This letter is to inform residents and artisans of Vanderhoof and area of events which recently occurred and will occur in our area.
On November 7, a combined art exhibition of the Nechako Community Arts Council and the Diversity Legacy Project was celebrated at the conference room of the Vanderhoof Public Library. The presentation of the tabletop book In Sight of Sinkut Mountain, a locally produced book, was exhibited for the gathered arts enthusiasts. Those gathered also enjoyed a sampling of snacks and goodies from various cultures prepared by residents from different countries and cultures. This presentation of various tastes was originally premiered at the play Saik’uz and Settlers. There will be other presentations of cultural diversity in the coming year.
Immediately following these activities, the AGM was held for the NCAC (Nechako Community Arts Council) at which 10 people attended. Officers and directors were acclaimed for the coming year for this umbrella organization which is a non-profit volunteer based service organization whose purpose is to stimulate and develop arts activities at the local level. Following was discussion of arts activities and needs, primary was the need of a facility for the performance and execution of artistic projects. The need of a facility is even more pressing as the previous facility was demolished as being an unsafe building in spring 2011 and there is no apparent replacement facility for the Arts Unlimited, the theatre groups, and the other prior inhabitants of the demolished building.
It should be mentioned that there is an exhibit in the conference room of the Vanderhoof Public Library for the next month of a travelling CIRAC art exhibit, but don’t postpone viewing these paintings because they will be sent to the next library (community) in only a month. On November 9, a number of people gathered at the same conference room of the Vanderhoof Public Library for a presentation by the author, Diane Phillips, of the local book, Beyond the Home Ranch . This is the second book by the daughter of Pan Phillips about growing up on the remote ranch called the Home Ranch. A slide show accompanied the presentation which was an informative evening and added to the rich heritage of the early settler farmers Rich Hobson and Pan Phillips.
Upcoming events include an ambitious undertaking of presentation of Music Man by the Vanderhoof Childrens’ Theatre. Performances begin at 7 p.m. on Nov. 24, 25, 26, Dec. 1, 3 and admission is by donation at the door. This is a very active arts group also in need of a home. On Nov 20, a sunday afternoon, the Northern Orchestra was scheduled to perform a concert with selections “From The Golden Age” at the Vanderhoof high school. Also, I am hearing rumours about a performance in spring of Fiddler on the Roof. So be careful, there are arts activities all around us and these activities need our support and enjoyment.