Meet The Oliver Sagebrushers The Sagebrushers have been a very active club for 50 years or more. One of the original members of the group Evie New still paints with us today. The Sagebrushers meet every Tuesday morning at the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre from 8:45 to 1 p.m. The club hosts many workshops within the year, including all mediums. We do have professional artists such as Larry Jackson from Regina teaching watercolours, Robert Wood from Gainsborough Gallery in Calgary teaching oils, Dale Mathews of Summerland teaching watercolours and Leza Macdonald, now from Olive,r teaching the appreciation of art. Our own members Janice Cornett-Ching, Marion Trimble, Evie New, Sandy Boblin and Arlie Richards teach as
well , imparting the skills and knowledge they have learned to the club. Many events are presented by the Sagebrushers. We participate in the WOW Trade show every February, Art at the Owl in April during Arts and Culture Week, the Fall Art Show and Sale in conjunction with the Festival of the Grape in October, the Arts and Crafts Sale in November as well as smaller shows at the Quail’s Nest. An exciting venue, the Quail’s Roost Art Gallery has become a major project for our members. The Gallery is located on the mezzanine floor of Rustico Farm&Cellars Winery, Highway 97 and Road 16. Bruce Fuller has graciously provided the space for us, and after six months we found it beneficial to expand. The Gallery is open
from May to October , however it may be visited during the winter months when the winery is open. We will be celebrating our first Anniversary of the Gallery at Rustico in May. The winter of 2011 became a mural panel painting project for the Downtown Enhancement committee. We were approached to do murals for the empty storefronts. The unveiling took place in March, with much appreciation of the quality of the paintings. This led to another project, the mural on the south facing wall of the Field's building. A core group came up with the design which met approval and the work began. Under the direction of Project Manager Leza Macdonald we could be found very early in the summer months, due to the intensive heat by 9 a.m. The latter weeks in October found us wearing hand warmers in our gloves. The mural was dedicated with great pride to the Community on October 29. On January 2012 a new project began with Children’s art lessons. The ages of the children range from 4 to 19 . The children are divided into age groups. Leza Macdonald is an excellent instructor teaching the appreciation of art. The semesters run for six weeks, with a reception and art show on the final day to enable the parent, grandparents and public to view the creations, and to encourage the young participants. The Sagebrushers are a very dedicated club who enjoy bringing art and beauty to our community. We welcome new members whether they are beginners or advanced artists. As well as our many projects, we do have social activities and fun. For enquiries phone Sally Franks at 250-498-0104.
Okanagan Sun - April 2012