Manager Dale Belvedere (left) of SORCO Raptor Rehab Centre with one of the current residents, a great horned owl, and Elizabeth Wrobel of the Summerland Community Arts Council which recently made a donation to the centre. Mark Brett/Western News

Okanagan owls in art show pays off for raptor rehab centre

SORCO Raptor Rehab Centre receives $500 donation from Summerland Community Arts Council

Who Gives a Hoot?

Judging by the turnout and donations, the Summerland Community Arts Council show of the same name and featuring a number of owl likenesses in various mediums, quite a few people.

Sales from the display that ran at the Summerland Art Gallery late last year resulted in a donation of over $500 to the SORCO Raptor Rehab Centre last Friday.

I didn’t even know they were doing this until about two weeks before they opened the show and that partial proceeds were going to go to SORCO, it was very, very nice of them to do that,” said SORCO manager Dale Belvedere. “They (arts council) put a lot of work into it they had a lot of different types of artists make things very very nice and we really appreciate it because we are running low on funds.”

Everything from clay to wood to photographs were on display with many artists donating all or part of the proceeds from the their sales to the SORCO fund.

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Included were works from the Summerland Potters’ Guild, Desert Sage Spinners and Weavers, TAFA Summerland Fibre Artists along with works from students of Giant’s Head Elementary School.

“I think everybody likes owls,” said photographer Elizabeth Wrobel, one of the organizers prior to the start of the show. “When we started, we thought it would be nice to invite different groups so the show would be more interesting than just owls made from clay.

“That was the idea, just to bring all other groups to make a show together — one community, one group of artists.”

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She was especially pleased and “surprised” at the turnout for the gala opening which featured special guest Houdini, SORCO’s resident great horned owl.

“I also think it was successful because there were a lot of different people there and a variety of different arts,” said Wrobel. “It was really a lot of fun for the artists too, everybody was coming with different ideas.”

SORCO is currently seeking silent auction donations for its annual open house on May 5, the only day of the year the public is allowed to visit the Vaseux Lake facility to see the work done there.


 

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Artists are exploring the theme of owls this month at the Summerland Art Gallery. Submitted photo One of the exhibits at the Who Gives a Hoot show at the Summerland Art Gallery. Submitted photo

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