Arts Centre more than a gallery

If you didn’t see the piece by Shaw Television about the show at the Summerland Art Gallery you can see the video clip.

If you didn’t manage to see the piece by Shaw Television, that aired on Go Okanagan!, about the current show at the Summerland Art Gallery you can see the video clip on their YouTube channel or on the Summerland Community Art Council’s website.

Wayne McDougall attended the show opening and then interviewed artists Maureen King, Albertine Meyer, Mary Scales and Susan Gibbs about their project of sketching heritage houses around Summerland.

So if you are curious to find out: “If old houses could talk, what would they say?” then view this short three minute video and find out how this drawing project spoke to these women.

Of course, nothing beats seeing these works in person so why not drop by the Art Gallery at 9908 Main St. and check it out.

However, the Arts Centre is more than an art gallery, as anyone who has been to either the present location or the former one knows.

The space hosts a myriad of workshops for children and adults as well as a gift gallery where locals and visitors can find paintings, photographs, pottery, jewelry and wooden bowls created by local artists.

As John Arendt reminded us, in last Thursday’s paper in both his editorial and an article on the front page, the future of the arts in Summerland is anything but certain.

Although funding for the current location is in place for this year and 2015 what happens Jan. 1, 2016?

Does the community value an arts centre and art gallery?

Is it important for children to be exposed to the arts through the annual Summer Art Program?

Is the Street Banner Project, now in its 16th year, worth continuing?

Last weekend, thousands of visitors attended the 21st annual ArtWalk in Lake Country.

Three hundred artists, who work in a variety of mediums including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, ceramics and glass work displayed more than 3,000 works in what is the largest collection of B.C. artists’ work in the Interior.

Imagine the impact on the local economy.

Arts and culture are good for the soul… and the pocket book.   What do we want to do Summerland?

The Arts Palette is written by David Finnis, publicity chair and president of the Summerland Community Arts Council, P.O. Box 1217, 9908 Main St., Summerland, B.C. V0H 1Z0.

 

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