Bloomin’ wonderful!

Terry Irvine, Marion Trimble and JoAnn Turner (known to many from the Ripoff Artists) will be showing and selling their own work, and teaching workshops this August at the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre! You can learn to make a needle-felted Garden Fairy Doll with Terry, create a Van Gogh-inspired impasto painting with Marion, or learn how to create fun and relaxing Zen Doodles, or make elastic bracelets with gemstone beads with JoAnn.

Art Show, Sale and Workshops
​Quail’s Nest Arts Centre, 5840 Airport Street, Oliver, BC
Monday August 19 to Friday August 23
Opening Reception Monday 6 to 8 pm. Tuesday through Friday, open 10 am to 2 pm. Workshops:
Tues. Wed. Thurs. 10 am
Tues evening 6 pm.

Details of all the workshops, including dates and prices as well as online payment and registration, are available by clicking this link: The Late Bloomers

Tom Petty tribute “gonna come around here”

Martyn Jones bears a striking resemblance to Tom Petty and has the voice to bring these songs to life in any sized venue or stage. He is a seasoned veteran performer who has ultimate respect for the Man and his songs, and the people who love them.
“Don’t Come Around Here No More” 
“Free Fallin'” 
“Learning to Fly” 
“Don’t Do Me Like That” 
“American Girl”
“I Won’t Back Down” 
“You Don’t Know How It Feels”

Jimmy Leguilloux is a dream guitarist for any group. Hugely talented, Jimmy dazzles concert crowds with his fiery playing and fearless presence. His wonderful voice is the perfect harmony match for Martyn Jones’s delivery of these great Tom Petty classics.

Jimmy has a rich history playing guitar around Western Canada and elsewhere and is highly respected for his community work including his annual benefit concert for children.

A shared love of the music and the desire to represent it properly moved Marty and Jimmy to create

A Sincere Tribute
Tuesday July 30
7:30 p.m.
Frank Venables Theatre
Tickets $39.50

They have assembled a solid band of veteran players and bring all the elements necessary to play this dream setlist properly and really connect Tom Petty’s songs to fans everywhere.

Appreciate water at Oliver Museum

Did you know that Oliver’s irrigation system, also known as the Ditch, turns 100 this year?

The Oliver Museum will be holding a Water Appreciation Day on July 27th from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm to recognize the historical role of water in Oliver and its continued importance in this area.

Come learn about the Ditch’s history and water conservation in the main Museum gallery, try your hand at a coloring sheet, share your thoughts on a comment wall, or attend one of the demonstrations and talks occurring every half-hour throughout the morning. Water walls built by the Museum’s “Splash from the Past” campers will be on display in the Museum yard throughout the day.

The event schedule is as follows:
10:00 am: Welcome and display viewing in main gallery
10:30 am: Garden tour about plants and animals in riparian environments
11:30 am: Gold panning in the Museum yard and talk on placer vs. hard rock mining
12:30 pm: Water wall demonstration in Museum yard
1:00 pm: Event ends, but Museum remains open

We welcome you to explore the ways in which we interact with this most important natural resource and its history in our area. For more information, please contact the Oliver Archives at 250-498-4027 or info @

CreateAbility takes a break for summer

Instructors Janet, Lorraine, Kim, and Bev reflect on the final session of this lively art programme for differently-abled adults.

We had a good attendance with 17 special needs adults and 7 care staff present. Bev was working on painting adult hands and having them make one stamp onto a large fabric banner which we will add to in the fall. Her concept is to have a banner available for special events which draws attention to the group.
Here is a picture of Wayne giggling away while applying paint to his hand.

Lorraine had prepared small books which each adult decorated. Her theme was eggs to chicks to chickens. Here is a photo from Lorraine’s group:

Kim had prepared spray dyes for t-shirt printing. The care staff really got into helping with tying off parts of the white t-shirts to prepare them for dye application.Once the t-shirts were bound up with elastics then they were hung and our special needs adults chose the colors of dye and sprayed the shirts while hanging outdoors. Some really gorgeous t-shirts were created.

Janet worked with adults applying paint to foam stamps. Terry just kept stamping away (once he figured out which side to put down) even after all of the paint was gone!

The mood was very positive and relaxed. It was lovely to be able to open one of the bay doors. In the end a great deal of art was produced.

So a big thank you to all of you instructors for you contributions over the past 9 months. We will now take a break until the third week of September.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Aline who is one of our original instructors. Please help us to find new instructors for the fall as we will need more wonderfully creative instructors to be part of our fall 2019 and spring 2020 programs. Hope you all have a wonderful summer!

Playing “joanna” at Firehall Brewery

“Crowd the Joanna” is a bit of Cockney rhyming slang. “Joanna” is a common rhyming slang substitute for “pianna”, i.e. “piano”. So “crowd the joanna” is slang for “gather round the piano”. In other words it’s a clue for a good musical time! or in the case of this Kelowna-based band, “a boot-stomping, whiskey-hollering hoe-down full of sea chanteys and drinking anrthems”.

Crowd the Joanna formed in Kelowna in 2012.

“…this band is a rock riot — their tone and brutal presence of Folk/Bluegrass inspired music is genius. Not only is it rowdy and celebrated, the band combines an easy listening tone with gritty punk roots.” – Jeff Stychin, Awesome Okanagan

“Best-darn root tootin’ foot stompers in the Okanagan Valley.” -Jim Reiner

Museum gets wet this summer

A brand new kids day camp is coming to the Oliver Museum this year. The “Splash from the Past!” day camp will focus on how water has shaped Oliver’s history over the last 100 years.

