Two new shows open this week at the Summerland Art Gallery.
My Tribe, featuring 100 oil portraits by Summerland artist Bill Hibberd, will be in the Main Gallery.
Inspired by Nature, Defined by Decay featuring photographs by Phil Dionne will be in the adjoining Adams room. Both shows open on Thursday, May 9 with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m.
Bill Hibberd will be giving an artist’s talk at the Gallery on Friday, May 10 at 2 p.m. He splits his time between plein-air and studio projects.
His inspiration comes from nature and his fellow humans.
Hibberd is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and he has garnered Best of Show, People’s Choice awards, and several honourable mentions in several FCA exhibitions.
Hibberd is just one of the many talented painters in our community.
On May 25 and 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 15 of Summerland’s art studios will be opening their doors to welcome visitors in to see how they make their magic happen.
You can pick up brochures and maps at the Summerland Art Gallery or the library or visit their website at www.studiotour.wordpress.com for more information and a downloadable map.
On the tour you will have to opportunity to visit a forge, a photographer’s studio, two potters, and of course painters. In addition one studio features a 10-foot sewing machine.
There is also a woodworking studio, a doll maker and a sculptor making ravens with hands out of clay. Talk about talent and diversity.
If dancing is more your style just a reminder that the Summerland Dance Club meets at the Legion this Saturday from 8 to 11 p.m.
The band will be About Time.
This Saturday, May 11 will be the annual Summer Arts Program Garage Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Summerland Arts Centre, 9533 Main St. All proceeds go to support the Summer Arts Program, which offers a wide range of programs for children and youth from July 8 to mid-August.
Finally, you might want to mark your calendars for the Quilt BC show on May 16 to 18 and the Okanagan Symphony concert May 18 at the Cleland Theatre.
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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.