Michael Burgess in Concert
Oliver Community Arts Council
Saturday August 3
Oliver Community Bandshell,
6359 Park Drive
$25 Advance , $35 Gate
There are lots of ways you can get your tickets. They are going like hot cakes so don’t miss out!
Oliver Vendors: Beyond Bliss, BuyLow Foods, Oliver Parks and Recreation
Osoyoos Vendors: Polka Dot Door, Osoyoos BuyLow
Penticton Vendors: Winemaster, S.O. Country Radio (Adidas Sportsplex), Berg’s Showroom, Front Street Gallery (Saturday Farmers Market)
Plus: Jardin Antiques (OK Falls), Paw Prints Studio and Gallery (Willowbrook)
We welcome bulk orders for your business clients and offer a reduced ticket price on orders of ten or more. These make great perks for staff, colleagues, and client appreciation.
Business promotion packages are also available. Purchase a favourite song for Mr. Burgess to sing and he will also promote your business right on the stage! Your business could also appear in the souvenir programme and on site at the concert. Call or email below to find out how to make your business really “sing”!
Credit Card Orders, Bulk Orders, and Info:
250-498-4732 (Paw Prints Studio and Gallery)
OliverCAC @ gmail.com (Oliver Community Arts Council)
We thank the following sponsors for getting on board so fast with this event! You are welcome to join them!
Buy-Low Foods, Oliver and Osoyoos
Mary Fry Designs
Oliver Parks & Recreation Society
Jose Rodriquez Catering
Oliver Daily News
Dennis Walker – S.O. Country Internet Radio
Astral EZ Rock
Burrowing Owl Winery
See Ya Later Ranch Winery
Paw Prints Studio & Gallery
The artwork of Oliver painter – and Swiss native — Kurt Hutterli will be featured on the cover of a new DVD release, “Swiss Guides in the Canadian Rockies: Beyond Adventure”, a documentary produced by the Consulate General of Switzerland in Vancouver as part of the Swiss 100 Canada project. This year, Swiss 100 Canada celebrates 100 years of official relations between Switzerland and Western Canada. The documentary, directed by Josias Tschanz, features interviews with mountaineering experts against a backdrop of stunning Canadian alpine scenery as they reflect on the impact Swiss mountaineers had on opening up the backcountry of the Canadian Rockies.
Swiss alpine guides had accompanied English mountaineers in the Rockies during the 1800s, but it wasn’t until a fatal climbing accident on Mount Lefroy in 1896 that the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) hotels hired Swiss guides to work for the mountain parks. Between 1899 and 1954 Swiss alpinists led hundreds of first ascents and taught safe climbing techniques to thousands of climbers. They also laid some of the most beautiful mountain trails, most notably the stone pathways in the Lake O’Hara region of Yoho National Park. Arguably, their skills training, and enthusiasm, helped to create the current cultural appreciation of the Canadian Rockies, together with a desire to preserve this remarkable landscape.
Kurt Hutterli (pictured at left) explains how he was personally contacted to help with this Swiss 100 Canada project:
“A while ago I got a phone call from the Consul General of Switzerland in Vancouver, Urs Strausak. He told me about the projects planned for the Centennial Celebrations of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and British Columbia. One of the projects was a documentary about the Swiss guides in the Canadian Rockies by director Josias Tschanz (Counting Ants Productions) and produced by the Swiss government through the Consulate General of Switzerland in Vancouver. Urs Strausak asked me for ideas for the cover of the DVD. I sent him a copy of my RipOff Artists painting from 2010. All the people involved in the production of the movie liked it and it was decided to use the painting also for the flyers and the posters.”
Hutterli’s painting (above at top) was originally created as part of the 2010 challenge by Oliver’s RipOff Artists to recreate the iconic work by Group of Seven artist Lawren Harris, “Mount Lefroy”. Kurt’s contribution to the multimedia event was a whimisical interpretation that blended two famous works: Harris’ Mount Lefroy painting (below), and a black and white photograph of Swiss alpinist Eduard Feuz Jr guiding an unidentified visitor up Saddleback Mountain in the Lake Louise region near Mount Lefroy (at left).
