Executive Director’s Message
(as printed in the Kelowna Art Gallery Journal, issue 42, September to December 2013)
As the largest public art gallery in the Okanagan, the Kelowna Art Gallery offers a wide variety of exhibitions and programs in the visual arts. We are passionate about connecting people, art, and ideas. Our goal is to provide a social space that encourages people from all walks of life to meaningfully engage with contemporary art, and ensures the Gallery is a highly visible and loved meeting place.
Over the coming months, Kelowna Art Gallery is pleased to present an exciting line up of enriching exhibitions and public programs covering a wide range of media and featuring Canadian artists. We are delighted to be able to offer innovative educational and hands-on programs to accompany the exhibitions, as we continue to explore new ways of truly engaging visitors of all ages.
We welcome back some familiar activities at the Gallery, as well as introduce some new ventures, which we hope you will take advantage of and enjoy.
We are excited to present a major exhibition of Vancouver-based artist Keith Langergraber, organized by the Gallery’s curator, Liz Wylie, in partnership with the Southern Alberta Art Gallery in Lethbridge, and titled Keith Langergraber: Theatre of the Exploding Sun. An exhibition catalogue will accompany the show and will be available at the Gallery.
The Gallery has also partnered with Art Brew to produce Saturday Morning Cartoons, a juried show taking place in the Front Project Space that will feature 30 local artists.
Past to Present: Members’ Exhibition is taking place later this fall. This is an excellent opportunity for Gallery members to exhibit their achievements and participate in a group show. As you know, there are many other benefits to being a Kelowna Art Gallery member and plenty of reasons to buy a gift of membership for family and/or friends.
Art classes for adults, both during the day and in the evenings, are a great way to express creative inclinations and enjoy life-long learning. In addition, our collaborative Lunchbox Series, Quick Talks, and Engaging with Art! (all free of charge) offer a variety of opportunities for visitors to learn and talk about art.
All of us – the Board of Directors, staff and volunteers of the Kelowna Art Gallery – would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank you, our members and friends, for your continued support of the Gallery and its mission to strengthen visual arts in the community. By presenting a wide range of nationally recognized exhibitions, publications, educational programs, and community-based projects, we provide opportunities to be inspired, to learn, to create, and to debate. We couldn’t fulfill this mission without you.
Enjoy all the season has to offer and be sure to take part in the activities planned at your Gallery.