There’s lots to explore in arts and culture next week

Arts and Culture Week in B.C., April 22 to 29, is celebrated with a number of events in Vernon and Lumby.

Judy Turner

Judy Turner

Earth Day may be sprouting on Sunday, but it’s also the start of Arts and Culture Week in B.C.

To celebrate, Greater Vernon has a number of events that will fit under the theme, “under the umbrella.”

With a new logo in place, many local arts and cultural organizations have gathered, under the Culture and Arts in Action committee, to come up with a number of events during Arts and Culture Week, and to support one another to enhance the local cultural environment –– be it arts, sports, historical, science or elsewhere.

A number of local artists will be showcasing their work, using the under the umbrella theme, at the Vernon Community Arts Centre (VCAC), located at the east entrance to Polson Park. The works are on display at the Centre Gallery in the VCAC now until April 29.

“We have many different works, all created by local artists. The outstanding way these talented individuals take a theme and explore it to its fullest extent is outstanding –– this show is a vibrant demonstration of how we can all enrich and boost our environment in such a positive way,” said Amanda Nemeth, VCAC administrative assistant.

In addition, the VCAC will host a tea and cookie reception Monday from 4 to 6 p.m., free drop-ins all week long, demo days on Wednesday, April 25 and Thursday, April 26, where the public will be able to see the masters at work in many different mediums, and an umbrella-making table set up all week long for the kids to come and make their own mini umbrellas.

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Local schools are also benefitting from Arts and Culture Week with a visit by Vancouver Afro-Latin dance band Rumba Calzada.

The band performs at J.W. Inglis Elementary in Lumby April 26 at 8:45 a.m. and  Vernon’s Harwood Elementary, April 26 and Hillview Elementary April 27, both at 1:30 p.m.

The Vernon Public Art Gallery, 3228-31st Ave., hosts a number of events during the week, starting with its second peer critique session, April 25 from 10 a.m. to noon.

“The open critique is available to artists working in any medium, wishing to further pursue their artistic endeavors by engaging in conversation amongst their peers,” said VPAG marketing and programming coordinator Kelly MacIntosh.

The session will be moderated by McIntosh and artists are asked to bring one piece of artwork that is currently in progress.

“Participants’ ideas, comments and feedback will direct the focus of the session and may or may not influence the next stage of development in the work,” said McIntosh, adding the session is a $5 donation.

An Artist Trading Card (ATC) session will be also be held at the VPAG April 28 at 2 p.m.

The session, open to all ages, will focus on the creation and trading of finished miniature artworks that can be traded with fellow artists. No experience is necessary and materials will be  provided for a $2 drop-in fee.

For more information contact the gallery at 250-545-3173.

Lumby is also celebrating Arts and Culture Week with the creation of a banner.

The Monashee Arts Council and the Lumby Thrift Store are combining forces to facilitate the creation of the fabric banner, which is entitled “Lumby: east of the Okanagan, west of the Monashees,” and is sponsored by Arts B.C.

A quilt-in to launch the project was held Thursday, where Linda Kuraoka demonstrated and helped participants of various ages on how to apply the designs on fabric.

Lumby’s after school program, quilting circle, historical society and the seniors at Saddle Mountain are all involved in the project, and free banner making sessions are ongoing at the Lumby Thrift Store Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m.  and  April 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Participants can bring their own sewing machines (some machines will be provided) and no experience is required.

Kuraoka will also be at the White Valley Community Centre Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to noon, and can be reached by calling 250-547-6637.

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