A Legacy of Canadian Art from Kelowna Collections

Guest curator: Roger H. Boulet
July 1 to October 15, 2017

The exhibition celebrates Canada’s 150th anniversary by bringing together significant Canadian works of art from private collections throughout the Kelowna area for visitors to view and enjoy. The selection includes remarkable historical Canadian works by artists such as Cornelius Krieghoff, A.Y. Jackson, Emily Carr, Lawren Harris, A.J. Casson, Jack Bush, Gershon Iskowitz, Jack Shadbolt, and Daphne Odjig. Works by lesser-known artists in the media of painting, prints, and some sculpture are also included.

The Kelowna Art Gallery published an accompanying catalogue illustrating the works in the exhibition. An essay by the exhibition’s curator, Roger H. Boulet, outlines the established art museum practice of borrowing works from private collections, as well as highlighting various moments in Canadian art history, thus providing a context for works selected for A Legacy of Canadian Art.

Roger H. Boulet’s long career as a curator and administrator in public art galleries includes posts at the Whyte Gallery in Banff, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, the Burnaby Art Gallery, and the Alberta Gallery of Art. Many years as a freelance curator and writer have included work for the Kamloops Art Gallery, the Kelowna Art Gallery, and the Glenbow Museum in Calgary. His long list of publications include significant works on Bell-Smith, Walter Phillips and, more recently, the Glenbow’s Vistas: Artists on the Canadian Pacific Railway (2009). He has contributed essays to exhibition publications for the Burnaby Art Gallery and the Kamloops Art Gallery. He lives in Summerland, BC.

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A special thank you to the Rogers’ Family Charitable Trust for their financial assistance with this exhibition.


Opening Reception
Saturday, July 15, 1 to 3 pm
This is a free event and open to the public.

Afternoon Tea and Tour with the Guest Curator
Saturday, August 19, 1 to 3 pm
Join us for afternoon tea and an exhibition tour of A Legacy of Canadian Art from Kelowna Collections led by guest curator
Roger H. Boulet. This event is free and open to the public.

Join us for Culture Days!
Footsteps at an Exhibition: A Conversational Walk-Through with Critic Michael Turner
Saturday, September 30, at 2 pm
Turner is a BC-based writer of fiction, criticism and song.

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