Marika Hooper examines some of the art at the Summerland Art Club's show and sale on the weekend. This year

Bluegrass festival to draw musicians

Arts and culture news and events from Summerland and the rest of the South Okanagan.

The 17th Annual Summerland Bluegrass Festival is this weekend June 8, 9 and 10 at the Summerland Rodeo Grounds. The Special Feature Band is 5 on a String.

On Friday the open mic is from noon to 5:30 p.m. and from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The feature band performs from 8:30 to 9 p.m.

On Saturday the open mic is from noon to 6 p.m. and the feature band is from 7 to 9 p.m.

Sunday is bluegrass gospel with an open mic from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There will also be workshops and slow pitch. Visit

Outdoor art

The Penticton Art Gallery and the Summerland Ornamental Gardens present the fourth annual Penticton en Plein Air, a Day of Painting Outdoor from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 9 at the Summerland Ornamental Gardens, 4200 Hwy. 97, across from Sun-Oka beach in Trout Creek.

Admission is by donation in support of the Friends of the Summerland Ornamental Gardens.

In concert

Dale Seaman and Highway 97, a five-piece country band that rocks, will be at the IOOF Hall this Saturday, June 9 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

For information phone 250-494-8238.

Film showing

The film Land Awakening: Exploring our relationship with the Land will be shown Monday, June 11 at the Okanagan College’s Penticton Campus Lecture Theatre. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  Screening at 7 p.m.  Visit

For children

The Summerland Community Arts Council’s Summer Arts Program for kids runs July 9 to Aug 17. There are lots of great courses. Many are filling up fast so don’t delay registering.

Two great ones are: Djembes and Didgeridoos from July 9 to 13 for ages six to 10 and World Harp Kids for six- to eight-year-olds and nine- to 12-year-olds. Djembes and didgeridoos are drums and wooden trumpets.

For more information see or drop by the Arts Centre, 9533 Main St. and speak to Alana, the program coordinator.

The Summer Arts Program is now on Twitter at @SAP_SCAC.

Band concerts

The Kelowna City Concert Band has several free summer concerts. The first is Wednesday, June 13 in Stuart Park.

The band will also be performing June 20 at the Island Stage in Waterfront Park and on June 27 in the Jubilee Bowl City Park (near the playground.)  All concerts start at 7 p.m. weather permitting. Bring your lawn chair. Visit

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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 e-mail: or call 250-494-8994. and

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


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