Many participated in arts courses

It’s been a busy summer here at the Summerland Community Arts Council.

It’s been a busy summer here at the Summerland Community Arts Council.

This is our last week of kids programs and the children, along with all the instructors, have had a blast!

We have had more than 85 children attending our 10 art programs this summer from Fun with a Pocket Knife all the way to Messy and Marvellous.

We are already starting to plan for next year’s summer courses, but you don’t have to wait until next year.

Check out our fall after school and homeschool programs starting Sept. 17, every Wednesday for six weeks.

Wednesdays on the Water has also been receiving great feedback from the community.

We had more than 140 people in attendance at our opening night so if you haven’t checked out this free music concert series there is still time.

Wednesday, Aug. 20 will feature local musicians Robert Johnson and Liz Campbell who specialize in a blues and jazz style of music.

Get on your dancing shoes for Aug. 27 with the Dreamland Band, a 17-piece big band that is sure to have you on your feet swinging away.

Concerts are at Spirit Square, Peach Orchard Beach and run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday for the month of August.

A big thank you to all the talented young musicians who participated in our Youth Night on Aug. 13.

It was great to watch you all perform.

Another summer program on the go is the annual Art Walk.

Works by local artists are displayed in participating downtown businesses and wineries for the month of August.

On display you will find paintings, pottery, fibre art, jewelry, wood workings, sculptures and more.

Stop by the gallery to pick up your Art Walk map and take a tour of Summerland.

The Summerland Community Arts Council is also in need of volunteers to watch over the gift gallery.

Tasks include greeting visitors, handling transactions, occasional dusting and informing patrons about the current show.

If you have three hours a month and would like to donate some time please contact the office at 250-494-4494 or

All training is provided and it is a great opportunity to meet people.

Carmen McDowell is the Summer Art Program coordinator at the Summerland Arts Council.