Star Techs

FVT Tech2 Two arts council Board members, Nathan Linders (second from right, on console, above) and Penelope Johnson, attended a technician training workshop and work party at the Frank Venables Theatre on Saturday September 27.  They joined other interested volunteers from the community (left to middle): Steve,  Mike, and Ron. Teaching the basics to the five stage hands were interim theatre manager Glen Cairns and theatre technician Dave Mai (pictured at right above).

Glen provided an overview of the safety features in the building, including operating the fire curtain, location of fire extinguishers and first aid equipment, and exits for audiences and stage crew. Dave Mai began with a colourful demonstration of the lighting board. With LED lights, a full colour palette is now available at the flick of a switch. The volunteers tried their hand at setting cues such as a sunset on the cyc (back wall).

Dave also introduced some of the intelligent lighting system (moving heads with gobos), creating colourful visuals with motorized “spots” and patterns of light and shadow to simulate a variety of environments such as underwater eddies, a disco, or forest leaves. FVT Tech3

Dave continued his instruction with a tour of the catwalks above the audience (pictured above). Here the crew gained some familiarity with the two manually operated travel spots and learned how lights can be adjusted on the lighting bars. Having a head for heights came in handy! FVT Tech6

Back in the booth, Dave explained how the sound board handles everything from announcements to the foyer and backstage, to individual mics and monitors for up to 48 separate performers, to a variety of vocal and instrumental sound effects for each mic. Music, video, and sound effects can also be run through the system via laptop.

The introductory session wrapped up with a backstage work party to label the dozens of mic cables and other equipment. Above, Mike and Steve label the cords. Below, Nathan shrink wraps protective coating using the approved lighter method, while Dave commandeered the hairdryer for the same purpose. FVT Tech4


















Thank you to the Oliver Community Theatre Society for providing this introduction to theatre tech. Their hope is for more in-depth training in the future to increase a stable of knowledgeable, local technicians. Thank you to OCTS Chair Wendy Newman for the coffee and doughnuts (which of course were consumed in the lobby only!)

Fall Art Show and Sale October 4 – 5

FASS 2013 Setup  submitted by Marion Trimble, FASS committee

The World is but a canvas to our imagination,” said Thoreau, and appropriately, Dreams and Visions is the theme when the Oliver Community Hall is once again transformed into a gallery of fine art for the 31st annual Fall Art Show and Sale presented by the Oliver Community Arts Council. The textures and colours of the imagination matched by the seasonal splendor of Fall will be everywhere apparent during the 2-day event being held Saturday, October 4th and Sunday, October 5 at the Oliver Community Centre on Park Drive

Nine categories of art showcase some of the finest artists of our region. Works include Photography, 3-Dimensional, and Fibre Art, as well as paintings and mixed media. All vie for top honours with awards chosen by the voting public on Saturday.

A new category has been added this year. The “Budding Artist” features art by youngsters as young as 3 years old to encourage community involvement in the arts no matter what age or ability.

While many pieces are for sale as usual, this year many are also for display only, allowing visitors a rare chance to view an outstanding, broader collection of art. Besides viewing the artwork entries, visitors can enjoy two additional displays. The Fabricators’ “Seasons of the Okanagan Calendar” project will be featured on the stage. Each of the members uses several different techniques to produce the quilts featured in the calendar. The Ripoff Artists will also be featured, setting up their creations of this year’s summer challenge, “Queen of the Fish,” by Mimi Parent. Each Ripoff artist re-creates Parent’s needlework mermaid in their own medium, and the results are fascinating!

All visitors paying admission by donation on both days are eligible to win a stocked wine fridge. The fundraiser—replacing the Silent Auction of past years—will reward the lucky winner with 17 fine wines from some of Oliver’s best wineries.

Show times Saturday are from 3 to 9 p.m. The Opening Reception from 7 to 9 p.m. features live music performed by “Jazz Out West” with radio host Brock Jackson as the evening’s M.C. Saturday’s event concludes with the Awards Ceremony.

The show continues Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., but only through admission to the “Festival of the Grape.”

If saying goodbye to summer has dampened the spirit, be uplifted by welcoming the magic and incredible creativity of our local artisans at the “Dreams and Visions” weekend show. See you there! Bring your friends!

