14th Annual Goodwill Festival: May 8, 9 & 10, 2014, Summerland, BC

shakespear-headRegistration $75.00
~ with Billet $65.00

Choose:  10 drama workshops over 3 days
Three day Intensive workshops  in Art, Video,  Theatre, Vocal and Writing

Events and stuff:
•  Hot Dog Lunch
• Pancake Breakfast
•  Shakespearean Banquet
• Gala evening
• Dance
• Metal Water Bottle
• Pin
• T shirt
• Wrist band & bag


Some Workshop Leaders:
•    Paul Budra
•    Jason Clift
•    Julie McIsaac
•    Bobby Bovenzi
•    Jeff Topham
•    Allison Rennie
•    Ashley Atkinson
•    David Kopp
•    Doug Brown

www.goodwillshakespeare.ca Or talk to your teacher


Press Release regarding the sale of the Gallery Building

PRESS RELEASE    For immediate release:

 Summerland, BC (Thursday, February 20th, 2014) – The library is an important part of the cultural sector in Summerland and so we are pleased that they are finally going to have a building of appropriate size for their needs.  We admire their patience and wish them well as they begin a new chapter in their life in Summerland.

We are grateful to the District of Summerland and the community for the 16 years that we have been able to occupy the former municipal hall.  During that time we have had a explosion of activities as a result of having that space.

After moving from the small, cramped gallery space, that the KVR train layout now occupies, at the Summerland Museum to the current gallery space we have been able to build a reputation for a high quality art gallery respected by artists and others within the arts community of British Columbia.

The Adams Room, in addition to hosting shows, has been home to a highly successful Summer Art Program as well as fall and spring workshops for all ages.  The Adams Room and other spaces at the Arts Centre have also been well used by our various member groups as well as the Artist in residence Studio. Next month the 16th Annual Street Banner Project gets underway in this space. This is probably the most visible aspect of our work in town as over 180 banners are created and hung throughout downtown Summerland and Lower Town by mostly Children and Youth of Summerland. Again, without the space this would not have been possible.

The months ahead will be challenging as we make the move, from our home of 16 years, to a new interim facility.  Again we are grateful for the support being offered by the District and hopefully with that support, the understanding of the ORL and the support of the community we will be able to make this transition as smooth as possible. We are hopeful that our valued programs such as the Summer Arts Program for children and youth will happen this July and August, that the shows we have booked for the Art Gallery will be able to be held either in the current facility or in a new facility, we can continue to provide space for the Philosophers’ Café Series, weekend workshops and that Seasons Sparkles will be back as part of the annual Festival of Lights.

On behalf of the Summerland Community Arts Council

David Finnis, President


Winterlude Concert, Silent Auction & Reception, Saturday February 22

in Celebration of the 20th Year of the Penticton Academy of Music
Reception to follow at Theos Restaurant


Musicians:  Faculty of the Penticton Academy of Music – Caroline Mackay (celtic harp), John Suderman (violin), Roswitha Masson (various), Melanie Konynenberg (voice), Olivia Walsh (cello), Selwyn Redivo (classical guitar), Antonia Mahon (flute) and Tracy Stuchbery (piano)

When:    Saturday February 22, 2014

Time:    Doors open at 6:30, music starts at 7:00

Where:    Penticton United Church, 696 Main Street

Tickets:    $15 for the concert, $10 for 18 and under, $15 for reception at Theos Restaurant
Tickets can be purchased in advance at Leir House, 220 Manor Park Ave.
Concert tickets will also be available at the door

Info:        250-493-7977 M-Th 12-5


We Have New Courses and Groups Scheduled at the Art Gallery

Just Added:

Sat & Sun, May 17th & 18th   Introduction to Wet Felting with Allison Altherr
10:00 am to 4:00 pm with 1 hour for lunch both days
Cost: $75 / Supplies: $45
Max  students:  8
After a description of fibre composition and the effect of hot water, properties of various natural fibres and their ability to felt, a brief history on felting  will also be presented. The physical process of wet felting will be explained and demonstrated then the class will  complete a small practice sample. Allison will show examples and make suggestions for a first project that participants will then design and complete.


