Press release from the Oliver Art Gallery
The necessities of life – wine, food, shelter – are taken care of. The discerning mind naturally turns to the next order of need – ART. Now Oliver has a new public space devoted to the fine arts – painting, photography, sculpture, pottery and jewellery – the Oliver Art Gallery. Situated at 34848 – 97 Street, in Oliver’s downtown, the gallery is the brainchild of a small group of local artists who wish to maintain a commercial art presence in downtown Oliver.
The Oliver Art Gallery is an artist-run cooperative emphasizing quality art by South Okanagan artists who will staff the gallery daily and who will always be available to discuss art and art-making with visitors.
Spokesperson Michael Jorden (pictured at left), one of the artist-participants says “Arts and culture are part of the staff of life. The South Okanagan and the town of Oliver are fortunate in having an active and vibrant arts community which participates daily in the cultural life of the region. Our first act after securing space in our new gallery and starting renovations was to join the Oliver Community Arts Council as a participating member group. We believe the new gallery will complement and support the many winery art venues and other outlets that display and support local artists. We see art as one of the components of a tourism strategy that will enhance Oliver’s image as a visitor destination.”
Opening of the Oliver Art Gallery which is currently undergoing extensive renovations is slated for April 25th. More information on gallery events can be obtained from the OAG website at www.oliverartgallery.ca.Hours of Operation Winter: 10 AM – 4 PM (Mon – Fri) Summer: 9 AM – 5 PM (Every Day) Location 34848 – 97th Street, Oliver BC
Ed. Note: OCAC members Steve Staresina and Roger Ulasovetz are among the featured artists. Check out the Oliver Art Gallery website for a sneak peak at some of the gorgeous work on display. Good luck everyone!