• Arts & Culture

Paint the town.

Around here, it’s easy to see how artists find inspiration: sunshine streams through the canopy of leaves, filtering its way to a cluster of fruit and transforming each tiny grape into a glowing orb. See? We live here, and even we are affected.

Take one part setting sun, add two parts live music, a dash of evening air, and stir for hours. Outdoor concerts can make a summertime getaway extra special, whether it’s grooving to jazz in the park or catching the first glimpse of a Juno-quality band at a local winery. It’s the perfect backdrop for an outdoor music gig – from dancing on the lawn with your best friend, to kicking up your heels at a bluegrass festival.

Stimulate all of your senses – including a feast for your eyes. The technicolour beauty of farmer’s orchards and the desert sky inspires painters, sculptors, and other artists to put their best brush (or yarn spinner) forward. In fact, the entire community gets involved – locally raised sheep donate wool for hand-dyed yarns, and landscapes pose daily for en-plein-air painters.

Leza MacDonald
Paint Your Wildside - Enjoy painting in a studio setting with Wild Woman Artist, Leza MacDonald. Create your own colouful, Wild Fabulous, Masterpiece! Talent Optional. Friday, Saturday or Sunday 1-4pm. Supplies Included. $45 PP, By Appointment Only. For information on Wild Women or other party options e-mail [email protected] Art Gallery ~ Photo Gallery ~ Art Shows ~ Photo Lessons ~ Art Lessons ~ Media ~
Mike’s Photography
250-486-2112
Aerial Photography for the Okanagan

I Fly Photo is an Okanagan-based aerial photography company specializing in high-quality aerial images. With experience in commercial, residential, air-to-air, and landscape photography, I Fly Photo will exceed your expectations and provide you with professional and beautiful images at reasonable rates.
Music In The Park & Oliver Evening Market
Music In The Park & Oliver Evening Market during Thursday Summer Months - July and August and the Occasional Warm September Thursdays...
Music In The Park - Thursdays 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. Admission by Donation
Local musicians perform outdoor concerts. Classic rock, folk, country, and more! Bring a lawn chair or blanket. E: [email protected] www.oliverartscouncil.org
Oliver Evening Market - 4:30-8:00pm in Oliver Community Park! Great shopping including local produce, food truck, art, jewelry and more… www.oliverrecreation.ca
NK’Mip Desert Cultural Centre
250-495-7901
The spectacular Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre (pronounced in-ka-meep) is the Okanagan’s newest family tourism destination. The state-of-the-art interpretive centre is an architectural marvel sensitively constructed into a hillside. Extensive indoor and outdoor exhibit galleries create a fun, interactive learning environment with hands-on displays, education stations and two multi-media theatre experiences. Discover the fascinating stories of Canada’s only desert and share in the rich living culture of the Okanagan people.
Oliver and District Heritage Society
250-498-4027
Dig into Oliver's exciting Gold Mine past or delve into your family history.
Oliver and District Museum & Archives
778-439-3100
We invite you to take part in your history, the history of your community, its ancestors and its happenings of yesterday, today, and tomorrow . . . The Oliver and District Heritage Society operates both the Museum and Archive facilities in the Town of Oliver. Step back in time by entering the Fairview Jail (currently under revision), one of the few remaining intact buildings from our gold mining past!
Downtown Heritage Walking Tours are also available in brochure form year round or by via a tour guide from June to August. For tour details contact the Museum.

Oliver Community Arts Council
250-485-0088 (messages)
Fabric arts, fine arts, plastic arts, and performance arts: Oliver has them all! The Oliver Community Arts Council (OCAC) has been a hub of artistic activity in Oliver, British Columbia since 1970. The OCAC is a non-profit society and registered its charitable status in September 2006. It is an umbrella group currently representing eighteen member groups, fifteen businesses and about 80 individual and family members, including both art-related and arts-supporting members.
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