Similkameen art group holds inaugural meeting

Newcomers welcome to meetings which will be held in historic Gibson house

An artful gathering took place last Thursday at the Gibson House in Keremeos as a number of local artists got together to share their passion and art ideas. Judy Chisholm is shown in the photo with her paverpol statue. The art form uses wire frames that are wrapped in tin foil and molded into the desired shape

The Community Arts Group, consisting of those with an interest in the arts, held their first meeting on Thursday, October 13, at Gibson House on 11th Ave in Keremeos.  Built by the Gibson family, this heritage arts and crafts style house will be 100 years old  in 2012, and a birthday celebration is planned. The spacious main floor of this beautiful home has the distinctive craftsman details of wood wainscotting, beamed ceilings, and the traditional focal point of the grand entrance– the central hearth and Inglenook fireplace.

Greeting visitors to the grounds and fruit trees, the original river-rock wall still exists. The use of river-rock, a local material, and detailed architecture is also employed in another historic home built by a founding family – Leir House, Penticton, which local arts and music organizations now call home.

Contribute your ideas and suggestions at the next meeting on Sunday, October 23, at 1 p.m. and bring a project to work on, photographs, a favourite art book, your own work, or watch a demo. Learn more about drawing, or register for workshops/classes in a wide variety of techniques, which include poured acrylics, encaustic wax art, mixed media, fibre arts, and paverpol, a liquid plastic which is used to create weather resistant garden statues. The fee is a $5 donation to Gibson house.

As a music and theatre venue, the large open main floor could accommodate an audience of 36. We welcome all skill levels, plus those who feel that an arts group is a vital part of a community.  Please call Judy 250-499-2883 to learn more about meetings/programs.


It would be a great help to us if you know of anyone who owned or lived in this house, how we could contact them to attend the birthday celebration, and also to learn more about this heritage house.


– Contributed  by Shelley Lippert


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