Hutterli’s work often blends reality and fantasy. True to form, Kurt let his
imagination run wild in naming the “unidentified visitor” clutching Feuz’s hand in the photograph. He titled his piece “Ed Feuz Jr Guiding Emily Carr at Mount Lefroy”, giving a teasing doff of the cap to another BC artist! Hutterli delights in blurring the lines between legend and history in his art, whether working in oils or three-dimensional installations. Hutterli further describes this particular piece as “a contribution to BC mythology”.
The trailer for “Swiss Guides in the Canadian Rockies: Beyond Adventure” can be viewed here:
More about Swiss100Canada is here: www.Swiss100Canada.com
The premiere screening of the documentary is on Sunday June 23 at 5:30 at the Banff Centre, Margaret Greenham Theatre. No word yet on the release of the DVD to the public, but Kurt will keep you posted!
The RipOff Artists return for another summer of crazy, thieving creativity! This time out, the collective of Oliver artists from a variety of visual media are trying their hand at recreating the work of Wassily Kadinsky (1885 – 1944), a Russian painter and art theorist who is credited with creating the first truly abstract art. Marking its 100th anniversary, the RipOffs will be re-imagining his piece, “Garden of Love”, which was exhibited at the 1913 Armory Show, the International Exhibition of Modern Art in New York City. Each RipOff artist is challenged to apply the themes and styles of the artwork in their own medium, whether digital photography, weaving, multi-media collage, quilting, woodworking, encaustic art, three-dimensional found object art, and more!
Kandinsky’s paintings from his mature period are large, expressive coloured masses with shapes and lines overlapping freely to form paintings of extraordinary force. Because music is also abstract, Kadinsky used musical terms to identify some of his works. The spontaneously created “Garden of Love” is also known as Improvisation 27 More elaborate works are described as “compositions.”
Monday July 8
6 – 8 pm
Quail’s Nest Arts Centre
5840 Airport Street
Tuesday July 9 – Saturday July 13
9 am – 3 pm daily
Quail’s Nest Arts Centre
5840 Airport Street
Be sure to drop by several times during the week to watch the creativity fly and the works progress. Saturday July 13 close to 3 pm is the gripping conclusion to a frantic week of artistic activity. Will they finish in time? Will they meet their own challenge? Check out the final results!
More about the RipOff Artists’ Challenge and Kadinsky will appear as the date for the Challenge nears. Stay tuned!
Note the new number for the Oliver Museum: 778-439-3100
The musical lineup reads like a whirlwind trip around the world. Spanish flamenco, Caribbean reggae, funk, South American Latin, country, African djembe …. Save yourself the cost of an airline ticket and join the summer crowd at Music in the Park instead!
Music in the Park is held on Thursdays throughout July and August, 6:30 to 8:00 pm, on the Riverside Patio behind the Oliver Information Centre (the historic CPR Station) at 6431 Station Street with two exceptions listed below. All concerts are admission by donation, with a suggested $5 minimum. :July 4: Penticton Concert Band: Spanish classics and big band favourites. Oliver Bandshell, Oliver Community Centre, 6359 Park Drive July 11: William Leggott, Spanish and Flamenco Guitar. Riverside Patio, Oliver Tourism Information Centre, 6431 Station Street
July 18: The Cha Cha Laca Love Machine, funk, reggae, Latin, plus insanity! Riverside Patio, Oliver Tourism Information Centre, 6431 Station Street Feed the Valley Concert, sponsored by Valley First Credit Union, Food donations accepted in cash or in kind.
July 25: Okanagan Divas; Cindy Doucette and Mikie Spillett. Country, pop, jazz, rock and original. Riverside Patio, Oliver Tourism Information Centre, 6431 Station Street
Saturday August 3: Michael Burgess in Concert. “Canada’s own Jean Valjean”. Special ticketed performance. $25 advance, $35 door. 7 pm Oliver Bandshell, Oliver Community Centre, 6359 Park Drive
August 8: Nankama Drum & Dance. African djembe drumming and dancing. Riverside Patio, Oliver Tourism Information Centre, 6431 Station Street
August 15: Guys with Guitars: Jeremy Cook & Brian Highley. Classical guitar, original instrumentals, pop and folk vocals. Riverside Patio, Oliver Tourism Information Centre, 6431 Station Street
August 22 Jazz Out West. Light jazz and popular standards. Riverside Patio, Oliver Tourism Information Centre, 6431 Station Street
Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. Picnics welcome, or light refreshments available for purchase.