Enthralling music this winter

by Marion Boyd, South Okanagan Concert Society

Flex pass tickets are on sale for a musically stimulating and emotionally enthralling series of concerts performed under the auspices of the South Okanagan Concert Society.  This will be the first full season to enjoy all the concerts at the new Venables Theatre.  The lineup promises to meet the high standards of an exceptional venue.   Don’t let the winter blahs get you down when you can join friends and come alive to an eclectic mix of performances guaranteed to brighten your spirits. Quartetto gelato

First to appear on Monday, October 20th, is Quartetto Gelato.   Known as the “Cirque du Soleil” of classical music they are supremely talented, deliciously smart, endlessly creative, refreshingly funny and totally surprising.   Virtuosic showpieces, romantic tenor arias, pyrotechnical solos, blazing gypsy show pieces, multi-instrument mastery and a World Accordion Champion – this is Quartetto Gelato.   This quartet ‘s theatrical stage presence and relaxed humor establishes an intimate rapport with audiences world wide.   They are not to be missed!

For those impatient to get tickets, here is the scoop.  Four admission flex pass tickets for only $70 are already on sale for the concert series at Beyond Bliss in Oliver, and Imperial Office Pro in Osoyoos or at the door.   The flex ticket can be used in any combination.   Four can go to one concert, snowbirds can share a ticket or one person can come to all 4 concerts.    A single entrance is $20.  Those students 17 and under gain admission free and those needing a ride from Osoyoos can call Maureen at 495-7978 and arrange to come by bus.    All concerts start at 7:30 p.m.

off ramp 10 What else is in store for you?  On Friday, January 23rd Offramp Jazz Sextet  performs.   The best of the swing era and everything in between,  The Offramp Jazz Sextet brings you a sampling of jazz that will leave you dancing and singing!   Come and hear Duke Ellington and Count Basie, tasty Latin grooves, a bit of boogie, and some beautiful ballads.

pianist_sara_davis_buechner On Friday, February 20th, pianist Sara Davis Beuchner returns to our stage and we will hear our lovely new grand piano finessed by one of the leading keyboard artists of our time.  Sara is a dazzling pianist and a witty speaker who creates an intimate connection with her audience.   Her vast piano repertoire ranges from J.S. Bach to contemporaries.   Ironclad technique allows her to interpret music “with a masterful blend of rigor and authenticity and the seductive lightness of charm.”  Anyone who heard her perform here in 2011 will be back for more!

Quintess 1 QuintEssence will be on stage for the finale of the season on Friday,  March 27th.  Featuring four internationally renowned vocalists and pianist, Tina Chang, QuintEssence offers a fresh, innovative concert experience for lovers of classical music of any style.   Their concerts showcase cherished opera repertoire and exotic musical gems by songwriters spanning from Shubert to Poulenc, Britten to Heggie, and Gershwin to Weill.  They will dazzle you with vocal pyrotechnics, melt your heat with beautifully sung poetry and stretch your musical frontier to the limit with adored music from off the beaten track. The South Okanagan Concert Society invites each and every one of you to get your tickets and join us for the 2014-2015 concert series so the pleasure of good company and good music will be yours.

Hitting the big time


Local artist, Marianne Parsons has hit the top 40 – the top 40 Canadian fibre artists, that is.

She’s one of 40 individuals from across Canada invited to participate in “It’s Time For Colour”, a show and sale of small quilts organized by the Canadian Quilters Association (CQA) to raise funds for the Children’s Wish Foundation. From late fall until June, 2015, these quilts and note cards will tour Canada, with their final exhibition at CQA’s Quilt Canada in Lethbridge, AB, June 4-6, 2015.

Her donated quilt, ‘Apple Blossom Time’, shows how Marianne uses unexpected materials to create her artwork. Hand-painted used dryer sheets with their web-like structure become delicate new leaves. Net, painted cheesecloth and lining create a dappled background. Petals are burned from sheer synthetics with a candle and details are supplied with machine and hand embroidery.

For over 30 years, Marianne has been teaching fibre art techniques, both traditional and innovative. Her work features contemporary materials and techniques often borrowed from other mediums e.g. painting, metal work and printmaking. Along with rulers and rotary cutters in her studio, you will find everything from styrofoam, candles, wood burning tools, coffee bags, and sheer curtains to knitted metal and aluminum cans. Nothing is sacred. If it can be stitched, it is fair game.

