(as printed in the Kelowna Art Gallery Journal, issue 43, January to April 2014)
The creative work of the Board, staff and volunteers at the Kelowna Art Gallery (KAG) continues as we welcome 2014 with an exciting and diverse line-up of exhibitions and community programs covering a wide range of media, in which we hope many of you will participate. As we look ahead to the coming year, we plan to continue to ignite the vision and mission of the KAG in many different ways and play an important role in the lives of the residents of this community and beyond. Our goal is to ensure the Gallery is a highly visible and loved gathering space. The importance of the arts and culture cannot be overstated, as a dynamic cultural environment enhances our individual and community health and well-being, as well as providing numerous economic benefits. With that in mind, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have supported the Gallery over the past year. We look forward to your continued involvement.
We are pleased to present Unreal, a unique exhibition that features works from the Vancouver Art Gallery’s permanent collection, and David Rokeby: Very Nervous System, on tour from Carleton University Art Gallery in Ottawa. We are delighted to be featuring Ann Kipling: The Falkland Drawings: a thirty-five-year survey, curated by KAG’s Liz Wylie. This is the third major solo exhibition originated by the Gallery that features local or regional artists and will be accompanied by a major publication. We are proud to introduce our latest exhibition series One on One, guest curated by Jenny Western and featuring the work of Kenneth Lavallee, titled Man and Nature. Our Front Project space will feature Day Job, guest curated by Neena Soud.
In addition to enjoying our excellent line-up of exhibitions and community programs, be sure to buy your tickets for our second annual Appetite for Art, which will take place on Saturday March 15, 2014. This is our most significant fundraising effort of the year and is another opportunity to support the Gallery and our ongoing educational programs.
On Thursday, April 17, 2014, at 7:00 pm the Gallery will host its Annual General Meeting. This is an opportunity thank the KAG’s dedicated staff and Board of Directors for their work and commitment to providing a social space that encourages people to meaningfully engage with the visual arts. We would like to thank Board member Mary Smith McCulloch for serving a complete six-year term and for her vast contribution to the cultural life of this community.
Thank you again for your support and loyalty to the Kelowna Art Gallery. Your commitment is deeply appreciated. Please be sure to let me know what we can do to make sure the Gallery is a place you want to continue to be a part of. Your feedback is extremely important to us.