COLUMN: Artists stir from wintery slumbers

COLUMN: Artists stir from wintery slumbers

Spring workshop series and gallery exhibit open on April 6

It must be the warm weather stirring people from their wintery slumbers because we’re moving in to a time where there’s lots of great things coming up in the art community in Summerland this week.

First up is a chance to grow as a creative individual, which is something I’ll always encourage people to do, regardless of whether you’ve never held a paintbrush before in your life or you’ve been doing it since you were a kid.

The Creative Hearth Series is a creative workshop series that is designed to help you connect, or reconnect, with your inner creative person.

For two hours each week, you’ll get a chance to explore a new creative outlet, touching on areas such as storytelling, music and poetry.

The goal of this series is to help reawaken the possibly dormant creative person that is in almost everyone. The Creative Hearth Series kicks off on April 6 at 12:30 p.m., so if you want to get in on this one, hurry down to the Arts Centre or call them at 250-494-4494 to get registered.

Once you’ve had a chance to explore your inner creative side a little bit, Thursday also happens to be the first day you can see what others have been doing with their creative sides.

The DeVine Arts Group is putting on an art show at the Summerland Arts Centre.

This is the first art show that the Summerland Arts Council has put on since moving to their new location.

The DeVine Arts Group is a collective of local artists who got together in 2014 to help promote the local arts scene and to provide support to one another.

The group consists of John Topham, Jean Evanishen, Cortney Riep, Val Eibner, Irene Gray, Susan Scott, Pat Scott, Brandy Maslowski, Dale Matthews, and Elaine Watts.

Not only will you get a chance to explore a variety of different styles within any one medium, such as painting, but members of the group also explore areas like working with fused glass, fibre arts and wood turning.

The exhibit, entitled Open Windows, runs from April 6 until May 12 and the opening event takes place on April 6 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Be sure to come on down and check out this exhibit at the Arts Centre and see what some of our local artists have been up to lately.

You can find out more information about the Devine Arts Group here:

Douglas Paton is a Summerland writer and musician. If you know of a local arts and culture event, contact him at