“Those Were the Days” at 2010 Fall Art Show and Sale

those-were-the-days“Those Were the Days” is the theme chosen for the 27th annual Fall Art Show and Sale, October 2 and 3, 2010. The Oliver Community Arts Council has been planning this year’s event with inspiration drawn from the Oliver and District Heritage Society.

Museum director Darryl Mackenzie is thrilled about the collaboration between the two organizations on the art show. For him, art and history are a natural pairing: “It is important to reflect on our heritage from time to time. What are the sights, sounds and stories that we want to keep alive in our collective memory? How do we connect with the landscape? Are there special places that make us feel we are ‘home’?”

Artists are encouraged to begin creating their entries as soon as possible. The Oliver arts council intends the theme to be general enough to inspire the widest possible creativity. Some artists may take the opportunity to delve into local history by visiting the Oliver Heritage Museum and Archives or the regional library. But Mackenzie brainstorms a few other ideas: “When we use the theme ‘Those were the days’, we can let our imagination run wild. What days are we referring to? The 1880s? 1920s? How about something that happened last week that we will look fondly on in the future?” Besides the area’s pioneer history, an artist may be inspired by their own childhood, a favourite personal memory, or even a fanciful revisionist view of their favourite historical period.

The Fall Art Show and Sale accepts entries from all media including painting, photography, fibre arts, mixed media, and three-dimensional (which includes sculpture, leather work, pottery, woodwork, jewelry, metalwork, and other objets d’art). A special category, Emerging Artists, encourages submissions from youth 19 and under. Although the majority of artists reside in the South Okanagan, the show and sale is open to all artists across BC. Based on the number of entries, the Oliver Community Arts Council reserves the right to limit and jury submissions. Voting for winners, however, is entirely done by public ballot. All category winners and an overall Best in Show receive awards.

The Fall Art Show and Sale has been held in conjunction with the Festival of the Grape for several years. The two-day art show has grown to include live jazz music, a classy silent auction, refreshments, and exhibits of artists at work. The event attracts hundreds of visitors each year. This fall, the arts council anticipates an historical display from the Oliver and District Heritage Society will be a crowd pleaser in the non-competitive portion of the show. The silent auction will continue the same theme, with antique objects offered for bid.

Entry forms will be available at Handworks Gallery and on line at www.oliverartscouncil.org by the third week of April. Deadline for submissions will be the second week of September. For more information about the Fall Art Show and Sale, or for an emailed entry form, artists may contact //.

"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.

OCAC Board Minutes – September 2009

 

quail-21OLIVER COMMUNITY ARTS COUNCIL
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

Wednesday, September 16, 2009.
Quail’s Nest Arts Centre

Present: Esther Brown (President), Stephanie Salsnek (Vice President/ FCA Liaison), Jack Bennest (Treasurer/FOTOL Liaison); Linda Blaschuk (Rotary Auction, Oliver Arts and Crafts Sale Liaison), Heather Fink (Sage Valley Voices Liaison), Sally Franks (Rentals, Desert Sage Spinners & Weavers Liaison), Jan Kreut (Membership), Penny Ruddy (Finance Committee, Double O Quilters Liaison), Steve Staresina (Operations, Oliver Sagebrushers Liaison)

Regrets: Penelope Johnson (Secretary/SOCS Liaison), Brian Mapplebeck (Country Market A-Fair Liaison), Jennifer Mapplebeck (SOAP Liaison)

Guest: Dorothee Birker (Assembly of BC Arts Councils)

1. CALL TO ORDER: E. Brown called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.
Guest speaker Dorothee Birker outlined possibilities for a new way of thinking on the acquisition of funding for the arts. Her 20 minutes presentation was much appreciated and she was thanked for coming so far to see us. She attended the entire meeting. Birker serves as Arts and Cultural Officer for the Central Okanagan’s Economic Development Commission in Kelowna.

2. ADOPTION OF AGENDA
MOTION: That the agenda for the Board meeting of September 16, 2009 be accepted as circulated. written.
Moved: P. Ruddy Seconded: S. Franks Carried

3. ADOPTION OF MINUTES
MOTION: That the minutes of the Board meeting on Wednesday, August 19, 2009 be adopted

Moved: P. Ruddy
Seconded: S. Salsnek
Carried

MOTION: That the minutes of the Special General Meeting on Monday, August 24, 2009 be accepted as circulated.

