The Oliver Art Gallery, located on Oliver’s Main Street, holds its Grand Opening on Wednesday May 25 from 1 to 7 p.m.
The gallery is run as an artists’ co-operative. Artists include Sandra Albo, Shannon Ford, Barb Hillier, Brad Hillis, Michael Arne Jorden, Dale Matthews, Arlie Richards, Jane Scheffler, Denise Soule (left), Steve Staresina, George Traicheff, Roger Ulasovetz, Ivanna Zita, pen and ink artist Sandy Boblin, and photographer Paul Eby.
The art gallery provides exhibition space for local artists from Summerland to Osoyoos, and an inviting place for art lovers to visit and enjoy. The location takes advantage of highway exposure on Oliver’s busy main street. Artists hope the colourful venue will catch the eye of motorists and summer strollers, both tourists and locals.
Artist Steve Staresina, a driving force behind the establishment of the new gallery, rounded up a group of like-minded artists who put their time and energy into creating a beautiful space with new paint, tile, walls and lighting.
“This really is a group effort,” maintains Staresina. “It is all of the artists working together that is making this possible”. Staresina (left) teaches regular art classes at the Quail’s Nest Art Centre, and together with Leza MacDonald, painted the mural at the Oliver Kiwanis Market.
“The arts make up over 30 percent of Canada’s GDP,” says Staresina, “and I am determined to bring that into the open in this community that I live in.”
The Grand Opening includes appetizers, beverages, and entertainment. The artists invite you to experience the relaxation and pleasure of being surrounded by original artwork (such as that of Shannon Ford, left), which will delight and draw you in with the imagination, colour and the imagery of each piece.Oliver Art Gallery 34848 – 97th Street, Oliver, BC Email: office @ oliverartgallery.ca Telephone: 778 439 3320 http://oliverartgallery.ca