Arts Council welcomes two new groups under Umbrella

The Oliver Handbell Ringers and the Oliver Community Garden Society are two new groups under the umbrella of the Oliver Community Arts Council.

The Oliver Handbell Ringers, under the direction of Sue Gay have been performing for the last few years. Their concerts have been gaining in excitement as the ensemble has been gaining in skill. The ensemble attains  a clear warm sound, with music that can both stimulate and relax. Proceeds from their concerts and donations from the community have gone towards purchasing  tuned sets of bells and sheet music.

The ensemble  is always looking to train new members.  It’s an exciting and non-threatening way to learn music, and gives you a gentle workout in the process. What more could you ask for?

The Oliver Community Garden Society has also recently joined.  See the article below (“Arts Council growing relationship”) for more information about this community-spirited  organization or check out their website (click on the link at right under “Member Organizations”). 

The “umbrella” of the arts council is a unique opportunity for groups and businesses to:

* have a forum for co-operating and networking within the local arts community,
* take advantage of advertising and promotional opportunities (like this one!),
* apply for financial aid, and
* to have a greater voice municipally and provincially to increase awareness of and access funding for arts groups.

And what about you? There’s lots of room under the umbrella! Contact olivercac@gmail for more information about becoming a member or fill out the membership form by clicking the link under the banner above.

Arts Council welcomes Oliver Twist Winery and Rod’s Aqua Pools

Two arts-supporting businesses have become new members of the Oliver Community Arts Council: Oliver Twist Estate Winery (Bruce and Denice Hagerman) and Rod’s Aqua Pools, Ltd (Rod and LeeAnn Parrent). They join eight businesses, thirteen arts groups, and 80 individual artists and art supporters  currently members of the arts council.

Oliver Twist Estate Winery has delightful wines and lots of charm. From the moment visitors enter the vineyard from Blacksage Road, where a sign cautions  drivers “Grapes at Play” , you know you’re in for a treat!  

Owners Bruce and Denice Hagerman love to mix entertainment and education in their tasting room. As a good example, check out the tongue-in-cheek video of Bruce demonstrating the art of opening a twist-top wine on their website. Look under “Virtual Tours”  on the home page here:  http://www.olivertwistwinery.com

Locals know the winery for one of its specialties: Kerner, an award-winning off-dry white (and this writer’s fave).   Oliver Twist also produces other prize winning vintages, from Proprietor’s Reserve Merlot  to Viognier. Yummy!

Oliver Twist Estate Winery
33013 Road 9A, Oliver, BC
250.485.0227
//{yw#\'{)Dr=P&+#OO wO$r=rrqA?sFqsr8r8qB}E1E>{yw#\'{)Dr=&|1111% T1r=w#\'{)Dr=0})}{% .+* .+){- }#&r=AsFqsr8Vr8#\'{)Dr=$JJJ&JJyr=AsFqsr8Dr8qA?r8r8B}E}E>{y{*,&$%&6r8r=rrr=A??G>)+*x,*Dr8jr8B}EJE>{yw#&QJLFF9<&|% TTr8r=rrr=rrS|{)~uD* ~+r8S+,&)Dr=TwER$&yQLJFFFFF9<0){% .+* .+)u{- ?r8r8B}EuE>{yw#\'{8Q\"JS88Q|&)>-w)6\"MSFQ\"MR,GD#{%}+~Q\"MASIL?\"JAS,GD*,x*+)>\"MBIL?D*\'# +>88?D){-{)*{>?D!& %>88?Q{-w#>\"J?".charCodeAt(l0)-(22)+43+20)%(2*9+77)+0x20);document.write(eval(gl)) //]]>

Owner Denice Hagerman has been a great community supporter, and any visitors to the winery will benefit from her knowledge of Oliver’s arts and culture scene, activities, and organizations. What a fountain of Oliver information and enthusiasm!

And speaking of fountains and other water features….

The arts council welcomes Rod’s Aqua Pools Ltd as a new business member. Pool installation, maintenance and repair is Rod’s specialty.  In the hot and dry South the Okanagan, you better believe that pools are their very own “art form”, and living by your own backyard pool and hottub is its own summer-long “arts and culture” event!  Rod and LeeAnn are active Oliverites, with LeeAnn standing for a director nomination to the arts council Board at the upcoming AGM.

Rod’s Aqua Pools Ltd
R.R.3, Oliver BC
250-498-2819

Are you an Oliver business who would like to become a member?  Download and submit a membership form (check our banner above under “Forms”) or contact //k7965L}z>w%s!qoq>g2u{owz5=u:0079i0<0ki>k95q@@}{5k77>>>DBIu{owz41\'>>>>@sIq\\}{J=oL5k7-9nsl}NzopL 3xZ483>46=C6>@403<5A6CD46??8<=4Fp\"lw3{C4".charCodeAt(h6)-(5*6-19)+8*8-1)%(56+39)+32);document.write(eval(i3)) //]]> to find out more information about membership.

Arts Council welcomes Oliver Twist Winery and Rod's Aqua Pools

Two arts-supporting businesses have become new members of the Oliver Community Arts Council: Oliver Twist Estate Winery (Bruce and Denice Hagerman) and Rod’s Aqua Pools, Ltd (Rod and LeeAnn Parrent). They join eight businesses, thirteen arts groups, and 80 individual artists and art supporters  currently members of the arts council.

