Call for Artists to “Go with the Flow”

Artists of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to enter works in any visual medium in the upcoming Fall Art Show & Sale (FASS). The Oliver Community Arts Council mounts the popular event on Saturday September 29 and Sunday September 30. The show and sale runs jointly with the Festival of the Grape at the Oliver Community Centre. The two-day arts event includes a multimedia art competition, public voting, sales, exhibits and demos by featured artists, live entertainment, a dessert reception, and exciting draws, including a wine fridge.

Visual artists in all media and of all ages are invited to enter. Prizes are awarded in nine categories, including two youth categories. Artwork may also be advertised for sale: locals and tourists alike frequently purchase pieces, whether by budding and emerging artists, hobbyists or professional artists. Public voting ensures the competition is friendly and full of surprises!  Past winners have included both newcomers and returning favourites.

Categories are Photography, Fibre Arts, Oils, Acrylics, Watercolours, Three-Dimensional Arts, and Mixed/Other Media. Two categories for youth, Emerging Artists and Budding Artists, invite entries in any visual medium. Awards are given in each category, as well as an overall winner. Work can be recent or old, but must not have appeared before in this event. Artists may submit one or two pieces. Each requires its own entry form.

This year, the show has a theme: “Go with the Flow”. While no artwork is ever rejected for not following the theme, it can serve to inspire artists to create something new.  To motivate artists: the public votes for a special overall “Best Interpretation of the Theme”.

Some inspirations to get the creative juices “flowing” include the flowing application of a paintbrush or drip techniques,  rippling jewelry designs, curved shapes in wood, metal and glass, capturing movement in photography such as dance or a bicycle race or a windy day, and relaxing fluid abstract shapes. Alternatively, artists could create a piece simply inspired by a mood or get socio-political and make an artistic comment on what it means to follow the crowd. Going with the flow could also refer to the technique or the colours chosen. What does going with the flow mean in your life? Taking it easy? Letting others decide? Jumping into a current of thought with both feet and seeing where it takes you?

Only the entry forms (below poster) need to be submitted before the weekend of the Fall Art Show and Sale. Mail or email the form  by Friday September 7, 2018. An early bird prize is awarded from among entries received by Thursday September 6, 2018. Prize: a free entry or a second entry free. Extension for youth artists only: Friday September 14, 2018.  Problem? We’ll gladly help you solve it! Email olivercac @

DOWNLOAD your entry below by clicking on the text and printing the PDF form. See the guidelines if you require more information.


FASS 2018 Entry Form

FASS 2018 Terms and Guidelines

FASS Category Definitions

Naden Band plays Music in the Park

The Naden Band, Royal Canadian Navy roused the large audience to a standing ovation and encore after playing a wide-ranging repertoire on Thursday night. From classic military marches and Irish tunes like Danny Boy and Minstrel Boy, to Stevie Wonder’s Sir Duke and Daft Punk’s Get Lucky the band hit every mark. Surprise guests were “Undercurrent” playing two terrific jazz numbers. A lively N’Orleans jazz version of O When the Saints was a real crowd pleaser. The encore was, of course, Heart of Oak, the theme song of Royal Navies across the Commonwealth. Here it is played as background music to the slideshow. Turn it up! Thank you to the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy. Thank you also for your service on behalf of all Canadians.

Enter your roots, fruits, & “beauts”

It’s an old-fashioned fair! Pull those veggies, pick that fruit, bottle that beer and wine, put ribbons round your,home preserves jars, bake that peach pie, and bring out your “beauts” — your beautiful crafts and artwork —  to win one of the blue ribbons. As this is the first year, there is no entry fee or monetary prizes. Enter for the old-fashioned fun of it! Entry form package below poster.. Entry form is on the inside of the “Book Cover” PDF:



















Information and categories:

Oliver Prize Book

Entry Form:

Oliver Prize Book cover

Andi Zack comes home to sing with Ken Johnson

Oliver’s own Andi Zack-Johnson and her husband Ken Johnson (of Birmingham, Ala.) make another pilgrimage back to Andi’s home in Oliver from their Singer/Songwriter careers in Nashville, Tennessee.

