Talking to people on the streets and in the coffee shops, everyone is optimistic and believes there will be better times ahead.
Realtors are working hard trying to settle in newcomers to the area.
The Oliver Art Gallery notices the energy of optimism as well. Newcomers to the Okanagan have been shopping for art, to be used to decorate the walls of their new found homes. We welcome these people.
Gallery artists are also excited about the year ahead and have planned a very energetic future during 2014. I will take this short note to announce some of the future plans for the Art Gallery.
During February, young children’s art will be displayed in the gallery. These are students from Oliver Elementary School. The gallery feels that we need to inspire young artists to show their talents, as they will be replacing us and running the gallery in the future.
From March and on, the gallery will feature, on a monthly basis, a concentration of new art, which will feature a different subject each month.
These will vary from animals, flowers, music, dance and so on.
On top of that, it plans a portrait contest in the spring, where all local artists will be invited to participate.
There will be a prize for the winners.
The summer will see an Art Walk covering Oliver and the surrounding area, and during pleasant days one will see artists visibly painting local scenes in the streets.
Throughout all this, art classes will be offered at the gallery for those who wish to partake. Field trips will be organized for outdoor painting of our wonderful local scenery.
Take notice of our optimism. Come and see and support the local young artists during February. Although their art might not be for sale, there is plenty there that you can buy.
We plan to overwhelm the population with art. Come and join us and enter the portrait contest. Watch for further word on the subject. Look for our theme features.
Keep an eye on our website, enjoy the paintings displayed and look into our events section for updates.
The gallery is at 6046 Main Street in Oliver and open Tuesday – Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm.
Find us online at www.oliverartgallery.ca .
Special to the Chronicle