Art from all ages still welcome at Fall Art Show & Sale

Artists of all ages, including children and youth, are encouraged to enter works in any visual medium in the upcoming Fall Art Show & Sale. While entry forms have been pouring in at a record rate, late entries will continue to be accepted as space and time permit. Teen artists, fibre artists and any three-dimensional art are especially encouraged as those media entries are still low. Entry forms and guidelines are available here:

FASS 2018 Entry Form

FASS 2018 Terms and Guidelines

or picking up a hard copy at the Oliver Visitor Centre.

The Oliver Community Arts Council mounts the popular event on Saturday September 29 and Sunday September 30 at the Oliver Community Centre. The popular arts event includes the 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 are invited to enter. Trophies are awarded in nine categories: Photography, Fibre Arts, Oils, Acrylics, Watercolours, Three-Dimensional Arts, Mixed/Other Media, and two youth categories based on age. Past winners have included newcomers and returning artists, locals and not-so-locals, whether beginners, hobbyists or professional artists. Public voting ensures the competition is friendly and full of surprises.

This year, the Fall Art Show & Sale 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. “Go with the Flow” allows for many interpretations across arts media: technique, subject matter, literal or metaphorical. To motivate artists to follow the theme, the public also votes for an overall winner “Best Interpretation of the Theme”.

Get some inspiration here:  Go with the Flow Inspiration

Artwork may also be advertised for sale: locals and tourists alike frequently purchase pieces, including children’s artwork. Being part of a major exhibit and sale can be rewarding especially for youth and artists new to the experience. Work can be recent or old, but must not have appeared before in any previous Fall Art Show & Sale. Artists may submit one or two pieces.

No artwork needs to be submitted in advance of the art show, just the entry form and fee, leaving extra time for artists to put finishing touches on their work. There is no jurying although artwork should be suitable for a family-friendly event.

Entry fees are $25 for non-members, $20 and $15 for arts council members, $10 per piece for teens, and free for children (limited to one work apiece).

To ensure your entry is considered, please give us a heads up on your intent to enter: OliverCAC @ or 250-498-0183 as soon as possible, and a space will be held for your beautiful work.

Come sing with us!

Come sing with us!
Sage Valley Voices Community Choir
welcomes new members: men, women, teens
No audition required.
Director: Lori Martine
Rehearsals every Monday evening
7:00 – 9:00 PM
Oliver United Church, 358 Okanagan Avenue, Oliver
Contact olivercac @ to be put in touch with a choir member for more information or just come to one of the early practices. Begins Monday September 10, rehearsing for the Christmas Concert. The spring concert rehearsals begin in January.

Concerts to raise your spirits

Music is better even than lemon meringue pie to raise the spirits and lift the heart as the light fades with the approach of winter. This year the South Okanagan Concert Society invites you to come into the opulence of the beautiful Venables Theatre and share four delightful Friday evenings with others who love to embrace music too.

It all starts on October 12th when the Marc Atkinson Trio performs at 7:30 p.m. Atkinson, composer and JUNO nominated musician, plays a fiery but elegant guitar style with the casual ‘good time feel’ of Canada’s West Coast. The trio is melodically captivating and technically awe inspiring. The addition of violinist Cameron Wilson who is also a composer and arranger known to orchestras, ensembles and soloists across Canada and the U.S.A. will add to the excitement.

Tickets are on sale now at or at the theatre box office, Tuesdays to Thursdays from 10 to 3 pm. Book early and choose the best seats at the best price. Two or more tickets in advance are $21/ticket. Single ticket in advance is $23. Single ticket at the door is $25. Children and Youth are only $2.50/ticket. Bus transportation or more information call Janet at 250 495 6487.

Friday, November 16th brings us Double Double Duo. Each duo member is a ‘double threat’ on two instruments: Kornel Wolak (clarinet/piano) and Michael Bridge (accordion/piano). Classically trained international soloists, they use comedy, virtuosity and musical sensitivity to bring classical showpieces, sensitive jazz ballads and fiery folk music alive.

Friday, February 15th we enter the new year when Duo Fortin-Poirier entertain with 4 hands on one piano. These two outgoing and talented women have garnered a long list of distinctions since their inception in 2005. Their albums, Vingt doigts et un piano (2013) and Memoires (2017) are broadcast regularly on Espace Musique and Radio-classique. Their smiles and fast moving fingers light up a concert hall!

Friday, March 29th an amazing concert will close yet another satisfying South Okanagan Concert Society season of music. O-CELLI, an original and dynamic 8 cellists share their passion for the extraordinary richness of their instruments. No, you did not make a mistake. It does say 8 (eight!) cellos on stage. Five different nationalities are represented. The group has performed in their adopted city of Brussels, played throughout Europe and toured eastern Canada in 2017. This performance at Venables Theatre is an absolute “don’t miss”!!!

Tickets for all concerts are on sale now. Get dates secured with your friends and prepare for some extraordinary musical experiences – world music on the local stage.

Surfaces Mixed Media: so much to choose from

This local arts group was started in 2016 to offer artists a platform to explore different techniques for creating surface design in a variety of media (fabric, paper, wood, glass, cork). The group was structured loosely with fixed meeting times (Thursday afternoons) on a weekly basis. There were no membership fees instead a drop-in fee of $5.00/session was charged. Various topics and techniques were covered with individuals leading the group. Some weeks were open with no fixed plans and some sessions were organized in advance with supply lists / preparatory tasks circulated. Studio space was rented in advance from the Oliver Community Arts Council and Surfaces became a member group.

