Creative Minds bursting with spring events


Click on the link below to view the latest arts and culture news in Oliver.

Creative Minds – April 2013

New issues of Creative Minds can be found on our Events page listed above, just under the top banner. The newsletter is issued late in the  third week of each month.

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,

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.

Creative Minds (June 2009)

Oliver Community Arts Council Newsletter


Donna Pringle, a founding member of the Double ‘O’ quilters and a long-time director of the Oliver Arts Council, passed away June 2, 2009 at McKinney Place in Oliver at the age of 79. Over 25 years Donna won many local, national and international awards for her fabulous quilts and scenic wall hangings. She was recognized for her fine artistic eye and creative sewing skills. Her quilts are in homes and businesses around the world, created as commissions and given as gifts.

Donna was gracious in all ways. She shied away from the limelight but was always more than willing to help quilters on a one-to-one basis. She was famous for coming up with grand ways for artists to share their talents with the community. As a director on the Oliver Community Arts Council, she came up with the Studio program, which has been very successful both in its former location at the CPR Station and at the current Quail’s Nest Arts Centre.

Donna was also famous for buying a former church to live in giving her a wonderful space to create and display her large, impressive landscape quilts. All of her friends are invited to a celebration of her life in her ‘refurbished church’ Saturday, August 15 at 1:00 pm at 36216 – 79 Street in Oliver.


Weeks of displays and demonstrations at the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre throughout July and August. Each week of summer Studio begins with an opening reception on Mondays from 6-8 pm. Join us for tasty appetizers and cool beverages and bring your friends and family. Displays are open 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Tuesday to Saturday. Bring the kid’s on Wednesdays for Kid’s Day activities from 10:00 am to noon.

July 6-11: Desert Sage Spinners and Weavers Guild

July 13-18: Oliver Sagebrushers

July 20-25: The rip-Off Artists and Georgia O’Keefe’s “Tulip”

August: South Okanagan Amateur Players, Photography


by Sally Franks: 250-498-0104

The Oliver Sagebrushers meet every Tuesday from 8:45 to 12 noon, September through June at the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre, 34274 – 95th Street. Membership fee is $50.00 per year.

A very busy season has passed and we are looking forward to some Plenn Aire painting in the summer. This past season we have acquired several new members and enjoyed excellent workshops with Larry Jackson in watercolours and mixed media, Janice Cornett-Ching also teaching watercolours, Evie New introducing painting with wax crayons on fabric and Marion Trimble teaching acrylic and impasto vineyard paintings. The highlight of our spring was an oil workshop with Robert Wood of Gainsborough Galleries of Calgary. Robert demonstrated how to paint scenery without every detail in the painting as well as painting apple trees with sunflowers on the hills. Robert generously donated a painting for an Arts Centre fundraiser last year where we raised $1,800 to buy a sound system for the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre. This year he donated three paintings to the group for auctioning with the monies going towards the Arts Centre building fund. He will return in October to give us another oil workshop.

We will wind up our year June 23 with ‘Clothesline Paintings’ and a sumptuous potluck at the home of Val Friesen.

Art Sessions:

The Quail’s Nest Arts Centre will be open for art sessions on Thursday evening, June 11, 2009 and Wednesday, June 17, 2009 from 7:00 to 9:30 pm. You may work on any medium and obtain help from other artists. Each session will be $5.00. For further information please call Sally at 250-498-0104.


Join the Arts Council every fourth Monday of the month to promote community arts news and connect with other artists. Share your opinions with the OCAC board.

Arts Jams: Monday July 27, August 24, September 28, 2009.

Time: 9:30 a.m. at the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre, 34274 – 95 Street, Oliver.

Note – Something Different – Arts Jam BBQ June 29th 6pm at the Nest


The Oliver Library web site:

The Annual Used Book Sale will be held Saturday, July 4 form 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Oliver Regional Library parking lot. Donations of paperback books are welcome and can be dropped off at the Library.


by Freda McLean

Every 2nd Monday of the month is our meeting commencing at 9:00 am / Every 4th Monday of the month is a workshop day commencing at 9:00 am / Every Wednesday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm we have drop-in days.

All events at the Oliver Community Hall (south stage end) from September to June. Membership $40 annually.

The 2009/2010 Double ‘O’ Quilters year continues with executive Shirley Cade as president, Larraine McCarthy as treasurer and Darlene Chapman as program director.

We have had many great workshops and activities so far in 2009 including:

A one day sewing bee to construct aprons for quilt show volunteers resulting in 22 hand dyed aprons;

Two workshops with guest teacher Lilly Thorne. The first one touched on colour, colour pairing and shadows giving us a new understanding of colour relationships. The second workshop explained an exciting new concept on expanding a photo onto fabric.

