural Centre, which, if you are not familiar, is the new official name recently given the Summerland Arts and Culture Centre upon completion of its upgraded renovations at the Wharton Street location. George Ryga was one of Canada’s most notable dramatists who lived for several years in Summerland. Ryga’s name also heralds the Ryga Arts festival which dominates the headlines in late August every year. Karen Cummings’ fabric art exhibition, Finding One’s Way, opened on April 21. Cummings is an abstract collage artist using a mix of fabric and paper. She teases the imagination of her viewers by juggling with her hand printed pieces of fabric and paper, “drawing on colour, shape and texture” until she’s pleased with the final result. She both hand and machine stitches the pieces in classical fashion yet arranges the patterns abstractly to entice the viewer’s imagination. The exhibition runs until June 3.
PCAC member, Louise Lambert, will be offering another art workshop, Mindfulness and Watercolour, at her Wine Country Studio in West Kelowna on Saturday and Sunday May 14 and 15 from 1:30 to 3 pm. Cost is $52. This workshop is about learning to paint in the moment – about pushing all thoughts aside and focusing solely on the creative process itself. Call 250-212-3674 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot.
Currently running at the Lake Country Gallery until May 28 is The Relativity of Time and Space an exhibition featuring the paintings of artists Diane Feught and Lindsay Kirker. Through their paintings these two artists explore “the common ground between art and science…..wonder, curiosity and awe…..the subject of time, space, memory, beauty, philosophy, feminism, loss, and love are all represented.” You’re welcome to drop in if in the area!
Violinist Kerson Leong will be performing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and Symphony No. 3 “Eroica” in Back to Beethoven with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra on Friday, May 13 at 7:30 pm in the Kelowna Community Theatre. The Toronto Star has described Leong as “not just one of Canada’s greatest violinists, but one of the greatest violinists, period.” Concerts are also scheduled at the Cleland Theatre in Penticton on Saturday, May 14 at 7:30 pm and at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre on Sunday, May 15 at 7 pm. Tickets can be purchased by clicking on the underlined link. This will be the last concert of the season.
A Japanese spy thriller is being screened this Wednesday, May 5 at the Kelowna Film Society’s home at the Orchard Plaza Cinema (4 pm and 7 pm). Wife of a Spy (Japanese and English with English subtitles) is a slick spy thriller and winner of the Asian Film Awards. Set at the outbreak of WWII, the main character, Satoku, tries to come to terms with her husband’s furtive absences in Japanese occupied China.
The following Wednesday’s film (same times and place) is I’m Your Man a German 2022 submission for the Best International Feature Academy Award. Nope, this has nothing to do with Leonard Cohen! However, think of Asimov’s “I Robot”! This one’ll make you laugh! The main character, Alma, experiments with a humanoid she calls Tom to clean up her place for her. Can this really make her happy? See for yourself! Remember to reserve your $10 tickets for all films (and the luxury of those soft reclining seats 😊) online through Eventbrite from 8 am onwards on the Thursday the week before the film.
May your May make your day!
PCAC Director / Peachland Art Gallery Facebook
Photographer: Fine Arts America
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