Sat & Sun, April 26th & 27th   Beginner and Beyond Watercolours
10:00 am to 4:00 pm with 1 hour for lunch both days
Cost: $75 / Supplies: $15 plus supply list
Max  students:  10
You’ve taken a few classes and you are ready to push beyond your comfort zone and learn new techniques with better paint and brushes. Continuing on with what you’ve know, Barb will guide you while you gain the confidence to work on your own!

And Some Special Workshops:

Sat & Sun, June 7th & 8th    A weekend of Painting Just for Beginners (Oils and Acrylics)
10:00 to 4:00 with 1 hour for lunch both days
Cost: $200/ Supply list will be provided, Max  students:  10
Absolutely no experience required: Join renown FCA Painter Bill Hibberd as he guides you in the basics of painting. This gentle class will teach you skills and techniques from the ground up and will get you on your way to working on your own.

Sat & Sun, June 28th & 29th    Paint the Vines, A weekend  in the Vineyard with Alex Fong (www.alexfong.com)
10:00 to 4:00 with 1 hour for lunch both days
Cost: $200/ Supply list will be provided, Max  students:  12

Join Alex for a weekend painting plein-aire in the beautiful Thornhaven vineyards above Summerland. A catered lunch will be included on both days along with a tasting at the winery Saturday afternoon …..
…..  our paintings should reflect our ‘love of wine’, deep, rich, intense taste…hence, strong, luscious colour and, the most important ingredient to a successful piece of art, contrast…

and introducing….

New at the Art Gallery: Creative Gatherings

The Friday Night Life Drawing Group

Starts February 21st 7-9pm
$10 Drop -In
This is a casual and social gathering with a clothed model. An instructor is available for the 1st hour for the beginner or young artist and for those that just need a little guidance in drawing the human form. The model will take shorter poses for the first hour. The second hour is longer poses to work  on your own.

Meditate and Create

3 Saturdays: March 1st , 15th & 29th
Starts @5pm
Cost: $10/$5 for supplies if required

Meri Blackley from Art & Mind Wellness Studios will lead a guided meditation session to open the mind followed by a creative multi-medium workshop.
This is for the individual who doesn`t think that they are creative but would like a chance to explore that side in a safe and open environment or the artisit who would like to explore or enhance  their creativity though meditation.

For more information or to sign-up for any or all classes Drop by the Summerland Community Arts Centre and Gallery at 9533 Main Street, Summerland, BC, call 250-494-4494  or email the gallery: admin@summerlandarts.com


Our next Philosophers’ Café: Community Spaces, Public Places, Feb 12

The Philosophers’ Café

You are INVITED!

Panelists: Peter Waterman & Sue Kline
With an introduction on the History of Public Spaces.
Listen to what these panelist have to say about the importance of public space then join in the conversation!

Community Spaces, Public Places:
What is the value of public space to our community?


Wednesday, February 12th
Doors open at 6:30pm and discussion begins at 7:00pm
9533 Main Street, Summerland, BC
Bring a friend!
Admission by donation, Tea, coffee and refreshments available


Bach’s Birthday Concert, Saturday, March 8, 7:30 pm @Bottega, 4485 Sallows Road, Kelowna

Early Music Studio presents

Bach’s Birthday Concert

EMS_BACH_2014_PR3_MediaSusan Adams, harpsichord
Clive Titmuss, lute

 Saturday, March 8, 7:30 p.m.

