Upcoming Relocation of the Summerland Community Arts Council

The Summerland Community Arts Council is pleased to share some exciting news with our Member Groups and general membership.

At Council Meeting on Monday evening, Mayor Peter Waterman announced that, following consultation between the District and interested parties, the old Library Building will be turned into the Summerland Arts and Cultural Centre.

We (SCAC) are very happy to know that we will have a permanent place to call home, complete with enough space to run all of our arts programs, the Art Gallery and to bring back all of our Member Groups to a central meeting place.

We are excited by the possibilities and look forward to this becoming a reality. As timelines are established and more concrete details are available we will be communicating with our membership to keep you up to date on the process.

Betty Cansdale

President, SCAC


Opening tonight, February 18: Banners Reborn and Out of the Vault, Our Permanent Collection


The Permanent Collection is an important part of Summerland Community Art Council’s mandate. Its primary purpose is to identify, collect and display works of art which are of artistic and historical value.
During the past years we have received a number of valuable donations of work by former Summerland artists. We also purchased a print by Kootenay artist Frantisek Strouhal who had a show in the gallery in the Spring 2012. He was featured on KSPS Spokane public TV in the feature Northwest Profiles: Art Embracing Awareness (Oil Printing) January 29th, 2016. (https://youtu.be/N7zEFwqznz0)
Our latest addition was a charcoal picture by Alistair Bell, found by the Art Club this year presented by BC Cultural Advisory Board to the Summerland Art Club Council being one of the first 8 arts councils in BC. (1970)
The show, Permanent Collection – Out of the Vault, is an opportunity to thank those who donated works of art to the Permanent Collection. It is also an opportunity to honour individual artists who have enriched our lives immeasurably.


Change of Moderator for tonight’s (Feb 17) Philosophers’ Cafe: Healthy Living

Tonight’s Philosophers’ Cafe: Healthy Living

Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances our moderator, Louise Blais, is unable to attend this event. In her place, Sandra Turnbull and Angelique Wood will lead the discussion.

appleSandra is a Registered Dietician with Interior Health and is currently leading the Summerland Healthy Communities Initiative. The mission of this initiative is to make Summerland a leading example of a healthy community. Angelique is the coordinator of the Okanagan Similkameen Healthy Living Coalition.

In their presentation and subsequent discussion, Sandra and Angelique will encourage us to examine what impacts our health, and in the process, perhaps redefine our concept of healthy living.

Unless otherwise stated all Philosophers’ Cafés are held at the IOOF Hall, 9536 Main Street, Summerland. Doors open at 6:30pm and discussion starts at 7pm. Admission by donation. Coffee, tea and refreshments are available.  For more information contact: Barbara Thorburn, 778-516-4314; Margaret Holler, 250-494-0728 or email:bthorburn@gmail.com
Also, visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SummerlandPhiloCafe


*Ever wonder why “Philosophers’ Café” is “s” apostrophe and not apostrophe “s”?

Philosophers’ Cafés are based on the belief that we all have the capacity to employ philosophic inquiry.  In fact, the classical Greek Philosopher, Socrates, did not believe that he understood any more about humanity than anyone else.  He practiced an open system of philosophy which sought the truth by questioning what we truly know of what we claim.  By engaging in discussions such as, “Is Art in the Eye of the Beholder” or “What does Spirituality Mean in Everyday Life?”, we can examine our own preconceived ideas while being exposed to or challenged by other perspectives – all in a friendly and supportive environment.