Art in Action: Community

April 20 to September 15, 2019 For this year’s 33rd Art in Action student exhibition at the Kelowna Art Gallery, young artists were asked to create artworks inspired by their community. Middle- and high-school students throughout the Central Okanagan Region were encouraged to use artistic expression to illustrate their thoughts…

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Water Travels a Cycle

David Wilson Sookinakin March 13 to September 18, 2019 David Wilson, Great Blue Heron Dance (detail), acrylic on canvas. In his combination of linear forms and vibrant colours, David Wilson creates circular compositions that draw from the symbols and stories of his Okanagan First Nations heritage. Exploring traditional narratives and…

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Understory

Jane Everett March 9 to June 16, 2019 Jane Everett, Understory (detail), in studio, 2018, charcoal on drafting film. Understory is an immersive mixed media installation that evokes the feeling of standing amongst the grand forests of the British Columbian interior. The installation includes large-scale charcoal drawings of Lodgepole Pine,…

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The Poetics of Space

February 2 to May 5, 2019 Annie Pootoogook, Listening to the Radio, 2005–06, pencil crayon, ink on paper, 41.6 x 51.0 cm, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Gift of Claudia Beck and Andrew Gruft. Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery The Poetics of Space presents a range of historical and…

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Our Lives Through Our Eyes: Nk’Mip Children’s Art

January 19 to April 14, 2019 Our Lives Through Our Eyes: Nk’Mip Children’s Art brings together over 75 works of art created by children and youth who attended the Inkameep Day School during the era of World War II. Under the tutelage of Mr. Anthony Walsh the school, which was…

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Okanagan Log Pile

Fern Helfand Satellite Space at the Kelowna International Airport August 2018 to February 2019 Fern Helfand, Okanagan Log Pile (detail), 2018. Photo montage on Sintra board. Collection of the artist. Okanagan Log Pile embodies the duplicity of forestry in British Columbia. While it represents the province’s forests as a potentially…

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Bring Out Your Best: Members’ Exhibition

November 3, 2018 to January 13, 2019 The Kelowna Art Gallery is pleased to host our annual members’ show this November. Our members play a very important role in the Gallery’s continued success, and this is our opportunity to recognize and celebrate the talented artists in our community. This year…

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The Rossi Collection: A Circle of Friends

November 10, 2018 to January 20, 2019 Dr. Luigi Rossi, a radiologist who practiced in Grande Prairie, Alberta, for 30 years, found his true passion in collecting Canadian art. An early patron of contemporary Indigenous art, Dr. Rossi acquired works by artists such as Alex Janvier, Norval Morrisseau, and Daphne…

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Aleksandra Dulic and Miles Thorogood: Journey of a Pod

October 20, 2018 to February 24, 2019 Installation view: Aleksandra Dulic and Miles Thorogood: Journey of a Pod, 2018. In this interactive and immersive installation, artists Aleksandra Dulic and Miles Thorogood invite visitors to engage with the wandering of a seed pod within Okanagan creek systems. Expressed through the interplay of…

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Tania Willard’s Gut Instincts

A lasting component of Woven Together, an exhibition guest curated by Jaimie Isaac Summer 2018 to summer 2019 Gut Instincts, 2018, Digital mural on adhesive textile, laser cut silk and satin ribbon, copper welding rods, wood stumps. Courtesy of the Artist. Gut Instincts is an affirmation of women’s intuition, gut instinct and…

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Woven Together

Guest Curated by Jaimie Isaac July 14 to October 7, 2018 Curated by Jaimie Isaac, Woven Together is a group exhibition featuring Indigenous artists Ursula Johnson, Meagan Musseau, Meghann O’Brien, and Tania Willard. Each of these artists’ work relates to the woven basket as a contemporary methodology to explore epistemologies,…

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A Cultivating Journey: The Herman H. Levy Legacy

This exhibition is organized and circulated by the McMaster Museum of Art and curated by Dr. Ihor Holubizky, Senior Curator. June 16 to October 28, 2018 Camille Pissarro (French/Français, 1830–1903), Pommiers en fleurs/Apple Trees, 1870, oil on canvas/huile sur toile, 45.7 × 55.3 cm, Gift of/Don de Herman H. Levy, 1984, McMaster Museum of Art…

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Awestruck, Calendar of Ecology

Julie Oakes Satellite Space at the Kelowna International Airport February 19 to August 13, 2018 Awestruck, Calendar of Ecology is based on calendar constructs and set in the future, as if a display in a museum that is documenting life on earth as it once was in a more perfect…

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Art in Action

April 14 to June 17, 2018 For the Kelowna Art Gallery’s 32nd annual Art in Action exhibition, young artists were asked to create works inspired by nature. The natural environment encompasses the interaction of all living species, climate, weather, and natural resources. It is important that youth in our community…

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Immaculate Deception

Johann Wessels April 7 to July 8, 2018 In Immaculate Deception, Penticton-based artist Johann Wessels explores how art can trick both the eye and the mind to seduce and persuade its viewers. In this new series of works, paint and substrate form the foundation for a number of relics and artifacts the artist has…

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Okanagan Print Triennial

March 24 to May 27, 2018 The Okanagan Print Triennial (OPT) is a juried exhibition that focuses on print making. Launched in 2009, this year marks the fourth iteration of the exhibition, which is organized in collaboration with the Vernon Public Art Gallery and the Faculty of Creative and Critical…

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Viral Objects

February 10 to April 8, 2018 Viral Objects is an interdisciplinary collaboration between the three undergraduate program areas within Creative Studies at UBC Okanagan: Visual Arts, Performance, and Creative Writing. The sculptures serve as a starting point, and inspire or “infect” projects in performance, creative writing, drawing, digital media, and…

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GWAII HAANAS – Islands and Sacred Sites

Joice M. Hall January 20 to April 1, 2018 Kelowna-based artist Joice M. Hall’s exhibition, GWAII HAANAS – Islands and Sacred Sites, is a painting installation inspired by 1600 digital photographs that she took during a two-week artist residency in Haida Gwaii in 2016. The 18-foot installation is a panoramic…

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Gary Pearson: Short Fictions

January 20 to March 18, 2018 Short Fictions attends to the marked and fascinating evolution of Gary Pearson’s painting over the decades he has worked as a professional artist. The Kelowna-based artist works largely in painting and drawing, with a strong graphic sensibility and a stark, spare, linear style. This…

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Elder Artists in Classrooms Project

September 23 to November 26, 2017 This exhibition showcases works created by students from Central Okanagan Public Schools that have been inspired by seven elder artists. The school project was coordinated by artist and art educator Jim Elwood, and was developed so art students could learn about the rich history…

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