Explore the art and culture of Naramata

Explore the tastes, sounds, talent and beauty of Naramata during a special exhibit, opening on May 12 at Penticton’s Shatford Centre.

Sisters Mindy and Mandy Rollins help prepare artists’ displays for Showcase Naramata

Explore the tastes, sounds, talent and beauty of Naramata during a special exhibit, opening on May 12 at Penticton’s Shatford Centre.

“The event is designed to be informative and entertaining,” said Jane Shaak of the Shatford Centre. “It is the start of a new tradition and it is heartwarming that Naramata is leading this initiative.”

Shaak hopes in the future, other regional communities might also use the model to display and promote the attributes of their specific locales.

There is no admission charge for Showcase Naramata. Exhibits are open weekdays during normal business hours from May 12 to 22. A celebratory event is planned for the evening of May 15.

“There are so many groups that are setting up informative displays, such as Naramata’s elementary school celebrating its centennial, the Naramata Citizens’ Association and its 34 years of program and initiatives, the Naramata Heritage Museum and its outreach and the regional district will have information on the local trails network and wildlife,” said Shaak.

Showcase Naramata will also focus on artists, past and present. The rural and scenic setting has always attracted artists, and an art collective focusing on various media will be exhibiting their works. There will also be a tribute to Frances Hatfield, a visual artist and educator who resided in Naramata from the ‘60s through the ‘80s, perhaps best remembered for the 18-by-11-metre mural of Naramata’s heritage completed in 1983, which still graces the south side of the  Naramata packing house.

Doors open for the May 15 gala at 5 p.m. and the show begins at 6 p.m., with performances from a long roster of Naramata performers. The reception is free to attend, refreshment will be available for purchase.


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