Arts Rising
Evolving Together.
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Evolving Together.


 September 21 - 24, 2017 


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Evolving Together

This September we are excited to present the inauguration of Arts Rising Penticton; a four day multi disciplinary, multi venue arts festival.  Arts Rising is about the celebration of the power of art to unite, build and change community.

The very nature of art is the act of creation.  When the world around us seems to be descending in to chaos what can we best do but find strength, power and courage in creating together?  John M. Eger, the Van Deerlin Endowed Chair of Communications and Public Policy, Inaugural Zahn Professor of Creativity and Innovation and Director of the Creative Economy Initiative at San Diego State University speaks of the importance of the arts in the creation of community.  “Fashioning creative communities is essential to developing and attracting the type of bright and creative people that generate new patents and inventions, innovative world-class products and services and the finance and marketing plans to support them. If we don’t first have smart and creative people we cannot have creative workplaces or communities.”

The vision of Arts Rising Penticton is to showcase and celebrate the important work our artists do in adding to the vitality and growth of our community.  Through integrative and innovative programming Arts Rising Penticton will unite and activate artists, arts organizations, small businesses, specialist consultants and contractors, city staff and the general public. 



Sept 23rd 11am - 10pm @ LAKESIDE PARKADE
Tickets *ON SALE NOW* $30 HERE
ROOF PARTY! A wide range of local and provincial artists will be preforming on the rooftop of the parkade at the Lakeside Resort. This will be a full day of music, complemented by a roof top bar, gourmet hot dog stand, a popcorn bar, and Kinshira roving performers. The line up is:
Lowell Friesen (Vernon), The Screen Doors (Penticton), Yarrows (Summerland), TC Creek and Friends (Penticton) According to Poe (Summerland), Faith Maxwell (Summerland), Jared Jackel's Bad Vibrations (Penticton), Marry Me (Vancouver), Cosmic Brew (Penticton), AK747s (Vancouver) and Lakeman (Kelowna). 



Sept 24th  4pm, 6pm + 8pm @ Cannery Brewing
Tickets $25
Chrysalis is a wearable arts production by and for artists, seamstresses and up-cyclers using reused materials. Chrysalis explores the metaphor of the butterfly in an immersive visual and sound experience. Join us in the journey of the transformation and change. Chrysalis will take place on Sunday in the Brewing room at Cannery Brewing on Ellis Street. This 45 minute show will take place 3 times, each performance a separate ticketed event. 



Sept 21st 6 -10pm @ Cannery Brewing
Tickets $10, $12 online

We are excited to announce our speaker line up for Vol 9. Arts Matter: Vision for the arts in Penticton!

1. Eric Hanston - Many Hats
2. Ann Doyon - Theytus Books
3. Paul Crawford - Penticton Art Gallery
4. Prema Harris - Tumbleweed Gallery
5. Jane Shaak - Shatford Centre
6. Tim Tweed - Penticton Arts Council
7. Jan Little and Jenny Long - Little Long Gallery
8. Kindrie Grove and Renee Mattheson - Martin St Gallery
9. Julie Mai - Artist
10. Katie Bennan - Central Okanagan Arts Council
11. Carl Keys - Artist



Sept 21st 8pm @ Craft Corner Kitchen
Tickets $10 HERE
$5 discount to attendees of Pecha Kucha wtth ticket stub or stamp.

ANIMALS IN MOTION: Scott Hamilton is back in BC after a year-and-a-half long adventure that blew him far off of his usual course. What started as a lesson on how to prune olive trees in Tuscany snowballed into a Greek odyssey about scores of displaced people marooned on the tiny island of Lesbos. His troubadour grit is rolling into a beating drum and his words have hardened into hammers. Scott is joined by Swiss graffiti artist Fanny Badaff whose live art show colours the atmosphere and animates the event with her playful take on absurdist robot overlord pre-historic creatures and other unsung heroes of modern art.



Sept 22nd 7-8pm @ Martin Street Gallery
Tickets $15 HERE
Jan Little of Little Long Studios once said "If you've never heard Mia sing, well, you just outta. It's like the whole heavens getting stuffed into your hearing holes. A little overwhelming, and very memorable." 
Mia Harris presents Vocal Arts production, Biography of a Voice, a brand new one-woman vocal performance piece. Mia Harris has been studying and performing opera and classical voice for the last 20 years.  It is now time to break the mould and boldly go where no voice has gone before.  Biography of a Voice blends a classical sound with contemporary theatre and tells a story of courage and self-acceptance.  



Sept 23rd 7pm @ Martin Street Gallery
Tickets $20
Sept 24th 2-4pm @ Martin Street Gallery
Tickets $25 HERE
Musical acts Wayne Llewellyn & Misty Knoll with Sax among friends featuring Yanti.