Pictured: Nankama Drum and Dance
The South Okanagan can boast some of the best quilters in Canada, as seen in the Canadian Quilters Association’s National Juried Show held in Penticton, May 16-18.
Marianne Parsons from Oliver won first place in the Original Design Abstract Pictorial category for her “Set in Stone” quilt (at left) with 5 fossil panels on it. The award came with a $1000 prize. Marianne is a member of the Fabricators, a local art quilt group, and the Double O Quilters Guild. She is also a member of the Fibre Art Network, and will participate in a curated show of work by that group at the La Conner Quilt Museum in La Conner, WA, Oct. 10 – Dec. 31, 2013. Two of her quilts can also be seen in the Grand National exhibit at the Josef Schneider Quilt Haus in Waterloo, ON for the summer.
Joan Bielun from Penticton (another one of the Fabricators) also won first prize in her category for her “Elements of Change” quilt featuring the giant Wave. It was nice to see that the first award of the evening ceremony in Penticton went to a Penticton resident! That quilt is the cover quilt on the national magazine, The Canadian Quilter, summer issue.
Maya Brouwer, a former Oliver resident, now a Double O Quilters Guild member living near Victoria and a Fabricator as well, won the Viewer’s Choice award for her Trend-Tex Challenge, “Hide and Seek” (at left). Her piece also earned the highest bid at the event.
Miriam March is a Double O Quilters member and is a longarm quilter from Rock Creek. She took first place in Canada in the Bed or Wall Quilt longarm quilted category at Quilt BC with her quilt, “Lattice Garden”. (pictured foreground below, Pat Kelly photo, Boundary Creek Times)
Several other area quilters earned awards as well. Judy Harpur from Rock Creek, (who grew up in Oliver), earned a Judge’s Award for her quilt, “Picasso’s 39 Ford”, and Karen Thatcher from the Grand Forks area won 2nd place in the Original Design, Abstract Pictorial category.
To see all of the winning quilts, go to www.canadianquilter.com then click on Galleries on the red bar, and then on NJS 2013.
This month, as a special to bring in Summer, we have a double spectacular show by featuring, not one, but two of our fine artists.
The art of Nancy Gray and Jennifer Farnell will be displayed during June. These two are spectacular artists in different ways. One is a detailed realist, while the other is inspired by life’s situations and emotions.
Nancy Gray took several art classes in 2003, which re-ignited her need to be creative. She continued painting and then moved to the South Okanagan in 2007 and thoroughly loves it here. After getting established, she joined the Artists on Main in Osoyoos in 2008 and then the Federation of Canadian Artists as a supporting member. She was juried to Active status in May 2009. In June 2012 she joined us, at the Oliver Art Gallery. Nancy usually works in watercolour, however she does like to explore in other mediums like graphite and acrylic.
Jennifer Farnell paints from life’s inspirations, feelings and imagination. She never uses a reference photo. Her work lets the observer interpret whatever it is they may see or feel in their own unique way. Jennifer paints mainly in acrylics and he work has sold in many venues between Alberta and B.C.
The Oliver Art Gallery is lucky to have Nancy and Jennifer add to the variety of styles and mediums by its 20 artists. Drop in to view the high quality art, ceramics and jewelry.
The gallery is at 6046 Main Street, open Tuesday – Saturday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.
The amazing and incredibly talented Scott Cook comes to Oliver to play at Medici’s on Saturday June 1.
Edmonton, Alberta’s own prairie balladeer Scott Cook is a tirelessly travelling songwriter who brings honesty, humour, years of roads and a deep love of humanity to his song writing and storytelling. His straight-talking tunes weave together folk, roots, blues, country and soul influences,
whether stripped down to finger-picked acoustic guitar, banjo, ukulele, and foot percussion, or backed by his brilliant band. One of Canada’s — and likely the planet’s — most inspiring and imaginative storytellers. Beautifully written lyrics, intricate chordal patterns and a refreshing plain-spoken vocal clarity..This is the must see show of the early summer season.
