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Lumby, Lavington, Whitevale, Coldstream, Vernon & Cherryville

Artbeat – Arts & Culture from the Edge – November 24, 2023


While there were no Bagginses and Boffins… Tooks and Brandybucks… Grubbs, Chubbs… Hornblowers… Bolgers… Bracegirdles… or Proudfoots (Proudfeet!), the 24th Monashee Arts Council AGM was thankfully attended by many excellent and admirable…Artists.

We are proud to introduce our new board for 2024 Cathy Lansing, Theresa Stranack, Jeannette Wilding Christine Rawcliffe, Karen Bright, Bev Danby, Diann Siemens, Norma Bouzek, Julie Pilon and Deb Holmes.

Now for an abridged version of Robin LeDrews speech as she steps down from her position of president. We promise unlike Bilbo Baggins she won’t be popping a magical ring onto her finger to disappear with a dramatic ‘POOF’ instead she will stay on in an advisory position as our Past President;

MAC is strong. enabling us to keep the Village Gallery open consistently, with regular hours,6 days a week. This brings local artists and craftspeople to the attention of residents and tourists alike. The Village Gallery and gift shop sales brought in $14,000, which was paid to local artists in the community.

Our membership continues to grow reaching 82 last month; We have forty-eight vendors; and our newsletter reaches two hundred and seventy-five people. On Facebook and Instagram, we have over a thousand followers.

Our programs are expanding: 

  • we now sponsor winter classes every Wednesday evening from October to April: 
  • we have weekly demonstrations and workshops at the Public Marker from May to October; and
  • we have expanded the mandate for out art student bursary program. 

In addition, our annual contributions to Lumby Days, the Buttertart Festival, and Culture Days are expanding every year.

Our vision is widening we are sponsoring a fibre arts group; we now offer quality art supplies at the Village gallery; and we are working on establishing a busker’s bylaw. In the past few years, we have provided Small Community grants to the Monashee Quilters, the Library, the Museum, Music in the Park, the Winter Art Program, the Sassy Seniors at the OAP hall, to name a few. We still had enough funds this year to help sponsor the new weaving group and the Fibre Friday’s group. We have recently renewed our offering of creative experiences to the residents at the Monashee Mews.

Of course, this scope would not be possible without collaboration and community ties:the local business community,our board of directors and gallery staff(volunteer base), many of our local artisans, and our financial supporters (grants and donations), and our collaboration with the arts community outside of the Lumby area.

Financial Supporters both in dollars and in kind deserve great thanks. We are very thankful for the grants we have received from the Arts and Culture Committee of the Regional District of the North Okanagan, the BC Gaming Branch, the BC ARTS Council and the Canada Summer Jobs program.  

There are literally hundreds of supporters, artists, crafters, grandparents, parents, children and youth who have made up the Monashee Arts Council heart and soul over the years.

Now Open

It’s that time of year again, time to send out the cards and find the gift for those special people in our lives. The Village Gallery is once again ready to help with finding those gifts for the art lover in your life with the Christmas store which is now open until December 23rd. 

Come in and check out the amazing work that our local artists are bringing in, everything from cards, art prints, pottery, tree ornaments, books from local authors and a wide assortment of beautiful fibre art.

For those who just can’t decide The Village Gallery also has gift certificates.

The Village Gallery is located at 1975 Vernon st, Lumby and is open Monday to Saturday, 10am – 4pm.

Please note that the gallery will be closed on November 11th in respect of Remembrance Day.

Art Classes are Back and filling up fast!

The Monashee Arts Council is excited to help in bringing the Community Art Classes back to Lumby with community favorites and new and exciting new learning opportunities.

But classes are filling up fast so don’t miss out on your chance to get a spot! Some of these classes would even make great gifts for an artist this holiday season!

The purpose of this program is to provide ongoing weekly art classes to the community,offering classes in a variety of mediums, building a sense of community and support during thewinter months, and providing an affordable supportive space for people to develop their creativity. The vision is to engage local artists in sharing and teaching their skills to the community. Also, to promote the advancement of the arts in our community by providing a weekly art space and instructors.

Classes will be held at the Lumby O.A.P Hall every Wednesday night 5:30 – 8 p.m.

For inquiries, contact Program Director Jeannette Wilding @ 250-777-2540

Many thanks to the Monashee Arts Council for the Arts Grant that made this program possible.

View the schedule online

Pre-registration required at The Lumby Village Gallery @ 1975 Vernon Street. Brochures are available there.

Take a look at the shows for 2024

Excited to know what shows will be coming to the Village Gallery in 2024? Here is a sneak peek at some of the themes and dates for the upcoming shows for the New Year. Look for more information in the coming months.

  • January 1 – Feb 2 – PATTERNS
  • Feb 5 – March 1 – TIMEWORN
  • March 4 – April 4 – GILL KOPY MEMORIAL SHOW – Remembering a wonderful photographer and member of our arts community.
  • April 8 – May 3 – WATER
  • May 6 – June 7 – COMMUNITY ART CLASSES – See the works created by artists of all levels during this years Community Art Classes.
  • June 10 – July 5 – FOUND! UPCYCLED
  • July 8 – Aug 2 – BOTANICAL
  • Aug 5- Aug 30 – FIBRE
  • Sept 2 – Sept 27 – PORTRAITS
  • Sept 30- Nov 1 – WARNING! ARTISTS AT PLAY! – We all have fun creating and what a better way than to showcase our fun out of control artists doing what they do best – Creating Amazing ART!!
  • Nov 4 – Dec 24 – CHRISTMAS STORE