If you stop in the streets of Wells on a quiet day and listen very carefully, you can almost hear the rumbling of summer approaching. We may be 40 now, but as the end of April gets closer IMA is gearing up for one of our most program intensive, art-heavy, rootin’ tootin (yes, that’s right, I did say rootin’ tootin) summer seasons yet. This newsletter should give you all the information you need about upcoming programming. Be sure to check out our AGM information, as we’d love to see you there.
I’ve condensed this mailing into eight key points. If you get to point seven, and find yourself thinking “oh jeez, I hope this ends soon”, you can take consolation knowing that there is only one furthur point. On the other hand, if you get to point three and find yourself totally loving it, you can rejoice knowing there are still five more points to go.
-Sam the Intern
Summer Programs, Many Of Them
With the approaching summer comes a wealth of IMA programs! There are too many to go into detail here, but check out the comprehensive list below and click on any link that interests you for the full information. We would love to see you in Wells.
- Lurking In The Belly Of Poetry – July 8-11
- Toni Onley Artist’s Project – Jul 8-16
- Songwriting with Oh Susanna, Don Kerr, and Paul Linklater – August 1-4
- Songwriting & Rhythm Day Camp for ages 6-18 – August 1-4
- Sing About It – Singing Techniques – August 1-3
- 31st Annual Harp School – August 14-18
- Life Drawing Course – August 26-29
- Parts Of The Whole: Non-Fiction, Short Fiction, and Poetry Narratives – August 26-29
- Painting Your Inner Mandala – August 26-29
Scholarships and Bursaries are available for most of these courses! The deadline to apply for a scholarship is May 15 for all programs except for the Toni Onley Artists Project, for which the deadline is May 1st.
Click the video below to watch an overview of the Toni Onley Artist’s Project.
IMA Annual General Meeting & 40th Anniversary Party – Sunday, May 14
Please join us at the Island Mountain Arts Gallery at 12pm on May 14 (Mother’s Day) for the IMA Annual General Meeting. The meeting is open to the general public and we would love to have you there (If you would like to become a member of IMA, click the button below).
Later that evening, join us at the Sunset Theatre at 6pm for a complimentary BBQ and cake to celebrate the 40th Anniversary season of Island Mountain Arts, then enjoy a concert with IMA Artists-in-Residence, Tiger Moon.
Look at this glorious poster by Leya Tess! It even moves! Get your tickets now for the 14th Annual ArtsWells Festival Of All Things Art, August 4 – 7, 2017. The Early Bird Passes are available until May 30th! Things are gearing up for another beautiful weekend of music, art and good times. Don’t forget to bring your mug! We want to cut down on all the waste at the festival.
Barbara Wilson Painting Workshop
We are pleased to present a new gestural painting
workshop led by Barbara Wilson, May 20 – 22.
This is a workshop for artists who have some basic experience with painting fundamentals and composition, but for whom “loosening up “ or getting beyond tried and true recipes and thinking about painting in a new way.
Barbara is a western Canadian who’s gestural style developed over years of painting and drawing in many genres including landscape, buildings and figure. Pure abstraction has now become her main focus and it is this process of gestural expression moving towards pure abstraction that Barbara brings to IMA this year.
Barbara is also having an exhibition, “Coming from Nowhere: Thoughts Beyond Reality” at the IMA Gallery, which opens the night before the workshop starts on Friday, May 19 at 7pm.
En’owkin Scholarship Awarded
Congratulations to Tyrone Whitehawk, winner of the 2017 En’owkin Centre Scholarship to the Toni Onley Artists’ Project. Whitehawk is a graduate of the National Aboriginal Professional Artist Training (NAPAT) program at En’owkin, which provides professional artists mentorship and creation space. For over forty years the En’owkin Centre has operated a quality First Nation Post-Secondary Institution offering educational programs to enhance Aboriginal culture, language, political development and leadership and excellence in Aboriginal arts training.
The scholarship covers the tuition for the nine-day studio mentorship program, as well as all other costs associated with attendance and is made possible with the support of the BC Arts Council, The Penticton Art Gallery and the En’owkin Centre.
Other scholarships and bursaries are still available to the 2017 Toni Onley Artists’ Project, July 8 – 16 with mentors Shary Boyle and Joseph M. Sanchez. The deadline is May 1st and more Information can be found at http://imarts.com/scholarships-bursaries/ .
Students: Work For IMA
Are you a university student? Do you love music and art? We may have a job for you. IMA is seeking creative and motivated individuals to work with us for the summer. Positions include ArtsWells Festival Production Assistant, Summer Program Liaison, Community Outreach Coordinator and Gallery programming coordinator. Find more information and apply here.