Marianne’s quilts have travelled a great deal, representing Canada in Japan, New Zealand Europe, and the US in international shows. In 2013, she won one of the top Canadian art quilt awards for her piece, ‘Set in Stone’, depicting fossils and rocks.

She is one of many fibre artists who are members of the local Double O Quilters Guild that meets at the Oliver Community Hall from September to May each year. For more information on Marianne or the guild, call 250-498-2370.

Art show a shocker at Quail’s Nest

norberto one“This is an excellent show! A real art statement! This show could hold its own in Toronto!” said RipOff Artist Enid Baker. “But I am not sure Oliver is ready for this”. The Artist “garcilazo” shows us the world through his eyes with powerful haunting paintings!

“Everybody suffers in the name of what, God, religion, money? Do we enjoy killing each other” he asks. “As the human race we are not evolving, but we sure know how to kill each other! We start young, we kill the souls of children with technology, as we separate them from nature”. If it bleeds it leads, is the media message we live in. Like a car wreck we slow down to see if we can see blood! We like violence! “garcilazo” proves this!

One painting that really hit me was a painting depicting the lynchings Billie Holiday sang about in the 50′s “Strange Fruit”.

Another the face is gone with just the yellow Jewish star on his shirt, Marion Boyd said “That is what happens when people hate groups of people, they don’t see an individuals face”.

This is a powerful art show! It is one to make us think. I know I am. And Oliver is ready for this! Open from 3-6 Friday and the Closing Reception 4 – 7 Saturday at the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre. Please come down and support the Artist “garcilazo”.

Photo and story Leza Macdonald. Press image for larger

The wild life


Oliver Art Gallery


Today’s wildlife paintings are a modern genre of the earliest paintings on
cave walls done by early man. Cave men mixed red and yellow ochre with fish
oil and painted their targeted food sources. Because they butchered these
animals they had a fair concept of the anatomy and looks of each animal.
Some of these paintings were naiive symbols, some realistic, and some
expressionistic and even bordering on abstract form.

Early painted portraits of kings, queens, aristocrats and even ordinary
people were often accompanied by animals that were their hunting dogs,
horses, foxes from the hunt, pheasants, grouse and deer that they shot. Most
of these were done in expressive realism and brought notoriety to the
persons who were depicted.

Lawrence of Arabia had his portrait done sitting on a camel. Exotic women
posed with lions and leopards.

Wildlife painting is so accepted and respected that there is a North
American Center for Wildlife Painting in Jacksonhole, Wyoming that is
visited by fans of this kind of painting from all over the world. Man’s
appreciation of his natural surroundings and the animals, fish and birds
within it make this a popular art form. A former Osoyoos resident, Fran
Jenkins, has had her large sculpted stone bears
exhibited here and for sale. The stone she used was mined locally in Kettle
River country.

Many artistic approaches are used to portray wildlife -in realism like
Robert Bateman, in impressionism like Eduard Degas’ horses or in abstract
form like Picasso’s animals.

At the Oliver Art Gallery we have a talented wildlife artist, Cameron
Ogilvie and also Bianca Craig. All of this Gallery’s artists have tried
their hand at wildlife paintings to exhibit in Sept. so please join us and
vote for your favorite!

The Gallery is pocated at 6046 Main Street, in Oliver and open Tuesday -
Saturday from 11:00AM – 4PM. We have two new artists that have joined the
Oliver Art Gallery. Jan Crawford from Penticton and Mina Battagin from
Come and see their paintings and all the wildlife art during September.
Look forward to the October Theme. In October we will be featuring Figures
of the human form.

Art work by Steve Staresina

Created by Kurt

A Triumphant Dictator and His Supreme Commander

Kurt Hutterli, a 3-D artist who often works with found objects, recently submitted this entry into the “ReVision: the Art of Recycling 2014 Exhibition” and was accepted by the jury. The exhibition will take place on Granville Island in Vancouver from Friday September 5th to Sunday September 7th.

Kurt explains the title of his work: “My statement: ‘A Triumphant Dictator and his Supreme Commander’ are connected with all the bad and sad news about dictators oppressing their own people and attacking other nations.”

The two objects are part of his ongoing installation project “The Museum of Unknown Civilizations”. Kurt creates art on the border between fantasy and history. By assembling his artwork from found objects such as rusted tools, appliance parts, wood, old glass, metal and plastic fragments, the result resembles  an “artifact” that has been unearthed from some hitherto unknown society. Kurt then imagines what the fantastical creation may have been used for or represented within that civilization, and adds it to his collection as if it were some archaeological find.

