I’ve received a few questions from both businesses and artists and the one that keeps coming up: is this still open to anyone to participate? The answer is a resounding yes. Everyone mentioned in these articles found a partner, discussed what they would like to do and then registered. It’s that simple.
A very pleasant update is that as the Food Bank is our chosen community charity, there will be bins at participating businesses for the weekend, and perhaps all week for some. In addition, artists/businesses who choose to do so will be donating 20% of art sales to Food Bank.
The next area for Westside Culture Days focus is what I am calling Main Street Westbank. The businesses here include West Kelowna Library and Curves in Westridge Mall, JK Schmidt Jewellers and Mad Hatter on Main Street proper, and New Moon Art Gallery on Dobbin. Ideally, attendees would park in one place and then walk around to the venues.
On Friday September 26 from 1-3 pm at the West Kelowna Library will present the following artists: painters Ralph Carlson and Bob Harrold, drawing from Pip Dryden, photographers Neil & Mary Anthes, The Music Room teacher and musician Dan Summers, potter Elaine Hughes-Games carvers from the Kelowna Carving Club, Westbank Library’s Stitching group The Granny Squares: Joyce Emmons, Betsy Cooke, Wendy Cormier, Hélène Garrett, Junette & Stu Taylor, Diana Hudson, and Nicola Newington.
“Come and enjoy refreshments while you observe local artists in action! The artists will be set up around the Library, working on their art form, there to answer your questions, talk to you about their techniques and, in some cases, sell their work. Photographers Neil and Mary Anthes will be offering a photography workshop. ” said Elena Doebele the West Kelowna Head Librarian.
On the agenda includes tips on how to improve your photographs, regardless of your device, in addition to techniques that will stretch your creativity and result in some wonderful photographs.
Neil and Mary invite budding photographers to bring some of their photos for a critique; it’s one of the best ways to improve one’s work.
Also on Friday 11 am to Noon, Leif David Magician will perform Close Up Magic at Curves. Curves will be also be presenting the work of painters Janet Drinnan, Shirley Hall and Fatima Turner.
“Curves is thrilled to be a participant in Westside Culture Days and to assist in showcasing, to the public, the wide range of talent in our community,” said Leah Thordarson co-owner Curves West Kelowna.
Across the street at Mad Hatter Books, EZee Piano Systems, Ralph Carlson and Paulette Breault Photography will be at the store all day Friday and Saturday September 26 & 27. Paulette will be providing music and will be available to talk about the innovative beginner piano program that she created for adults and seniors. Artist Ralph Carlson will be present working on painting and answering questions about his process.
Not far away, an excited JK Schmidt Jewelers will be presenting the work of Okanagan painter Evelyne MacMillan. Evelyne will be in attendance Fri from 4- 7:30 pm and present an artist talk at 5 pm following which there will be a talk about gemstones. On Sat Evelyne will be at JK Schmidt from 10- 4 pm. Throughout the event attendees can enter a ballot for a prize draw at the store.
On Friday evening Sep 26 from 630 – 8 pm New Moon Art Gallery will present The Art of Classical Harmonica Playing Workshop by Anthony Lau. Anthony will be accompanied by Melodie Belke from the West Kelowna Music Studio. The workshop is free to the public and seats are starting to fill up already, so phone in for your reservation.
Also at New Moon, along with works by the gallery artists, watercolourist Heather Ferguson will be in the gallery on Saturday 10-5pm and painter and gallery owner Linda Lovisa will be in the gallery on Sunday 11-3 pm. Both artists will be most happy to show you what she is working on and answer any questions.
Traveling on 97 from Main Street Westbank, you could stop at Synatan Mall. While R&R Hair is still finalizing their artist, Second Cup will be featuring the beautiful work from Wynnter Raphael.
Further out as we get closer to the bridge, Copper Sky will be presenting Susan Neill who will be painting on site Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11-3 pm. Friday, September 26 from 5 to 8 pm Moraine Winery will be showcasing a selection of wines from their Naramata vineyards.Susan will be donating a percentage of any sales to the East Meets West Orphan’s Foundation.
The only Westside winery involved so far is Volcano Hills Estate Winery and their bistro BluSaffron. Abstract painter Fiona Neal says “In addition to showing my work and being present during the Culture days Weekend, I shall be ‘ Painting on the Patio’ at Volcanic Hills on Saturday 27th Sept from 11 – 3pm.”
And closest to the bridge is the Okanagan Lake Shopping Centre, where both the TD Bank and the Royal Bank will have two very special bronze sculptors, Geert Maas and Lynden Beesley. Geert will be present at the TD Bank on Saturday 11-3 pm and Lynden will have her work on display at the RBC.
The People’s Choice Award is sponsored by Blenz and Opus and is quite a substantial. All artists and musicians across the westside are eligible for this People’s Choice and you are encouraged to go and vote for your favourite artist on the westside, whether painter, musician, dancer or literary genius.
There are additions daily to the Westside Culture Days schedule as we have a wealth of talent and skill on this side of the bridge. This is your community; it will be a fabulous weekend to be home so come and see on September 26, 27 and 28!
Julia Trops is a Westside artist and author of the book Art & Money. Email info@WestsideCultureDays.com