Spot the "Outside the Box" box!

It’s what creative artists do — think outside the box! And this year, it’s the theme of the Fall Art Show and Sale. This popular annual event is on Saturday October 1 – Sunday October 2 at the Oliver Community Centre, in conjunction with the Festival of the Grape. See poster for details.

View many interpretations of the “Outside the Box” theme in eight artistic categories: photography,  fibre arts, 3 -D, oils, acrylics, watercolours, other media, and a category for young “emerging artists”.

Saturday is a great day to see the show for free. View the juried art, vote for your favourites, purchase artwork, bid in the silent auction,  nibble at the reception, listen to live entertainment, tour fascinating non-competitive displays and be present for the announcement of winners.

The Sunday entrance is free with your paid entrance to the Festival of the Grape. The exhibits and sale continue, as does the silent auction. View the category winners and the  overall “Best in Show”.

The silent auction continues the “Outside the Box” theme. Bid on one of dozens of tempting painted boxes laden with various themed goods.  Each box is filled with items for “a night at the theatre”, “vacation”, “outdoor living”, “games night”, “school days”, “kitchenware”, “gardening”, “coffee bar” , “tea for two” or “bath and beauty”, just to name a few.   Each filled box makes an attractive gift or keep it for yourself and display it at home.

 Between now and the festival, watch for our travelling “Outside the Box” display! The 6-foot tall stack of boxes looks like the poster graphic.  Can you find it around town? Let us know where you spot it! Hint: The first location is at Beyond Bliss on Main Street this week.  Please patronize these community-minded  businesses!

Spot the “Outside the Box” box!

It’s what creative artists do — think outside the box! And this year, it’s the theme of the Fall Art Show and Sale. This popular annual event is on Saturday October 1 – Sunday October 2 at the Oliver Community Centre, in conjunction with the Festival of the Grape. See poster for details.

View many interpretations of the “Outside the Box” theme in eight artistic categories: photography,  fibre arts, 3 -D, oils, acrylics, watercolours, other media, and a category for young “emerging artists”.

Saturday is a great day to see the show for free. View the juried art, vote for your favourites, purchase artwork, bid in the silent auction,  nibble at the reception, listen to live entertainment, tour fascinating non-competitive displays and be present for the announcement of winners.

The Sunday entrance is free with your paid entrance to the Festival of the Grape. The exhibits and sale continue, as does the silent auction. View the category winners and the  overall “Best in Show”.

The silent auction continues the “Outside the Box” theme. Bid on one of dozens of tempting painted boxes laden with various themed goods.  Each box is filled with items for “a night at the theatre”, “vacation”, “outdoor living”, “games night”, “school days”, “kitchenware”, “gardening”, “coffee bar” , “tea for two” or “bath and beauty”, just to name a few.   Each filled box makes an attractive gift or keep it for yourself and display it at home.

 Between now and the festival, watch for our travelling “Outside the Box” display! The 6-foot tall stack of boxes looks like the poster graphic.  Can you find it around town? Let us know where you spot it! Hint: The first location is at Beyond Bliss on Main Street this week.  Please patronize these community-minded  businesses!

Artists: Feeling stuck in a box?

Arts Council awards graduating students

Vice President Darryl MacKenzie was on hand to present two OCAC bursaries valued at $500 apiece to SOSS graduating students pursuing post-secondary education in the arts. 

Adam Silbernagel (pictured at left) and Marli Mounsey were the winners. Silbernagel’s photo was taken as part of the RipOff Artists’ Challenge 2009, at which the teen reproduced Gustav Klimt’s Emilie Floge as a cubist pen and ink.

Photo Credit: Val Friesen

BC Book Prizes Tour Tonight!

After a successful event last year, the B.C. Book Prizes tour is once again stopping at the Oliver Library on Wednesday, April 20 at 7:00 p.m. The BC Book Prizes Tour and Awards, established in 1985, celebrate the achievements of British Columbia writers, illustrators and publishers. The Oliver Library presentation will be the only public event south of Kelowna for the southern leg of this much acclaimed tour. This year the tour will bring George Bowering, Julie Flett and Derek Lundy to our library for an informal presentation, a question period and a chance to chat over coffee and goodies.

George Bowering, who was brought up in Oliver and was Canada’s first Poet Laureate is nominated in the poetry category for his work titled “My Darling Nellie Grey” which includes poems for each month of the year 2006. George was also just awarded the 8th Annual Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literacy Excellence. Julie Flett is nominated for the Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize for her illustrations in the picture book “Owls See Clearly at Night: A Michif Alphabet”. Derek Lundy is nominated in the non-fiction category for his book “Borderlands: Riding the Edge of America”, in which he recounts his experiences riding his motorcycle along the US borders with Mexico and Canada.

The event in Oliver is the last public presentation before the nominees head to the award gala at Government House.

This special and prestigious evening at the library is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Oliver Library and is free of charge. Book Lovers of all ages are encouraged to join us for this unique opportunity to meet and mingle with some of BC’s finest writers and illustrators.