Oliver Arts and Crafts

Oliver Arts and Crafts presents

Arts and Crafts Fair

Friday November 16

10 am – 7 pm

Saturday November 17

10am – 4pm

Oliver Community Centre

Free admission

Quality gift items: jewelry, clothing, beauty and hygiene items, woolens, toys, quilts, soaps and scents, housewares, preserves,  crafts, and so much more!!!

Lunches and beverages available

Donations for the Oliver Food Bank

Snag it. Bag it. Tag it. ….

Then watch them brag about it!

Christmas Arts Jam toasts 2011

All are welcome to attend the last arts gathering of the year:

Arts Jam!
Monday December 12
9:30 a.m.
Quail’s Nest Arts Centre
34274 95th Street  

It’s a no-host gathering, so potluck nibbles are encouraged. Bring a few squares or veggies to share. Tea, coffee and mulled cider provided.  

This is not a business meeting but a “news-and-views” forum for the membership and visitors. A great way to connect with arts-minded folks and find out what’s going on in the local arts. Share some highlights of recent performances and gallery shows. Announce your upcoming arts events. Bring a calendar to keep track of dates for 2012. Celebrate the successes of 2011 with us! Cheers!

Down Home Christmas with Sage Valley Voices

A Down Home Christmas to get you in the spirit! The Sage Valley Voices are known locally for their lively programmes, zany humour, colourful costumes, and … surprises! Their sense of fun and love of singing comes across in every performance. A true “community choir” that knows what its audience likes, and delivers.

You can also “sample” the choir in performance at Oliver’s downtown LightUp celebration on the evening of Friday December 2 and at the Community Christmas Concert on December 4 at 2:30 p.m. on the  Oliver Alliance Church stage.  But you’ll want  to get the full show “Down Home” on December 10 & 11 at Oliver United Church (see poster for details). 

The choir is hunting for a new director to carry on the tradition. Are you interested? Find out more by contacting the arts council and we’ll pass your inquiry along olivercac @ gmail.com  Don’t let “A Down Home Christmas” be their last concert!  These folks are just having way to much fun to stop!

Oliver Arts and Crafts Sale – November 25 & 26

What is Christmas without Oliver’s biggest seasonal shopping event?

This is such a great place to do all your Christmas shopping at once. And everything for sale has a local, handcrafted, cozy “made-just-for-you” feel, without compromising on quality. Quilts, cozy weaves, crisp linens, clothing, soaps and lotions, toys, preserves, woodwork, ceramics, jewellery, and much more.

Come “window” shopping — there’s so much to see! But you’ll want to bring your wallet because you’re guaranteed to find something you love! The yummy soups, sandwiches and desserts available from the kitchen alone are worth the visit!

Oliver Arts and Crafts Sale – November 25 & 26

What is Christmas without Oliver’s biggest seasonal shopping event?

This is such a great place to do all your Christmas shopping at once. And everything for sale has a local, handcrafted, cozy “made-just-for-you” feel, without compromising on quality. Quilts, cozy weaves, crisp linens, clothing, soaps and lotions, toys, preserves, woodwork, ceramics, jewellery, and much more.

Come “window” shopping — there’s so much to see! But you’ll want to bring your wallet because you’re guaranteed to find something you love! The yummy soups, sandwiches and desserts available from the kitchen alone are worth the visit!

Sleighbells and Song … and Snow

An enthusiastic but small audience enjoyed the musical variety show, Sleighbells and Song presented by the Oliver Community Arts Council on December 7th at the Frank Venables Auditorium.  A heavy wet snowfall kept many prospective concert goers indoors on Tuesday night, but those in attendance were appreciative. 

Choirs from the Oliver Elementary and Seventh Day Adventist Schools, the  Desert Airs Men’s Chorus and the Advent/Valley Quartet charmed the crowd in the first set. The children’s bright faces and bright voices were an instant hit and a great opener to the show. Some clever choreography, cheerful lyrics, and good rhythms combined to make for a highly entertaining start to the evening.  The Desert Airs impressed with their tuneful a cappella harmonies and crisp musical delivery – and their crisp white shirts. Handsome outfits, gentlemen!  This is a very polished men’s choir who need to have their very own concert — soon, we hope!   The mixed quartet from the Adventist and Valley Congregational churches served as a good counterpoint with some reflective music. Lo How a Rose E’er Blooming and Rise Up Shepherd were especially moving.

