(as printed in the Kelowna Art Gallery Journal, issue 44, May to August 2014)
The challenge of strengthening and deepening the relevance of the Kelowna Art Gallery’s work in our region and beyond continues to be an exciting task for those of us who work and volunteer on the Gallery’s behalf. I believe that the upcoming line-up of diverse exhibitions and public programs is a great demonstration of the excellent work we have been doing. We hope that you will be intrigued enough to come out and take part. Our exhibition Ann Kipling: The Falkland Drawings: a thirty-five-year survey is an inspirational and in–depth look at the work of this important Canadian artist. The accompanying catalogue contains beautiful reproductions of Kipling’s drawings. We are pleased to be launching a new series titled One on One, this year with Winnipeg-based curator Jenny Western and painter Kenneth Lavallee. Opening June 20th is Christos Dikeakos: Nature Morte. Dikeakos is a senior Canadian artist based in Vancouver. His solo exhibition of photographic prints and large projections feature the Okanagan and explores issues such as land and water use. The show will be accompanied by a full-colour catalogue. Edmonton-based artist Marc Sienger will have a solo show titled Adaption, which will feature a multi-media installation derived from his several trips to China. We are pleased to present Lynden Beesley’s Hortus Conclusus as the second commissioned Artist’s Garden Project in the Gallery’s Rotary Courtyard. And finally, be sure to check out Crystal Przybille: Wish at the Kelowna International Airport’s departures area. Accompanying the exhibitions will be lively Quick Talks, which include the exhibiting artists and engage knowledge from other professionals.
We are delighted to welcome the Delta Okanagan Grand as our sponsor for Free Admission Thursdays, which means thanks to the hotel, admission to the Gallery is free on Thursdays, and we are open from 10 am until 9 pm!
Don’t forget our Art Adventures summer camp, which employs professional artists, combined with outdoor adventures to teach children between the ages of six to eleven years old to create art in a lively studio environment. In July and August we are delighted to be presenting Friday For Teens Art Series with instructors Jim Elwood and Natasha Harvey.
All of our exhibitions and programs depend on the generosity of our members, donors, and supporting agencies, and we thank them for their ongoing support of our artistic endeavours.
Visit us often. Every month, there is more to see and do at the Kelowna Art Gallery. And as always, please let me know about anything we can do to make your experience richer and more enjoyable, your feedback is important to us.