Art and literature lovers rejoice, this weekend in Hope

Visions of Hope opens at the arts gallery and books are on sale at bargain basement prices

Art and book lovers rejoice as this weekend in Hope features something for the lovers of the written word and the painted canvas.

Visions of Hope

by The Hope and District Arts Council

This December, Hope Arts Gallery members are responding to a challenge of presenting images of Hope. We feel that hope is a vital part of the Christmas spirit and given the name of our town, we will show our visions of the spirit of Hope.

We have 17 active local gallery members in this, our twentieth year. Along with the new works, we have numerous pieces in the other rooms of the gallery.

Please join us at the Hope Arts Gallery, 349 Fort St., Hope, B.C., for the exhibit opening on Sunday, Dec. 2nd, from 2-4 pm.

The exhibit will run from Dec. 1st to 20th Tues. to Sun., 10 -4 pm. The gallery will be then closed for Christmas and January, re-opening on Feb 1st.

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The gallery is operated by the Hope and District Arts Council and run by volunteers. For information, call 604-869-3400 or email hopearts @telus.net.

A big book sale at the Hope Library

The Friends of Hope Library group are hawking books at unbelievably low prices this weekend, at their annual book sale.

President Inge Wilson said the money raised from book sales go to things on the library’s wish list that just can’t be covered by their budget. At 50 cents to $2 a pop, it’s impressive the sale raises hundreds of dollars each year for these kinds of purchases. Last year the sale raised between five and six hundred dollars.

This may seem like a good chunk of change, but the costs of library materials such as tables and children’s play items can cost a pretty penny. Wilson points out a reading table, two of which the group purchased for the library, at $1,000 a piece. Keva blocks for kids are also on the library’s wish list for this year.

“We have lots of children’s books — soft covers and hardcovers. And 50 cents for a book, can’t really beat it. So if your kids love to read, and we hope all kids do, you can really stock up,” Wilson said.

There are also rows upon rows of soft- and hardcover fiction, non-fiction and special subject area reads.

“We also have some vintage books. I think the oldest one we found is 99 years old,” Wilson said.

The sale also has some gems for gardening enthusiasts, fans of Canadian history and even a few beautiful coffee table books about The Beatles.

The Friends of Hope library started in 2006 after receiving a grant from the New Horizons for Seniors program. The group has since then held yearly book sales, hosted quiz nights and enhanced the library in other ways including creating a seniors social area in the library and being a part of the library’s children’s programs.

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Wilson said the group is always looking for new members to join and support their local library.

The book sale runs from Friday, Nov. 30 to Sunday, Dec. 2 during the library’s opening hours.


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