Tickets are going very fast since we started to promote Scott’s coming to town. Get yours quick before we are sold out. Medici’s Gelateria and Coffee House at 522 Fairview Road in Oliver..250-498-2228..Doors open at 6:30 and Scott and the band open at 7:30.
Welcoming the return of spring, The Artists of the South Okanagan-Similkameen (Federation of Canadian Artists chapter) are presenting an exhibition of their art at Leir House, beginning on Friday May 24. The show includes work from the studios of many local artists, all of them members of the Federation of Canadian Artists. You’ll see a range of styles and media, from acrylics and oils, to watercolours, encaustics, pastels and mixed media. It’s a collection full of energy and colour, and it’s called “Great Moments in Art”. Plan to make a date with art, and come along—and bring a friend!-
Great Moments in Art
May 24 – June 21
Tuesday through Saturday
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Friday May 24
Leir House Cultural Centre,
220 Manor Park Avenue, Penticton
Make some time for some “Great Moments in Art”, supported by the Penticton and District Community Arts Council. For further information, contact Leir House at 250-492-7997.
The South Okanagan – Similkamenn chapter of the FCA is a member of the Oliver Community Arts Council.
Artwork: “After the Storm” by Bonny Roberts
Forget Les Miserables at the movie theatre. Nothing compares to hearing Mr Les Miz in person! Canada’s premier musical tenor, Michael Burgess, is slated to perform on Saturday August 3, at 7 pm at the Oliver Bandshell, brought to you by the Oliver Community Arts Council. Really? Truly? Yes.
A small number of early-bird tickets will be sold to generate funds necessary to cover upfront expenses. They are already selling like hotcakes, so contact the arts council to reserve yours fast. They will be sold for the unbelievably (non-refundable) low price of $20 each, a steal when Burgess commands tickets for three to five times that price.
Regular advance tickets, at $25 apiece, will be sold at local vendors once the first 100 early birds are gone. Ticket price at the door will be $35. Stay tuned for the announcement of vendors in Oliver, Osoyoos, and Penticton,
Early bird tickets can be purchased from committee members Bernice Myllyniemi, Penelope Johnson, Mary Fry and Stephanie Salsnek. Contact olivercac @ gmail.com and include in your request the number of tickets and preferred payment. Credit card payment can also be received directly by calling Paw Prints Studio and Gallery at 250.498-4732
A popular singer, tenor, and actor, Michael Burgess was born in Saskatchewan but raised in Toronto. He made his professional debut in The Fantasticks (Edmonton 1968), but came to national prominence as Jean Valjean in the long-running original Canadian staging of Les Misérables (1989-92). Later, he was Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha (Edmonton 1992, Toronto 1993), and appeared in the musicals Ten Lost Years, Blood Brothers, The Fantasticks, and Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. He created the role of Victor Frankenstein in the world premiere of Frankenstein . . . Do You Dream (Hamilton, 1 Nov 2003), and of Sound Man in Brian Finley’s Rapunzel (Westben Arts Festival, 10 Jun 2005).
Although without extensive opera training, Burgess sang his first opera role in 1974 (La Bohème, at Toronto’s Dell Cabaret Theatre), and has sung for Dallas Civic Opera, Western Opera Theatre, San Francisco Opera, and Virginia Opera. As Captain Corcoran, he performed in HMS Pinafore for the Stratford Festival in 1981. He was tenor soloist in Messiah with the Bach Elgar Choir (1996), and MacHeath in The Beggar’s Opera for Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre (1995).
Perenially popular among show-tune aficionados for his solo pop concerts and soulful yet virile demeanour, Burgess has toured extensively in Canada (often accompanied by Doug Riley), and has performed with the Vancouver, Edmonton and Winnipeg symphony orchestras and the Calgary Philharmonic. His signature song is “Bring Him Home” from Les Misérables made doubly famous beyond the theatre world when Kurt Browning used his version to perform in the 1990 World Figure Skating Championships.