In 2017-2018 there was a desire to have more full-day studio time so once a month the studio space was rented out for a full day (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.). A face-book page was created with a place where photos and ideas could be shared.

Current PlansCurrently the group is large and quite diverse. For the 2018-2019 season we are proposing splitting the group in two: Surfaces – Textiles and Surfaces – Mixed Media.

For the Surfaces – Textiles group meetings will occur twice a month on Thursday afternoons from 1-4:00 p.m.. The focus will be on surface design on fabric using a variety of techniques including dyeing, stamping, screen and discharge printing, eco-printing, felting, beading, hand and machine stitching. Fabric will be used to create works which explore contemporary art quilting techniques. Each session will include time for feedback and critique on works in progress. Some sessions will include instruction (with rotating leaders for the group). If there is interest a full day workshop can be planned possibly on a weekend. For contact information on this part of the Surfaces – Textile Group contact Janet at: bedn9783 @ (work pictured above and at left) The first meeting of fall season for Surfaces – Textiles will be Thursday Sept. 13 at 1:00 p.m. at the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre (the smaller Studio Building), 5840 Airport Road, Oliver.

For the Surfaces – Mixed Media Group meetings will occur on alternating Thursday afternoons from the Surfaces – Textile Group from 1-4:00 p.m. also at the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre (the smaller Studio Building). This group will be exploring a variety of Media such as bookbinding, alcohol inks, glass mosaics, cork designs, jewellery making, acrylic pouring and others. The route the group take will be determined by the interest and passion of the members.
The date of first meeting of Surfaces – Mixed Media Group TBA. For more information contact:

Aline Bostrom: doddersca @ or

Roxanne Anderson : Apricotcottagestudio @

Audition! because it’s wonderful

Dates have been set for auditions for SOAP Theatre’s fall production of It’s A Wonderful Life – A Life Radio Play.

Director Trevor Leigh will be looking for an ensemble cast of three males and two females that will bring a few dozen characters to the stage in early December.

Open auditions take place on Sunday, September 9 at 6:30 pm in the Big Blue Building at the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre, 5840 Airport Street in Oliver and on Monday, September 10 at 6:30 pm in the board room above the Osoyoos Art Gallery, 8713 Main Street, Osoyoos.

This beloved holiday classic comes to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. It will be presented in Osoyoos Nov. 29 and Dec. 1 as part of the Osoyoos Christmas Lite-up Festival and then be at Venables Theatre in Oliver the following weekend.
More information on the production as well as other SOAP plans for this season can be viewed at Questions on the auditions can also be directed to Leigh at ftleigh @

Call for Poster Designs

The Okanagan Basin Water Board and the Canadian Water Resources Association, BC Branch, have extended the deadline for poster submissions to the siwłkʷ (WATER) FOR ALL – OUR RESPONSIBILITY Environmental Flow Needs Conference 2018: Science, Policy & Practice.  The conference is planned for October 17-18, 2018 in Kelowna, B.C. The NEW submission deadline for posters is Sept. 7, 2018.

As noted previously, this conference will bring together representatives from national and international organizations engaged in water management or research, including fisheries and water managers, First Nations, regulators, policy-makers, academia, and NGOs.

We invite you to share innovative approaches to establish and protect Environmental Flow Needs (EFNs) by presenting your poster at the conference.


  • Methodologies for determining EFN values
  • EFN science and applications
  • EFN and fisheries
  • Ecosystems services and EFNs
  • EFN policies – opportunities and barriers
  • Collaborative approaches to EFN management
  • Drought response plans

We have prizes for best student posters!

All posters should include background or problem summary, discussion of approaches / methods used, and results and conclusions. Poster content should be informative and inclusive of an interdisciplinary group and broader audience. Suggested poster size: 36 inches (91 cm) x 48 inches (120 cm).

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:The deadline for submission of poster abstracts is Sept. 7th, 2018. We will notify authors of accepted poster abstracts by Sept. 10th, 2018.

For more information, please contact Nargiz Rahimova at

For more on the conference, please visit

Please share widely!


Medici’s brings Nashville to you!!!

Country Music, Grand Ol Opry style!

We just packed the house with a home grown girl who honed her musical skills in the cradle of country music…Now we’re bringing the cradle to YOU! Nashville comes to Medici’s.
Songs of the Southern Belles is a concert celebrating the masterfully written melodies and lyrics of an age when country music reigned throughout the airwaves and local dances. This evening of pure gold-record entertainment is set in the traditional style of the Grand Ole Opry. Singers Anna Jacyszyn and Kinga Heming will relive the stories told through songs originally sung by Nashville Royalty like Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, to name just a few.

Under the music direction of Sean Bray and with their ‘Sounds of Nashville’ band of musicians, this evening promises a walk through memory lane with a fresh scent of nostalgia. Come listen to The Great Ladies of Country: Dolly, Kitty, Skeeter, Patsy, Loretta, Tammy, Brenda, June, they’ll all be there!!! And they will be lookin for YOU!!!
This is THE big country music ticket. One Night Only!!!

Friday, September 21st at Medici’s…522 Fairview Rd. in Oliver..250-498-2228…Tickets are $25. Seating is assigned while they last….Doors at 6:30 and the sweetest sounds of country at 7:30….come on y’all!


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