Art for Peace and Solstice Celebration at Shatford Centre, December 21

Come to a Celebration of the Solstice, Peace Talks and Art for Peace exhibition at the Shatford Centre

Activities at the Shatford Centre begin at 4 pm on Wednesday, December 21st and we hope you can come to this community event. 

As in years past, some people will go to Munson Mountain to be at PenHenge at sunset around 3:30 pm on December 21st and has been our tradition, they and others can come to the Shatford Centre for warming beverages and some snacks afterwards. 

Dr Chris Purton, PhD Astronomy will begin the conversations around 4 pm to kick-off this event. There will be some references to how different cultures celebrate solstice around the world, which includes Christmas. 

Norberto Rodriguez will talk about the Art for Peace exhibition and his passion for being an artist with social activism and a lot of passion to bring peace to the world. 

Peace Talks begin around 5 pm with speakers such as:

Randy Janzen, Director of the Mir Peace Centre, Selkirk College in Castlegar. The Mir Centre builds and understands cultures of peace through learning and dialogue. Our programs and lectures make a significant new contribution to Peace Studies and Justice Studies in Canada and the world.

JJ Verigin will be speaking and brings his UN and world view to the conversation. From the internet: J. J. Verigin received his post-secondary education in Canada, Russia and Germany, and in addition to extensive world travel, spent a decade employed as a peace and disarmament advocate with Non-governmental organizations in Ottawa and at the United Nations in New York.  Returning to his home town of Grand Forks, BC in 1990, Mr. Verigin was initially employed as a USCC Executive Assistant and Working Group Coordinator, and for the past decade, as USCC Executive Director. 

Paul Crawford, Director/Curator of the Penticton Art Gallery will be speaking. Paul has curated exhibitions from artists in Syria and other war torn countries in the world. 

There will be a ‘humble meal’ with donations of produce from our farmers and food that we will bring together for this community event. 

This event is by donation, suggested to be $10 and $20 for families.