An Open Letter to our Membership, Volunteers and Gallery Sitters (Volunteers)

A HUGE thank you to all of you.

Where we are right now would not be possible without the contribution, encouragement and endless hours of volunteering and physical work from our incredibly supportive volunteers and membership.  From countless hours spent packing up inventory into boxes, to more hours spent moving boxes and equipment and furniture from the old location to our new location, to the work parties who have organized the space, torn down fixtures, painted walls and generally transformed this new space into an Art Centre in our new location at 9525 Wharton Street.

As with all of our events, and the operation of the Art Centre, we are dependent on the time and volunteer hours that each of you contribute, and have contributed, to help us continue to promote the Arts in Summerland.

We sincerely hope that you will continue to support us in the future and cannot say “thank you” enough, or often enough, to truly demonstrate how much we appreciate you.

We hope that you will drop into the Art Centre to see what we’re up to, what is happening, and if you feel inclined, to continue helping us.  There are so many different areas where your talents can be put to good use.  We’ll look forward to seeing you!

The Board of Directors
Summerland Community Arts Council



We still have a couple of spaces in a couple summer Art Classes for 3-5 and 6-9 year olds

sap-testIf you have any questions please do not hesitate to email or call (250)494-4494. If no one is in the office please leave a message & someone will return your call.

All the stuff you don’t want the kids to do at home!

August 22-26: Messy & Marvelous #2 (Ages 3-5)
Mostly outdoor fun with exploring materials such as rubber ball, old t-shirts, paint, mud, Kool-Aid and fruit! Sing songs, act, and create art using your whole body! You will get wet and messy so water-proof sunscreen, hats & bathing suits are recommended. Wash cloths & soapy water will be provided. (1 spot left)
Time:    9:00 – 11:00 am
Instructor:    Charleen Brilz
Fee:     $55 (members $50) includes supplies
Location:     Art Centre

August 22-26: Still Messy & Obviously Marvelous #2 (Ages 6-9)
Messy Art for older kids. We know you still like to throw paint around so here is the class to do it! You will get wet and messy so water-proof sunscreen, hats & bathing suits are recommended. Wash cloths & soapy water will be provided. (2 spots left)
Time:    1:00 – 3:00 pm
Instructor:    Charleen Brilz
Fee:     $55 (members $50) includes supplies
Location:     Art Centre


Art Walk 2016 has started!


On until August 31st

Experience the original works of local emerging and established Artists on display throughout Summerland and the surrounding area, including restaurants, retail outlets, and wineries. The work showcased over the event will include paintings, photography, jewellery, pottery, textiles and sculpture.

Art Walk features 27 Artists and venues

Maps available at the Summerland Community Art Centre at 9525 Wharton Street or  download here.


The Summerland Museum presents GEOLOGY TOURS OF SUMMERLAND

Saturday,  July 23rd & August 13th 10am – 1pm
Price: $20

The Summerland Museum is proud to present The Geological Bus Tour. Join our knowledgeable and entertaining geologist Dr. Kathleen Jagger in a discovery of the various fascinating geological formations and rock types that are found in the Summerland area.

Pre-registration and payment is required.
For more information call 250-494-9395 or visit the Museum
9521 Wharton Street, Summerland BC
Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm



100 SEASONS IN THE SUN – Celebrating the Centennial of Summerland Ornamental Gardens, July 16 & 17, 2016 10am – 5pm


Torn from the headlines of yesteryear when the Summerland Ornamental Gardens’ FARM PICNICS made front page news we bring you our Centennial Celebrations “100 Seasons in the Sun”.
The Friends of the Gardens will be mounting a series of FREE weekend long celebration events on July 16-17 inspired by one of the Summerland’s greatest community happenings – the historic Farm Picnic. These events drew crowds by the thousands up to the Gardens in the 1920’s, 30’s, 40’s and 50’s.
The Gardens were established in 1916 and now 100 years on we are ready to inspire once again. Our Celebrations will harken back to the “good old days” by demonstrating hand made crafts, hand made food (vendor Brodo with True Grain Breads), heritage vegetable gardening, a flower show, acoustic music (Cod Gone Wild, South Okanagan Big Band, Tavis Weir & Co.) and children activities – featuring old fashioned games and a potting shed activities (plant and take home your own plant).
Informative garden tours conducted by Master gardeners hourly on both days will spotlight our new environmentally friendly Demonstration Rain Garden, Welcome Garden, Crescent Garden and three Make Water Work Gardens along with our extensive Xeriscape Gardens. The garden tours will also include a Heritage Tree Tour by Douglas Justice, Associate Director of UBC Botanical Gardens. Scott Austin, our local accomplished gardener and author will be giving a highly informative garden tour highlighting the important history of the Gardens and their role in our gardening community. Gwen Steele, Executive Director of Okanagan Xeriscape Association, will also be conducting in depth tours of our Demonstration Xeriscape Garden.
For art and heritage lovers we will be leading tours of the historic Superintendent’s house where a Botanical drawing exhibit will be on display featuring the work of Julia Bullock Webster (circa 1890’s). There will also be an exhibition of Vintage Apple Box art.
Come dressed up in your favorite vintage clothes and join us celebrating this enduring community touchstone – the South Okanagan’s oldest and most beautiful Garden – It will be a weekend to remember!
A free shuttle bus will provide transit to and from the Gardens from the Summerland Research and Development Centre parking lot.
For more information, please contact: Eva Antonijevic, Community Programs Director
E-mail: Phone: 250-496-5318