HeARTS Festival fills Peachland with imagination amid winter storm


Despite the mini white-out, the HeARTS Festival Showcase carried on valiantly on Saturday. Though the expected crowds were not there, those who arrived at the Community Centre were greeted at the door by Peachland’s Town Crier, Bruce Klippenstein and his wife Linda Lea.

At the opening attended by Mayor Cindy Fortin, the Town Crier gave a rousing announcement praising the arts in Peachland.

Mayor Fortin handed out this year’s Bob Sugden Awards to Drama students Paige Clifton and Nicholas Lloyd. Because Clifton was in a martial arts tournament elsewhere and unable to be present to accept her award, Lloyd, in true thespian fashion, hurriedly donned a female wig, raised his voice an octave and accepted Clifton’s award for her as well to the amusement of all around.

The hall was filled with displays of paintings, miniatures, carvings, paverpol sculptures, quillings, fibre art quilts, and displays by the various, organizations sponsored by the Peachland Community Arts Council. With the snow gone, the Sunday Showcase turn-out was a lot better with the morning and afternoon demos in alcohol inks and abstracts particularly popular. The PCAC would like to thank all the volunteers who ignored the weather and put in so much effort.

Next door in the Peachland Art Gallery, despite the weather, a surprising number of enthusiasts managed to visit the opening of the Captured Images exhibition of fine art photography. Some of the photographers have already posted images of their hanging works on their Facebook pages. Gallery coordinator, Janet Hornseth has done another spectacular job of displaying all 76 images. The exhibition runs six weeks until April 1.

In the evening an almost full house was treated to a very fine concert by the Spellbound Harp Trio who demonstrated just how innovative they can be in playing the harp. You didn’t know bongos could be played on the harp did you!!!

Artists and artist groups of all media – a Call for 2019 Exhibition Proposals at the Peachland Art Gallery is now on our website home page. Those wishing to exhibit at our Gallery are encouraged to download the Call by the deadline of Friday, September 28th, 2018.

Tickets (limited to 50) for An Intimate String Ensemble concert on Saturday, March 10 at 4:30 p.m. are currently being printed (see ticket sample below) and will be on sale sometime this week at the Gallery, tel: 250-767-7422. The concert will feature a visit from trios of OSO and OSYO string players from the Kelowna Community Music School prior to the orchestra’s performance in Penticton. The concert in the Mary Smith Hall of the Gallery will be followed at 6 pm by a 3-choice menu dinner with dessert and coffee for $30 including tax and gratuity at the Gasthaus. Please see the menu attached to this email.

The next Sip N’ Paint is on Monday,  March 5 at the Waterfront Grill in Peachland. Local artist, Lorraine Urquhart  will be having you paint an abstract and no, you don’t have to sip more than a glass of wine to paint an abstract! Phone either the restaurant at 250-767-3255 or Gallery 250-767-7422 to reserve your spot.

I’ve had a message from the Many Hats Theatre in Penticton to say that audiences are loving Buying the Moose which is live onstage until March 3. At the opening “the weekend crowds howled with laughter as the two married couples failed hilariously to communicate! This hilarious Canadian comedy will dispel your mid-winter blahs with it’s outrageous take on man’s inability to communicate with woman! Tickets are going quickly; don’t be disappointed!” Tickets, $25/$22, are available from the Many Hats box office at The Nest and Nectar, 1475 Fairview Road, Penticton or phone 250-493-7275. There are matinees for those who live further afield.

The Kelowna Actors Studio’s production of Sister Act – The Musical is still running from this Wednesday until next Sunday and so there’s still time to enjoy the music and laughs of this musical comedy.

Both of the next two Kelowna Film Society Wednesday films at the Orchard Plaza Cinema at 4 and 7 pm are American. This Wednesday’s is The Florida Project, The film explores lives of single moms in lower class America who struggle to survive day by day with the backdrop of a motel close to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The acting of the young children in particular and the naturalism of both visual scene and background audio enhance the gut wrenching impact of the conflicts that exist in a portion of American society.

The following Wednesday, February 28, the KFS will screen Bombshell – The Hedy Lamarr Story  – the true story of Hedy Lemarr, Hollywood glamour actress and screen star, who unknown to most people also happened to have invented a wireless form of communication called “frequency hopping” that would revolutionize mobile communications all over the world. It was an invention that would lead to secure communications for wireless phones, Bluetooth, GPS and WiFi technology. Despite her intellectual accomplishments and having given her patented knowledge over to the navy without compensation or public recognition, Lamarr ended up impoverished in her later life.

No more snow, pleeeeeeeeeeeeze!!! (Sorry skiers! I sympathize but as an octogenarian I no longer ski and even shovelling is out!)


By Chris Byrd

Peachland Community Arts Council

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