Arts council holds annual meeting

The Summerland Community Arts Council will be holding its annual general meeting on Saturday, Feb. 22.

The Summerland Community Arts Council will be holding its annual general meeting on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. at the Arts Centre on Main Street.

If you are interested in promoting and encouraging the arts in Summerland please consider attending.

The Summerland Community Arts Council is always looking for volunteers either to assist with the many activities and programs offered or to sit on the board.

The arts council operates the Summerland Art Gallery which has six shows each year and the work of choosing those shows, organizing and hanging those shows is done by volunteers.

Volunteers are also key to ensuring that the Gallery is open for visitors.

So if you have a few spare hours please consider being a gallery volunteer and making sure our art gallery stays open for residents and tourists alike.

In addition to the art gallery, the arts council offers workshops for kids, youth and adults on drawing, painting and a host of other topics.

One of the most popular annual programs is the Summer Art Program for kids.

Drama, pottery, painting, and whittling are just some of the popular classes offered during this six week program in July and August.

Probably the most visible program of the Summerland Community Arts Council is the popular street banner project.

Now in its 16th year the project is responsible for more than 160 brightly coloured banners being hung in downtown Summerland and in Lower Town.

Kids and octogenarians crowd into the Adams Room in March to create these wonderful banners that are, after hanging in Summerland all summer, available for purchase.

All these projects make our community more interesting and beautiful for resident and visitor alike.

If you would like to find out more about the arts council visit their website at summerlandarts.com or drop by the arts centre at 9533 Main St. and pick up a copy of the latest newsletter, Eye on the Arts.

While you are there have a look at Fiona Neal’s paintings in the Main Gallery and check out the Gift Gallery for some beautiful pottery, paintings, photography and gift cards.

The Arts Palette column is written by David Finnis, publicity chair and president of the Summerland Community Arts Council, P.O. Box 1217, 9533 Main St., Summerland, B.C. V0H 1Z0.