Seven-year-old Eva Ames concentrates on her brush strokes at the Felts Studio on Main Street Wednesday during a workshop event preparing for Arts Rising Festival, which starts on Sept. 21 with a Pecha Kucha event at the Cannery on the future of art in Penticton. (Western News File photo)

Pecha Kucha takes on the future of art in Penticton

Speaker series helps to kick off Arts Rising Festival

As the first Arts Rising Festival begins, Pecha Kucha Penticton is helping kick of the event with volume nine of their ongoing series.

Cannery Brewing on Ellis Street plays host for the Sept. 21 event, which asks creators to share their thoughts on the future of the arts in Penticton.

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Vincent Van Gogh once said, “I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart.” So are many artists calling Penticton and the Okanagan home. But, even in a land bursting with beauty and inspiration, just surviving here as an artist can be a precarious proposition.

Speakers include Penticton Art Gallery Director Paul Crawford, Kindrie Grove and Renee Matheson of Matheson and Grove Fine Art Gallery, Tumbleweed Gallery’s Prema Harris, Naramata artist Julie Mai and more.

They’ll talk about what it takes to succeed in the arts here and what changes are needed to make this community a better canvas in order for artists of all kinds to showcase their creativity.

Pecha Kucha — Japanese for “chit-chat” — originated in Tokyo in 2003, since grown into an international speaker series in 900 cities. It’s based on a simple format: 20 images x 20 seconds, presenters get six minutes and 40 seconds to share their story in an engaging slide-show format.

Pecha Kucha Penticton hosts events four times a year. This one gets underway at 6 p.m. on Sept. 21 in the Cannery, with the first presentation starting at 7 p.m.Tickets are $10 and are available at Cannery Brewing, Cowork Penticton (129 Nanaimo Ave. West) and

After party with Animals in Motion at Craft Corner Kitchen, 557 Main St. $5 with Pecha Kucha ticket or stamp.

For more information visit: PechaKuchaPenticton on Facebook

The Arts Rising Festival takes place from Sept. 21 to 24, featuring concerts, live art, live plays, arts and crafts and many more artistic activities in Downtown Penticton.

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