HeARTS Festival a success despite COVID restrictions

The Peachland Community Arts Council has succeeded in hosting a second virtual HeARTS festival this year, as COVID restrictions limited our indoor capacity again. 

But the response from the community has been very heart-warming. We were happy to connect again with the Peachland Elementary School and received many submissions of art and crafts from the stu-dents.

The Historic Schoolhouse and visitor centre were the hub of in-person activities, with resident artist Wayne Power offering free activities in art and collage. There was also a Wishing Tree where people could write their wishes on a little wooden heart, to hang from the tree’s branch-es outside the school. These were a clear sign that our community has hopes and dreams for a better and easier time just ahead.

The winners for each category have been drawn, for both adults and children under 12. Winners were determined by a random draw and will receive an honorarium of $100 for adults and $50 for those under 12, along with lovely Purdy’s Chocolates:

• Painting: Susan Haglund, Sharlene Bennet and Under 12: Caroline Leckie;

• Photography: J.S. Appleton;

• Handicrafts: Shuan Boo and Under 12: Summer Prexler, Cole Cale;

• Fabric Art: Linda Schneiderte;

• Sculpture/Mixed Media: Annabel Stanley;

• Poetry: Wayne Power; Under 12: Bella Montana; and

• Music: Darci Ritchey and Under 12: Ruby Manson.

All submissions are available for viewing at peachlandarts.ca.

The organizers would like to thank all those who contributed time, talent, and imagination to our event!

We are hopeful that in 2023 we will once again be able to host an indoor weekend festival, to include all these activities and many more!

Paula McLaughlin
Peachland Community Arts Council

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