Artist consultant, Pennylane Shen (right), is hosting a workshop at the Shatford Centre on Aug. 31. The centre also has programming running all month for both kids and adults. (Submitted)

Okanagan School of the Arts welcoming young and young at heart

Summer is always a busy time for the Okanagan School of the Arts, and August 2019 is no exception.

With a renewed vision, a dedicated and growing staff and an exciting roster of courses, the Shatford Centre is welcoming the young and young at heart.

“We’re proud to have been part of the creative community in Penticton for almost six decades,” said board president Keith MacIntyre, in a news release. “And, we’re moving forward with energy, passion, and commitment. We plan to share many success stories in the years to come, and we will do our part to keep our arts scene thriving.”

A small group of tenants are renting offices on the centre’s second floor bring them regular rental income that allows them to continue to offer programming and venue rental space for community groups, meetings, events, artists and performers.

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While contract operations co-ordinator Jacki Kliever has been updating rental agreements, the centre will be looking for a permanent, part-time person to take the reins and continue her work. In June, the Shatford welcomed their new executive director.

“I feel extremely fortunate to spend my working hours in a building that is truly a piece of Penticton history, and to contribute to this vibrant community,” said Kim Palmer. “The arts have always been my passion and I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish here.”

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Most recently, the Shatford Centre was filled with music as our annual Rock Skool jammed through July. Under the guidance of local performer Will Schlackl, teen and pre-teen musicians spent two weeks discovering and developing their inner rock stars. The session concluded with a concert performed for an enthusiastic crowd of supporters.

Creativity Camps are offered throughout August, with each week given a unique theme to keep kids busy making crafts and memories. Registration is open now; sign up online, or register in person on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Shatford Centre office.

Also in August, the centre will host Super Foodies, a workshop for children ages eight to 11. Led by registered holistic nutritionist Anita Bains, this four-day course will help participants discover the joy of healthy cooking as they create delicious meals and snacks.

For mature visual artists, the Shatford is offering in-depth workshops with renowned artist consultant Pennylane Shen on Aug. 31. How It Looks is an 80-minute seminar that will cover trends in framing, hanging, labelling and presentation of artwork. Shen will then host an exclusive small group critique; those interested in the critique can register either as a participant or as audience.

All the registration options for Pennylane’s workshops are available on the courses page at

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