Arts and culture

Renovation work has been completed at the George Ryga Arts and Cultural Centre in Summerland. The work at the building on Wharton Street cost just under $600,000. (Contributed)

Summerland arts centre now has a new look and name

Facility has been named George Ryga Arts and Cultural Centre

 

Nancy Schmidt has donated her four foot mammoth tusk to the Penticton Art Gallery’s upcoming auction. (Submitted)

Bidding extended as Penticton Art Gallery live auction goes fully virtual

The live and silent auction will be held on Dec. 5 instead

 

Vernon’s Deborah Wilson created a giant jade sculpture at a Victoria complex, which took 16 months to create. (Contributed)

Okanagan artist unfolds giant art sculpture in Victoria

Lotus Unfolding took 16 months to create in the Wade courtyard

 

Karla Avendaño and one of her portraits from the upcoming Hathor: Goddess of Many Things exhibition. The exhibition opens Sept. 24. (Submitted)

Upcoming Penticton Arts Council exhibition explores the value of women through art

Kaleden resident Karla Avendaño’s Hathor: Goddess of Many Things opens Sept. 24

Karla Avendaño and one of her portraits from the upcoming Hathor: Goddess of Many Things exhibition. The exhibition opens Sept. 24. (Submitted)
Syilx artist Sheldon Pierre Louis works on his “We Are Medicine” mural on the wall of Kelowna’s Gospel Misson on Sept. 7. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

We Are Medicine: The Syilx-designed mural on Kelowna’s Gospel Mission

‘kʷu mr̓imstn - we are medicine’ pays tribute to Syilx artist Sheldon Pierre Louis’s culture and heritage

Syilx artist Sheldon Pierre Louis works on his “We Are Medicine” mural on the wall of Kelowna’s Gospel Misson on Sept. 7. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Many Culture Days performances will be held at the Rotary Centre for the Arts. (Rotary Centre for the Arts/Contributed)

B.C. Culture Days invites Okanagan to reimagine community after COVID-19

This year will feature a mix of online and in-person events throughout the city

Many Culture Days performances will be held at the Rotary Centre for the Arts. (Rotary Centre for the Arts/Contributed)
The mammoth tusk that is up for auction to support the Penticton Art Gallery. Bidding ends at the live auction on Sept. 29. (Penticton Art Gallery)

Mammoth finds at 44th annual Penticton Art Gallery auction

A mammoth’s tusk is just one of over 100 pieces up for auction

The mammoth tusk that is up for auction to support the Penticton Art Gallery. Bidding ends at the live auction on Sept. 29. (Penticton Art Gallery)
Emcee Brian Martin and auctioneer Don Raffan helped raise a record $63,000 for the Vernon Art Gallery at the Midsummer’s Eve of the Arts July 21 atop the Nixon Wenger building. (VPAG photo)
Emcee Brian Martin and auctioneer Don Raffan helped raise a record $63,000 for the Vernon Art Gallery at the Midsummer’s Eve of the Arts July 21 atop the Nixon Wenger building. (VPAG photo)
Canadian folk musician Valdy took to the Grist Mill stage as one of the first major concerts since COVID-19 began to spread. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)

Valdy opens first live concert in Keremeos and Similkameen Valley since pandemic

From village council to the local Legion, things are getting back to normal

Canadian folk musician Valdy took to the Grist Mill stage as one of the first major concerts since COVID-19 began to spread. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)
Soldiers crawling through a trench filled with mud and water at the Canadian Battle Drill School at the Coldstream Ranch. In the background, instructors watch over the proceedings. (1944 GVMA #11805)

Field trips dig into North Okanagan history

Museum hosting summer events at historically-significant locations

Soldiers crawling through a trench filled with mud and water at the Canadian Battle Drill School at the Coldstream Ranch. In the background, instructors watch over the proceedings. (1944 GVMA #11805)
Multi-instrumentalist Harry Manx is slated to take the stage in Vernon for a show in July. (Shimon Karmel photo)

