Fabric arts, fine arts, plastic arts, and performance arts: Oliver has them all! The Oliver Community Arts Council (OCAC) has been a hub of artistic activity since 1970. Its talented member groups include:
Desert Sage Spinners and Weavers
Double O Quilters
Federation of Canadian Artists - South Okanagan-Similkameen Chapter
Friends of the Oliver Library
Oliver Arts and Crafts Sale
Oliver Country Market A-Fair
Sage Valley Voices Community Choir
South Okanagan Amateur Players (SOAP Players)
South Okanagan Concert Society
The various member groups are active during the fall and winter, holding classes, workshops, and rehearsals, and presenting concerts, plays, and exhibits. During the spring and summer, the Oliver Community Arts Council mounts its five major programs for the public:
Arts and Culture Week (3rd week of April) A province-wide celebration! Watch for exhibits, open houses, workshops, and concerts featuring local arts and artists held at many locations around Oliver.
Showcase of Talent (May)The best of the young local musicians perform. These young stars receive a share of the proceeds, which assist them with their musical studies. Partnered by the Kiwanis Club.
Music in the Park (July–August) Regional musical performers entertain at these relaxed outdoor concerts. Jazz, classical, country, pop, gospel, blues, and good ol' rock and roll – every night is different. Concerts run every Thursday evening during July and August, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. behind the CPR station. Bring a lawn chair and a picnic and enjoy!
Summer Studio (July-August) Week-long displays, demonstrations, and workshops featuring local artists and member groups, located at the Quail's Nest Arts Centre. The Studio is open Tuesdays to Saturdays 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Special features include a weekly opening reception (Mondays 6 – 8 p.m.) and Kids Day activities each Wednesday from 10 a.m. - noon. Come watch artists at work!
Fall Art Show (October) Artists from all media exhibit a veritable harvest of colour and texture on the first weekend in October. The art show is held in conjunction with the Festival of the Grape at the Community Centre. Come on the Saturday for the opening reception, show, sale, and competition for awards in several categories, including People's Choice. Sunday continues the show and sale, attracting patrons of both the arts and the grape!
The Quail's Nest Arts Centre, at 34274 - 95th Street, Oliver, is home to the arts council and many of its programs. The smaller Studio building with its two bays (left) is used for meetings, workshops, classes, rehearsals, and small displays. The larger building on site is slated for a major renovation to create a multi-use performance space and gallery.
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for an events calendar, articles, photos, maps, and much more information on our members and programmes.
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Art Learned ~ Art Loved ~ Art Lived