Bottega, 4485 Sallows Road, Kelowna

 Tickets $25 Adults, $22 Students and Seniors, Available at www.earlymusicstudio.com and Annegret’s Chocolates in the Towne Centre Mall

– It is likely that Johann Sebastian Bach celebrated his birthday the way most of us do – surrounded by friends and special music.  And that’s just what the Early Music Studio plans to do for its March 8 event Bach’s Birthday Concert, to be held at Bottega.  There will be plenty of music and even a Bach birthday cake.
In this concert celebrating Bach’s 329th birthday, lutenist Clive Titmuss and harpsichordist Susan Adams explore new insights into the sparkling solo music that Bach wrote.
How did Bach’s signature style come about, and for which gifted players did he write his unique and personal early works?  The players of the Early Music Studio present a performance in the lucid Baroque style for which they have become renowned, which explores the psychology that lies under Bach’s enduring genius.
One of the world’s great creators, Bach was a simple and good-humoured man, who enjoyed family life and trading ideas with colleagues.  As his fame grew, he came into contact with other famous virtuoso players, who asked him for new compositions.  He obliged by re-working favourite music compositions from his early years, when his responsibilities had been lighter and he had more time to write for no reason other than the pleasure it brought him.  Bach’s willingness to create music for its own sake ensured his place among the world’s most revered artists.
One of the enduring myths about Bach was that he was an old-school composer, out of touch with new currents in music because he was not interested in the 18th century’s hottest trend – the bright lights of opera.  More recently, attitudes to his music have shifted, we see that he was indeed on the leading edge, that in fact he had instruments designed and built to play pieces that he wrote especially for them.
Sometime in the 1730s, Bach had a visit from the most highly paid musician at the Saxon court.  Sylvius Leopold Weiss was a lute player whose music may have influenced Bach’s own writing.  During Weiss’s visit, it is possible that Bach demonstrated a new instrument he had commissioned – a harpsichord with lute strings that, according to one writer, was “supposed to fool the ear of a professional lutenist.”  It is easy to imagine Weiss’s surprise when Bach sat at the instrument and masterfully played passages of his music written to imitate the lute style, but with the speed and bravura of his most difficult keyboard music.
Clive Titmuss will play a group of pieces that Bach wrote early in his career, and later arranged for a lutenist to play.  I don’t feel that the music was originally written at the lute, but probably at the keyboard.  It is a brilliant composition and a convincing imitation of the lute style.  It’s an intriguing question: was Weiss’ ear fooled? He must certainly have been astonished,” Titmuss says.  An internationally known luthier, Titmuss has arranged the piece to play on a 24-string Baroque lute, which he designed specifically to play the music of Bach.
The Early Music Studio performers illustrate how Bach’s compositions evolved, with Susan Adams playing one of his dramatic English Suites, written in his mature years.  “This piece disproves the perception that Bach was not interested in theatrical style in his music.  The opening movement is one of the most gripping thrill-rides I’ve ever played in a concert,” Adams says.
Audiences are used to hearing Bach’s keyboard music on the piano, but the stunning clarity of the harpsichord will satisfy the modern listener because it is so well suited to the architecture of Bach’s music.  By the 18th century, the harpsichord was a sophisticated musical machine that had benefitted from nearly four centuries of technical development.
Quiet and elegant, Bottega is the perfect location to enjoy the art of the great Johann Sebastian Bach and his contemporaries, Weiss, Bohm, and Muffat – and to enjoy some cake and coffee to celebrate his birthday.
Tickets are available online at www.earlymusicstudio.com , through brownpapertickets.com, as well as at Annegret’s Chocolates in the Towne Centre Mall on Bernard in Kelowna.  For more information about the music, or for directions to Bottega, call 250-769-2884 or visit the Studio website: www.earlymusicstudio.com


Watercolour Workshop This Weekend, only a few days left to register

Beginner to Intermediate Watercolours

You’ve taken a few classes and you are ready to push beyond your comfort zone and learn new techniques with better paint and brushes. Continuing on with what you’ve learned at a beginner level, Barb will guide you while you apply new skills and be even more creative.

Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 8th &  9th
Cost: $75 / Supplies: $15 plus supply list
Both days: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm with 1 hour for lunch