This has been a year of change and challenge for the Eagle Valley Arts Council (EVAC).
A new council took effect on June 8, and it was a busy summer.
The Third Annual Photo to Canvas took place in May, with local businesses displaying the original photos paired with an artist rendering of the photo.
Congratulations to Soyong Lee for being the recipient of the Eagle Valley Art Council Bursary and Eagle Valley Brush and Palette Club Scholarship.
Lee has shown remarkable skill and passion in a wide range of art mediums, and EVAC wishes her much success in her continued studies.
The 35th Annual Summer Arts & Crafts Show saw more than 500 guests arrive from all over the world, including neighbouring communities and local participation. Meet the Artist night was a packed house with newly-elected president, Kim Hyde opening the ceremonies.
Canada Day celebrations and children’s events: The second year for this event saw more attendees than anticipated. Canada Day-themed art, cupcakes and tremendous entertainment by “Roxy” provided interactive entertainment through music and balloon figures, making this day a grand success. One little girl, who enjoyed the performance so much, did a special painting of a musical note and presented it to Roxy as a gift – truly heartwarming.
Special thanks to Terry Sinton for arranging the Routes and Blues outreach – Doug Andrew and the Circus of Flames performance at the Red Barn.
The 10th Annual Fungi Festival offered a wide range of live musical entertainment, presentations, displays and delicious food. Gordon Mackie (honourary EVAC member and past-president) gave an historical talk of Sicamous.
EVAC looks forward to the return of The Contenders (Valdy and Gary Fjellargaard) on Nov. 4. Tickets are available at Eagle Valley Pharmacy. Don’t miss out.
EVAC is happy to announce two new member groups:
• Dody’s Art for Everyone meets at the Red Barn every Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All art forms are welcome.
• Sicamous Scrapbookers, led by Lynn Fitzpatrick, will help people preserve memories for future generations in such a way that their photos tell a story and capture life’s events.
The Eagle Valley Arts Council is extremely proud to be selected as the overseers of the District of Sicamous’ Communities in Bloom project. EVAC looks forward to many positive improvements and ensuring its dynamic art endeavours are displayed for all to see.
EVAC is truly grateful to all who have contributed since 1980. It is fortunate to have so many knowledgeable and long-term dedicated arts enthusiasts in the area as members. Without its founders, there would be no foundation to carry on.
EVAC relies on volunteers to carry out its mandate: “To encourage and co-ordinate arts and culture in our community and outlying areas by developing and maintaining programs, services and facilities.”
EVAC is a volunteer organization and there is much to do.
Did you know volunteering is good for your health? Many studies show this (of course if it is within reason – that is why we like divvying up the workload). There is a place for everyone and every talent.
EVAC’s annual general meeting is Sunday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Red Barn. All are welcome to attend.
Be sure to check the EVAC website for updated information at eaglevalleyartscouncil.com, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submitted by the Eagle Valley Arts Council.