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2018 Events

3:00 PM15:00

Sculpture Dedication, Ceremony + BBQ

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Please join us at the Leir House Cultural Centre on Sunday, September 23rd for the final event of Penticton Arts Council's Arts Rising Festival; the dedication and ceremony of the Clint George sculpture, "Bringing Back the Salmon Chief".

BBQ to follow.

This is a free event, but we ask that you reserve a ticket to help us with the BBQ numbers.

Clint’s magnificent steel sculpture was the People’s Choice winner of the 2017 public sculpture exhibition along Lakeshore Drive, and it tells the story of how the coyote brought the salmon back to the Okanagan Valley. When we found out that this meaningful sculpture was available to purchase, we felt that it deserved to stay right here in Penticton as the centerpiece of the historic Leir House property. This legacy acquisition will be permanently installed in front of the Leir House Arts & Culture Centre, for the enjoyment of visitors and our entire community for years to come.

If you would like to contribute to keeping this wonderful sculpture in Penticton for generations to come, please consider using the button below to make a donatation. 

Clint George with "Bringing Back the Salmon Chief". Photo credit: John Poon

Clint George with "Bringing Back the Salmon Chief". Photo credit: John Poon

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11:00 AM11:00

Arts Rising Arts Appreciation Day

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Please join us on Sunday, September 23rd at the Leir House Cultural Centre for our final day of Arts Rising. This will be a fun packed afternoon.

Events include:

  • Free upcycled crafts with Alice Strohmaier of Harmony Paper + Art

  • Yoga classes (see below)

  • Art market

  • Allan Markin performace

Yoga Schedule:

11 AM - Gentle Flow Yoga - 75 mins (Teacher provided by Starlit Yoga)

12:30 PM - Rise & Shine Vinyassa Flow - 75 mins (Teacher provided by Oranj Express Penticton)

 2:00 PM - Crystal Singing Bowls Healing Meditation - 60 minutes


4:00 PM Allan Markin

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6:00 PM18:00

A Smattering of Storytellers

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The Penticton Arts Council is thrilled that Chris Millin of Saint-Germain Cafe & Gallery is once again hosting his storytelling event - A Smattering of Storytellers - as part of Arts Rising. Local raconteurs will spin their tales - both tall and true - at this lively event.

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1:00 PM13:00

Arts Rising Music Walk

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The Penticton Arts Council's Arts Rising Music Walk includes numerous venues in downtown Penticton. 

Music Walk schedule of musical performances.

1:00 pm  Smugglers Smoke House + The People’s Soda (215 Winnipeg Street) Musician: Ari Neufeld

1:00 pm Matheson + Grove Fine Art (205 Martin St) Musicians: Martin Street Studio Mates

2:00 pm Tugs Tap House (260 Martin Street) Musician: Orange Sol with Bobby Bovenzi

3:00 pm Mile Zero Wine Bar (200 Ellis Street) Musicians: Maiya Robbie + Tavis Weir

4:00 pm Time Winery (361 Martin Street) Musician:  Daryl O’Neill

5:00 pm The Cellar Wine Bar (412 Main Street) Musicians: Crawford + Crossley Trio

8:00 pm Craft Corner Kitchen (557 Main Street) Musicians: .:0:. (Brazilian Jazz Trio)

The day of music continues with Arts Rising at The Elite Restaurant

(Please note the schedule, venues + participants may change)

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5:00 PM17:00

Arts Rising Art Walk

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The Arts Rising Art Walk will be involving Penticton galleries from the 500 block of Main street down to Marina Way. Along with the incredible works of art at each stop, there will also be musicians and some live painting. 

Art Walk schedule of musical performances.

The galleries are open during the entire art walk.

5:00 pm Picture This (133 Westminster Ave)   Musician: Mavin the Raven 

5:00 pm Matheson + Grove Fine Art (205 Martin St)  Musician: Gallery Four Friends (2 hrs)

5:30 pm Mondo Creation (221 Main Street)   Musician: Dennis Nordlund (2 hrs)

6:15 pm Front Street Gallery (60 Front Street) Musician: Jarrett Lobley

6:30 pm Tumbleweed (452 Main Street)   Musician: Debi Johnson

6:45 pm The Lloyd Gallery (18 Front Street)   Musician: William Leggott

7:00 pm The Long Gallery + Studios (374 Main Street)   Musician: Yarrows

7:30 pm Penticton Art Gallery (199 Marina Way)   Musician: Aaron Goodwin

All music sets are roughly 45 minutes unless otherwise indicated.

(Please note the schedule, venues + participants may change)

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Sculpture Walk: Friday + Saturday

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Join Robin Robertson on a guided tour of Penticton's Sculpture Walk. Tour begins at the steps of City Hall.  Tour ends at the S.S. Sicamous.

This event is free to attend, but does have limited spaces. Use the Friday or Saturday button below to reserve your space. 

Two Dates:

Friday, September 21st at 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Saturday, September 22nd at 10:00 am to 11:00 am

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6:30 PM18:30

All Candidates Forum: Arts + Culture

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The Penticton Arts Council is proud to be hosting the 2018 Penticton All Candidates Forum on Arts + Culture as part of the Arts Rising Festival. Robin Robertson is the moderator.  Candidates TBA. Thank you to Pat and everyone at Cannery Brewing for being our venue sponsor. 

As the kick-off event to the 2nd Annual Arts Rising Penticton Festival, the Penticton & District Community Arts Council will be presenting an “All Candidates Forum on Arts & Culture” on September 20th, at Cannery Brewing Company (198 Ellis Street).

Candidates for Penticton City Council who are in attendance will all be given equal opportunity to present their plans for the future of the Arts in our city. This forum will be moderated by Robin Robertson.

Participating Candidates (to date)


  • Jason Cox

  • Andrew Jakubeit (incumbent)

  • John Vassilaki

  • Dominic Wheeler

City Council:

  • John Archer

  • Duffy Baker

  • Karen Brownlee

  • Daryl Clarke

  • Glenn Clark

  • Christopher Evasin

  • Joe Frocklage

  • Isaac Gilbert

  • Lynn Kelsey

  • Jesse Martin

  • Doug Maxwell

  • Christopher Millin

  • Jenine Nicholas

  • David O’Brien

  • Marie Prior

  • Kevin Proteau

  • Frank Regher

  • Katie Robinson

  • Connie Sahlmark

  • Judy Sentes

  • Campbell Watt

Doors open to the public at 6:30 pm and the forum will run from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm.

This event is free to the public, but seating capacity is limited.

Update: Arts Rising: All Candidates Forum - Sold Out

Thank you to everyone who registered for a ticket(s) for the All Candidates Forum on Arts + Culture.

Due to the great interest in this event and limited seating capacity:

- We are advising that everyone with a ticket to please arrive at 6:30 PM to claim a seat.

- We will be releasing open seats at 6:45 PM

- The event will start right at 7:00 PM.

If you did not secure a ticket and would still like to attend, there may be limited seating available. Please arrive at the Cannery Brewing at 6:30 pm let the organizers know that you do not have a ticket and you will be directed to a waiting line. Unclaimed seats will be redistributed on a first come, first serve basis.

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