Art is in our heart
Lake Country is home to numerous artists, a brand new public art gallery and a well-established private gallery. The greatest annual art exhibit and sale in the BC interior takes place here on the second weekend of September --- called ArtWalk, exhibiting over 3000 original works of art. The event plays host to over 7000 visitors.
Every day, all year long, visitors and residents alike can enjoy public art displayed on Main Street North such as the clock sculpture that marked Lake Country’s 10th anniversary, and the irrigation waterfall. Public art can also be found in numerous parks and in front of the District of Lake Country office.
Lovers of arts will thrill to a tour of the side roads of our lovely community, where they can find numerous welcoming art galleries and studios. The Barn Gallery is a premiere private gallery, easily accessed off Oyama Road, open from the May long weekend through Thanksgiving, Friday to Sunday.
We have a new public Lake Country Art Gallery, and there are several working studio/galleries in the District. For instance, every August long weekend a group of artists co-host an annual Carr’s Landing art tour. Chris Malmkvist Art Studio/Gallery (250-766-4459.)
Lake Country Museum is a fun and interesting stop across the street from Okanagan Lake and housed in the old Okanagan Centre schoolhouse. Check out their blog spot for more info!
Craftspeople blossom here, too, including award-winning fibre artist Darlene Homenchuk at Oyama Lake Alpaca Farm, whose working studio is open “by appointment or chance.”
The performing arts also thrive in Lake Country. Musicians perform in our parks every summer weekend during the Open Air concert series; and the community is served by two dance schools. Lake Country School of Dance as well DreaMotion Dance Studio
Lake Country Big Band started in year 2000 by Ed and Mary Atherton who posted an advertisement in the Calendar newspaper to bring an instrument down to the GESS band room Friday night at 7pm and play some jazz. The band has since stayed at about 20 members.The music they play is Big Band Jazz classical and modern. They are open for performances for dances or musical entertainment throughout the Okanagan Valley.Email email@example.com or call 250-718-2458 / 250-766-2254.
The Creekside Theatre is a delightful 250-seat theatre in the modern Lake Country Community Complex (10241 Bottom Wood Lake Road). Named for Vernon Creek that runs behind the complex, Creekside is a busy place year-round, providing a home to theatre and performing arts group in Lake Country and a host venue for dozens of renowned travelling productions. The theatre itself is comfortable, intimate and air-conditioned --- a great place to stop and watch a show of your choosing.
Lake Country is host for an arts educational workshop and gala for youth, called the Summer Arts Scene for Youth.
For more regional and provincial information art & cultural check out Van Dop Arts & Cultural Guide to BC