He is also known in Canada for his frequent vocal performances of national anthems. Hockey fans are sure to have heard his heartfelt renditions that blow the roof off the stadium. Burgess was also the first individual to sing “O Canada” at the baseball World Series, in Atlanta in 1992
The Vancouver Sun praised Burgess’s “intense performance” as Jean Valjean: “Burgess is exquisitely moving when he sings the show’s one beautiful song, ‘Bring Him Home’ . . . .” (26 Jul 1990). Maclean’s said, “Burgess is an affecting Valjean: a solid masculine presence whose soaring spirit is captured by a pulsing tenor” (27 Mar 1989). Burgess holds the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal. and recently was presented with the Order of Ontario.
Burgess performed last summer in Penticton, with 3000 in attendance. Tickets to another concert scheduled for this summer have already sold out — within days,, and at much higher prices. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear the glorious tenor which is … Michael Burgess.
Author Gail Prior recently entertained members of the arts council with a short reading from her collection of short stories and poems, The Cap, during the April Arts Jam! gathering of the OCAC membership. Earlier, she marketed her book at the Spring Arts Faire. Didn’t pick up a copy? It’s not too late!
Gail’s early retirement from a career in social work opened the doors to hone her writing gift.
She moved from the coast to the sunny Okanagan and began to write seriously. She was encouraged by joining the Penticton Writers and Publishers group, as well the River Writers in Arizona. Previously she produced a weekly vegetarian cooking column for a small newspaper in the Gulf Islands. Her stories and poems have appeared in a variety of publications. The Cap is self-published.
Gail divides her living and writing time between Oliver, B.C., Little Bear Lake, Saskatchewan and Bullhead City, Arizona.
Copies of The Cap can be ordered directly via her email gaileyprior @ gmail.com for a special price for OCAC members of $10. Not an arts council member? You can still get one at the regular price. Here are some of her readers’ comments, from the A2Z Books website:
Loved Gail’s book, The Cap. We can all identify with the characters who experience love and loss in life. Quick read and definitely left me wanting more!
Beautiful cover and photos. I related easily to feelings in stories. The Cap story made me cry.
Gail’s stories take us into the minds and emotions of her characters. Most of us can relate to stories about love and loss; it can be loss of a parent, or parents, or a lover~ we can empathize.
Makes a great little gift for Mom – and not just on Mother’s Day!
Today we are launching a new theme for the arts council’s website. We’re still the same blog with the same url (address), using the same WordPress publishing platform, and all the same content, just an updated layout. Here are some things you might notice:
* improved readability : larger text, cleaner background, and more noticeable menu headings
* changeable banner image. It’s so easy now! We can regularly feature new artwork, highlight current projects and events, pop in our quail logo, or surprise you with a photo Feel free to contribute something for the banner!
* Comments! Click on the new Comments “bubble” that pops up beside each article heading and turns green when you roll your cursor over it. Why not leave a comment on this article telling us what you think.
Patience! The layout is still being tweaked. Let us know what’s working for you and what isn’t.
Thank you to Jack Bennest (Oliver Daily News) for local guidance on switching to the new design, and to our web host The Friendly Computer Guy for backing us up to make sure we didn’t lose the whole site in the process!
The Fall Art Show and Sale (FASS) is always the arts council’s biggest event, and this year we’re celebrating our 35th anniversary! In honour of that milestone, and to encourage the absolute best work, the arts council has announced the theme this year is “Artist’s Choice” .
Works across all visual media are welcome: Photography, Fibre Arts, Three-Dimensional (sculpture, metalwork, jewelry, woodcarving, basketry, etc), Oils, Acrylics, Watercolours, Other Media (mixed media, encaustic, pen and ink, charcoal, etc) , and Emerging Artists (under 18 years of age). Up to two (2) works may be submitted per artist. The public judges and awards prizes in each category, and also selects Best in Show. All works must be for sale. Please read the entry form for details about readying your work for competition.
The annual competition, exhibit and sale will be on Saturday October 5 and Sunday October 6 this year. As usual, it is held in conjunction with Oliver’s Festival of the Grape at the Oliver Community Centre.
The deadline for registration is Friday September 13 at 4 p.m. Please note: artwork is not submitted until the morning of October 5, so artists have an extra three weeks to complete a work in progress.
Download your entry form by clicking on this link: FASS 2013 Entry Form Print double- sided.