Moved: J. Bennest
Seconded: J. Kreut
Carried

4. CORRESPONDENCE:  None

5. TREASURER’S REPORT
J. Bennest distributed his report to the end of August with total value in all accounts of $29,605.31. One error was noticed and corrected.

MOTION: That the Treasurer’s report dated August 31, 2009 be approved as amended and further that the actions taken by the Treasurer on behalf of the Society be authorized and the bills be paid.

Moved: J. Bennest
Seconded: L. Blaschuk
Carried

6. BUSINESS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES
(a) Board Retreat: Dates, Topics: Location deferred. Dates of Tues Nov. 17th and Wednesday Nov. 18th were chosen. Proposed facilitator will confirm if she can come in early October.

(b) Power Point Presentation: Tabled.

7. COMMITTEE REPORTS
(a) Finance Committee: A letter received from the BC Government has refused to grant the Direct Access Program funding request for $13,000 for Quail’s Nest renovations, as part of sweeping cuts to arts and culture.

Most of the material for the BCAC grant application is complete. E. Brown, H. Fink and P. Ruddy will get together and put on the finishing touches.

(b) Fundraising: Ladies’ Wine and Life Workshop raised $180 for the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre. Thanks to the efforts of Beth Garrish, Life Coach for her entertaining program.
ACTION: S. Franks will submit bills for wine.

Kiwanis Market signage has been completed and Kiwanis is happy with the work to date. Murals are to be completed soon. J. Kreut indicated that Kiwanis would like to pay out the obligation by September 30th.

(c) Operations:
Three security doors have arrived for installation. Approx Cost: $3000 approved previously.
MOTION: That the OCAC purchase screening for all windows up to $2200.

Moved: S. Staresina
Seconded: H. Fink
Carried.

(d) Publicity: The Board agreed to delay work on creating a regular Arts Page in the Oliver Chronicle until a new Chronicle editor has been hired .

MOTION: That the OCAC purchase a $350 full colour page ad in the Oliver Business Magazine.

Moved: J. Kreut
Seconded: S. Staresina
Carried

Deadline for commitment is October 7 and publication date is October 21. Penelope and Jack were offered as volunteers to write and prepare the ad.
ACTION: H. Fink will contact Esther Seidel, advertising, at the Oliver Chronicle.

(e) Performance: Music in the Park report tabled to November Board meeting.

(f) Fall Art Show:
ACTION: J. Kreut will contact V. Friesen and work with him on a OCAC visual display

8. NEW BUSINESS
(a) Tree Planting: J. Kreut volunteered her husband Wayne to clean up front yard at Quail’s Nest with weed-whacker and environmentally safe weed killer. Sally reported that the Oliver Sagebrushers will then install four trees in pots to give the front a new look.
(b) New Member Groups: Tabled.

9. NEXT MEETINGS
Arts Jam!
Monday September 28
9:30 a.m.
QNAC
 
Board Meeting
Wednesday October 21
5:30 p.m.
QNAC 

Esther Brown will not be here for next Board Meeting October 21/09 and the meeting will be chaired by Vice President Stephanie Salsnek.

Arts Jam!
Monday October 26
9:30 a.m.
QNAC
 

10. ADJOURNMENT
MOTION: That the meeting be adjourned, at 8:00 p.m.
Moved: E. Brown          Carried. 

 

Fall Art Show: October 3-4

Get ready for our big fall splash of colour!  Held in conjunction with Oliver BC’s Festival of the Grape (part of the Okanagan Wine Festival), the weekend is a perfect blend of arts and culture.

The Fall Art Show promises to be the biggest and best one we’ve ever had. We are up to 104 entries, well over  our previous record. Sculpture, fabric arts, fine art, photography  —  we celebrate art in all its forms.

Here’s what you can do at the Show:

* Tour the exhibit
* Meet the artists
* Vote for your favourite in each of five categories
* Buy some great artwork (all exhibit pieces for sale)
* Bid at the Silent Auction
* View special exhibits : The RipOff Artists present their multi-media interpretations of “Pink Tulip”
* Learn more about Oliver’s artists and arts council
* Become a 2010 Member of the Oliver Community Arts Council
* Listen to some fine jazz stylings by local performers
* Tempt your tastebuds and wine palate at a reception catered by Crush Pad Bistro (of The Mesa Hotel)
* Schmingle!  (Meet, mingle and schmooze in true Oliver style!)