Sept 23rd 4-8 pm @ Penticton Art Gallery
Tickets $50 HERE, at Shatford Centre (Cash Only) and the Penticton Art Gallery

Following a very successful “Music and Art and All That Jazz” event last year, the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and the Penticton Art Gallery are pleased to partner again for another exciting evening.

Local artists and members of the Okanagan Symphony will come together to showcase the world of music and art, through performances exhibiting various “shades of brilliance”: -- both figuratively and literally.   The artists will create paintings inspired by the music they are hearing, which will be auctioned at the end of the evening.  Proceeds will benefit the artists, as well as the Gallery and the Symphony.

The evening will engage all the senses.  Guests will listen to music and experience the creative process of the artists, savour tasty bites and sample our local wines. An intriguing silent auction throughout the evening will also add to their enjoyment of the event.

Included in the silent auction will be several artful lampshades designed and constructed by local artists. These lamps are being constructed over the summer and will be on display leading up to the event.

Live painters: Jenny Long, Tovie Green, Alex Ross (DrawnAlex), and more to be announced soon!

Lampshade Artists: Jan LittleBethany HandfieldTim Tweed, Penny Escott, Dianne Gibson, Kristine Lee, Jenna Ratzlaff, Carla SutherlandAlexandra Goodall and Margot Stolz.

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Sept 24th 7-9pm @ Arts Rising HQ 456 Main Street
Tickets $15

BRODIE WEST, Solo Saxophone

As a bandleader and collaborator he is a key member of Toronto's vibrant creative music scene. Leader of avant-calypso unit Eucalyptus as well as his eponymous quintet. Brodie's music has been released by some of Toronto's most celebrated labels, including Healing Power, Pleasence, Blocks Recording Club and Rat-Drifting. Studies at the Amsterdam Music Conservatory with Misha Mengelberg lead to musical encounters with percussionist Han Bennink as well as The Ex, culminating in two tours to Ethiopia and the group's collaborative recordings with Getatchew Mekuria the revered veteran of the Ethiopian saxophone.

Brodie is currently touring Canada in support of his new album Alexandra Park

MANZAP, Andrew Wedman and Stanley Zappa on gutted piano harp, alternate tuning Rhodes, various reed instruments, and other odds and ends.

Take a listen to the piano harp and reeds album here

Show will lead into the festival closing party with DJ Wolf!



Sept 22nd 8pm - MIDNIGHT @ Lakeside Bufflehead Lounge
Tickets $50 
$5 Discount to guests if costumed or for those that bring “props”
If Snakebite doesn't make you recoil, you are probably dead! This evening is going to be a luscious cabaret experience. Boundless Belly Dance and Army of Sass will bring a spicy burlesque show. Kinshira Dance Troupe will have real live reptiles for your viewing pleasure. With musical guest Laila Neverland and her crew, as well as DJ Wolf, you will surely be dancing. 



Sept 22nd-24th Various Times @ 456 Main St
 Information available on Eventbrite and Festival Program

and program HERE
*NOTE: Youth are our future. Any youth under age 18 who would like to participate in the workshops but are short on funds are welcome to join for free. Contact us HERE to pre register for any of the workshops, or during the festival, the Arts Rising HQ staff will assist you @ 456 Main St

Youth, tweens, teens, and seniors, there is something for everyone! Including:
•  Feelin’ the Beat Hip Hop Dance Workshops Ages 5-6, 7-9, 10+  
• Theatre Improv Workshop with Peach Gravy Theatre
• Trisha Highley Compassion Flag Workshop
• Art and Soul Workshop with Nettie Steuernagel of Something Blue Photography* **
*Inspired by the popular Paint Nights that have popped up all over, Art and Soul is a fun way to interact with and meet other artists in the community and be creative at the same time. Aspiring artists come together and follow the easy instructions from a local artist, and are encouraged to infuse their creation with their own ideas. Supplies and refreshments are provided.
**These sessions are free, however there is a limit of 20 people per session, so call 250-328-8902 to sign up and reserve your spot. 




All Screenings  @ Landmark Cinemas
Tickets $15 per screening
The mission to Awaken Culture and unite communities will be on display during each screening of local and Canada wide films showcasing all walks of life, from LGBTQ+, environmental concerns, and Indigenous Peoples content.


