“Seasons of Life” announced as theme

The theme for the 2020 Fall Art Show & Sale has been announced as “Seasons of Life”. Art is welcome in all visual media, whether it adheres strictly to the theme or not. Awards are presented in each category, with only the top award reserved for “Best Interpretation of the Theme”.

The theme could be understood as seasons of nature or take on a more metaphorical interpretation. Artists are encouraged to take broad inspiration from the theme. It can be applied to landscapes, flowers and trees, or animal and human stages of growth. A more abstract interpretation could be emotional changes or cognitive growth: from innocence to experience, from rebellion to maturity, from anger to acceptance. The theme can be an expression of one particular “season”, or show a range of seasons.

Awards will be presented in nine categories, including seven media categories: photography, acrylics, fibre arts, oils, mixed / other media, watercolours, and three-dimensional. Fibre arts includes (but is not limited to) quilting, weaving, felting, knitting, needlework, tapestry, rug hooking, fashion design, tatting, millinery, and the like. Some fibre artists might choose to categorize their artwork as “three-dimensional” instead. . Three-dimensional includes many forms such as sculpture, decorative arts (ceramics, woodwork, metalwork, glasswork, leatherwork, jewelry), assemblage, and product design (e.g. furniture, luthiery).

There are also two youth categories: budding artists (12 and under) and emerging artists (13 – 18 years).

Show Dates: October 3 – 4, 2020 at the Oliver Community Centre
Entry Form Deadline: Friday September 11, 2020
Early Bird Draw Deadline: Thursday September 10, 2020
Extension for Youth Artists ONLY: Friday September 18, 2020

The Fall Art Show and Sale is always well-attended, with up to 125 works of art in this multimedia event. Partnered with the Festival of the Grape, the show attracts many wine tourists (and art buyers). This is your season to shine in the sun! Please download the following package of information to help you get a head start on your art!

Two tributes, one concert

With incredible authenticity, DREAMS replicates the Fleetwood Mac sound as they were at the pinnacle of their fabulous run. Fleetwood Mac was the band of  the 70s and 80s producing a stunning range of musical styles and powerhouse vocals. Today, 30 plus years later, their music still fills the airwaves. Close your eyes and let Dreams of Fleetwood Mac, take you away.

The great ABBA tribute band ARRIVAL has a sound and stage show honed and fine tuned to such a degree that they have often been actually mistaken for the real thing. Be part of this lucky audience singing along with all of ABBA’s famous great tunes during ARRIVAL’s exciting high energy live stage show! Every song on ARRIVAL’s roster was a number one ABBA hit. ARRIVAL delivers with such incredible, accurate and enjoyable authenticity. You will be transported back to height of ABBA’s glory.



Special offer – purchase a ticket to DREAMS / ARRIVAL and one other show being presented by OM Oliver Music & Entertainment by February 15th and save $15. Telephone or in person only for this special offer. Call or visit the box office Tue – Thu from 10 – 3, 250-498-1626 or visit 6100 Gala St.
Qualifying shows:
The Day Trippers – Friday May 8
Moondance – Friday June 26
Tower of Song – Friday September 18

Open house gets you warm and fuzzy

The Desert Sage Spinners and Weavers hold their annual spinning retreat at Walnut Beach Resort in Osoyoos on Saturday March 28. The public is welcome to attend their Open House, view spinners at work and purchase hand-dyed rovings and other fibre goods.

Vagabond at Firehall

Vagabond performs at the Firehall Brewery on Tuesday February 11th at 7 p.m. $15 ticket. 6077 Main Street, Oliver

Vagabond is a Penticton-based acoustic trio specializing in “rockabilly, blues, and country soul,” comprised of none other than veteran lead guitarist Lindsay Mitchell, founder and guitarist of renowned Canadian rock band, PRISM, with lead vocalist Leslie Thompson, and double bassman Stefan Bienz. Tickets are only $15, with only 40 seats in the house! Reserve yourself a seat for this intimate show while you can, tickets available in advance by clicking here: Vagabond Concert at the Firehall

Expect an eclectic repertoire of radio hits from the 1950s and 60s, plus original tunes penned by Lindsay Mitchell as founder and principal songwriter for the classic 1970s Canadian rock band PRiSM.

Lindsay Mitchell began his career in the mid 1960s as lead guitarist and songwriter with the notorious Vancouver-based rock band the Seeds of Time. His 1969 composition My Home Town (Coast Records) was a nationwide hit. In 1977 he formed the multiple Juno Award winning group PRiSM (GRT Capitol) for whom he composed numerous multi-gold and platinum hits including Armageddon, Young & Restless, and A Night to Remember. Along the way he has shared the stage with a host of rock celebrities: Rod Stewart, Tom Jones, the Byrds, Meatloaf, Heart, Roy Orbison, kd lang, and AC/DC just to name a few. He has also performed with many blues and R&R legends: T-Bone Walker, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Del Shannon, Willie Dixon, Pinetop Perkins, Big Joe Duskin, Albert Collins, and many more. But the musical memories he holds most dear involve old friends: the late Billy Cowsill and Long John Baldry, and celebrated BC bluesmen Kenny Wayne and Jim Byrnes.

Leslie Thompson, based in Okanagan Falls, began taking music lessons at age 5, and was soon playing drums in her parents’ country western band (mommy played bass, daddy lead guitar). After studying music at Capilano University in the late 80s, she took to the road in Western Canada with a number of country-rock acts, later returning to BC to reunite onstage with her parents. An Okanagan resident since 2000, she plays and sings in several local outfits.

“I saw her a few years ago playing drums for a Penticton country-rock group,” Mitchell explains, “and was so impressed by her voice (a cross between Bonnie Raitt and June Carter), that I resolved to call her up if I ever needed a singer in the Okanagan.”

Stefan Bienz of Summerland is the undisputed number one “go to” bassman in the South Okanagan. As such he has performed with a host of local and visiting musicians and singers. Accordingly, we are delighted to have him on board.

“When I first invited Stefan to play with us,” Mitchell says, “he asked what kind of bass playing was needed.”

“I’m looking for a Willie Dixon,” I answered, “simple, low down, with a deep groove.”

“I’m your man.” he replied.

The rest is history.

Christmas Fair seeks help

Do you enjoy the Christmas Craft Fair in November? Would you like to see it continue? Jen and Klaudia are two great gals, who have run this fair for decades, and who are now looking for some help to manage the fair so they can (eventually) put their feet up. . This is a great opportunity to learn from a very experienced and cheerful team.