Fall Art Show
Theme: Autumn
Saturday October 3, 2009
3 – 9 p.m.
Oliver Community Centre
Exhibition: 3 – 9 p.m.
Voting: 3 – 8 p.m.
Reception: 7 – 9 p.m.
Silent Auction: 3 – 9 p.m.
Winners Announced: 8:30 – 9:00 p.m.
AND
in conjunction with the Festival of the Grape….
Sunday October 4, 2009
12 – 6 p.m.
Oliver Community Centre
$22 Festival of the Grape Admission
Exhibition: 12 – 6 p.m.
Silent Auction: 12- 6 p.m.

Poster artwork by Val Friesen

Evening Fine Art Classes at Quail’s Nest

aa004141School students and working adults will appreciate a new set of fine art classes beginning this fall at the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre.

Instructor Steve Staresina hopes the Thursday evening lessons will appeal to those busy during the day. Each class includes a 45 minute lesson, followed by up to an hour and 45 minutes of creative time. Paint, draw, or sketch among other artists in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Beginners will benefit from supportive coaching from the instructor as well as the more experienced participants.

Instructor: Steve Staresina, Oliver Fine Artist
Media Taught: Oils, Acrylics, Pastels, Charcoal, and Pencils
Subjects: Landscapes, Portraits, and Still Life

Start Date: Thursday September 10, 2009

Start Time: 7:00 p.m.
Lessons: 7:00 – 7:45 p.m.
Creative Time: 7:45 – 9:30 p.m.

Place: Quail’s Nest Arts Centre
34274 – 95th Street, Oliver BC

ls018271Cost: $50 / year ($25 in September, $25 in January) OR  $5 / class

Information and Registration: 250-498-8461 or

Or just drop in!

Evening Fine Art Classes at Quail's Nest

aa004141School students and working adults will appreciate a new set of fine art classes beginning this fall at the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre.

Instructor Steve Staresina hopes the Thursday evening lessons will appeal to those busy during the day. Each class includes a 45 minute lesson, followed by up to an hour and 45 minutes of creative time. Paint, draw, or sketch among other artists in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Beginners will benefit from supportive coaching from the instructor as well as the more experienced participants.

Instructor: Steve Staresina, Oliver Fine Artist
Media Taught: Oils, Acrylics, Pastels, Charcoal, and Pencils
Subjects: Landscapes, Portraits, and Still Life

Start Date: Thursday September 10, 2009

Start Time: 7:00 p.m.
Lessons: 7:00 – 7:45 p.m.
Creative Time: 7:45 – 9:30 p.m.

Place: Quail’s Nest Arts Centre
34274 – 95th Street, Oliver BC

ls018271Cost: $50 / year ($25 in September, $25 in January) OR  $5 / class

Information and Registration: 250-498-8461 or

Or just drop in!

Backstage bustles as Sand Mountain production nears

With their production of Sand Mountain only days away, the SOAP Players hasten to complete the last few backstage details for the show. Sand Mountain, a pair of funny Appalachian folk tales by Romulus Linney, is set in the rolling mountains of Alabama in the 1800s.

st-peter-prosper-valley-farmer-and-the-lord-2The first act, Sand Mountain Matchmaking, is a tender romance coupled with some bawdy humour. The second tale “Why the Lord Come to Sand Mountain” is a moral fable  with some magical elements and a dose of slapstick comedy. The Lord and St Peter, disguised as travel-worn circuit preachers, visit Sand Mountain for a mysterious reason. Pictured at left are Darryl Mackenzie as St Peter, Patrick Turner as the Prosper Valley Farmer, and Paul Everest as The Lord.

A huge set dominates their large rehearsal space at the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre. The air prickles with the smell of sawdust and fresh paint. The set backdrop is a frame outline of a rustic cabin and risers are painted to resemble wide wooden floorboards. Earlier in the day, a crew headed by builder Larry Raincock has been sawing, hammering and painting the last part of the set.

