November 7 to December 6, 2015
Preserves: Prepared for Future Use is a community exhibition project exploring the development of Kelowna and the history and memories of the people who have shaped it. As Kelowna becomes a high-tech hub, and as the wine industry flourishes, the region’s multicultural history is at risk of becoming eradicated. Our aim in this exhibition is to use art to create a bridge among generations and ethnicities to explore community members’ memories.
The Kelowna Art Gallery is pleased to work with BC-based artist Maggie Shirley, who came up with the concept. Preserves will consist of various personal artifacts belonging to numerous individuals, which have been preserved in coloured gelatin inside regular preserving jars. These jars will be on display on shelves in the gallery’s windows for the duration of the exhibition. Each jar is personal and tells a local story that strengthens its makers as they have declared publicly what is important to them.
The show will also contain works of art by local artists who have thoughtfully considered the development, history, and heritage of Kelowna.
Opening reception Friday, November 6, 2015, from 7 to 9 pm
This is a free event, open to members and guests by invitation.