• Monday , 26 September 2022

Here comes the HeARTS Festival!

It’s a festival with a lot of art – and a lot of heart, too.

It’s time for the eighth-annual HeARTS festival, and organizer Deborah Livingstone says over the next week, Peachland’s arts community will beat with a love for creativity.

“We have a very exciting and vibrant community here,” she says, of the event, which starts Monday, Feb.18 and wraps up on Sunday the 24th.

In between, there’s no shortage of artsy things to see and do. 

“The idea behind the festival is to showcase our smaller umbrella organizations in the community. They may not have an annual show of their own and we want them to display their works and also attract new members,” Livingstone says.

It all starts on the 18th, with a concert courtesy the Variety singers at 11 a.m. at the 50+ Centre. 

“Everyone is welcome and they also offer a beautiful lunch,” says Livingstone. And the room is completely filled with the beautiful needlework of the Peachland Quilters.”

Also on Monday, you’ll find artist Roberta Farrelly in the Little Schoolhouse. She’ll be conducting a free workshop for some of her students, and you’re welcome to come in and watch her guide them – and maybe learn something yourself! The Little Schoolhouse will be a busy place all week. On Tuesday (the 19th), Wednesday and Thursday – another local artist, Wayne Power will be demonstrating different watercolour techniques. 

The Peachland Library is offering an interesting opportunity on Tuesday — a blind date, of sorts. Visitors can come in and pick a mystery book, wrapped in brown paper. You won’t know the title, but the librarian’s picks are going to be good!

On Wednesday, the Pincushion Quilt Guild is hosting an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the community centre. 

Also at the community centre, you’ll find the Peachland Art Group hosting their open house on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come out and watch the artists work.

Friday is a setup day for the final weekend of the HeARTS Festival. An artists’ reception is also planned, and the Artisan’s showcase takes place Saturday the 23rd and Sunday, from 10 a.m to 4 p.m.

“We have changed things up a little this year,” Livingstone says.

“We are featuring more demonstrations in various art forms and have scheduled various demonstrations with the audience asked to participate.”

So, whether you’re interested in wood carving, needlework, sculpting, and even miniatures, it’s all there. And if painting is more your thing, there’s all kinds — from paint-off competitions, hands-on painting and even painting while blindfolded. 

“There’s also music and gardening knowledge games planned with some great prizes,” says Livingstone, adding that master gardener Darlene Romano will be demonstrating seed planting techniques on Saturday and Sunday in the community centre’s banquet room at 1:30 p.m.

Saturday is a night out, starting with the Anna Jacyszyn Trio and their country jazz and blues sounds, starting at 5 p.m. at the art gallery. For $30, you can take in the concert, then head over to the Legion for a delicious dinner. If you want to buy tickets, they’re available at the art gallery, or by calling (250) 767-7422.

The final Sunday is all about the kids. There will be lots of cool things to check out in the banquet room from 1-3 p.m. Ancient paper quilling, cookie decorating and string art are just a few of the things going on. Pre-registration is appreciated for this by calling (250) 767-7422.

There’s a lot of art to see and do! Check out the insert in today’s paper to make sure you don’t miss out on the action.

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