As the cast enters for the evening’s rehearsal, set designer JoAnn Turner is intent on painting in the stone fireplace. “How does it look from where you are?” she double-checks with the production team. “Is the chimney wide enough?” She reviews her design for the fireplace, a complex set piece that calls for a number of special effects, and ticks off items on her job list: “I need to set up that fresnel behind the fireplace, hook it up to the lighting board, find some orange gels, and purchase some clear corplast for the lighting effects to show through.”

Costumer Bernice Myllyniemi enters with an armload of pioneer dresses, denim overalls, and wide-brimmed hats. “Come get your costume,” she calls cheerfully to cast members. “I need to see how they fit when you move around on stage.” Turning to director Penelope Johnson, Bernice reminds her, “I still need to distress some of the costumes to make them look authentic and worn, so I’m taking them back home tonight.”

 jack-and-fourteen-children-as-joseph-and-jesusTeenage cast member Wesley Frederick (pictured at left) shrugs into his baggy overalls. He plays the unusual character Fourteen Children, a role requiring the actor to represent all the siblings in one Appalachian family. Wesley’s last appearance with SOAP was as one of the von Trapp children in The Sound of Music. “I am excited to have more acting and lines than I did with Sound of Music. I ‘ve been enjoying the challenge of portraying this new character ” Inspired by his experiences, Wesley’s goal now is to become a professional actor.

David Badger (pictured at left)  plays Wesley’s father Jack. He pauses to reflect on the weeks of rehearsal. “I marvel at the process from first read to performance -.the memorization, blocking and creating the mood and manner that will best serve a scene.” After weeks of hard work, Badger can see the process paying off.

 

 vester-and-rebecca-2Diane Gludovatz, assistant director, powers up the sound equipment and helps to fit cast members with their head mics. At the Tinhorn Creek Winery venue, voice amplification will be a necessity. “Can we run a level test, please?” she calls. Next, she points to the youngest cast member, eight year old Kaleb Mailey (pictured at left  as Vester with Aimee Grice as Rebecca). “And Kaleb’s head set doesn’t fit properly. We’ll have to use a lavalier mic instead.”

Meanwhile stage manager Jen Jensen pores over a revised sound and lighting cue sheet. “OK, how are we cueing that opening scene?”she asks. Then she turns to the props list. “And who’s responsible for picking up fresh ginseng and sandpaper?” Jensen grabs a pen and starts jotting down a to do list.  As she does so, intro music fills the room, and the rehearsal gets underway.

Sand Mountain runs Friday July 18 and Saturday July 18 at 7:00 p.m. at Tinhorn Creek Winery Amphitheatre. Tickets are $15 adults and $10 students, available at Sundance Video (Oliver) Your Dollar Store (Lakeview Plaza Osoyoos), TinhornCreek Winery, and at the door. Wine will be available for purchase. Lounge cushions or blankets are recommended.

Photos by Penelope Johnson

Summer Studio: Colourful July!

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Dyeing for their Art: Fabric  Artists Kick Off Summer Studio

Colour is not something seen with the eye, but something spun, woven, and dyed. Colour becomes three-dimensional under the talented hands of the Desert Sage Spinners and Weavers. The Guild is eager to demonstrate the richness and variety of their craft during the first week of Summer Studio, July 6 -11, at the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre.

Summer Studio, a series of weekly displays, workshops and demonstrations of local art and craft, opens July 6 and runs into August. Art comes alive in this Oliver Community Arts Council program. The program operates like a studio rather than a gallery. In addition to viewing finished pieces, visitors can watch art in progress as artists demonstrate their techniques.

Every Summer Studio week opens with a public reception on Mondays 6 – 8 p.m. The casual receptions have become a popular venue to bring house guests and friends to enjoy a relaxed evening of art, food, and music. Public displays and demonstrations run Tuesdays to Saturdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Desert Sage Spinners and Weavers will be demonstrating a variety of techniques during their week. Nuno felting, a Japanese art form, will be demonstrated on Tuesday July 7. As Guild member Gail Erickson explains, “The Nuno technique felts loose wool onto a silk or gauze background. We experimented with this skill earlier in the year, and are ready to demonstrate it to the public.” On Thursday July 9 the guild will be busy wet felting, and on Friday and Saturday will be up to their elbows in natural dyes. “These aren’t just demonstrations,” says Erickson. “It’s all hands on! We encourage the public to come out and try it for themselves.”

