Winners: Fall Art Show & Sale 2016

Diane Gane – “Did You Say ‘Going Wild?’” (pictured)

Watercolour Paintings
1. Luba Chpak – “Wild Sky”
2. Anthea McLean – “The Listeners”
3. Sally Franks – “Wild Seas”

Oil Paintings
1. Arleyene Farnworth – “Wolf in the Wind”

Acrylic Paintings
1. Cameron Ogilvie – “Morning Takeoff”
2. Dawn MacRae – “Dinner for 2”
3. Bev Alexander – “Waiting for the Wind”
3. Sheryl L. Fossett – “Wild in Skookumchuck”
3. Karsten Coty-Scholl – “Stage Fright”

Fibre Arts
1. Kim Wanner – “Going Wild at San Juan Capistrano”
2. Enid Baker – “Purple Rain”
3. Margaret Matthews – “Wild About Tuscany”

1. Diane Gane – “Did You Say ‘Going Wild?’” (pictured)
2. Dawn MacRae – “Secret Garden”
3. Pamela Klassen – “Untitled”
















1. Brandt Leinor – “Untitled”
2. Vi Brown – “Sound of Snow”
3. Jack Bennest – “Osoyoos swiws”

Other Media
1. Katherine MacNeill – “Hydraulic Gold Mining Site – Going Wild”
2. Lorraine Horn – “Untamed Reef (diptych)”
3. Joyce Bunge – “Wapiti”

Emerging Artist
1. Emily Muller – “Sky God”

Budding Artist
1. Morgan Bohn/MacRae – “Little Wonders”
2. Emma Millward – “Wild Winter Sun”
3. Emily Bidmead – “Safari Zone”

Best quilters in Canada found right here at home

Set in Stone full

The South Okanagan can boast some of the best quilters in Canada, as seen in the Canadian Quilters Association’s National Juried Show held in Penticton, May 16-18.

Marianne Parsons from Oliver won first place in the Original Design Abstract Pictorial category for her “Set in Stone” quilt (at left) with 5 fossil panels on it. The award came with a $1000 prize. Marianne is a member of the Fabricators, a local art quilt group, and the Double O Quilters Guild. She is also a member of the Fibre Art Network, and will participate in a curated show of work by that group at the La Conner Quilt Museum in La Conner, WA, Oct. 10 – Dec. 31, 2013. Two of her quilts can also be seen in the Grand National exhibit at the Josef Schneider Quilt Haus in Waterloo, ON for the summer.

Joan Bielun from Penticton (another one of the Fabricators) also won first prize in her category for her “Elements of Change” quilt featuring the giant Wave. It was nice to see that the first award of the evening ceremony in Penticton went to a Penticton resident! That quilt is the cover quilt on the national magazine, The Canadian Quilter, summer issue.

Maya Brouwer  Hide and Seek  TTex viewers choice

Maya Brouwer, a former Oliver resident, now a Double O Quilters Guild member living near Victoria and a Fabricator as well, won the Viewer’s Choice award for her Trend-Tex Challenge, “Hide and Seek” (at left). Her piece also earned the highest bid at the event.

Miriam March Lattice Garden

Miriam March is a Double O Quilters member and is a longarm quilter from Rock Creek. She took first place in Canada in the Bed or Wall Quilt longarm quilted category at Quilt BC with her quilt, “Lattice Garden”. (pictured foreground below, Pat Kelly photo, Boundary Creek Times)

Several other area quilters earned awards as well. Judy Harpur from Rock Creek, (who grew up in Oliver), earned a Judge’s Award for her quilt, “Picasso’s 39 Ford”, and Karen Thatcher from the Grand Forks area won 2nd place in the Original Design, Abstract Pictorial category. 

To see all of the winning quilts, go to then click on Galleries on the red bar, and then on NJS 2013.

Best Bloomers Announced

The Oliver Community Arts Council is pleased to announce the winners in their Best Bloomin’ Garden Contest. The council has run the contest for two years under the auspices of Oliver’s Communities in Bloom committee. The intention of the contest was to help promote public interest in making Oliver a beautiful place to live. We thank the participants for their enthusiasm and community spirit! All efforts at making Oliver more attractive will earn the town points with the judges on July 19 – 20.

Here are the 2011 “Best Bloomin’ Garden Contest” Winners:

Best Overall Residential Yard: Gordon and Kathie Kirby (pictured at left)

Best Outdoor Living Space: George and Anabela Gonclaves

Best Drought Tolerant Landscaping: Ronald and Teresa Maurier

Best Commercial Exterior Visual appeal: Lloyd and Veral Park (The Home of Every Blooming Thing)

Most Improved Site/Property/Project: Bev and Bob Alexander

Honorable Mention:  Bernie and Sheila Houghton (Residential)

The winners will be feted at the Best Bloomin’ Garden Contest Awards Luncheon at Covert Farms  12:00 Noon on July 20th.

Awards donated by Future Gardens and presented by the Oliver Community Arts Council. A special thank you to contest judges, the Oliver Heirloom Garden Club. Contest sponsors are OK Photo Lab, Future Gardens, Sherwood Trophies, Fortis BC, and Paw Prints Studio and Gallery (The Art of John Salsnek).

Your Best Bloomin’ Garden Contest committee included Brian Mapplebeck, Jennifer Mapplebeck, and Dot Cranston. We also thank members of the 2010 committee: Stephanie Salsnek and Penny Ruddy. 

Photo Credit: Jack Bennest, Oliver Daily News