A group of guild ladies led by Wende Arnett assisted Mrs. Bernardy’s grade 2 class at Tuc-el-Nuit elementary school construct a story quilt. This was the first time the children sewed on machines.

The Double ‘O’ and Osoyoos Quilters Guilds will host the ‘Quilt Gathering’ April 17, 2010 at the Oliver Community Centre. Limited admittance tickets will be pre-sold at $25 each.


by Heather Fink

A Coffee House Concert featuring PENNY BUHR JOHNSON will be held on Thursday, June 25th at 7:00 pm at the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre, 34274 – 95th Street in Oliver.

A former Oliver music teacher, Penny moved to Saskatchewan at which time her musical career took off. She was awarded the Country Gospel Music Association Female New Artist of the Year in 2008 and has toured the central USA and performed at the CGMA International Convention in Branson, MO, Moose Jaw, Winnipeg and La Paz, Mexico. She has produced three CDs – ‘Soulmates Forever’ in 2006, ‘Going to Gramma’s House’ as a fundraiser for leukemia survivor Autumn Rehbein in 2007 and her latest CD ‘Vision’ in 2008.

A beautiful person and excellent musician with a great voice, Penny will perform a variety of music from gospel to pop, jazz and blues. Her concert is sure to appeal to everyone.

Admission is $10.00 at the door and includes refreshments.


by Marion Boyd

The South Okanagan Concert Society had their AGM on May 19th. A slate of officers was elected and Janet Marcotte will continue as president.

An exciting series of concerts is already booked for next season including:

Duo Affinite with Guy Few on trumpet, corno and piano and Nadina Mackie Jackson on bassoon will perform Friday, October 30, 2009.

Calvin Dyck and the Golden Violin will be on stage Friday, November 27, 2009. Through violin and piano, period costumes and a fascinating story line we will trace the history of Calvin’s golden violin.

Ezeadi Onukwulu and his band ‘One Human Race’ will perform a charismatic concert on Friday, February 5, 2010.

The Vancouver Chamber Choir, an outstanding professional vocal ensemble will close the season on Friday, March 5, 2010.

Four admission flex tickets, representing outstanding value and wonderful evenings of fine music, are on sale now at Imperial Office Pro in Osoyoos and Miss Molly’s Quilt Shoppe in Oliver.


by Ewa Ardiel

We meet every Thursday from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm at the south (stage end) of the Oliver Community Hall from September to June. Every 2ndThursday is a meeting starting at 10:00 am.

Please feel free to drop in and discover a new craft. Membership is $35 annually.

For info call: President-Gail Erickson 498-4959 or Vice President-Karen Bennett 497-5135

The Desert Sage Spinners and Weavers Guild is a non-profit organization under the umbrella of the Oliver Arts Council. Our members spin, weave, felt, knit, crochet and welcome anyone who likes to work with yarns and fibres. The guild provides assistance, discussion, instruction, inspiration, motivation and equipment/books to pursue these activities.

Summer Studio week will soon be here and we have a number of exciting crafts for you to try your hand at or just observe:

Tuesday, July 7 is ‘Dye Day’ and ‘Nuno Felting’.

Wednesday, July 8 is Kids Day. They will create works of art on cardboard looms with neat bulky yarns.

Thursday, July 9 and Friday, July 10 are ‘Natural Dye’ workshops.

Saturday, July 11 come finish a project or view our finished projects.

Have you ever visited Linden Gardens in Kaleden? Now is your chance. On August 13 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm the Desert Sage Spinners & Weavers will be spinning amongst the flowers in their gardens. What a wonderful, relaxing way to spend a day. All spinners are welcome or just come and watch.

The Guild is organizing a silk dying and spinning workshop for September 26 and 27, 2009. Silk is such a luxurious fibre and this two day workshop, held in Oliver, will focus on the cyan/magenta/yellow/black colour system. Using only these four colours participants will create and mix browns, greens, blues, purples, reds, oranges and yellows. You will learn how to apply your dye mixtures to silk ‘hankies’ using the steam method of processing. We will then explore ways of spinning and plying the dyed silk. This workshop will be taught by Barbara Robinson, an experienced spinner, master knitter and silk fibre dyeing business owner in Rossland, B.C. Her fibres are sold by Canadian and European retailers. For additional information contact Donna at 250-493-7399 or Gail at 250-498-4959.


By Cliff Gay

While Spring may not have graced us with its best performance this year, two new entertainment groups, Oliver Handbell Ringers and Songburst, brought much enjoyment to audiences totaling over 300 people on April 17 & 18. Shoehorned into the sanctuary of St.Paul’s Lutheran Church in Oliver, the players and singers bloomed with variety, movement and fun in music, assisted by irrepressible Master of Ceremonies Mal Bearman.

