The Summerland Community Arts Council opened the new Arts Centre and Gallery on Saturday morning. From left are board members Darin Anderson and Karan Bowyer

Arts Council opens at new location

Last weekend was a busy one for both the Summerland Community Arts Council and the Penticton Art Gallery.

Last weekend was a busy one for both the Summerland Community Arts Council and the Penticton Art Gallery.

Both saw the openings of new shows and the arts council celebrated the grand opening of the new Arts Centre and Gallery for Summerland.

The Arts Council board was joined by our MP Dan Albas, Mayor Janice Perrino and several councillors and many volunteers who had worked on renovations to the new Arts Centre as well as members of the public for an official ribbon cutting ceremony at the new centre.

Many attending also took advantage of the pancake breakfast provided by the Summerland Scouts.

It was wonderful to hear so many people express how great the new centre looked and how pleased they were to see it open again.

If you missed the official opening you can find photos on both the SCAC website and Facebook pages.

We’d also encourage you to drop by and check it out for yourself.

Browse the expanded Gift Gallery and enjoy the spectacular watercolours by local artist Dale Matthews.

Our colleagues at the Penticton Art Gallery were also very busy last weekend with the opening of three new shows at their gallery.

Observation and Invention, featuring works by Keith Harder, is now on display in  their Main Gallery until September .

The Toni Onley Gallery has works by Yvonne Morrish.

Morrish thrives on experimenting with a wide range of media and techniques.

She considers the work of the influential Russian painter and art theorist Wassily Kandinsky as a great source of inspiration and in his work you can see where she found her love for colour.

Her show is entitled Drawing Upon the Imagination.

The third show, Days of Augusta, is in the Project Room and features works by one of Vancouver’s most unheralded artists Robert Keziere.

While his name may be largely unknown, you have most likely seen his work as he has quietly documented the social and cultural growth of Canada’s third largest city since the 1970s in his role of chief photographer at the Vancouver Art Gallery and the work he undertook as a freelance photographer.

The Arts Palette column is written by David Finnis, publicity chair and president of the Summerland Community Arts Council, P.O. Box 1217, 9908 Main St., Summerland, B.C. V0H 1Z0.