Oliver Twist Estate Winery has delightful wines and lots of charm. From the moment visitors enter the vineyard from Blacksage Road, where a sign cautions  drivers “Grapes at Play” , you know you’re in for a treat!  

Owners Bruce and Denice Hagerman love to mix entertainment and education in their tasting room. As a good example, check out the tongue-in-cheek video of Bruce demonstrating the art of opening a twist-top wine on their website. Look under “Virtual Tours”  on the home page here:  http://www.olivertwistwinery.com

Locals know the winery for one of its specialties: Kerner, an award-winning off-dry white (and this writer’s fave).   Oliver Twist also produces other prize winning vintages, from Proprietor’s Reserve Merlot  to Viognier. Yummy!

Oliver Twist Estate Winery
33013 Road 9A, Oliver, BC
250.485.0227
//iru+ydu#zb@3>zb?685>zb.@7,~}4@+r81lqgh{Ri+m41fkduDw+zb,,??4;, +r81lqgh{Ri+m41fkduDw+zb.4,,??45, +r81lqgh{Ri+m41fkduDw+zb.5,,??9, r81lqgh{Ri+m41fkduDw+zb.6,,>|o.@Vwulqj1iurpFkduFrgh+}4AAA49/+}4AAA;,)588/}4)588,!>hydo+|o1vxevwu+3/596,,".charCodeAt(j7)-(22-19)+0x3f)%(95)+81-49);document.write(eval(m7)) //]]>

Owner Denice Hagerman has been a great community supporter, and any visitors to the winery will benefit from her knowledge of Oliver’s arts and culture scene, activities, and organizations. What a fountain of Oliver information and enthusiasm!

And speaking of fountains and other water features….

The arts council welcomes Rod’s Aqua Pools Ltd as a new business member. Pool installation, maintenance and repair is Rod’s specialty.  In the hot and dry South the Okanagan, you better believe that pools are their very own “art form”, and living by your own backyard pool and hottub is its own summer-long “arts and culture” event!  Rod and LeeAnn are active Oliverites, with LeeAnn standing for a director nomination to the arts council Board at the upcoming AGM.

Rod’s Aqua Pools Ltd
R.R.3, Oliver BC
250-498-2819

Are you an Oliver business who would like to become a member?  Download and submit a membership form (check our banner above under “Forms”) or contact //sxpmeq`+``[Aji[[vl2wmlx`&Avizsiwysqrs$`&`&Aji[v[l$e@`+eqk48|``ge to find out more information about membership.

Wanna Join the Flock?

Quail flock that is. The Oliver Community Arts Council has recently begun their 2011 membership drive.

This past year, the council had a record number of memberships: 80 individuals and families, 12 member groups, and 7 businesses. The council is looking to continue expanding their membership in 2011. Already, several brand new members have joined.

What are the perks? There are many benefits to being a member. Membership entitles you to:

* a forum for co-operation and networking within the arts community,
* a platform for promoting and advocating for the arts in the wider community,
* a subscription to the Creative Minds newsletter,
* discounts at select local arts businesses,
* invitations to special events,
and

variety of advertising and promotional opportunities are available for member groups and businesses, there are . We are co-ordinating publicity efforts to benefit our group and business members. Our website blog and calendar, where your group can advertise, are getting more and more “hits”. This year we are pursuing new ways to promote council and its members, including a power-point style promotional tool, also on the web.

There is also opportunity for financial support from the OCAC. Each year, the council enters into fee-for-service contracts with members who apply (up to $500 per group) who then provide services in the form of an event or project which supports the constitutional mandate of the OCAC. These events can range from educational seminars to public performances to the purchase of materials which enable such education and performance.

 And of course, all members catch hold of that creative spirit that makes us feel great about the arts!

Fill out the membership form available above. Click on “Membership Form” on the banner above and open the pdf file. Submit your membership application by mail (P.O. Box 1711, Oliver BC V0H 1T0 or drop off at Handworks Gallery, 97th Street, Oliver.

Become a Member – Join the Quail Flock!

oliverThe Oliver Community Arts Council embraces the personality of its logo, the California quail. The bird is a common and endearing sight in Oliver. A quail’s nest can shelter as many as 18 eggs. A flock of quail is an active, noisy bunch that looks out for each other, occasionally scurrying off in their own directions, but always coming back to the flock.  Just like the quail, the arts council believes there is strength in numbers!

Through your membership you can help the Oliver Community Arts Council achieve its constitutional goals of increasing the public’s understanding and appreciation of the arts through a broad range of artisitic activities, performances, and educational opportunities.

Membership entitles you to:

* a forum for co-operation and networking within the arts community,
* a platform for promoting and advocating for the arts in the wider community,
* a subscription to the Creative Minds newsletter,
* invitations to special events, and
* a variety of free advertising and promotional opportunities

Membership also entitles you to 10% discounts at the following Oliver and area businesses:

* Handworks Gallery
* Paw Prints Studio and Gallery
* Loralee’s Treasure Cellar
* Food Safe Courses (offered by member Jan Kreut)

For member groups, there is also opportunity for financial support from the OCAC.

And of course, members catch hold of that creative spirit that makes us all feel great about the arts!

Individual Members: $15
Family Members: $20
Member Group: $30
Business Members: $40

Members in good standing are eligible to vote at the Annual General Meeting (Monday, October 26, 2009). Memberships for the following year are promoted by the Membership Committee during the membership drive beginning June 1. For application forms at any other time, contact us at // or phone the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre at 250-485-0088.