Artistic opportunities abound weekly at the Red Barn Arts Centre

Artistic opportunities abound weekly at the Red Barn Arts Centre.

New Year’s resolutions are hard to keep, and most of them cannot be kept for very long.

Things like stopping smoking (you have to stick with that one), dieting and the ever-popular exercising are all things that are hard to do.

Why not do something positive and fun and creative? Now is the time to do it. You never know how much fun you can have until you try, and the Eagle Valley Arts Council has a full slate of diverse programs to suit all possible interests.

Here is a list of all the member-group programs at the Red Barn Arts Centre:

• Monday, 1 to 3 p.m., the ukulele group STUB (Sicamous Three Chord Ukulele Band) meets. Sounds intriguing doesn’t it? Well it is.

With only three basic chords, which are very easy to learn, there are more than 200 songs you will be able to play. No need to read music. We will teach you how to play these three chords and more if you want.

The ukulele is a very affordable instrument and can be delivered in two days if you order online. It is also a social get together and a lot of fun while we strum. Just drop in on Mondays and join.

For more information, contact the eaglevalleyartscouncil@telus.net or 250-836-4705.

• Tuesday, from 7 to 9 p.m. is the rehearsal time for the Sicamous Amateur Drama Club (SADC). The play for next spring is ready and the actors have been cast – all 15 of them. But don’t let that discourage you from joining.

The group urgently needs set designers, stagehands and a stage manager, lighting person, costume design, make-up artist, etc. So you can join in the fun without having to act, and that way you are still involved in the creative process.

For more information, contact the sicamousamateurdramaclub@telus.net or 250-836-4705.

• Wednesday is a very busy day at the Red Barn Arts Centre.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the group Wednesday Arts For Everyone (WAFE) meets. They encourage all people to come and join them in whatever media you want to explore, be it painting, sculpting, carving or knitting to name a few. Just come and have a lovely social outing, which includes having lunch (bring your own) together with other art explorers. This is an excellent group to try your hand at whatever you want to pursue. The atmosphere is very conducive to creativity and there is a lot of positive encouragement being given to all members. Just stop by on any Wednesday and join. For more information, contact 250-836-5472.

Every first and third Wednesday, from 7 to 9 p.m., there is a meeting of the Eagle Valley Photography Arts Club (EVPAC).

The club members discuss subjects of photography, have slide shows of member’s photographs or other photographers, field trips, seminars on camera products or techniques such as Photoshop, landscape photography, etc.

For more information, contact evpac2009@gmail.com, or call 250-836-3150.

• Thursday, from 1 to 3 p.m., the Barn Singalong Singers (BASS) meet to sing just for the sheer fun of it.

No need to read music to join, just a willingness to have fun and to socialize with others who also want to sing.

The songs will all be lighthearted and so are the rehearsals. A social cup of tea or coffee will follow the singalong.

If you are interested. just drop into the Red Barn on any Thursday at 1 p.m. and join in. Singing is very good for your health. So give it a try.

For more information, contact the eaglevalleyartscouncil@telus.net or 250-836-4705.

• Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Eagle Valley Brush and Palette Club (EVB&P) meets. They are artists who use various media, and they help to guide you into new techniques.

The group has been in existence for more than 30 years. Bring your lunch and join them to explore what you can do with a brush and a palette.

For more information, email evbpclub@hotmail.com, or call 250-836-4373.

Another member group is the Eagle Valley Artisans. This group puts together all different artisans to organize market-style sales.

For more information, call 250-836-4613.

Now, there really is no need to hear the expression, “there is nothing to do in town.” There is something every day of the week for you at the Red Barn Arts Centre.

The Eagle Valley Arts Council has more than 135 members in their member groups, and they would like to see that number grow to 200.

Have a happy and healthy New Year and, for more information, on any of the above, please contact me at carlakrens@telus.net or 250-836-4705.

See you at the Red Barn Arts Centre.