The Way They Came

A One-Woman Show

Playing at the Vallican Whole on FRIDAY, APRIL 15th.

Doors at 7PM, Show at 7:30.

Written and Performed by Ellie Reynolds

Midwifed by Bessie Wapp

Ellie is in her prime. She has an unusual but loving marriage and two beautiful small children, both born at home. Now they are out of diapers she is inching her way to more independence. That is, until an ill-fated IUD, a scheming Uterus, and an unreliable Placenta, join forces to knock Ellie off her birth-goddess high horse and force her to contend with an un-planned third child. Through an unbidden series of events, Ellie must summon her inner Sacred Mother, contend with the voice of her own Contempt, and find the answers to her burning questions – what if you trust your body and it lets you down? Does the way we are born really matter?‘The Way They Came’ takes a brutally honest and unflinching look at childbirth, from the ecstatic to the surgical; the stories we tell about how we all got here; and the blurred boundaries that separate birth, death, sex, and the precious condition of life. The show is dedicated to all who were ever born, including you.

TICKETS: Will be available at the Door, and can be reserved by emailing

Artist Residency Program!

We are excited to announce the launch of the Vallican Whole Artist Residency Program, a partnership with the Slocan Valley Community Arts Council. Applications open in January 2022. Learn more about it here.

50th Anniversary T-Shirts

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Vallican Whole, local artist and friend-of-RARTS Bob Inwood has updated his iconic Vallican Whole image to be printed onto 100% cotton t-shirts.

We are selling these shirts for $50 each, as a fundraiser for the Vallican Whole going into our second half-century. Your purchase also gets you a year’s membership in RARTS! Click the image below to read more and order your own shirt.

** Please note, we currently have limited inventory, so we will be making a second print-run in early 2022.

Jolly Old Elf Holiday Market

December 17th and 18th, you are invited to join us at the Vallican Whole for the Jolly Old Elf Holiday Market.

On Friday, the market will run from 3pm to 7pm, with musical entertainment by Sharon Lang. On Saturday, vendors will be open from 11am to 6pm, with a concert by Diamond Willow starting at 1:30PM.

Many beautiful local vendors sharing arts and crafts, perfect for holiday gifts. Warm drinks and treats for sale, and the chance to buy some limited edition Vallican Whole 50th Anniversary t-shirts!

Covid protocols in place – physical distancing and masks indoors. All are welcome, no admission charge. For more information, please email RARTS board member Nancie at