DVD celebrates Naramata’s centennial year

Naramata’s Centennial had its official wrap up event on Nov. 15 at the Naramata Centre.

It was an evening of thanks and appreciation to all the volunteers, and in particular, the project and event leaders.

After the appreciations and the official photos, the audience was enchanted with the release of the centennial DVD Naramata — A Community with Spirit.

This DVD, released in time for Christmas, was produced by Gary McDougal and Craig Henderson.

It is a centennial keepsake and treasure, to remind us all how special the centennial year was for the community.

The DVD played for one hour as the audience enjoyed images and sound bites of so many events and projects that came alive during 2007.

Individuals were captured on film, expressing their gratitude for Naramata and its community. The DVD is $20 and is available at Shades of Linen.

Leir House on tour

For the very first time, Leir House was decorated for Christmas in the Dream House Tour, sponsored by the Penticton and District Community Arts Council and the Hooded Merganser restaurant.

Brenda Peters of Mission Control Creative, a local design and graphics company, was the artist that brought this heritage building to life, with displays and exhibits that were absolutely brilliant.

Brenda met with the Leir family and was able to have authentic family artifacts throughout the building.

One treasure was a voluminous bible, where the Leir family recorded births and deaths over the years.

Another was vintage high chairs from the Leir family children, surrounded by children’s books and toys.

A silent movie of Charlie Chaplin played in the living room and antique teddy bears made everything seem extra cozy.

Antique furniture and decorations, both inside and outside of the house brought us all back into another moment in time.

And a black antique car, with a red ribbon, sat by the front door added to the step back in time.

Gallery reopens

The Lloyd Gallery has had a complete renaissance and rebirth and is now relocated at 18 Front St.

Owners, Alphonse and Nel Witteman, of the former Lloyd Gallery at 598 Main St., were on holidays in late June of 2007, when their gallery, with everything in it, was destroyed by fire.

The tragedy was not only the loss of their business and possessions, it was also the loss of a vast collection of original art work.

Works by Toni Onley and other renowned artists, burned along with wrapping paper and cardboard, fueling the fire as it engulfed and destroyed the building.

Penticton artist, Glenn Clark, had his opening of Glenn Clark: In the footsteps of E. J. Hughes: recent BC Interior Landscapes on Nov. 10 at the new gallery.

This collection of oil paintings, recently completed, are a glimpse into Glenn’s work and passion for oil painting in this size and shape.

As of Nov. 13, the new gallery is open from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily and it is a great place to experience a wide selection of creativity from local, national and international artists.

Arts AGM

Please come to the Okanagan School of the Arts’ annual general meeting at 7 p.m, on Tuesday in the new Lloyd Gallery.

This 47-year-old organization is a local arts treasure, interested in awakening the creative spirit not only in individuals but also the collective community.

Centennial performance

Jakub Kaiser has been ‘instrumental’ in the classical music scene in Penticton for a long time.

Recently, he was inspired by a wonderful idea of creating a centennial performance series during 2008.

In discussions with Kaiser and several of his committee members, what became apparent is that we have a wonderful creative community and wouldn’t it be nice to really showcase it during 2008, Penticton’s centennial.

The Okanagan School of the Arts (OSA) has had a history of assisting artists financially through the years.

One project that OSA is working on is to “Celebrate our Creative Community” during the centennial. With the Arts and Creativity Guide scheduled for spring 2008, with a creative resource directory being considered and the idea of showcasing talented creative people, the centennial seems the perfect time for it.

Creative individuals have wonderful ideas for the centennial and are looking for sponsorship and funding.

If you, your business or organization is inspired to assist with a project or event, please send your interest to and we will try and match you with the ideal candidate.

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