The activities mentioned in June’s On the Arts for the July long weekend were cancelled for obvious reasons. However, some of the events have been rescheduled for the August long weekend. So I am repeating the activities with new dates and times.
The Eagle Valley Brush and Palette Club will be presenting their 33rd Annual Arts and Craft Show.
In the last number of years the show has been growing in size, not only in the number of art pieces but also in the number of people attending. And it is certainly worthwhile. Are you new in town? You live here and have never taken the time to go to one of these shows? This year would be a great time to visit. I can highly recommend it.
The show is held at the Red Barn Arts Centre on Riverside Avenue.
Meet the Artist is Thursday, Aug. 2 at 7 pm. From Aug. 3 to 6, the exhibit is open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Sponsored by the Eagle Valley Arts Council, the Music on the Water concert featuring the band Scarecrow, takes place on Saturday, Aug. 4, starting at 7 p.m. until the fireworks start. The barge is donated by Mike Olde every year. The band will be floating in front of the Beach Park.
This popular band, with Sicamous’ own Rylan Wood on drums, plays music from the ’50s to the present, and is always a big hit with the audience. Let’s hope the weather co-operates.
At dusk there will be the fabulous and famous Light up the Lake fireworks event. The lights of the boats floating on the lake will add to the atmosphere.
Growing up poor in The Netherlands, the only access we had to the arts was to play instruments and sing or listen to the radio.
We would listen to plays while we were all sitting around the radio, and on Sunday afternoon we would listen to Radio Luxembourg. It was an hour of popular opera music – the only exposure we had to opera. Of course, as a teen I hated it. I had to be quiet and it did not appeal to me.
As I grew older I started recognizing arias, overtures, duets etc. that I had heard as a child and gained a love for it.
To this day some famous opera pieces put me back to the warmth of the living room where I heard them first.
Then came TV and people gained access to music, films and plays, but you had to be home to watch it in black and white, and later in colour.
Another major change in our ability to watch things came with videotaping. Now we could choose what we wanted ahead of time and watch it at our leisure.
The ultimate luxury we have now is the Internet. We can go to a particular artist, a show or a concert and see and hear excerpts and sometimes the whole piece.
How lucky we are: to hear a piece of music or think of a movie or play and walk over to the computer and then be able to retrieve it. All art forms are there. Even art from museums from all over the world can be viewed. And I have revisited parts of live shows I have seen so I could reminisce what it was like to be there.
Now we don’t have to live in a major centre or travel the world to enjoy the big shows. We have them almost on demand in our living rooms. It seems we have come full circle.
We will see you at the concert Aug. 4 at Beach Park, 7 .pm.
For art news, contact Carla Krens at 250-836-4705, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.