These Friends Of The Oliver Library (FOTOL) are definitely nuts about books! They are hard at work sorting books in preparation for the
15th Annual Summer Book Sale
Saturday, July 6th
9:00a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Oliver Regional Library parking lot
Proceeds go to the Library’s Summer Reading Club for Children. Additional book donations are welcomed and can be left at the Library now. Many thanks!
Photo Credit: Heather Frank
The Oliver Sagebrushers are celebrating the third anniversary of their Quail’s Roost Art Gallery at Rustico Farm and Cellars Winery in Oliver. The weekend will begin with a reception Friday May 24 from 5 – 8 pm, featuring well-known artist and musician Agnes Sutherland. Agnes has been with the art club for almost 50 years and at age 96 is an inspiration to all with her tireless energy devoted to her painting and music.
On the morning of Saturday May 25, the Sagebrushers will be assisting the winery with the Half-Corked Marathon. What a delight to view the costumes, the runners, and the happy faces.
On Sunday May 26, the Sagebrushers will be part of the cancer fundraiser for Chloe Kroeger. Everyone is invited to the Stampede Pancake Breakfast from 9 am to 12 noon.
The Quail’s Roost Gallery will be open during all of these events.
Directions: Drive 6 kms south of Oliver (or 12 kms north of Osoyoos) on Highway 97. Turn west onto Road 16. Turn south onto Golden Mile Dr. (formerly 123rd Street). Distance from the highway: 0.4 km
Join me, Jan Kreut, for a
2-day Encaustic Workshop
May 23 & 24
10am to 3pm
Quail’s Nest Arts Centre
5840 Airport Street, Oliver BC
All art supplies are included. The basics will be covered the first day and we will cover layering, incising, & embedding and make an imprinted T-shirt the second day.
Bring a T-shirt or other cotton article on Day 2. The cost for the 2 days is $150. Register early as the class is limited to 12.
Contact Jan Kreut at 250-498-4090 or email kreutopia @ gmail.com
Here we are, with the passing of April and the completion of BC Arts and Culture week. Well, the Oliver Art Gallery is proud to push on with the theme by announcing its new Feature Artist for the month of May.
Rod Gould, Horse Logger/Painter will be displaying his many works on our feature walls, from April 30, to May 28th.
Rod, an avid outdoors man, has spent most of his life hunting, fishing, farming and logging with his horses on his 1500 acre wilderness ranch. While he had painted and followed his love of art all along, lately he is finding himself out in the weather slapping paint on canvas more and more.
His paintings are his attempt in expressing his appreciation, of the life he has had the privilege of living and to pay tribute to some of the good and honest horses he has worked with. His paintings speak, of the sparkle of first light on a mountain river, or times past when horses broke the ground and skidded the logs.
Rod occasionally works in watercolour, but mainly he paints in oil. It is the chosen medium of his artistic heroes, like Tom Thomson, Carl Rungius and N.C. Wyeth. He spends a lot of his time painting outdoors, or creating plein air sketches that later become a large studio painting.
The Oliver Art Gallery is privileged to have Rod Gould as one of its 20 artists, displaying a variety of mediums and styles from realism to abstract, for the pleasure of all comers. Ceramics and jewelry have also been added as extra variety for a diversity of choice to shoppers.
There is also ongoing art classes offered at the gallery:
Sunday Mornings, – 9:00 – 11:00AM.
Six weeks, starting Sunday May 5, through to June 9th.
Cost; $ 60.00
Artist teacher, – Steve Staresina
Every artist needs to be able to draw before they can paint. Learn the basic drawing techniques, for landscapes, animals and the human body.
Painting – Acrylics for Beginners
Monday Evenings – 6:30 – 9:00PM
Six weeks, Starting Monday, May 6 through June 10.
Cost; $ 60.00
Artist teacher – Steve Staresina
This will be a teaching Class for beginners. You will learn about the supplies, products and techniques. If you wondered if you had it in you to become a painter, this is where you will find out. A list of supplies will be available upon registration.
Portrait Drawing with Pastels
Monday Mornings – 9:00 – 11:30
Two weeks, starting May 13 and 20th.