The day camp, which will run 9 am – 4 pm July 24 to 26, will introduce campers aged 7-12 to watery science and history topics such as how plants and animals use water, where water comes from and how to conserve it. Campers will learn all about the human use of water in this area and how the town of Oliver grew because of the enormous irrigation system called the Ditch. The camp will include hands-on water experiments and activities, summer fun with water, and field trips to the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre and the Okanagan River.

The “Splash from the Past!” camp is guaranteed to get kids outdoors and learning on the go. Campers will build edible aquifers, create H20-inspired art, and build their own water walls, which will be displayed in the Museum yard during the July 27th Water Appreciation Day. Camp activities will be led by our knowledgeable and enthusiastic museum staff.

“Splash from the Past!” registration costs are $65 for 3 days of fun-filled learning. Register early, as only 15 spots are available.

For more information or to register, please contact the Oliver & District Heritage Society at 250-498-4027 or email info @

“Pop” over for art at the Quail’s Nest

Pop into the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre July 1 to 6, when the Ripoff Artists take on Andy Warhol, the king of Pop Art himself. Warhol (1928-1987) is best known for his paintings and silk screen prints of Campbell’s Soup and Coca Cola, and for his brightly coloured portraits of celebrities such as Elvis Presley, Mao Tse-tung and Marilyn Monroe. Many of his images are so familiar, they’re well-known iconic images themselves.

Pop Art, an art movement of the late 1950s and early 1960s, was a reaction against fine art, which had become so elitist, the average person couldn’t understand it. Abstract expressionism was the premier style of the moment, with lots of brushstrokes, colour and unclear imagery, or no imagery at all. Pop art instead used cartoon art and the clean-lines and clear representations of commercial art and advertising to poke fun at the art establishment, and to make ironic statements about modern life and society as a whole.

Besides paintings and prints, Warhol made films, managed a rock band, The Velvet Underground, and hosted parties at his studio, The Factory, in New York. In the Swinging Sixties, his parties became the place to see and be seen, and careers were made for artists, models and actors simply by being a friend of Warhol’s.

He’s also known for personal eccentricities: his monotone way of speaking, his 40 platinum blonde wigs, his “uniform” of all black or black and white clothing. His life became his medium. One of his constant themes was the relationship between popular culture, celebrity and art. Perhaps his best-known phrase is that we all get “fifteen minutes of fame.”

For their fifteen minutes of fame, the Ripoff Artists will explore his many self-portraits as their warm-up artworks, followed by digging into his portraits of Marilyn Monroe. During the week of July 2 to 6, the artists will be at work at the Studio building in the Quail’s Nest Art Centre, 5840 Airport Street, in Oliver, from 9 am to 3 pm. The public is encouraged to come in and see what they’re up to! An opening reception on Monday July 1 from 6 to 8 will feature 1960s party food. Wear your best mod outfit and come down for your own fifteen minutes of fame!

Heritage walking tours

The Oliver & District Heritage Society is once again offering its popular Downtown Heritage Walking Tours this summer from June 14th to August 30th.

The guided tours run every Friday at 10:30 am in June and Fridays and Saturdays at 10:30 am for the rest of the summer, rain or shine. The tour covers the history of Oliver’s historic buildings and landmarks, from the CPR Station to portions of the Ditch. Tours will be led by knowledgeable summer student guides (ODHS) and will take approximately 45 minutes.

All tours start from the Oliver Visitor Centre and finish at the Museum at 474 School Avenue. Participants are asked to bring appropriate footwear and dress for the weather. Each tour covers approximately 1.5 km. Sunscreen and water are encouraged.

Here’s your chance to learn about Oliver’s historic downtown and become a local architecture buff. Learn about places like the Oliver Theatre, Dr. Ball’s Office, the BC Police Building, and more! Come down to the Oliver Museum for more information.

We hope to see you there!

“Bookmark” the date!

Don’t forget to contribute to the sale — and clear your shelves in readiness. Drop off your old books before sale date to the Oliver Regional Library on the corner of Station Street and Fairview Road. (Please no textbooks, magazines, or encyclopaedias.)

Crazy little thing called Queen

Sonic Flower Entertainment & Oliver Music and Entertainment present
Saturday June 29
7:30 p.m.
Venables Theatre

Simply Queen is Canada’s premier Queen tribute. They have headlined theatre and outdoor festival shows to thousands all over Canada and the United States.

Simply Queen is fronted by Freddie Mercury impersonator Rick Rock. Guitarist Bob Wegner (hand-picked by Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor to play guitar in the award-winning “We Will Rock You” musical), Drummer Phil Charrette and bassist Mitch Taylor.

The band performs all the iconic songs that made Queen one of the most legendary rock bands of all time, and faithfully recreates the grand scope of Queen’s live shows, both musically and visually, with superb attention to detail. It’s all live, and “guaranteed to blow your mind!”

Bopping bodies brighten your day

Dancers ages 3 to seniors bring you a huge variety of dance forms including ballet, tap, musical theatre, acrobatics and more. At TDS we compose new routines and a new show each and every year so don’t miss your once in a life time opportunity to see this years show full of local talent!!

The Dance Studio in Oliver presents
Friday June 21 & Saturday June 22
6:00 p.m.
Sunday June 23
2:00 p.m.
Venables Theatre
TICKETS: Adult $22.50
Senior (65+) $17.50
Under 19 $7.50