Tick tick tick ….. FASS!

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submitted by Marion Trimble, FASS committee chair

The Oliver Community Arts Council welcomes submissions from all BC artists for the 31st annual Fall Art Show and Sale, held Saturday October 4 – Sunday October 5 at the Oliver Community Centre. Theme: “Dreams and Visions”. Competition awards winners across nine categories: watercolour, oil, acrylic, fibre art, 3-dimensional, photography, other media, and two categories for junior artists (by age group). Overall award for “Best Interpretation of the Theme”.

APPLICATION deadline: Saturday August 31, 4 pm.

NOTE: This deadline is JUST for your entry form paperwork, NOT your artwork! You still have over a month to create your art! 

Artists may submit up to 2 pieces of artwork.  If you choose to sell your artwork during the show, all sales will be charged 30% commission.

Art delivery, competition, public voting, reception, and awards ceremony on Saturday October 4.  Continuing show and sales on Sunday October 5 with Oliver’s Festival of the Grape admission ticket. Admission into the Community Centre for the Art Show on both days is by donation in return for a chance on a prize draw.

A change to this year’s guidelines makes it possible for artists either to sell or only to display their entries. There are a few more changes to note in this year’s show.

Entry form, fee structure and submission guidelines available here:

FASS 2014 Entry Form

FASS 2014 Terms & Guidelines

or look under “Forms” on the black ribbon at the top of the page. Membership forms are there as well.  You can also request forms from olivercac @

If you are an artist who finds inspiration in unexpected places and likes to represent the world creatively as you see it, then we want to see it, too. It’s time to awaken your imagination and share your talent with the world by revealing your “Dreams and Visions” in the Oliver Fall Art Show and Sale.

The faces and moods of Jazz Out West

JOW9Jazz Out West delighted a small but enthusiastic crowd on a rainy Thursday evening, August 21st,, the last of the Music in the Park concerts for 2014. Professional musicians all, the quartet put heart and soul into each number.

JOW11Iris Larratt’s expressive, husky vocals wrenched every emotion out of the lyrics, from the high-spirited “Boogy Woogy Bugle Boy” to the heart-wrenching “By the Time I Get to Phoenix”. She has a way of connecting with the audience like no one else. Jim Wyse kept the cool, steady focus on the ivories during the instrumentals. Bob Larratt’s spontaneous grin behind the stand-up bass let the audience know the groove was good. Bob Park’s backbeat on the drums let loose on occasion with some rollicking rhythmic solos.

Jazz is an exercise both in concentrated listening and in daring harmonies and rhythms. Take a look at some of the faces to see how in touch with the music and in tune with each other this quartet is.JOW7JOW4 JOW15

The Music in the Park committee would like to thank their sponsor, Valley First Credit Union, and their “Feed the Valley” program. Our partner, Oliver Parks and Recreation, is greatly appreciated for their programme support, personnel and financial aid. Kudos to all the musicians who put on a fantastic show every week. AND a big THANK YOU to our generous and enthusiastic audiences. Some of you came out to nearly every performance, rain or shine. YOU know we have the best darned music right here in the South Okanagan!

Have suggestions for next year’s musical lineup? Recommendations on how to deliver the programme better? We’d love to hear from you. Email the arts council at olivercac @ with your thoughts. JOW             JOW14

Recommended by a local artist

De Vine Arts De Vine Arts Showcase will have twelve Summerland artist displaying stained glass, oils, pastels, acrylics, watercolours, unique pottery, jewelry creations, and photography. These also can be purchased. Location: 13011 Lakeshore Drive S,  Summerland

Jazz Out West this evening

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Thursday August 21, 2014

Concert: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Market and Food Vendor: 4:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Oliver Community Stage (band shell)

Admission by Donation

Bring a chair or blanket

This marks the last concert in the Music in the Park series. If you haven’t been to one this summer, this is your last opportunity! Sultry smooth vocals by Juno-nominated singer, Iris Larratt, and cool instrumentation by the three lads. A perennial favourite.

Great sound, great stage, shelter provided (tent) and tables for your picnic. Don’t forget some extra cash for the market and food vendor.