Arts and culture

Emcee Brian Martin and auctioneer Don Raffan helped raise a record $63,000 for the Vernon Art Gallery at the Midsummer’s Eve of the Arts July 21 atop the Nixon Wenger building. (VPAG photo)
Emcee Brian Martin and auctioneer Don Raffan helped raise a record $63,000 for the Vernon Art Gallery at the Midsummer’s Eve of the Arts July 21 atop the Nixon Wenger building. (VPAG photo)
Plenty of people showed up as Canadian folk musician Valdy took to the Grist Mill stage as one of the first major concerts since COVID-19 began to spread. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)

Valdy opens first live concert in Similkameen Valley since pandemic

From village council to the local Legion, things are getting back to normal

Plenty of people showed up as Canadian folk musician Valdy took to the Grist Mill stage as one of the first major concerts since COVID-19 began to spread. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)
Soldiers crawling through a trench filled with mud and water at the Canadian Battle Drill School at the Coldstream Ranch. In the background, instructors watch over the proceedings. (1944 GVMA #11805)

Field trips dig into North Okanagan history

Museum hosting summer events at historically-significant locations

Soldiers crawling through a trench filled with mud and water at the Canadian Battle Drill School at the Coldstream Ranch. In the background, instructors watch over the proceedings. (1944 GVMA #11805)
Artist-in-residence Liz Toohey-Wiese shows her wildfire-inspired artwork at the Caetani Centre during an open house Friday, June 25. (Caetani Centre photo)

Okanagan wildfires spark artist’s exhibit

Penticton’s Mount Christie blaze featured in paintings and sculptures at Caetani Centre

Artist-in-residence Liz Toohey-Wiese shows her wildfire-inspired artwork at the Caetani Centre during an open house Friday, June 25. (Caetani Centre photo)
A screenshot of the First Peoples Cultural Councils First Peoples’ Map. (First Peoples Cultural Council)

Online resource blends B.C.-Alberta’s Indigenous languages, art and culture

Advisor says initiative supports the urgent need to preserve Indigenous languages

A screenshot of the First Peoples Cultural Councils First Peoples’ Map. (First Peoples Cultural Council)
Seger Nelson dancers McKeely Borger and Val Chou in taqəš. (Contributed)

Vernon-raised choreographer to close out Kelowna Ballet’s digital season

Season finale a dedicated night of dance honouring frontline health-care workers

Seger Nelson dancers McKeely Borger and Val Chou in taqəš. (Contributed)
Sheldon Pierre Louis’s winning mural design, “kʷu mr̓imstn, we are medicine.” (Facebook: Okanagan Nation Alliance)

Syilx artist selected as winner of Kelowna Gospel Mission’s mural project

Sheldon Pierre Louis was also awarded $10,000 for his winning submission, “kʷu mr̓imstn, we are medicine.”

Sheldon Pierre Louis’s winning mural design, “kʷu mr̓imstn, we are medicine.” (Facebook: Okanagan Nation Alliance)
March of the Masks Arts Council of the North Okanagan and special guest artist Bob Kingsmill’s work on display, and most for sale, until April 5 at the Arts Centre, located at the entrance to Polson Park, next to the Okanagan Science Centre. Monday to Thursday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Contributed photo)

Okanagan displays March of the Masks

From the paper and cloth masks of the pandemic, to creative Mardi Gras masks

March of the Masks Arts Council of the North Okanagan and special guest artist Bob Kingsmill’s work on display, and most for sale, until April 5 at the Arts Centre, located at the entrance to Polson Park, next to the Okanagan Science Centre. Monday to Thursday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Contributed photo)
Arts Revelstoke, is one of many local arts councils that can nominate someone to join the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance’s steering committee. (Jocelyn Doll/Revelstoke Review)

Regional arts steering committee seeking volunteers

Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance needs new members

Arts Revelstoke, is one of many local arts councils that can nominate someone to join the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance’s steering committee. (Jocelyn Doll/Revelstoke Review)
Displays and programming have continued at the Vernon Public Art Gallery despite pandemic restrictions. (Lianne Viau file photo)

