PCAC Bi-WEEKLY NEWSLETTER By Chris Byrd
The PCAC newsletter is published and emailed to members on a Monday every two weeks starting September to the end of May with a break during the Christmas season. It is normally published here on the weekend following its being emailed.
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Monday, March 13, 2023
Hope none of you were late who had to work yesterday! Lucky me, I had the luxury of ignoring the whole silly business of the time shift!!! Not silly for farmers and some others perhaps but it’s having to figure out how to change that darn clock in the car that gets me every time!
The latest exhibition, Sky, Land & See, which opened on Saturday at the Peachland Art Gallery, represents works of a group of 14 West Kelowna artists. “Through collaborative weekly studio sessions, regular plein-air outings, monthly critiques, and constant professional development they inspire and motivate each other to create. They all strongly believe that true creative magic happens when they gather. West Kelowna Artists sell their artwork locally, nationally, and internationally. Their artwork can also be seen and purchased at local businesses, wineries, and galleries found along the shores of the beautiful Okanagan Valley, in BC.” The exhibition runs Wednesday to Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm until April 16. They are really excited to have you view their work! Images of their paintings will shortly be on our website and Facebook page as a slideshow – we’ll let you know – in the meantime why not enjoy the real McCoy?
One hundred and thirty guests attended the Peachland Community Art Council (PCAC) International Women’s Day Wine & Cheese evening last Wednesday at the Peachland Community Centre. They were inspired by messages from guest speakers Judy Bedford (Food Bank), Kym Martin (Wellness Centre), Radina Jevdevic (Master Gardener) and Jasmine Peone (Westbank First Nation). Peach-land’s tired old gym was transformed into something purple, white, and beautiful, thanks to the decorating talents of Jenny Bessel. Many thanks are owed Janet Hornseth who organized the event, found the speakers, sold most of the tickets and worked tirelessly for weeks getting everything prepared. A load of thanks also to Hornseth’s team of volunteers who helped set up the event. All proceeds from the evening will be awarded through the Central Okanagan Bursary Scholarship Society towards two scholarships for Peachland female students graduating this year from Mt. Boucherie Secondary. The success of the evening was assured by the plentiful compliments paid to the stories shared by the speakers of their personal journeys through life - lots of laughs and some tears! A good sign for the future!
The Peachland Little Theatre (PLT) is back on its feet at last following COVID and after being misplaced from its former playground at 4th Street Place. The PLT is proud to present the farce Every Little Crook & Nanny by Pat Cook at the Peachland Community Centre on 6th Street, starting Thursday, April 27, 28 and 29 at 6 pm, with matinees on April 29 & 30 at 2 pm (see attached poster). A boarding house run by a sweet, retired nanny takes on a boarder with a criminal past who’s bent on robbing the bank on the corner of the street. Lots of comic twists and turns to fit any audience especially those in senior housing across the street from the Community Centre! Tickets are available at Peachland Pharmacy at the COVID price of $10 or at the door if not sold out.
One of the summer curses back in the surrounds of Montreal (where I used to live) was mosquito bites. Here in Peachland, it is very rare if you suffer a mosquito bite thanks to our friends the thousands of bats who spend their summer months in the attic above the Art Gallery of the Peachland Historic School. They seek out those pesky insects as a source of food. Well, it seems that there’s a concern that the fungal disease called White-Nose Syndrome (WNS) may finally be infecting the Okanagan zone. B.E.E.P.S. (Peachland’s Bats Ecological Education Protection Society) would like to draw our attention to this fact. The fungus attacks the bats while they are hibernating, and they often awake to clean it off from their skin which uses up energy and causes them to die of starvation. They would like residents to report any bat activity observed in the winter and any sick or dead bats found before May 31st. If you find a dead bat or have sightings of winter bat activity, please report it to the B.C. Community Bat Program online at www.bcbats.ca, via email at email@example.com or by calling 1-855-922-2287 ext.13. AND - NEVER touch a dead bat with your bare hands!
By using a medical approach centred on the anatomy, including multi-layered, biomedical and anatomical MRI scans, artist and doctor, Darian Stahl is presenting her exhibition Clinical Lore at the Summerland Art Gallery, Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. The exhibition (see attached poster) involves two themes on the topic of health and illness. The first reflects her sister’s issues with multiple sclerosis, treatments for infertility and motherhood. The second (where laboratory mice frequently play a role) reflects on research into women’s reproductive freedom. The exhibition runs until April 14.
Artsvest, a Business/Arts signature training programme has a first stage proposal out in a selection process for the design of an award for the Business/Arts Awards that’ll be used over the next five years from 2023 to 2027. They’re inviting visual artists to submit their portfolio, CV, and a brief expression of interest. The chosen artist will be invited to design and create six awards in preparation for the upcoming Business/Arts Awards Celebration in the fall of 2023. They’ll be awarded an artist’s contract and paid a commission of $6000 plus cost of materials. Any medium (a wide variety) may be used to create their work. Details are expressed under the above link. The deadline for your expression of interest is next Monday, March 20, 2023, at 11:59pm ET.
The New Vintage Theatre will be staging Emma, A Pop Musical at 7 pm this Wednesday and Thursday, March 15 and 16 at the Black Box Theatre just behind the Kelowna Community Theatre. Loosely based on Jane Austin’s classic novel Emma, Emma is a senior student who seeks to organize the love lives of the sophomores at her high school. Like the classic Emma her matchmaking gets in the way of her own happiness! The musical features “the hit songs of legendary girl groups and iconic female singers from The Supremes to Katy Perry.” Tickets can be purchased at: https://www.showpass.com/emma-pop-musical/. Might be especially fun for a family with teens!!!
The next film Rice Boy Sleeps at the Kelowna Film Society is a Canadian/Korean production but is not until April 5 and so we’ll talk about it in the next newsletter.
When will it stop? Snowing that is - the white stuff drizzles down and just melts – sure, we need the moisture but not the snow! Let it rain, if need be, but keep the snow up in the mountains and let it melt there – slowly, not too fast, don’t want floods! Oh, come on Spring!!!
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