Songwriters both, Andi and Ken have written songs for many country and pop artists in the U.S. and Canada including Harry Connick Jr., Brothers Osborne, Vince Gill with Jenny Gill, and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top. They have collaborated with many artists over the years including members of ZZ Top, Cheap Trick, Lynyrd Skynyrd, NRBQ and Aerosmith and more.

Andi and Ken have starred for 3 seasons now in the hit CMT show “I Love Kellie Pickler” produced by Ryan Seacrest and have appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Harry (Connick Jr.) Show, Fox and Friends and Good Morning America.

Andi and Ken are also known as the popular children’s music duo Huck And Lilly. They have released two critically acclaimed albums since 2015 and can be heard regularly on Sirius XM “Kids Place Live” Current solo albums available now include Andi Zack-Johnson “Love Party” and Ken Johnson “Dang Good Day”.

Presented by both Medici’s and Oliver Sagebrushers, Andi and Ken will put on a ONE NIGHT ONLY special concert at Medici’s on Friday, Aug 10th. Tickets are $25. Seating is assigned. Doors will open at 6:30 and Andi and Ken will open the night at 7:30.

Medici’s is at 522 Fairview Road in Oliver…250-498-2228

Sabrina Weeks Duo perform August 2

Don’t miss the Sabrina Weeks Duo on Thursday August 2 at Music in the Park

* Winner 2012 Maple Blues Award
* Voted “Pick to Click” by Sirius Radio
* Charted #1 in the Canadian RMR (Roots Music) Charts
* Voted #1 by Blues Underground Network

Sabrina Weeks and Mike Hilliard have shared the stage or opened for Colin James, Tom Lavin and Powder Blues, Steppenwolf, Jack de Keyzer, Guess Who, Stonebolt, and the Downchild Blues Band. Further, Sabrina is often featured in such prestigious concerts as the TBS Women in Blues Revue at Massey Hall and the Etta James Tribute at Hugh’s Room.These two are GOOOOOD. Check em out here:
then come out HERE: Music in the Park Thursday August 2

Happy 20th!

The Friends of the Oliver Library was incorporated as a Society in 1998, following an organizational meeting called by Librarian Vicky White. Three of the charter members remain as active FOTOL members to this day.

One of the major activities of the FOTOL is to raise money for the Library. The annual book sale—to be held this year on Saturday, July 7th at the Canadian Legion—marks twenty years of the Friends’ major fundraiser for the Library.

The book sale is a model of community cooperation. All books sold have been donated by Oliver residents and every penny raised goes to support Library activities such as the Summer Reading Club for Children, and to enhance the Library by providing programs and furnishings not available through core funding.

Behind the scenes, the books have to be stored as they pour into the Library by generous donors. Free storage has been provided over the years by Oliver-Fairview Self Storage, where Society volunteers sort them and load them on cardboard flats donated by Buy Low and No Frills. Then the rather massive job of transport is undertaken by an army of volunteers who get them to the sales point, which is usually the Library’s parking lot. (NOTE: This year the sale will take place at the OLIVER LEGION because of the street work being undertaken in front of the Library.)

Once on the sale site, other volunteers have arrived early to set up tables and then load the sorted books on flats into locations for paperbacks or hard covers, fiction or non-fiction, and with special areas for kids’ books, videos and CDs and a few other categories.

The sale begins at 9:00 a.m. and closes at 2:00 p.m. and active volunteers keep the tables loaded with books throughout the sales period. Then at closing time, the dismantling begins. In the last several years, all unsold books have been donated to other community organizations that also raise monies for other charitable organizations. Again this year, they will be donated to Diabetes Clothesline.

Over the years, FOTOL has raised well over $70,000 to support the Oliver Library, mostly from book sales, but also from kind donors and from membership fees. You see some of those proceeds in the Library’s enhanced furnishings, which include the main desk when you enter, rugs for the children’s area, and approximately half of the magazines and periodicals on display. The funds enhance by upgrading the quality of the furniture provided through core funding. They allow FOTOL to fund authors and speakers through the year, and for the children—magicians, drummers and other guests during the summer reading program.