The second set featured seasonal music from the Penticton Concert Band. The band began with an audience sing-along  led by soprano Madison Johnson. This young lady has a powerful confident voice that did not need any added amplification.  It was a treat to hear a young person sing in full voice from abdomen, lungs, and head.  No swooping notes, breathy whispering, or pop diva imitations for her.  Brava, Miss Johnson!

The Penticton Concert Band gave an accomplished, rousing performance with good balanced sound from all sections, cohesive playing, and excellent attention to direction.   Their repertoire spanned several centuries of Christmas music and showed off styles varying from Gregorian and Baroque to jazz and pop. Although any band’s volume  could easily overwhelm listeners in an indoor venue — risking amplifying a wrong note, missed cue, or jangly ending — the Penticton Concert Band proved to be very well-rehearsed and easy to listen to, under the competent direction of conductor Gerald Nadeau.

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Winter Fantasy: A Dickensian Christmas Chorale

The Sage Valley Voices Community Choir presents

Winter Fantasy

a medley of favourite Christmas music
Saturday December 11
7:00 p.m.
Sunday December 12
2:30 p.m.
Oliver United Church
$8.00 Admission
includes post-concert Reception downstairs
Food Bank Donations Welcome!

This is a fun-loving  group of singers that loves to entertain in costume. You can expect a varied program, with lots of humour and sparkle .

Looking for more Christmas music? See below for information on “Sleighbells and Song”, a concert featuring children’s choirs, the a cappella Desert Airs men’s chorus, and the Penticton Concert Band on Tuesday December 7. You can catch both performances for less than a $20 bill! Where else could you find a deal like that?  

Doorways to Christmas

“Ho Ho HO” from Paw Prints Studio and Gallery! As Christmas tiptoes towards us like a bulldozer…

Instead of our regular 1st Sunday of the month Showcase, we’re having twice the fun!

The Art of John Salsnek visits Hester Creek Estate Winery Sunday December 5-12th inclusive with an exhibition and specials on classic favourites and all the newest releases.

One of us will be there Saturday and Sundays 10-4 and weekdays 1-4,  Hester Creek staff will also be more than pleased to show you around and help you find your Christmas favourites for a gift and for you!

AND

Our Paw Prints Gallery is open winter hours:

Monday and Tuesdays by appointment
Wednesdays through Sundays 10am – 7pm

 We can do your gift wrapping and shipping, too. Shop from your laptop or by phone.

Season’s Greetings from Stephanie and John Salsnek

 Paw Prints Studio & Gallery
The Art of John Salsnek
www.ArtofJohnSalsnek.com
1.888.256.3600
locally 250-498-4732

Surfing in December!? Catch the Wave to these Sites

Who says it’s too cold to surf? Put on your suntan lotion, shades, and Bermuda shorts, and get set to “hang ten” by web surfing to our member sites:

Have you visited some of our member group websites? A new one has just been created for the Desert Sage Spinners and Weavers.

http://southokanaganslowfibrefestival.weebly.com/

It features the Slow Fibre Festival, but has a section devoted to the Desert Sage Spinners and Weavers. Great sheep photos! 

Two more member groups with their own websites:

Federation of Canadian Artists: http://southokanaganslowfibrefestival.weebly.com/

Oliver and District Heritage Society:  http://www.olivermuseum.ca/

Pick up some great gift ideas from our business members too. They are listed under the blogroll at right.  

Check out the 19th Hole B&B http://www.19thholebandb.com/  and Oliver House B&B http://home.cablerocket.com/~oliverhouse/  and ask for some “getaway” gift certificates.

Paw Prints Studio and Gallery http://artofjohnsalsnek.com/, Handworks Gallery http://www.handworksgalleryonline.ca/, and Twin Lakes Encaustic http://www.encaustic.ca/ have some terrific local and BC art.  Many items for gift giving in all budgets.

Nothing says Christmas like jewelry. Nature’s Elements Jewelry has some fantastic photos of their designs. http://natureselementsjewelry.webs.com/ Absolutely sparkling!  There’s also some cool steampunk jewelry for teens in your life.

