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The uniqueness of the Okanagan

A presentation at Centre Stage Theatre and a show at the Penticton Art Gallery both deal with the uniqueness of location in the Okanagan.

What do a presentation at Centre Stage Theatre and a show at the Penticton Art Gallery have in common? Both deal with the uniqueness of location in the Okanagan.

On Friday, April 5 at 7 p.m. at Centre Stage Theatre, Okanagan geologist Dr. Murray Roed will give a presentation on  Ancient Okanagan and Amazing New Discoveries.

In the last three years Roed has instigated a multidisciplinary study of a very old glacial deposit that proved a one-million-year-old regional glaciation had enveloped the Okanagan and other parts of B.C. and the Yukon.

He also collaborated with Gene and Sandy Ralston and their scanning sonar system that shows unusual bottom features of Lake Okanagan that are hard to explain.

The event is ponsored by the Okanagan Similkameen Parks Society. It follows the society’s 48th annual general meeting at 7 p.m.

At the Main Gallery of the Penticton Art Gallery is a show entitled Terroir: Physically Speaking, featuring works by Lake Country artist Wanda Lock.

This is the second of an ongoing series of exhibitions which are intended to explore and celebrate the incredible depth and breadth of our region’s visual arts community.

Borrowing the word terroir from the wine industry, this series of exhibitions seeks to discover if there are any special features that the geography, geology and climate of the Okanagan Valley has had on the artists who live here and the work they produce.

If physical geography isn’t your thing and you prefer human emotions and how they may lead to murder, why not check out The Murder Room?

This mystery farce is a hilarious look at murder.  There are trap doors, missing bodies and mistaken identities in this amusing play at the Cannery Stage beginning April 4.

Showtimes are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

If you prefer your plays a little closer to home then mark April 18 to 20 on your calendar and plan to attend the play The Fallen Saved at Summerland United Church.

This  Victorian melodrama, complete with boos, hisses, cheers and jeers is a fundraiser for the new community support centre.

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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 dfinnis@telus.net or call 250-494-8994. summerlandarts.com and twitter.com/artspalette.

David Finnis is the president of the Summerland Community Arts Council.