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Art at The Roxby Call for Submissions

OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS! Uptown Rutland Business Association is looking for local artists to participate in Art at The Roxby.

Art at The Roxby is a collaborative project with the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan (ARTSCO), Okanagan Arts and Culture (, the City of Kelowna, and the Uptown Rutland Business Association.

For more information—and to register on-line—visit:
Or call the URBA office: (250) 451-9861

Submission deadline is July 22nd to participate for the month of August. This is a juried event.

The Kelowna Museums Collection Connection – It’s Summer in the Okanagan!

When the sun comes out more often and the days are longer and warmer, the atmosphere in the air changes; we know summer is here. People walk around with smiles on their faces and long to be outside more than indoors.

It is a time when our Agricultural Industries thrives. The blossoming trees start to bear their summer fruit and fresh food is always on the menu. Okanagan Wineries have their light summer whites out for tasting and one can sit and gaze at the fields for what seems to be forever.

Kelowna is lucky to be surrounded by hills filled with hiking routes for beginners as well as the experienced. Mountain bikes, road bikes and motor bikes all enjoy the challenge. Transportation is less about the car and more about scooters, skate boards, roller blades and running shoes.

The Kelowna Public Archives is filled with photos and ephemera of Kelowna visitors and residents having fun in the sun. Having the lake, the center of our community, as the background for regatta, sailing, dragon boat and hydroplane activities is quite the site no matter if the images are in colour or black and white.

Recipe books, catalogues, brochures and event tickets bring back good memories and chronicle our summer activities and remind us of sunny days and warm nights in the Okanagan.

The Vince Bezeau Military Library and Archives also has some interesting materials on summer military activities. Have you ever seen anyone wrestle on a horse? There are plenty of challenges our Military has to face on a daily basis but sometimes fun can be had through competition and outdoor training in the sun, especially if there is a pleasant breeze.

Summer in the Okanagan is such a beautiful time of year, there is lots to do, our industries thrive and we all feel a strong sense of place when the hills are green, the sky is blue and the water is warm. We enjoy having picnics, going to outdoor concerts and the dive-in theater.

 What Are Your Best Summer Memories?

Okanagan Man Could Be the Next Guitar Hero!

Okanagan man, Mike Miltimore of Lee Music has developed an innovative technique in guitar making using wood that has been harvested locally in BC.

Music is Mike’s passion. He lives and breathes music — on and off the stage and behind the scenes.

He has a patent pending on a new guitar design that reduces building time from 100 to 24 hours and has revolutionized a 150 year old guitar-making technique. “We have everything we need to manufacture our guitars right here using local products and providing employment for more people,” says Miltimore.

He has a chance of winning a $100,000 grand prize innovation award to continue pursuing his vision of revolutionizing the guitar and music industry. He will be relying on the public to vote for his project for a chance to be the winner of the 2012 BDC Young Entrepreneur Award.

Public voting is now on until June 19th.

Lee Music is a full service music store established 30 years ago with branches in Kelowna and Kamloops. Most recently the company started manufacturing custom guitars 3 years ago and has a patent pending on a new guitar line that will revolutionize the guitar industry.

Life is About Creating Yourself

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” -George Bernard Shaw

Dana Tanamachi: Chalk Letterer

I came across the work of Brooklyn designer Dana Tanamchi for a post on my personal blog for Faked Potatoes, and was surprised to learn she designed this incredible wine label for Nagging Doubt Wines‘ The Pull with Art Direction by Bernie Hadley-Beauregard & Laurie Millotte of Brandever. I love the use of typography here, classic and hand-crafted.

Fruit for The Pull was selected from several vineyards throughout the Okanagan Valley, including choice locations on the Black Sage Bench, Anarchist Mountain and the Osoyoos east bench. The wine is a Merlot-based blend, with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec.

The grapes received an extended cold soak, followed by a 20 day vinification to extract colour and tannin. The wine was hand punched daily for gentle handling and extraction of flavours, with 12 months in new and used French and American oak.

Only 100 cases produced in 2010. 2011 Vintage – 200 cases expected, available early Winter, 2013

The QR code on the label even leads you to this very excellent time-lapse video of the label creation.

Spotted! For Everyone

The Following

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“Coffee is brewed for friends, sipped for pleasure, and enjoyed by all.” Snapped this at Cannery Coffee this week before a nice long hike up Knox Mountain. Maybe coffee isn’t quite for everyone, and this is a bit less homemade than some of our other Snapped! features, but it’s still nice and it makes me smile!

Twenty Twelve: BFA Graduation Exhibition

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Enjoy yourself at the opening reception of Twenty Twelve, UBCO’s 2012 BFA graduation exhibition.

Twenty Twelve showcases the work of 34 emerging artists in a wide array of traditional, digital and interdisciplinary media with everything from painting to sculpture, textiles to printmaking, and photography and installation. All graduating artists will be available for mingling and meet-and-greet.

Opening reception starts at 7pm, including an award ceremony and live music by The Darylectones. Appetizers and refreshments will be provided, and exhibition catalogues and some artwork will be available for purchase.

(For those who would like to avoid the crowds, Twenty Twelve is open to the public daily from April 17 to 24 between 10am – 6pm.)

This event is open to the public and admission is free. Co-sponsored by the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies and the Visual Arts Course Union.

Where: Fine Arts/Health Building, UBC Okanagan (3333 University Way)
When: Saturday, April 21, 2012 — 7pm
When (Avoid the crowd): Open Daily April 17—24, between 10am—6pm
How Much: Free
For: Everyone

Broken Record

Presented by The UBCO Interdisciplinary Performance Program

Aren’t we all broken records? Since early childhood we learn through imitation, by copying others and the world around us. But the human body is like analog technology and, no matter how hard we try, the copy is never exactly the same as the original. Things transform as we repeat them.

This performance is a record of our process: the discoveries we made by recycling the sources that inspire us and repeating and copying the input we gave each other. And this record is by its very nature incomplete, full of loops and gaps, for you to fill in or tune in to.

Made and Performed by:
Jason Chan, Carson Cheng, Lee Cinnamon, Dill Claxton, Sarah Griffith, Natalia Hautala, Rhian Jack, Kate Janus, Kevin Jesuino, Dean Krawchuk, Tristan MacKinlay, Scott Mendonca, Brianne Messing, Shimshon Obadia, Trestan Shunter and Melissa Stein.

In collaboration with Ozgul Akinci and Nikki Cormaci, along with Guest Artist Instructor, Ame Henderson, and 2012 Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies Artist-in-Residence, Guy Cools.

Where: Kelowna Community Theatre (1375 Water St)
When: April 2, 3 & 4, 2012 — 8:00PM
How Much: $10 / $5 Students
For: Everyone