To inspire and facilitate creativity with an appreciation of all art forms
About the Artists of the Similkameen
Formerly known as the South Similkameen Arts Society, the Artists of the Similkameen was formed in 2013 and is located in Keremeos, British Columbia. Keremeos is located in the beautiful South Similkameen Valley which is fast becoming known for its boutique wineries, orchards, ranching tourism, and now the arts.
The focus of the group is to establish an open and all-inclusive organization. Our goal is to celebrate the vast diversity of art forms, including but not restricted to visual and fabric arts, photography, sculpture, musicians, writers, and performing arts.
Since its inception, the group has run Art in the Valley fairs to showcase artists, held workshops, and hosted regular meetings where artists can share their knowledge and ideas with others.
The group assists in finding venues for those artists wishing to show and sell their art. The Events section below will often showcase where our artists are exhibiting and/or selling their respective crafts or postings of upcoming workshops. We also use this page to inform people about new exhibitions happening in the area by non-member artists we feel our members would enjoy.
We welcome artists of all genres from beginner to experienced.
Please contact us to learn about how to join our group. Your comments or contact information will not be published.
The Arts Café is an opportunity for local artists to meet and catch up while supporting each other. New members are always welcome. We invite all artists to bring any new pieces of art they have currently finished or are working on so we can all take a peek. We are not here to criticize or critique, we want to be awed and inspired by their amazing artwork. Also, we encourage attendees to bring a refreshment or snack for themselves.
We Welcome You!
Our monthly Arts Café is temporarily paused. Please stay tuned for a notice announcing our next Arts Café.
Don't forget to bring a toonie, so you can enter our monthly draw!
ART IS BREWIN'
We proudly announce our member, Dave Brewin as the winner of the Penticton Western News 2023 Best of the South Okanagan Local Artist Award. Congratulations, Dave!
AN ARTIST AT HEART
Dave is a talented, multi-faceted artist with a creativity that expands over several modalities such as photography, painting, and wood-turning. Since he was very young, Dave has had a love of art, beginning as a professional photographer in 1993 and eventually expanding his creative expression to abstract painting and then wood-turning.
AN EXPLOSION OF CREATIVITY
It was only In October of 2022 that Dave reintroduced himself to the wood lathe, something he hadn’t worked on since high school. But it was as though this avenue of his creativity was bursting at the seams to be expressed, as a prolific eruption of pieces ensued. As one masterpiece quickly followed another, his pieces evolved. He experimented with a variety of components and techniques, incorporating such things as grapevine wood. Incidentally, the wood has special meaning to Dave as it was donated to him by his friend George Hansen of Seven Stones Estate Winery prior to his passing away. Dave has now expanded to include other unique elements in his pieces, such as pine cones, Saskatchewan Diamond Willow, golf balls, and pencil crayons. He continues to explore other new fascinating things he can integrate into his artistic pieces.
If Dave can do all this in one year, we’re excited to see the new stunning creations the next year brings!
SEE MORE OF DAVE'S ART
If you want to see more of Dave’s work and keep up to date with his new releases, you can sign up for new art alerts on his website: www.artisbrewin.com. You can also follow him on Facebook and Instagram. Dave’s art is displayed in various galleries and wineries in the South Okanagan. You can contact Dave via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dave and his wife are residents of the Similkameen Valley. He is a member of the Artists of the Similkameen, Oliver Community Arts Council, and Penticton Arts Council. He is also an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists.