Erotic Art and Mermaids

It's Art seen! with Glenna Turnbull.

From the Erotic Art show to Keloha, to chilling out with Mermaids, this week is so packed full of fun things to do, there’s no excuse to even think of turning on a TV set.

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Friday night it’s the sixth annual Okanagan Erotic Art show. Having attended them all, I have noticed that each year, the opening night gets better and better and better so I’m expecting this year to be a lot of fun at the new Sparkling Hill venue!

The first Okanagan Erotic Art show was held back in 2008 at the Rotary Centre for the Arts and attracted about 50 people. This year’s event will exceed 300.

Founder and organizer Julia Trops said they received almost 200 entries from artists across Canada and the US for the show and juried it down to the best 80 pieces.

As of Monday afternoon, there were only a handful of tickets left for the opening and Trops said they expect to be completely sold out so if you don’t have a ticket in hand, don’t drive out expecting to buy one at the door.

Entertainment during the night includes classical guitarist Alan Rinehart, a seductive dance by Vernon’s City Dance, a titillating reading by Jessika LaFramboise and ends with a collaboration that has me most intrigued, called Musartiqa, which features dancer Angel Jutzi, artist Angie Bonten and musician Tony Koenen all improvising with each other.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with entertainment starting at 7 p.m. Dress should be upscale casual and costumes and masks are encouraged. Tickets for opening night are $30 and include a drink coupon, available online at and partial proceeds will be donated to the Central Okanagan Hospice Association in honour of the great late Tracie Ward.

For more info on the venue, visit the Sparkling Hill Resort site at

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Friday night, The Party Aquatic makes a splash at the Kelowna Art Gallery as the next installment of their popular GO Party events. While the official press release called for nautical inspired attire such as navy stripes, talking with Joshua Desnoyer at the KAG, he said, “For those that dive in a little deeper, think sailors and mermaids, captains and crew, tattoos of anchors and pin-up girls, tiki bars & Tahiti dancers. Grass skirts and colourful starfish and coral-inspired shirts, or if you are feeling especially brave, an outfit inspired by ‘The Love Boat.’ Basically anything inspired by the big briny blue will do, and dressing up is completely optional. Just a fun way to enjoy the evening.”

Tickets are $20 for KAG members, $30 for non-members and include two beverage tickets, appies and entertainment. The Party Aquatic begins splashing at 7 p.m. and is a fundraising event to benefit the gallery’s programing. It also coincides with the opening of their newest exhibit by artist Douglas Walker called Other Worlds.

Get tickets online at or call 250-762-2226. No ticket sales at the door.

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The Keloha Music Festival is this weekend at Waterfront Park. What an amazing line up of musicians they’re featuring! Friday night’s line up includes The Trews and Yukon Blonde, Saturday features Arkells along with local favourites Fields of Green and Malibu Knights, and Sunday wraps up with a full line up that includes Current Swell, The Boom Booms and so, so, so many more. Tickets start at $49.50 for a day pass or three day passes starting at $119.50, available at One Boardshop, Pita Pit (Bernard Ave. location), Freeride Boardshops in both Okanagan Mission and West Kelowna. Gates open at 3 p.m. Friday with the first musical act getting underway at 4 p.m.

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There are some great shows coming up at the wineries this summer, some of which have already sold out, such as the Gipsy Kings at Mission Hill and Jim Cuddy at CedarCreek. But there are still tickets left for the other shows at both wineries including the Chris Botti show at Mission Hill on July 12, LeAnn Rimes on July 28 and Pink Martini on Aug. 9. And at CedarCreek, in addition to the sold out Jim Cuddy show on July 21, they’ve got Michael Burgess on July 31, the Nearly Neil Show on Aug. 11and the Sam Roberts Band on Aug. 25. I fully expect the Sam Roberts show to sell out as soon as word gets out, so if you want tickets, act now. Tickets are $99 plus taxes and fees at

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The Chris Botti show will also sell out. Chris played at Mission Hill last year and all I heard for a week after the show was what an amazing performance I’d missed. I caught up with Botti a few weeks ago while he was in New York. He bumped our interview time back an hour so he could finish laying down tracks with his buddy Sting. He was then heading off to London to start a tour with Barbara Streisand. “She really doesn’t have an opening act, so it’s Barbara Streisand featuring Chris Botti,” said the Grammy award winning trumpet player.

While he won’t have either Sting or Streisand here with him, he was looking forward to returning to what is arguably the most scenic venue in the Okanagan for a concert – Mission Hill Estate Winery. You’ll find the full story and interview and with Botti on my blog, Click here for the link: ArtSeenOkanagan

Tickets are already sold out for the concert only and for the Terrace dinner plus concert but there are still some left for the Loggia Wine Lounge & Concert. The Loggia includes reserved seating in the forward rows and a fabulous array of hors d’oeuvres and wine prior to the show. We had Loggia tickets last year and were blown away by the great food offered up and, of course, the amazing Mission Hill wine. Get your tickets at

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Speaking of scenic venues, have you been up to Kelowna Mountain yet? They officially opened on Canada Day with a great bash that featured Okanagan Symphony Orchestra. I could not get over the beautiful views and how many different spots there were that will be perfect for hosting different events. From weddings to concerts, this will grow to become one of the most loved location for the Kelowna area’s arts and cultural life. And of course, you have to take in the suspension bridges, including the one known as the Water Bridge, which is the longest suspension bridge in all of North America. What a place! Check it out! The gift shop opens this weekend and the view is well worth the drive! And a quick tip: make sure to wear comfortable shoes you can walk in – flat with good traction.

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Festivals Kelowna have got their free concerts in the park running again for the summer. A great way to enjoy the hot summer nights with your family and friends, this weekends line up includes a few of the musicians playing Keloha as well, such as Willhorse on Friday and the great Kate Morgan on Saturday night. Check out their full line up for the weekend online at

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Attention singers and actors: Auditions for Theatre Kelowna’s Sentimental Journey: A 1940s Radio Show, take place at the RCA Friday from 5 to 9 pm and Saturday from 12 to 5 pm. You can get all the details at or call Joe at 778-214-8822.

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Also for singers, there’s a Vibrant Voice Technique workshop coming up Thurs. July 11 from 6 to 9 pm at Bumbershoot Children’s Theatre with David Ley. Find out what all the buzz is about – literally as the buzzing of vibrators is used to help with your voice. Cost is $45. For more information, contact Bumbershoot at 778-478-0142.

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That’s it for this week. You can follow my updates on Twitter @ArtSeenOkanagan and email me your events to [email protected]


Article written by Glenna Turnbull

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