FOTOL has a brochure available in the Library which outlines in more detail its activities, meeting dates, and organizational structure. Membership forms are also available at the Library. Volunteers are always needed and everyone is welcome.

Hope to see you all at the book sale!

Get your groove on

“In the summertime, when the weather is fine”, Oliver has music on their mind. And the Music in the Park concert series, courtesy of the Oliver Community Arts Council, has it all lined up.

Live music fans gather every Thursday evening at the Oliver Community Band Shell. Concerts kick off at 6:30 p.m. and continue until 8:00 p.m. Admission is by donation. The evening market on site invites visitors to stroll by for bakery goods, fresh fruits and veggies, crafts, and other retail items. A food vendor offers picnic suppers each evening.

Award-winning classic rock band Timbre Wolves, lifts the roof off summer on Thursday July 5. Jill Fai’s powerhouse vocals have been compared to Heart’s Ann Wilson or Amanda Marshall. Appearing as a duo at Music in the Park a couple of years ago, the Wolves return with a full rock band sound. Audiences can expect hits from the 60s to 90s, including the ladies of rock, Pat Benatar and Blondie, to the Beatles and the Doors.

The sound gets bigger the following Thursday July 12 when the South Okanagan Big Band performs swing and jazz hits from the 30s to 60s and familiar pop tunes guaranteed to please.

Crowd favourites Rob ‘n’ Walker return for a second year in a row on Thursday July 19. Previously appearing as The Rob Robertson Band, the trio has a new name but the same great country rock and Americana sound. Lead singer Rob, with street cred as a Nashville musician, has been on a killer song-writing streak of late, so audiences can expect a few originals tossed in. Rob ‘n’ Walker play as the sponsored Feed the Valley concert. Besides a donation for the music, audiences are invited to bring an item for the Oliver Food Bank. An initiative by Music in the Park sponsor Valley First, the goal is to encourage the public to remember and support the food bank year-round.

Acoustic duo, That Girl and Earl plays 50s pop, rock, and country on Thursday July 26. Diane Strom (“that girl”) and Earl Staten have been performing together for 12 years through the Kootenays, and are now driving their talent westward.

Sabrina Weeks brings her sultry blues voice to town on Thursday August 2, backed by blues guitarist Mike Hilliard (pictured at left). This duo is recognized nationally, having won the Maple Blues Award in 2011, and has been racking up the accolades while gigging from Toronto to L.A. Sabrina’s singing style has been described as “sassy”, “more energy than the battery bunny” and “sizzling, scintillating, swinging, soulful”. Hilliard’s blues guitar has earned him comparisons to Colin James.

Audiences will want to stand up and salute the music of the Naden Band (Royal Canadian Navy) on Thursday August 9. One of the most popular – and repeat – performers at Music in the Park, this brass and wind ensemble will blow out a diverse repertoire from classic marches to the pops.

After too many years away, the Steve Jones Band rocks the Oliver park again on Thursday August 16. Hailing from just up the road at Vaseux Lake, Steve (pictured at top) fronts the band with a big confident voice, lead guitar, and crowd-pleasing charm. Their secret ingredient? Ryan Schick’s rippling fingers on piano, channelling The Door’s Ray Manzarek.

Multi-talented sisters Diane Ball and Joanne Fauteux entertain as Sister Soul on Thursday August 23 with toe-tapping dance and pop favourites. Diane Ball, often described as “Osoyoos’ wedding singer and one-woman band” knows her way around a song, and an audience. She will double the musical fun with sister Joanne adding her vocals and guitar.

All concerts are rain-or-shine on Thursdays from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the Oliver Community Stage band shell, 6359 Park Drive. Rain venue is on–site at the Oliver Community Centre. Suggested donation is $5. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Info: . Presented by the Oliver Community Arts Council.