Harry Manx to open return to live performances at Oliver’s Venables Theatre

The Canadian multi-instrumentalist hits the stage for two shows on July 28

Multi-instrumentalist Harry Manx is slated to take the stage in Vernon for a show in July. (Shimon Karmel photo)
Art from Janet Ross, Hilma LaBelle and Lori Gillard are part of the Hope Blooms exhibition at Leir House. (Penticton and District Community Arts Council)

Hope Blooms in pottery exhibition at Penticton’s Leir House

The Penticton Potters’ Guild and Penticton Arts Council are presenting the showcase

Art from Janet Ross, Hilma LaBelle and Lori Gillard are part of the Hope Blooms exhibition at Leir House. (Penticton and District Community Arts Council)
Artist-in-residence Liz Toohey-Wiese shows her wildfire-inspired artwork at the Caetani Centre during an open house Friday, June 25. (Caetani Centre photo)

Okanagan wildfires spark artist’s exhibit

Penticton’s Mount Christie blaze featured in paintings and sculptures at Caetani Centre

Artist-in-residence Liz Toohey-Wiese shows her wildfire-inspired artwork at the Caetani Centre during an open house Friday, June 25. (Caetani Centre photo)
A screenshot of the First Peoples Cultural Councils First Peoples’ Map. (First Peoples Cultural Council)

Online resource blends B.C.-Alberta’s Indigenous languages, art and culture

Advisor says initiative supports the urgent need to preserve Indigenous languages

A screenshot of the First Peoples Cultural Councils First Peoples’ Map. (First Peoples Cultural Council)
Seger Nelson dancers McKeely Borger and Val Chou in taqəš. (Contributed)

Vernon-raised choreographer to close out Kelowna Ballet’s digital season

Season finale a dedicated night of dance honouring frontline health-care workers

Seger Nelson dancers McKeely Borger and Val Chou in taqəš. (Contributed)
Sheldon Pierre Louis’s winning mural design, “kʷu mr̓imstn, we are medicine.” (Facebook: Okanagan Nation Alliance)

Syilx artist selected as winner of Kelowna Gospel Mission’s mural project

Sheldon Pierre Louis was also awarded $10,000 for his winning submission, “kʷu mr̓imstn, we are medicine.”

Sheldon Pierre Louis’s winning mural design, “kʷu mr̓imstn, we are medicine.” (Facebook: Okanagan Nation Alliance)
March of the Masks Arts Council of the North Okanagan and special guest artist Bob Kingsmill’s work on display, and most for sale, until April 5 at the Arts Centre, located at the entrance to Polson Park, next to the Okanagan Science Centre. Monday to Thursday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Contributed photo)

Okanagan displays March of the Masks

From the paper and cloth masks of the pandemic, to creative Mardi Gras masks

March of the Masks Arts Council of the North Okanagan and special guest artist Bob Kingsmill’s work on display, and most for sale, until April 5 at the Arts Centre, located at the entrance to Polson Park, next to the Okanagan Science Centre. Monday to Thursday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Contributed photo)
Displays and programming have continued at the Vernon Public Art Gallery despite pandemic restrictions. (Lianne Viau file photo)

Support keeps North Okanagan art groups’ lights on

Despite pandemic restrictions, art gallery and others sustaining the storm

Displays and programming have continued at the Vernon Public Art Gallery despite pandemic restrictions. (Lianne Viau file photo)
Ecologist and writer Don Gayton wraps up the Penticton Arts Council’s March events. (Submitted)

Penticton Arts Council unveils March’s programs

Making your own comics and short stories highlight March events

Ecologist and writer Don Gayton wraps up the Penticton Arts Council’s March events. (Submitted)
Yamabiko Taiko with Naoko Nakamura at the OneWorld Multicultural Festival. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

OneWorld Multicultural Festival kicks off Saturday at 11 a.m.

The festival’s performances will be streamed virtually

Yamabiko Taiko with Naoko Nakamura at the OneWorld Multicultural Festival. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)