Arts and Culture Week from April 10 to 16

B.C. Arts and Culture Week runs from April 10 to 16. Pictured here is a mural from students at Duncan B.C.'s Maple Bay Elementary entitled Our Neighbourhood.

The Boundary District Arts Council (BDAC) celebrates B.C.’s 12th annual Arts and Culture Week with a Performance Gala on Friday, April 15 at 7 p.m. in the Grand Forks Secondary School’s auditorium.

This show features the abundant talent of local BDAC member groups, including the Grand Forks Pipes and Drums, poetry from the Writers Guild, dances by the Hip Sisters, Rara Avis, Spiorad an Damhsa, music by voice, piano and violin students and a short skit by Rivers’ Edge Theatre.

Admission at the door is $7 for adults or $2 for youth. Come and help celebrate the arts! Other Arts and Culture Week events include an exhibition of visual arts by local artists and craftspeople, on display in the Reid Gallery (upstairs in Gallery 2) from April 11 to

April 23 during regular Gallery 2 hours.

All the artwork is handmade – blown glass, quilts, beading, dolls, woodwork, paintings, photography, drawings and pottery. During Arts and Culture Week there will be tours and demos for over 100 students from Hutton and Perley.

They will see demos in fencing, dance by the Hip Sisters and storytelling.

As this year’s theme is “Green It and Mean It,” the students are also creating posters with environmental topics, which will be displayed in Gallery 2.

For those with an interest in the fibre arts, the various guilds at the Focus on Fibre building (8120B Donaldson Dr.) are holding a drop-in open house every afternoon from 1 to 3 p.m. from April 11 to 14, in conjunction with Arts and Culture Week.  There will be needlework happening on April 11, quilting on the 12th,

spinning and knitting on the 13th, and for the 14th, weaving. Everyone is

welcome to attend. Coinciding with arts week is the next in Rivers’ Edge Theatre’s not-to-be-missed series of Brown Bag Theatre presentations.

They will take place on Thursday, April 14, Friday, April 15th and Saturday, at 12:15 p.m., at Gallery 2. Tickets are $5 at the door.

On Saturday, April 16 immediately following Brown Bag Theatre, is a reception to celebrate the 12th annual B.C. Arts and Culture Week and to thank everyone for a job well done.

The reception features music and dance by our talented youth – a terrific finale for BDAC’s arts week festivities.

These arts week events are part of a special year, as the Boundary District Arts Council marks its own 35th anniversary of presenting the arts in our region.

For more information about Arts and Culture Week events, please call Erna Gobbett at 250-442-8569 or go online to http://www.bcartsweek.org/index.html.