Final art exhibit opens next week

The final show at Summerland Art Gallery’s current location is aptly titled Our Journey Ends Here.

The final show at Summerland Art Gallery’s current location is aptly titled Our Journey Ends Here.

It will open in the Main Gallery next Thursday, May 8 with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m.

Our Journey Ends Here will feature lino prints from Dr. Valen Fanderlik’s original blocks.

Starting in 1955, Dr. Fanderlik taught Latin, history, social studies, law and art at J.L. Crowe Secondary School in Trail.

In addition, he taught art classes to children and adults throughout the West Kootenays.

He was also a lifetime honorary member of the Trail Art Club.

While teaching, he was also creating great lino cut art work.

A look at any of Dr. Fanderlik’s lino images reveals an impressive sense of scale and perspective, of meticulous attention to details, and a love of country side scenes and buildings.

As is often the case at the Summerland Art Centre a second show, Harmony in Music and Nature, will be opening in the adjoining Adams Room.

This show will feature works by fibre artist Allison Altherr.

With roots in agriculture and a frontier lifestyle, and humbled by the power and beauty of the natural world, Allison Altherr’s approach to art is practical as well as symbolic.

Nature  provides her with a raw, luxurious medium and limitless inspiration.

As a fibre artist she creates a harmonious balance of rich earthy hues and simplistic natural form utilizing the organic fibre produced by the animals that surround her in every day life.

Allison will be performing some original songs, with the group, Done Working,  on opening night.

Gallery hours are Tuesday to Friday 1 to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The Summerland Art Gallery is (currently) at 9533 Main St.

The Arts Council’s annual Summer Art Program for kids will begin July 7 and you are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.

There are loads of exciting and challenging workshops for kids of all ages. Whether you’re an actor, musician, artist or just simply want to have some fun you’re sure to find something to suit.

A list of all the classes can be found online at

If you know of an event you feel should be included in the Arts Palette or on the Arts Council’s online calendar, please email or call 250-404-3225.

The Arts Palette column is written by David Finnis, publicity chair and president of the Summerland Community Arts Council, P.O. Box 1217, 9533 Main St., Summerland, B.C. V0H 1Z0.