Artist teacher – Sharon Leonard
This will be a two session lesson, where you will be able to draw a portrait of your choice. Bring your own photograph to work from. (Picture should be clear and show all features, like the eyes).
Drop in to view, Rod Gould’s Art, and the many other beautiful pieces on display.
Oliver Art Gallery
6046 Main Street, Oliver BC
Click on the link below to view the latest arts and culture news in Oliver.
New issues of Creative Minds can be found on our Events page listed above, just under the top banner. The newsletter is issued late in the third week of each month.
Arts Jam! is the monthly social gathering of the arts council, with the public always invited to attend. Arts groups and businesses share their upcoming events, and the council updates members on items of interest from the Board.
This month, in honour of BC Arts and Culture Week, Arts Jam! goes on tour to the Oliver Regional Library, and is hosted by the Friends of the Oliver Library (FOTOL). Join us on a special date: TUESDAY April 23 at 9:30 am at the Oliver Library. Learn what the FOTOL is doing, hear about upcoming open houses and fibre arts conferences from the Desert Sage Spinners and Weavers and Double O Quilters, find out what’s up with the Handbell Ringers, get info on local arts exhibits, and hear an update on how the Sage Valley Voices Concert went. There’s always a lot of news from our 17 member groups and 14 businesses. Discover who’s doing what.
The arts council Board will share some samples of new logos they are considering. Our friendly little quail is still part of the image, but wow! what a makeover! Your comments welcome. Information on the latest landscaping project will also be announced.
Arts Jam! is always a busy, friendly, newsy gathering, with refreshments provided. Visitors and new members always welcome. Be in the know on Oliver’s lively arts scene!
Arts Jam! is regularly held on the fourth Monday of the month. Next month: Monday May 27 beginning 9:30 am at the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre.
Contracted landscaping work will be occurring at the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre at 5840 Airport Street, beginning the week of April 22 – 26.
PJR Contracting Ltd. has been hired by the Oliver Community Arts Council to remove the chain link fencing and weed trees along the northern perimeter of the property and the remaining fence along the road on the eastern side north of the “Big Blue” Building. In addition they will also be placing, levelling and packing 3/4 crush gravel on the northern end of the property. This is a continuation of the landscaping project begun in the summer of 2012.
The arts council anticipates that this work will be completed within a maximum of two weeks, weather permitting. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, especially in terms of noise or access. The council anticipates the latter to be minimal, with work confined to a small area within the property. Street parking is recommended during the day.
The fence and weed trees have been an ongoing maintenance issue at the arts centre, with the fence preventing removal of weed trees. The outcome will be a neater exterior with less weeding required for the council and its northern neighbours.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this project, please contact the Oliver Community Arts Council at OliverCAC @ gmail.com
Thank you to our new Operations team of Betty Lou Trimmer Bahnsen and Bob Parker for their work on this project. Look for more projects later in the year, including painting the exterior of the smaller Studio Building, and some design elements added to the doors of both buildings.
University of Alberta Mixed Chorus 69th Spring Tour
with the Faculty of Education Handbell Ringers
Oliver Alliance Church
May 2, 2013
Admission $5 Adults
The UAMC is a student run choir that is based at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, AB. It was founded in 1944 by Gordon Clark, a medical student, who wanted to bring together students who shared his love for music and singing. Sixty nine years later, that tradition continues.
Led by conductor Dr. Robert de Frece, the UAMC is pleased to present a delightful repertoire of choral works ranging from the Baroque to Broadway. Highlighted works include J. S. Bach’s ‘Bist du bei mir’, William Byrd’s ‘O Magnum Mysterium,’ and selections from the musical ‘The Music Man.’
Featured with the UAMC are the Faculty of Education Handbell Ringers, who celebrate their 25th anniversary this year. Founded by Dr. Robert de Frece in 1988, the Handbell Ringers have dazzled and entertained audiences with their quick hands and beautiful tones. This group plays one of largest collections of handbells and chimes in Canada. The Handbell Ringers will be playing “Syncopated Clock,” and a specially commissioned arrangement of “Belle of the Ball.” Both pieces were composed by Leroy Anderson whose works were often showcased by the Boston Pops Orchestra.