The Oliver Handbell Ringers began playing less than two years ago. Their introductory concert, expressing thanks to the community of Oliver for its generous donations towards the cost of handbell equipment, took place in April 2008. ‘Sounds of Spring’ was the first concert this year under new director Sue Gay, and it lived up to its name. Included in this concert were two numbers from the Joybells, the children’s branch of the Ringers.


by Heather Fink

This year’s Music in the Park outdoor concert series will showcase a number of very talented musicians and vocalists each Thursday evening during the summer. The concerts take place from 6:30 to 8:00 pm on the picturesque Okanagan River dyke behind the Oliver’s Visitor Info Centre/CPR Station. Bring your own lawn chair, a picnic supper, your family and friends and be prepared to be thoroughly entertained!

JULY 9: The Penticton Concert Band will kick off the series.

JULY 16: Luke Whittall (jazz/blues guitar), Bob Park (Classical & flamenco guitar), and the Desert Airs men’s chorus share the spotlight.

JULY 23: Dale Seaman and Pam Ferens, our favourite country singers, will sing their twangy hits.

JULY 30: Local teen band ‘Ruhland’ along with saxophonist Lucas Silbernagel will rock the patio.

AUGUST 6: Features the ever-popular ‘Gospel Night’ with the Oliver Word of Life Gospel group.

AUGUST 13: A Calgary band ‘Nuna Y’ will perform music of the Andes.


AUGUST 27: Winding up our concert series is the ‘Jazz Out West’ group with Iris Larratt singing wonderful old standards and light jazz.


Where: Quail’s Nest Arts Centre, 34274 – 95th Street, Oliver.

When: Thursday, June 18, 2009 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

Cost: No entrance fee is required thou donations are greatly appreciated at the door.

Why: A fundraiser for “Refurbishing” the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre. Please bring a friend and join us for a fun and relaxing evening.

What: Inniskillin Wines served by Sally, appetizers by Victorian Epicure and Connie Felton;belly dancing demonstration by Nina Kliessen, Optionelle Ladies Fashions by Ellen Zoellmer, Silpada Designs, Fine Sterling Jewelry by Tara Hovanes, Shaklee by Jan Kreut, Life Coaching by Beth.

Information: Sally Franks at 250-498-0104 or Tara Hovanes at 250-498-6132


Directors Penelope Johnson and Diane Gludovatz are pleased to announce the cast for the SOAP summer production of Sand Mountain, a pair of humourous Appalachian folk tales written by American playwright Romulus Linney.

The tales are set at a rustic cabin in Alabama and peopled with colourful characters. In the first act, “Sand Mountain Matchmaking”, a young widow must choose between three over-eager suitors. Lottie, a local wise woman, provides guidance to the widow Rebecca in her search for a new husband. The cast includes Aimee Grice (Rebecca) and as the three suitors: David Badger, Darryl Mackenzie and Patrick Turner. All lfour appeared last Fall in The Sound of Music. Three newcomers from Osoyoos are Wendy Mellace (Lottie), Kaleb Mailey (her grandson Vester) and Paul Everest (Sam Bean). The second act is “Why the Lord Come to Sand Mountain”. Jesus and Saint Peter, disguised as poor wayfaring strangers, decide to pay a visit to Sand Mountain. Saint Peter can’t wait to get down to the rich valley full of God-fearing folks. The Lord is more interested in meeting the young couple, Jack and Jean and their 14 kids, who keep their mountain cabin in a foul state, drink moonshine and tell tall tales. This cast includes Diane Gludovatz (narrator), Darryl Mackenzie (St.Peter), Paul Everest (The Lord), David Badger (Jack), Aimee Grice (Jean), Wesley Frederick (14 kids), Patrick Turner (Prosper Valley farmer).

The production will be staged, appropriately enough, against the mountain backdrop of Tinhorn Creek Winery amphitheatre Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for students (18 & under). Tickets are available beginning June 15 at Sundance Video in Oliver, Your Dollar Store in Osoyoos and Tinhorn Creek Winery. PG-13 recommended.

Creative Minds

Published 3 times a year by the Oliver community Arts Council

P.O. Box 1711

Quail’s Nest Arts Centre,

34274 – 95th Street,

Oliver, B.C. V0H 1T0

Phone: 250-485-0088


Membership in the Oliver Arts Council:

$15.00 Individuals

$20.00 Families

$30.00 Member Groups

$40.00 Businesses

Please submit news items, articles and events by the end of

January, May and September

to the editor Lynn Bremmer: or telephone: 250-498-4781

Oliver Arts Council executive:

President: Esther Brown 250-498-6388 email:

Vice President: Stephanie Salsnek 250-498-4732 email:

Secretary: Penelope Johnson 250-498-0183 email:

Treasurer: Jack Bennest 250-498-0753 email:

Thanks to all who contributed to Creative Minds as well as: