Bill Hibberd shows some of the paintings from his exhibit

Surrounded by art

This weekend we are truly surrounded by art. Of course, we are every weekend, however, it is just more obvious this weekend.

This weekend we are truly surrounded by art.  Of course, we are every weekend, however,  it is just more obvious this weekend thanks to the Summerland Pleasure Painters, the Summerland Studio Tour and the South Okanagan- Similkameen chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists.

Beginning this Friday, May 24 and continuing through Sunday afternoon is the Summerland Pleasure Painters Annual Spring Show and Sale at St. Stephens Anglican Church hall.

The community is invited to view the results of the pleasurable pastime of the 27 members of this painting club.

The hours for the annual show are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Tea and refreshments will be available by the church ladies, as well as tours of the historic Anglican Church.

Also opening Friday evening is the Great Moments In Art show featuring works from the studios of many local artists, all of them members of the Federation of Canadian Artists.

You’ll see a range of styles and media, from acrylics and oils, to watercolours, encaustics, pastels and mixed media.  The opening reception is Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.

The show, which is full of energy and colour and is designed to welcome the return of spring, will stay at Leir House, 220 Manor Park Ave. in Penticton until June 21.

Gallery  hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Back in Summerland residents and visitors alike also have the opportunity to visit and tour 15 of the many artist studios in our town.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday, 15 studios will be opening their doors to visitors.

In addition to painters you can see two potters working in very different styles, visit a forge where a blacksmith creates beautiful sculptures with red hot iron, or visit a clothing designer or photographer.  Not to mention a wood turner, jewellery maker and a person painting with hot wax.

Bring the kids and learn together about the fascinating world of art.

Ask questions, try your hand at something new. There will be demonstrations, explanations, draw prizes.

Brochures and maps are available at participating studios, the Summerland Arts Centre, the Visitors Centre and the library or download from  www.studiotour.wordpress.com

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