There’s a sculptor, a photographer and a couple painters – and they’re all representing Peachland at the art gallery.
Artists of the Okanagan, a showcase of 85 works of art from all over the valley is open from now to Dec. 23.
“I really like the variety this show has,” says Wayne Power. He’s one of the seven Peachland artists whose work was selected for the exhibit. This writer was lucky enough to run into him at the opening, and we spent some time talking about his work (he migrated from oils to acrylics this time around), and also, how talented everyone is. You can see for yourself in person! The art gallery (in the yellow schoolhouse, of course) is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The featured Peachland artists are: Berkeley Stuart, Michael Healey, Susan Driussi, Susan Haglund, Jean Allen, Wayne Power and Jean Brandel.
Here’s a message about the Peachland Community Arts Council, from president Deborah Livingstone
We have a very vibrant arts scene in Peachland! Painters, sculptors, fibre artists, singers, actors, photographers, carvers and more. Add in an active group of volunteers and thousands of hours spent sharing all kinds of art, and you have a very active and exciting Arts Council. We represent 13 umbrella organizations in Peachland, welcoming many members from West Kelowna as well. We proudly represent both communities. We got our start in 1997 as an initiative of the Peachland Economic Development Committee. Today we have over 400 members.
Housed in the 1908 Historic Yellow Schoolhouse on Beach Ave, the PCAC now operates the provincially-designated Visitor Centre, in
addition to an exceptional Art Gallery. There you’ll find rotating exhibitions featuring local and internationally-renowned artists. Gallery and Visitor Centre hours are 10-4pm each day (closed Mondays) and open Daily 9-5pm in July and August. Special events at the Gallery also include an Educational Speaker Series and a Concert Series as well – the acoustics are amazing!
Every February we celebrate the arts with a week-long HeARTSFestival featuring all of our umbrella organizations. Smaller groups hold workshops, demonstrations and end the week with a two-day Artisans Showcase in the Community Centre. It’s a great opportunity to come out and see what Peachland has to offer. For Canada Day celebrations we hold a children’s t-shirt painting activity in the park and feature the local ukulele group on our fabulous float! Every year we contribute $5000 towards a community project. We designed and installed the Remembrance Day Banners for Beach Ave honouring our fallen soldiers in WWI and WWII. We built the information kiosk at the Historic School featuring the story of our resident bats in the attic. We also donated the outdoor children’s musical instruments across from Bliss Bakery. And our members have helped restore the town’s historic mural, after some vandalism earlier this year.
The mandate of the Peachland Community Arts Council is to stimulate, develop and encourage all the arts as a major contributor to the overall quality of life and economic well-being of Peachland and the Okanagan Valley.