ARTS PALETTE: New art exhibits open in Summerland

Two new shows open at the Summerland Art Gallery next Thursday, Aug. 15 with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m.

Two new shows open at the Summerland Art Gallery next Thursday, Aug. 15 with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m.

Deifying the Diva will be in the Main Gallery and Crossing Borders will be in the Adams Room.

Deifying the Diva features oil paintings and bronze sculptures by Lynden Beesley and Alexandra Edmonds.

Crossing Borders features a felt and wool display by the Desert Sage Spinners and Weavers Guild.

The Desert Sage Spinners and Weavers Guild are a Guild of more than 60 members, from Summerland to Osoyoos, who use fibre as their  medium.

Learning together, they employ both traditional and innovative techniques. Over the years, for many of them, their hobby has become their art.

They are spinners, weavers, knitters, garment makers, the list is endless.

They craft practical items, whimsical ones, wherever their creativity takes them. They have dyed, spun, woven, felted, knitted almost any material possible, from silk, wool, paper, plastic bags, old fabric, wire…

How far will their imagination take them? They do not know, but they are still far from running out of ideas, enthusiasm, or creativity.

You are invited to drop by the Art Gallery at 9533 Main Street and view their work.

The Art Gallery is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to  4 p.m.

Art Happening is a new show currently at the Shatford Centre in Penticton.

The exhibiting artists are all members of the Federation of Canadian Artists and you will find a wide range of media on view: watercolours, oils, encaustics, acrylics and mixed media among them.

Gallery hours are Monday to Friday 9 a.m to 5 p.m.

Branching Out is a solo show featuring works by Barb Hofer.

This show at the Leir House in Penticton is a tribute to trees.

Branching Out is a mixed-media collection of her paintings using watercolour, acrylic, collage, and lately, encaustic.

Barb is always open to new ways of representing her art and the show spotlights her journey of discovery.

Trees have always been a focus and a challenge and this show depicts trees in the Okanagan landscape, along with the creatures, fruits, and flowers that flourish there. Seasonal changes celebrate the wonderful Okanagan Valley.

The show runs until Aug. 31.

You can view the show Tuesdays to Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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If you know of an event you feel should be included in the Arts Palette or on the Arts Council’s online calendar, please email artspalette@summerlandarts.com or call 250-404-3225.   summerlandarts.com and twitter.com/artspalette.

The Arts Palette 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.