The popular Wednesday Kids’ Days encourage children to experiment with that week’s artistic medium, but geared to children’s skill level and interest. The Spinners and Weavers are considering two crafts for their Kids’ Day on July 8: weaving on cardboard looms or some form of dyeing activity. Programmed Kids’ Day activties run 10 – 12 noon Wednesdays, but children are welcome to visit any time. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 Upcoming displays include the Oliver Sagebrushers, a fine art club (July 13 – 18) and The RipOff Artists, a multimedia artists collective who interpret famous works of art (July 10 – 25). in past years, the RipOffs have exhibited their interpretations of Van Gogh’s “Cypresses” and Gustav Klimt’s “Emilie Floge”. The RipOffs will be inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe’s painting “Pink Tulip”.

 All opening receptions, displays, demonstrations and Kids’ Days are free and open to the public. The Quail’s Nest Arts Centre is located just west of the Oliver airport at 34274 – 95th Street. For more information about Summer Studio, call arts council rep Penelope Johnson (498-0183), the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre (485-0088), or check the weekly Chronicle ads.

Tickets to Sand Mountain Available June 15

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The South Okanagan Amateur Players present

Sand Mountain
by Romulus Linney
two Appalachian folk tales
Friday July 17
Saturday July 18
7:00 p.m. 
Tinhorn Creek Winery Amphitheatre
$15 Adults
$10 Children (18 years & under)
Tickets available June 15th at
Sundance Video, Oliver
Your Dollar Store (Lakeview Plaza) Osoyoos
Tinhorn Creek Winery
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Wine will be sold by glass or bottle.
No chairs permitted. Back rests, blankets, or cushions recommended.

Some mild adult themes. PG-13 suggested.
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Events

 The Friends of the Oliver Library present
Monthly Coffee Mornings
Tuesday June 16th
10 a.m. – 12 noon
(once a month, third Tuesdays)
Help boost library use! 
When you enter you are automatically counted! 
Let’s set those front doors swinging!
 
Showcase of Talent: Part Two
Wednesday June 24
7:00 p.m.
Studio Building
Quail’s Nest Arts Centre
So much talent, we had to book a second show!
Come out to enjoy young local musicians! 
Support their ongoing education with your donation!
 
CALL For Backstage Crew! 
The South Okanagan Amateur Players
Sand Mountain by Romulus Linney
a set of two Appalachian folk tales
performing
July 17 -18, 2009
at Tinhorn Creek Winery Amphitheatre
Technicians needed: Sound, Lighting, and Properties (Props)
Will train newcomers!
Attendance at tech rehearsals in June and July required.
Info: Jennifer Mapplebeck (Producer) 250-498-3597
 
 
Coffeehouse Concert
featuring
Penny Buhr Johnson
Singing a variety of  music from gospel to jazz and blues
Thursday June 25
7:00 p.m.
Studio Building,
Quail’s Nest Arts Centre
$10 tickets at the door (includes refreshments)
A former Oliver music teacher, Penny moved to Saskatchewan and her musical career took off!  She was awarded the Country Gospel Music Assoc. Female New Artist of the Year in 2008, and has performed in several venues in the USA, Mexico and  the Canadian Prairies.  She has produced three CDs her latest being “Vision” which was released in 2008.   An exceptional musician with a great voice, Penny’s concert is sure to delight!

The South Okanagan Concert Society
2009-10 Concert Series
Four-way Flex Pass $55
at Miss Molly’s Quilt Shoppe, Main Street, Oliver
Regular price: $55 for four tickets
Door Price: $20 per ticket
 
 
The South Okanagan Amateur Players present
Sand Mountain
a set of two comedic Appalachian folk tales
by Romulus Linney
Friday July 16
Saturday July 17
Tinhorn Creek Winery Amphitheatre
$15 Adults
$10 Students
Tickets NOT yet available ! (date TBA) at
Tinhorn Creek Winery, Oliver
Your Dollar Store with More, Osoyoos
and one other venue
Adult themes. Recommended PG-13.
Bring cushions and blankets. No chairs.
Wine and concession available for purchase.
Information: 250-498-3597 
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Presented under license with Dramatists Play Service