The Oliver Sagebrushers, a fine art club, meet regularly for painting and drawing classes and workshops in many media (charcoal, pen and ink, watercolours, and oils). They also organize exhibits and contribute their talents towards many community projects. Outside of designated classes and workshops, the club meets weekly for idea and technique sharing, socializing, and simply painting together. Both beginners and advanced artists are welcome, as are drop in visitors and snowbirds. Classes are taught at all levels, and seasoned painters teach and encourage newcomers. Formerly known as the Oliver Art Club, this organization is one of Oliver’s oldest arts groups.Oliver Sagebrushers Every Tuesday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon September to June Studio Building, Quail’s Nest Arts Centre 34274 – 95th Street Oliver, BC Info: 250-498-0104 Quail’s Nest: 250-485-0088
Club activities run from September to June. In October, members participate in the Oliver Community Arts Council’s Fall Art Show , run in conjunction with Oliver’s Festival of the Grape. Sagebrushers host a booth in November at the Arts and Crafts Sale. During Arts and Culture Week (third week of April) and the Meadowlark Festival (mid-May), the club holds exhibits and open house. Weekly classes conclude with a plein air painting picnic in June. Sally (above) and Hazel (left) enjoy the warm sunshine and lovely views in Val’s peaceful garden retreat at last year’s picnic. One week of every summer , the Sagebrushers display and demonstrate their artwork at the Oliver Community Arts Council’s Summer Studio at the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre.
Register now for an upcoming workshop with Calgary-based oil painter, Robert E. Wood. Robert is inspired by the South Okanagan, and visits here yearly to paint. He is known for capturing the Okanagan’s distinctive light and heat on canvas. Here, Robert poses with his painting “Ponderosa Shadows” and Sagebrushers president Sally Franks.
The Oliver Sagebrushers present “Painting in Oils” with Robert E. Wood May 4, 5, and 6, 2009 Studio Building, Quail’s Nest Arts Centre To register, call Sally at 250-498-0104 Also inspired by themes of the Canadian west, are two Sagebrushers, Cameron Ogilvie and Michael Jorden:
Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned painter, there’s lots to learn and enjoy with the Oliver Sagebrushers! 250-498-0104 Annual Membership Fee: $50 Semi Annual Membership Fee: $25 (payable in September and January) Photos by Penelope Johnson