LINE UP: Friday September 22, 2017 6:00 pm

•Short Film: Pocket Killer: confessions of a Snakekiller
•Shortfilm: Folding Paper
•Shortfilm: Ballot and the Bullet
•FEATURE FILM: The Darlings (Film Festival Opener) 
2017, Canadian
Directed by: Percvial M. Rye (Maddison Tebbutt)
Run time: 90 min
Genre: Thriller
Film is not yet rated (not suitable for very young audience) 

LINE UP: Saturday September 23, 2017 4:00 pm

•Short film: Scream of a Painting
•Short Film: Boy Meets Boy
Director: Jonathan MacPherson
2011, USA
Director: Sonali Gulati
I Am chronicles the journey of an Indian lesbian filmmaker who returns to Delhi, eleven years later, to re-open what was once home, and finally confronts the loss of her mother whom she never came out to. As she meets and speaks to parents of other gay and lesbian Indians, she pieces together the fabric of what family truly means, in a landscape where being gay was until recently a criminal and punishable offense.

LINE UP: Saturday September 23, 2017 7:00 pm
•Shortfilm: Stranded
•Shortfilm: Syilk Language Film
•FEATURE FILM: Searchers
Maliglutit (original title)
Directors: Zacharias Kunuk, Natar Ungalaaq
Inspired by the John Ford film The Searchers, an Inuit woman and her daughter are kidnapped by three Inuit men, while her husband and son are away. The Inuit husband sets out on a journey to find his family and punish the perpetrators. 

LINE UP: Sunday September 24, 2017 4:00 pm

•Short Film: Dragon Boat
•Short Film: Hello My Name is Herman
Director: Karine Silverwoman
Hello, My Name is Herman poignantly and humorously describes the relationship between a 91 year Jewish man, his lesbian granddaughter and her girlfriend. This documentary explores intergenerational and interracial relationships, coming out, aging and the process of accepting difference and love.
•Short Film: The Coin
•FEATURE FILMS: 48-Hour Film Competition and awards!
Tickets $10 for Award Screening and final showing HERE

LINE UP: Sunday September 24, 2017 7:00 pm

•Short Film: Home
•Short Film: Peking Turkey
2006, Director: Michael Mew
Peking Turkey is about Chris Wong who takes his French Canadian boyfriend home for Christmas. Instead of meeting the Fockers it was meeting the Wongs. Since it was made, it has screened at about 50 film festivals around the world, won several audience awards, been on LOGO TV in the US, Canal Plus in France and City TV in Canada. Best of all, it has been used as a tool to combat discrimination and bullying in high schools throughout British Columbia by Out in Schools. I am proud of this little film and thought it was the right time to share it online. 
•FEATURE FILM: Drunktowns Finest
2014, USA
Filmmaker: Sidney Freeland
Three young Native Americans - an adopted Native girl, a young father-to-be, and a trans woman who dreams of being a model - strive to escape the hardships of life on an Indian reservation. Nizhoni seeks out her past, well after being adopted by a white Christian family, Felixia, a trans woman, pursues a spot in the "women of the tribe" calendar, and Sickboy is headed to basic training so he can take care of his soon-to-be-born child. 



Sept 24th 6pm @ Craft Corner Kitchen
Tickets $35 HERE
Come out for a night of laughter and food. As you enjoy the delicious food of Craft Corner, watch our improvisers act on the spot. Catered by the amazing Craft Corner Kitchen, with veggie and meat options, ticket price includes meal! What an amazing deal, and seating is limited so act fast on this one!



September 21st Plein Air Day
$5 entry fee for wet paint sale
$5 for use of Open Studio
September 22nd Conference Demo Day
$55 FCA
$75 Public
$0 if registered in workshop Free admission to Reception
September 23rd Workshop Day 1
1) David Langevin
2) Pat Scrivener
$350 FCA $375 Public
3) Kit Bell
$200 FCA $225 Public
September 24th Workshop Day 2
1) David Langevin
2) Pat Scrivener
Catered Lunch and Coffee September 22,23,24

Email or call 250-770-7668 for a registration form and the details to this exciting and inclusive series of events!   

This year to celebrate culture in Canada for 150 years we are making “ Connections” within our community and nationally with other FCA chapters. We are in collaboration with Okanagan School of the Arts at the Shatford Centre during the Penticton Arts Council’s multi-venue Festival “Arts Rising”. Shatford will be hosting a national juried show for any FCA active member and a conference that is open to the public. This ambitious undertaking is planned and presented by the Federation of Canadian Artists – South Okanagan Similkameen (FCA-SOS) through its volunteers.
Plein Air Day is open to the public, as well as the art demostrations and opening reception. 

For more information about the workshop prices and overall conference pass view PDF brochure HERE

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NOTE: Tickets will be available at the door at most venues, but availability will be based off of venue capacity. Why risk it? Buy your tickets online now!


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Contact Us

If you are having any trouble finding what you are looking for on this site, please feel free to send us a question or comment. This Festival is for the entire community so your input is hugely important to us. Ask us about volunteer opportunities, artist applications, scheduling, or anything you can think of! We will get back to you as soon as possible.

Penticton & District Community Arts Council


The Leir House
220 Manor Park Ave.
Penticton, BC V2A 2R1

(250) 492 7997