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

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