“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
SIMPLY QUEEN
Saturday June 29
7:30 p.m.
Venables Theatre
TICKETS $42
www.venablestheatre.ca

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
ANATOMY IN MOTION
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
www.venablestheatre.ca

Murray McLauchlan sings at Venables

Murray McLauchlan is one of Canada’s most highly regarded singer/songwriters, and with good cause. Over a 45-year career, he has released 19 albums and been awarded 11 Junos. His songs Farmer’s Song, Down by the Henry Moore, Whispering Rain and Sweeping the Spotlight Away are now considered Canadian standards. Murray is also a painter, an author, an actor, a radio host; he’s been bestowed an Honorary Doctor of Laws and appointed to The Order of Canada. That’s quite a ride. Until recently Murray’s touring had been restricted to Lunch At Allen’s, whose members also include Ian Thomas, Marc Jordan and Cindy Church. But with the release earlier this year of his critically acclaimed  Love Can’t Tell Time, he’s back on the road treating concert goers to a seamless blend of old and new.

Here’s what he has to say: “As a songwriter I know that it’s not enough to sit in your kitchen and write. Your songs need to be heard. Music is a communicative art and if it isn’t brought in front of people there is no way to tell if that end has been met. I like to think of a concert tour as a kind of roving gallery to test your art and your ideas. I try to do my very best to make it worthwhile for folks to be there and to perhaps look at things in a new way when they leave.”

And this, in a nutshell, is the Murray McLauchlan concert experience.

Shantero Productions presents
MURRAY McLAUCHLAN
Tuesday June 18
7:30 p.m.
Venables Theatre
$47.50

www.venablestheatre.ca

HURRY! 90% sold — only a few seats left!

Jazzing up your burger

Oliver Grandmothers for Africa present
Big Band, Burgers and Beer
with the Penticton Thursday Night Jazz Band
Thursday, June 20
7:00 pm.
Firehall Brewery
patio
6077 Main Street Downstairs (Alley Access), Oliver, BC
$20 includes a hamburger and a beer
(cash only, sorry no refunds).

Tickets are available from Oliver Shoes & Fashions on Main St., as well as the Firehall Brewery (and from OGFA members).

This is a fundraiser for the Oliver Grandmothers for Africa with proceeds going to the Stephen Lewis Foundation: “Turning the tide of AIDS in Africa”.

June in bloom at art gallery

Three of a Kind by Wendy Provins

The Okanagan Art Gallery celebrates the spring art season with its “First Friday” monthly reception, JUNE IN BLOOM, featuring both paintings and other fine art. The new exhibit opens on Friday June 7 with an artist reception 5 – 7 p.m. at the Okanagan Art Gallery, #5 8302 Main Street, Osoyoos, BC (kitty corner to the Watermark Resort).

The show will feature the full roster of professional artists represented by the gallery which brings together artists from all media including oil and acrylic artists, lithography specialists, photographers and fiber artists.

This June “First Friday” will feature wine presented by Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet with the proprietor Maria Ferreira. Learn more about their select wines and how they relate to art.

Bouquet of Tulips by Wendy Provins

For more information, call the Okanagan Art Gallery at 604 308-3995 or visit www.okanaganartgallery.ca

Oliver Museum hosts youth photography exhibit

What does the nature, history and culture of Oliver look like in 2019? Local youth are here to answer that question with breathtaking photographs.

On June 7th at 6:30 pm, “Oliver In Focus,” an exhibit featuring pictures taken by 25 students in South Okanagan Secondary School’s grade 11/12 Photography class, will open at the Oliver Museum. The exhibit will feature student photographers’ own perspectives on Oliver and area, with guidance and technical support from photography teacher Lindsey McVicar. Photographs will be displayed in the museum’s exhibit space as well as on the Heritage Society’s Facebook page. The images will highlight what’s unique about Oliver and the surrounding area and preserve it for the future.

There are five different themes for the photographs: People of Oliver, Flora and Fauna, Landscape, Heritage, and Oliver Colours. As part of their preparation, student photographers took field trips to Vaseux Lake, to Spotted Lake and Sẁiẁs Provincial Park/Haynes Point with Indigenous Education Advocate Taylor Baptiste, and to the Fairview area with local historian Larry Shannon. This helped them choose photographic subjects and enhanced their understanding of local heritage. The pictures were taken during several different seasons, and are both creative and visually striking.

The exhibit opening on June 7th runs from 6:30 – 7:30 pm at the museum, and many of the student photographers will be present to answer questions and show off their work. Photographs will be on display for two weeks following the opening. The museum’s extended hours (10 am – 4 pm, Tuesday through Saturday) start in June giving everyone the opportunity to enjoy the exhibit. So come on out, meet our talented local youth photographers, and enjoy some fresh perspectives on Oliver.

AUDITION for Born Yesterday

SOAP Theatre will hold two open auditions for Born Yesterday, a classic comedy by Garson Kanin, and directed by Tom Szalay. While the production is slated for February 2020, casting begins in June.

Set in Washington, DC in 1946, the play is as fresh and topical today as when it was written. Born Yesterday tackles such timely themes as political corruption, influence peddling, and misogyny all served up in a delightful mix of satire, romance, and above all, comedy.

Overbearing junkyard mogul Harry Brock sets out to buy a senator.  After his girlfriend, the sassy ex-showgirl Billie Dawn, publicly humiliates him with her lack of education, Brock decides she needs a crash course in class and intelligence, and hires journalist Paul Verrall as her tutor. Billie is determined to outwit Brock and give him an overdue comeuppance. Can street-smart Billie prove she is much more intelligent than her crass boyfriend and tutor give her credit for?

Born Yesterday calls for 15 characters including three leads, four supporting cast and eight minor parts. Szalay anticipates selecting two female and six or seven male actors to fill the roles. Some actors will play more than one minor character. Alternatively, backstage crew members may be costumed to make minor appearances and walk-ons as various hotel staff.

Auditions will be held on Sunday June 23 at 2 pm at the Big Blue Building (Quail’s Nest Arts Centre), 5840 Airport Street, Oliver, and again on Monday June 24 at 7 pm at the Osoyoos Art Gallery (upstairs),  8713 Main St. Osoyoos. Newcomers are always welcome. Those seeking to work backstage are also welcome to attend.  No RSVP or appointment necessary.

Full descriptions of each character and preparatory materials for the audition, are available on the SOAP Theatre website: www.soplayers.ca/audition. There hopeful actors can find script excerpts, background information, rehearsal plans, and accent tutorials (Billie and Brock). To level the playing field, the director advises the material be read before the audition, although memorization is not required. 

Cast members selected will be given scripts to review prior to rehearsals. There will be two read-throughs and a couple of meetings to discuss character development before rehearsals begin in earnest in the fall of 2019. Rehearsal scheduling will be done in consultation with actors and crew.  

Born Yesterday is booked to play five performances at the Venables Theatre between February 7 and 15, 2020.

Information about the auditions is available from the producer, Penelope Johnson, 250-498-0183.