Shatford Centre is open and we hope that everyone visits often, bring friends, family and enjoy this first summer at the Shatford. One wonderful new activity for residents, family and visitors is the indoor Sunday Creative Market Place with original works of art, food, entertainment, healing arts and creativity. Everyone is welcome. There are still openings for artisans, musicians, facilitators, food vendors, healing art practitioners and performers to sign up.
The Federation of Canadian Artists’ Triptych Art Exhibition runs until July 27. It began on June 17 and the opening was an amazing event with over 350 people attending the historic opening. Robert Genn not only judged the top awards, he also contributed to two honorable mentions and gave an informative and entertaining free talk to the many artists and investors who attended.
On July 5, the Shatford begins its engaging Creativity Night Series of workshops on Tuesdays and Thursday nights. We will have workshops that begin at 6:30 and 7:45 p.m. that will run for $15 each. Again, there is still room for facilitators to engage in these opportunities so please contact us. We invite residents and visitors to join in and have creative experiences in a heritage setting with enthusiastic people sharing their craft and expertise on these summer nights.
The Shatford is busy working on Pen High’s 100th anniversary that is being celebrated next May 18, 19 and 20. This summer, Shatford Centre is working with Pen High and will be the headquarters for registration, historic displays of the decades and a venue for activities and festivities. Registration forms are just being created and we are gathering as much information and memorabilia as we can to make this a truly outstanding and enjoyable event for alumni, teachers, staff and the community. We have an office set up for volunteers and committees to work on Pen High’s 100th. You can go to www.penhigh100.com and have a look at the new website that is being launched for this memorable and historic occasion.
Creativity Camp runs all summer with weekly five-day camps run by facilitators and teen mentors. The City of Penticton has course information and is taking registrations at: www.penticton.ca/recreation/programs/Children.asp.
The Okanagan School of the Arts has launched the Colours of the Shatford Founding Contributor Program, which runs until Dec. 31, 2011. This program has been developed to allow everyone to contribute to the Shatford’s inaugural year, whether through donations, in-kind and cash, or in volunteer hours. It is an inclusive community opportunity to assist the Shatford to become all that it can be over time and for future generations. We welcome everyone to engage in some way with the Shatford and discover its history and innovation for yourself. Contact the Shatford at 250-770-7668 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for the additional information.