Support keeps North Okanagan art groups’ lights on

Despite pandemic restrictions, art gallery and others sustaining the storm

Displays and programming have continued at the Vernon Public Art Gallery despite pandemic restrictions. (Lianne Viau file photo)
In it's 30th anniversary, the Enderby and District Arts Council would like to create an arts centre with the Courtyard Gallery. (EDAC photo)

New home needed for Enderby arts

Support sought for community arts centre in EDAC’s 30th anniversary

In it's 30th anniversary, the Enderby and District Arts Council would like to create an arts centre with the Courtyard Gallery. (EDAC photo)
Clint George collaborated with Les Louis to create the Pelmewash Parkway Indigenous sculptures in Lake Country. (Video still)

First Indigenous territory recognition made in Lake Country

Council makes historic move after Syilx artists create parkway sculptures

Clint George collaborated with Les Louis to create the Pelmewash Parkway Indigenous sculptures in Lake Country. (Video still)
Ellen Lyons, with husband William, was a pioneer in collecting and selling fine art photography. Lia Crowe photography

Ellen Lyons, A Pioneer In The Art Of Collecting Photographs

The William Lyons Gallery of Photography opened in 1979

  • Dec 18, 2020
Ellen Lyons, with husband William, was a pioneer in collecting and selling fine art photography. Lia Crowe photography
The Penticton Arts Council is still accepting local artists who wish to be a part of a new online directory showcasing local talent. (Pentictonartscouncil.com)

Shop local online and support Penticton artists

Find local art and gifts in Penticton without leaving your home

The Penticton Arts Council is still accepting local artists who wish to be a part of a new online directory showcasing local talent. (Pentictonartscouncil.com)
Astarte, Manwoman’s widow shows Headbones Gallery’s Richard Fogarty the screen prints from Manwoman’s flat files in Cranbrook. (Contributed)
Astarte, Manwoman’s widow shows Headbones Gallery’s Richard Fogarty the screen prints from Manwoman’s flat files in Cranbrook. (Contributed)
Brother, I Cry tells the story of Indigenous siblings, Jon and Ava, struggling with the effects of inter-generational trauma in their own ways while staying spiritually connected. (Supplied image)

Q&A with VIFF’s B.C. Emerging Filmmaker Award winner, Jessie Anthony

Her feature film, Brother, I Cry premiered at VIFF this year

Brother, I Cry tells the story of Indigenous siblings, Jon and Ava, struggling with the effects of inter-generational trauma in their own ways while staying spiritually connected. (Supplied image)
21-year-old ambient artist Tahal made his live debut at Saint-Germain Café and Gallery in downtown Penticton Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020 in front of a socially distanced crowd that was spread across both sides of Main Street. The Kelowna local, originally from Switzerland, was opening for Penticton band Yarrows. (Jesse Day - Western News)

WATCH: Local band Yarrows rocks Main St. in downtown Penticton

Ambient artist Tahal opened for Yarrows at the band’s debut album launch party

21-year-old ambient artist Tahal made his live debut at Saint-Germain Café and Gallery in downtown Penticton Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020 in front of a socially distanced crowd that was spread across both sides of Main Street. The Kelowna local, originally from Switzerland, was opening for Penticton band Yarrows. (Jesse Day - Western News)
Lisa Beare Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. Ministry staff photo

Province announces $2M in arts and culture funding under BC Arts Council

The program will go toward renovating arts and cultural spaces in BC and to buy special equipment

Lisa Beare Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. Ministry staff photo
The tour spans the entire Columbia Basin region. Source: pixabay

A total of 64 venues are featured on the 2020 Basin Culture Tour

The tour spans the entire Columbia Basin region

The tour spans the entire Columbia Basin region. Source: pixabay
An artist displays his work at the Midsummer’s Eve Auction while Brian Martin and Camillia Courts emcee the event, which raised $19,000 for the Vernon Public Art Gallery. (Pete Solymosi photo)

Support shown from home at Vernon’s virtual Midsummer’s Eve

Unprecendented event raised more than $19,000 for art gallery

An artist displays his work at the Midsummer’s Eve Auction while Brian Martin and Camillia Courts emcee the event, which raised $19,000 for the Vernon Public Art Gallery. (Pete Solymosi photo)