Message from President Tracey Carnochan
Welcome to our first newsletter of 2021. With all the changes and challenges that are currently being felt by the arts community and in consequence, the Osoyoos & District Arts Council it was important that a mechanism was put in place to reach and share information with our members and member groups. So here we are.
Needless to say, covid has not been kind to the arts community. The inability to have mass gatherings has seriously impacted our musicians and preforming arts. Likewise, The Art Gallery of Osoyoos was forced to limit the numbers within their space as well as the amount of time they were open. Collaborations in many forms have limited what our community groups were able to do. The same restrictions have impacted the board as we have now had to find the means to gather and work remotely as well as pushed back strategy sessions and group interactions.
As the situations changed we tried to find various changes to help and highlight our community artisans and performers. We feel we are on the brink. The new website is the first step as it will allow for more tools to be put into use for the benefit of both the board and the arts community. The Osoyoos Performing Arts team has explored many options and is now ready to utilize a couple of ways to bring performances back to you. The Art Gallery of Osoyoos continues to showcase local art with all the proper safeguards in place and have a full slate of shows lined up for the year. We are moving forward and are looking forward to the new initiatives we have been exploring and are now ready to execute. Exciting times!
Be sure that the Osoyoos & District Arts Council board has missed you and is looking forward to the day that we can meet at that concert or art show and just have that conversation.
Take care and stay safe.
President, Osoyoos & District Arts Council
Fortunately, the Art Gallery has been able to remain open and shows have been on going.
AT THE ART GALLERY OSOYOOS
February 4 to February 27, 2021
Featuring the Osoyoos Quilters Guild.
A raffle for a one of a kind quilt will be held. Tickets for the raffle will be on sale for $2.00 each
Osoyoos Performing Arts (OPA)\
It has been difficult to schedule and put on "Live Shows" due to Covid 19 protocols, Double Stop Creek did a concert in the summer performing for a full house.
We are going to do some virtual shows that you can enjoy from the comfort of your homes. The first will be on Valentines Day, February 14th. Mad Jazz will be performing. This show will be using the Side Door platform. Here is a short sample video https://youtu.be/mSynUQmVIVk
More show information and ticket purchases (about $20) can be made here.
Osoyoos Performing Arts presents: a Valentine's date with MAD Jazz! | Side Door (sidedooraccess.com)
Go to the Performing Arts page on the website to get more information.
People who are either Visual Artists or Performing Artists can now get profile pages on the Osoyoos Arts Council website. There is a yearly fee of $50. $20 of the fee goes to paying for a Osoyoos & District Arts Council membership and the other $30 goes towards The Art Gallery, Osoyoos Performing Arts and other community projects. People who prefer to pay their ODAC Membership elsewhere,, only need to pay $30 per year. The Profile page can be used to introduce the artist, and some of their work to interested people and can have links to their own website. OR an artist can use the page as their own website.
Visual Artists include people who Paint as well as people who do other visual arts such as Photography, Quilting, Wood Carving, Pottery etc
Performing Artists include Bands, Soloists, Poets, Dramatic artists, etc,
To get more information about getting a Artist Profile page on the website, contact Earl at firstname.lastname@example.org
Osoyoos Photography Club will be doing a show at The Art Gallery Osoyoos , March 4 - 27, 2021
Membership in the Osoyoos Photography Club is growing. Check out their page on our website to get more information and see some wonderful photographs such as the one shown above.
Interested in volunteering? the Osoyoos & District Arts Council has several volunteer positions available ranging from becoming a Director on the Board to volunteering for the Osoyoos Performing Arts, Fund raising, Website, Program Development or Membership Committees. So if you want more information contact email@example.com
Osoyoos & District Arts Council website www.osoyoosartscouncil.com
Please take a few minutes to complete this survey Osoyoos & District Arts Council Community interests Survey (surveymonkey.com)
Next Newsletter scheduled for April 1st