Hop to the museum April 22

Easter Monday at the Museum
Spring has arrived and Easter is around the corner! So, put on your brightest spring-coloured clothing and come celebrate with us at the Museum on Monday, April 22 from 1 – 4 pm (bunny ears not required but highly recommended). This is a free, kid-friendly event celebrating spring and Easter with an egg hunt in the Museum, Fairview Jail, and Heritage Garden where kids can find eggs and turn them in for candy and prizes. Don’t want to hunt for eggs? Then show us your creative side with some crafts and colouring pages.

The Museum itself will be open to the public on Monday, April 22 from 1 – 4 pm, so be sure to explore our new permanent exhibit gallery while you’re here. Take a selfie with your family and friends in the selfie booth, visit the prisoner in the Fairview Jail, and if we’re lucky the Heritage Garden will be starting to grow again. So, come out and celebrate Easter Monday with the Museum staff, have some fun, and enjoy the spring weather!

Children hold their own art show and sale

Come support these young artists with your attendance and by purchasing some wonderful art. Proceeds from works sold will go to the Oliver Food Bank. What a great learning experience for these children. Be sure to enjoy some of Medici’s coffee and treats or a late lunch while you’re there!

Be a Friend ~ Buy a Book

Don’t miss the best deal in town this weekend, courtesy of the Friends of the Oliver Library! Pick up all your summer reading, and stock up for those winter nights by the fire.  Don’t forget your cloth bag, a handy box, or even a wagon to cart away those great finds.

Your book buy list should include:

* easy reading for the car, camper, or RV,

*classics for the ski cabin,

*short stories or an anthology for the guest room (what a thoughtful host you are!) ,

* picture books for the grandkids,

* a juicy romance or a thriller beside the bathtub,

* “stimulating” reading for the washroom (need we say more),

Proceeds support children’s summer programming at the library.  So your purchase goes to your own enjoyment AND encourages a whole new generation of readers.

Children’s art classes return April 21

The Oliver Sagebrushers are promoting Children’s Art classes. The next semester will begin Saturday April 21 and running for 6 weeks.

Leza Macdonald is instructing the classes and accompanied by another Sagebrusher. To enroll the children between the ages of 4-19

Please contact Leza at or Sally at The spring weather will allow us to get started on more murals.

The Quail’s Roost Art Gallery at Rustico Farm and Cellars Winery will be open to the public for Easter. We will be celebrating our first anniversary in May.

New members to the Oliver Sagebrushers are always welcome. Adults, feel free to drop in on Tuesday 9 a.m. to noon at the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre on Airport Street (95th St.) or children with ;parents on Saturdays 9 a.m.

Children's art classes return April 21

The Oliver Sagebrushers are promoting Children’s Art classes. The next semester will begin Saturday April 21 and running for 6 weeks.

Leza Macdonald is instructing the classes and accompanied by another Sagebrusher. To enroll the children between the ages of 4-19

Please contact Leza at or Sally at The spring weather will allow us to get started on more murals.

The Quail’s Roost Art Gallery at Rustico Farm and Cellars Winery will be open to the public for Easter. We will be celebrating our first anniversary in May.

New members to the Oliver Sagebrushers are always welcome. Adults, feel free to drop in on Tuesday 9 a.m. to noon at the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre on Airport Street (95th St.) or children with ;parents on Saturdays 9 a.m.

Children’s Art Classes start on Saturday January 7

Art lessons for ages 4-18 at the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre 34274-95th St. (5840 Airport Street)

Lessons to begin January 7th for six sessions – Feb.11, 2012

Ages 4-7 9 a.m -10.a.m. $5.00 or $30.00 per semester

Ages 8-12 10.30 -12 noon $10.00 or $60.00 per semester

Ages 13-18 1-3.30 p.m. $15.00 or $95.00 per semester

This will include some supplies. Please register to avoid disappointment because  the classes will be kept to 10 per class.

Info: Leza 250 498-2757 Sally 250-498-0104

Children's Art Classes start on Saturday January 7

Art lessons for ages 4-18 at the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre 34274-95th St. (5840 Airport Street)

Lessons to begin January 7th for six sessions – Feb.11, 2012

Ages 4-7 9 a.m -10.a.m. $5.00 or $30.00 per semester

Ages 8-12 10.30 -12 noon $10.00 or $60.00 per semester

Ages 13-18 1-3.30 p.m. $15.00 or $95.00 per semester

This will include some supplies. Please register to avoid disappointment because  the classes will be kept to 10 per class.

Info: Leza 250 498-2757 Sally 250-498-0104

Summer Studio: Colourful July!

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Dyeing for their Art: Fabric  Artists Kick Off Summer Studio

Colour is not something seen with the eye, but something spun, woven, and dyed. Colour becomes three-dimensional under the talented hands of the Desert Sage Spinners and Weavers. The Guild is eager to demonstrate the richness and variety of their craft during the first week of Summer Studio, July 6 -11, at the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre.

Summer Studio, a series of weekly displays, workshops and demonstrations of local art and craft, opens July 6 and runs into August. Art comes alive in this Oliver Community Arts Council program. The program operates like a studio rather than a gallery. In addition to viewing finished pieces, visitors can watch art in progress as artists demonstrate their techniques.

Every Summer Studio week opens with a public reception on Mondays 6 – 8 p.m. The casual receptions have become a popular venue to bring house guests and friends to enjoy a relaxed evening of art, food, and music. Public displays and demonstrations run Tuesdays to Saturdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Desert Sage Spinners and Weavers will be demonstrating a variety of techniques during their week. Nuno felting, a Japanese art form, will be demonstrated on Tuesday July 7. As Guild member Gail Erickson explains, “The Nuno technique felts loose wool onto a silk or gauze background. We experimented with this skill earlier in the year, and are ready to demonstrate it to the public.” On Thursday July 9 the guild will be busy wet felting, and on Friday and Saturday will be up to their elbows in natural dyes. “These aren’t just demonstrations,” says Erickson. “It’s all hands on! We encourage the public to come out and try it for themselves.”

The popular Wednesday Kids’ Days encourage children to experiment with that week’s artistic medium, but geared to children’s skill level and interest. The Spinners and Weavers are considering two crafts for their Kids’ Day on July 8: weaving on cardboard looms or some form of dyeing activity. Programmed Kids’ Day activties run 10 – 12 noon Wednesdays, but children are welcome to visit any time. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 Upcoming displays include the Oliver Sagebrushers, a fine art club (July 13 – 18) and The RipOff Artists, a multimedia artists collective who interpret famous works of art (July 10 – 25). in past years, the RipOffs have exhibited their interpretations of Van Gogh’s “Cypresses” and Gustav Klimt’s “Emilie Floge”. The RipOffs will be inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe’s painting “Pink Tulip”.

 All opening receptions, displays, demonstrations and Kids’ Days are free and open to the public. The Quail’s Nest Arts Centre is located just west of the Oliver airport at 34274 – 95th Street. For more information about Summer Studio, call arts council rep Penelope Johnson (498-0183), the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre (485-0088), or check the weekly Chronicle ads.