Music, theatre join arts festival

The 2015 Shuswap Lake Festival of the Arts, presented by the Arts Council for the South Shuswap, will take place July 23 to 26.

  • Jul. 17, 2015 7:00 p.m.

The 2015 Shuswap Lake Festival of the Arts, presented by the Arts Council for the South Shuswap, will take place over four days, July 23 to 26.

Those wanting to take in the festival will enjoy a number of art engagement activities in music, visual arts and theatre. All venues and concerts are free of charge to attend. Donations are gratefully accepted by the Arts Council.

Some  of the highlights for include:

• Visual Art Exhibit & Sale: a roaming art exhibit and show will take place at three venues in the South Shuswap. Most pieces will be available for purchase.

• Sorrento Memorial Hall will feature 2D hanging artwork created by a number of highly talented B.C. artists.

• Shuswap Lake Estates Community Centre will feature 3D artwork, including soapstone carvings, pottery, woodwork and more.

• At the Blind Bay Hall in the Reedman Gallery, the Blind Bay Painters’ work will be on exhibit and for sale. An artisan craft market will be held upstairs in the Blind Bay Hall on Saturday and Sunday only.

Open hours at all venues will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free but donations will be gratefully accepted.

This year’s festival takes on a new format with the addition of music and theatre offerings.

All music and theatre productions take places on the stage at Centennial Field on the waterfront in Blind Bay.

On Thursday, July 23rd enjoy the music of local recording artists and songwriters Larry and Jane Stephenson, followed by Blu & Kelly Hopkins with their blend of bluegrass and folk music.

On Friday, July 24, Cod Gone Wild will perform in the 2015 Festival Feature Concert. They take the stage at 7:30 p.m. There will be a beverage garden and barbecue on location.

Saturday July 25, The Coppertones, a local adult a capella group will open the show at 7:30 p.m. followed by musician, songwriter and performer Sylvain Vallee who will rock the keyboards, sharing some familiar classics and some of his original pieces as well.

Under the direction of Elaine Holmes, children attending a week-long theatre camp through the Arts Council will then share their small production on the stage at Centennial Field.

The Festival Committee has arranged for a excursion to the Salmon Arm Art Gallery to take in the world-famous Cardiff & Miller exhibits, Experiment in F# Minor and Muriel Lake Incident.

A two-day Pottery Intensive will be held with instructor Kathleen Raven, whose art is often inspired by her dreams. Now she’s been creating the dreamer, complete with bed, blankets and accoutrements.

Join her for two days of high-energy creating. You will design and sculpt a clay bed and unusual sleeping character. Use stamps, carving tools etc to create a complete work on the underside of the sculpture. This workshop is great for professional clay artists and those new to clay media, including children with parental help.

Other adult workshops at the festival include: antique book stamping and creation with Debbie Reeves, wet felting and introduction to needle felting with Lois McLeod, a plein air painting session at Recline Ridge Winery and a wool sculpting project with Melissa Nasby.

Children’s workshops will include owl creation with sculpting clay and a tie dye in the park session, under the instruction of Darby Arens.

For Information regarding the Shuswap Lake Festival of the Arts, visit


Just Posted

Man jailed for fraud involving North Shuswap credit card thefts

Salmon Arm area man pleads guilty to six counts of fraud under $5,000.

Sicamous praised in pursuit of coveted blooms

Communities in Bloom decision expected in September

Brian Minter to share passion for gardens and greenspaces at Salmon Arm Fair

Well-known B.C. master gardener to give presentation on Friday, Sept. 6.

Rain in the forecast for much of the Southern Interior

Rain for much of the day in most areas clearing in the evening

Salmon Arm seniors enjoy the outdoors thanks to Rotary

Salmon Arm club fixes up and furnishes outdoor living spaces at Bastion Place

Madchild brings demons of drug abuse to Okanagan

Swollen Members rapper takes Status stage

Salmon Arm history in photos: Hospital under construction

The “new” hospital is being built in this 1958 photograph. Hasn’t Salmon… Continue reading

Smash and grab at Okanagan pot shop

Cash register and products stolen from Starbuds store in Lake Country

Cause of North Okanagan house fire still under investigation

Mom rescued sleeping baby from Thursday’s blaze

Speculation tax forces sale of Greater Victoria’s iconic ‘Tulip House’

Bob and Jan Fleming selling their retirement home famous for its thousands of tulips

LETTER: Repair work overdue at lakeside path

Condition of walkway is a disgrace for Summerland

New police force in Surrey must avoid VPD, RCMP errors made in Pickton case: Oppal

Boots are scheduled to be on the ground by spring 2021

Man at centre of dropped HIV-disclosure case sues province and 10 cops

Brian Carlisle of Abbotsford says Mission RCMP defamed him and were ‘negligent’ in their investigation

Access to Okanagan Rail Trail to be limited by erosion work

The work will be done throughout September but won’t begin before the Labour Day weekend

Most Read