At Lauralee’s Treasure Cellar http://www.sochamber.ca/retail/shopping/artists_and_art_supplies/listing_367.html  you will find beads and notions to make your own jewelry or to give as gifts to the crafter in your life. 

Digipic Productions (Russell Work) has the perfect Oliver landscape prints for sale. Put the Okanagan on your wall.  http://www.russellwork.com/photography/

Robot Leather Shop has awesome masks, belts, purses, and other leather items. Check them out on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/group.php?v=wall&gid=192442397351

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Sleighbells and Song with Penticton Concert Band

Nothing says Christmas like a brass fanfare, children’s voices… and sleighbells. The popular Penticton Concert Band returns to Oliver as the headline act in a musical extravaganza “Sleighbells and Song” on Tuesday December 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Frank Venables Auditorium.

Conductor Gerald Nadeau returns with his brass and woodwinds ensemble to put everyone in the spirit. Their repertoire spans the centuries with arrangements of traditional carols to the stirring Christmas Overture to the jazzy Santa Does Dixie.

Joining in the celebration are several local choral groups. The audience will be tempted to hum along with the children’s choir from the Seventh-Day Adventist School as they sing the toe-tapping spirituals Mary Had a Baby and Go Tell it on the Mountain, and chime in on Bells in the Steeple.

The Desert Airs, a local men’s a cappella group, will harmonize on Winter Wonderland, White Christmas, and Angels We Have Heard on High. A mixed quartet from the Adventist and Alliance churches perform My Sheep Were Grazing, Lo How a Rose and Rise up Shepherds and Follow.

There will be an opportunity for the audience to sing along with the brass and woodwinds on a couple of popular winter songs.

Host Stephanie Salsnek adds her trademark sparkle and banter to liven up the evening.

Tickets are $10 adults and $5 students, and are available at Handworks Gallery and Sundance Video on Main Street Oliver. The event is presented by the Oliver Community Arts Council.

For more information, photos, reviews and concert dates check out the prencticton concert band website at http://www.pentictonconcertband.ca/

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Good for the Mind, Good for the Soul, Good for the Tummy

The Friends of the Oliver Library present
GRANDMOTHERS for AFRICA
Thursday, November 25th
7:00 p.m.
FREE
Oliver Library
35641 93rd St.

Speaker Lynn Popoff will give a presentation on her trip to the Swaziland Grandmothers Gathering. This group raises funds to assist the Grannies in Africa who are raising their grandchildren with limited resources, after their own children were lost to HIV/AIDS. Refreshments will follow the presentation.

 

Annual Christmas Coffee Morning
Tuesday, December 21st
10:00 a.m.
Oliver Library
35641 93rd St.

Please join the Friends of the Oliver Library for Christmas Carolling with piano, keyboard, and saxoph0ne accompaniment.  Holiday treats and coffee will be provided. Lots of fellowship and good cheer.  FREE

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Something Under the Tree for You!

The 34th Annual
Oliver Arts & Crafts Sale
Friday, November 19
10 am – 8 pm 
Saturday November 20 
10 am – 4 pm 
Oliver Community Centre
Concession: delicious soups, sandwiches,  desserts
Admission is FREE!
Donations for the Oliver Food Bank are welcome.

 

You sure don’t want to miss this popular kick-off to Christmas gift-giving. Expect quality hand-crafted items including clothing, linens, preserves, jewelry, leather goods, children’s toys, personal care items, home decor, artwork, and much more!  You’ll have Christmas all wrapped up at this one-stop shopping event.  

"Merry Christmas!" Concert with the Sage Valley Voices

141126c1  The Sage Valley Voices present
  “Merry Christmas!” Concert
  Saturday December 12
  7:00 p.m.
  Sunday December 13
  2:30 p.m.
  Oliver United Church
  Admission: $8.00
  Donations to the foodbank welcome
  Admission includes tea, coffee and    goodies after the performance.

“Merry Christmas!” Concert with the Sage Valley Voices

141126c1  The Sage Valley Voices present
  “Merry Christmas!” Concert
  Saturday December 12
  7:00 p.m.
  Sunday December 13
  2:30 p.m.
  Oliver United Church
  Admission: $8.00
  Donations to the foodbank welcome
  Admission includes tea, coffee and    goodies after the performance.