The UAMC is one of the University’s oldest groups. Each season, its members come together to share a love of music, under the inspirational leadership of Dr. Robert de Frece. For almost 70 years the UAMC has created beautiful music, and shared it with communities like Oliver in the spirit of those who founded the group in 1944.
The Oliver concert is sponsored by the South Okanagan Secondary School Enrichment Fund Society. The SOSS Enrichment Fund Society provides bursaries and scholarships to qualifying graduating students from SOSS going on to post-secondary education. The Society is sponsoring the event by finding billets for 65 performers, hosting a dinner before the concert and taking interested chorus members on a hike.
UPDATE from SOSS!!
“We were able to arrange for Lisa Ante, the SOSS Music teacher, to involve her Music Futures class in the concert. They are going to sing with the chorus for the final two songs. They will rehearse with the choir in the afternoon and then be given a vocal workshop by the conductor. It should be a great experience for approx 25 students and their teacher. The Youth Ambassadors are going to assist in a coffee and dessert table at intermission. Students of course will be given free admission.” from Janet Shannon
For additional information, please reach the U of Alberta contact Nicola Gale at gale at ualberta dot ca or SOSS Enrichment Fund contact Janet Shannon at larjanshannon at gmail dotcom
BC Arts and Culture Week is a province wide, annual celebration of art during the third week of April. Needing little excuse for a party, Oliver artists in all media delight in showcasing their skills. This spring, several arts groups are in the spotlight.
The week opens with the Oliver Sagebrushers art club presenting Art at the Owl at the Burrowing Owl Estate Winery Guest House. The Sagebrushers are joined by artists from Osoyoos. The opening reception is from 1 -3 pm on Saturday April 20, with a continuing exhibit and sale during the following week. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Drop by the guest house in the afternoons from 12 – 4 pm daily.
The Sage Valley Voices Community Choir is “puttin’ on the Ritz” with a choral concert of Vaudeville, Broadway and Hollywood hits. Not content to be “just” a choir, the ensemble adds colourful costumes and comedic repartee to enliven the performance. Audiences have a choice of Saturday April 20 at 7 pm or a matinee on Sunday April 21 at 2:30 at Oliver United Church. Tickets are $10 at the door, and include refreshments after the concert. Food Bank donations are always welcome.
The arts council takes their monthly “Arts Jam” on tour to the Oliver Regional Library on Tuesday April 22 at 9:30 am. The Friends of the Oliver Library will host the event. Arts Jam is a social gathering of many of the council’s 17 groups and 15 businesses. The primary purpose is to exchange current events news from the local art scene. The public is always invited to catch up on all things arty in Oliver. The council also takes the opportunity to inform the public of its programmes and projects and address the needs of council members.
Oliver’s fabulous fibre artists invite the public to two open houses during BC Arts and Culture Week. The Double O Quilters Guild host theirs on Wednesday April 24 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Oliver Community Centre Hall. Tour displays and demonstrations throughout the hall.
The Desert Sage Spinners and Weavers Guild fling open their doors the following day at the same venue: Thursday April 25 from 10 am to 1 pm. Watch their flurry of activity at a felting bee. They are currently working on a felting project entitled “Crossing Borders” for the Association of Northwest Weavers Guilds (ANWG). The local guild is felting two large three-dimensional cottages, one Canadian, one American. The cottages will be linked by a “cross-border” clothesline representing the goodwill between the guilds on both sides of the 49th parallel. The Desert Sage Spinners and Weavers plan to enter the finished product at the ANWG conference in late June.
Visit Paw Prints Studio and Gallery at 212 Carr Crescent in Willowbrook Valley and the Oliver Art Gallery on Main Street, both of whom are also celebrating BC Arts and Culture Week.
The Oliver Community Arts Council is grateful to Arts BC, who funds BC Arts and Culture Week every year with a small grant to cover joint publicity. We are also grateful to the Province of BC and the BC Arts Council who support the work of Arts BC.
Spring may be lambing season for most of us, but for the Fibre Broads, every season is wool season. Drop by the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre Saturday April 13 from 10 am – 4 pm for lovely displays, demos, and sales by these three talented and friendly ladies: Jen Allgeier, Klaudia Deschenes, and Terry Irvine.