JOIN US FOR A FESTIVE SEASON EXHIBITION OPENING- FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22 AT 7 P.M.
NOVEMBER 22 TO JANUARY 19: MAIN GALLERY
OKANAGAN ARTISTS IN THEIR STUDIOS with GUEST CURATOR PATRICIA AINSLIE
The Okanagan is home to a remarkable concentration of outstanding contemporary artists with national reputations. Despite the high level of their achievement, many are not widely known in the local community – nor, ironically, is it generally recognized nationally that such a strong group of artists are living and working in the Okanagan. Clearly, there was a serious need for a book and exhibition dedicated to these artists that would showcase their work and add to our knowledge of the creative excellence in the region and guest curator Patricia Ainslie undertook that challenge.
In preparation for the project, Patricia Ainslie visited all the public and private galleries in the valley and the University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO), talked to artists and those involved in the field and made many studio visits. The resulting book and exhibition Okanagan Artists in Their Studios features thirteen senior professional Canadian artists of great originality and imagination with well-established careers who now live and work here. They include Byron Johnston, Bryan Ryley, Daphne Odjig, Jock Hildebrand, Joice M. Hall, Ann Kipling, David Alexander, John Hall, Briar Craig, Julie Oakes, Gary Pearson, Jim Kalnin, Fern Helfand. The individuals selected have also made a contribution to the development of the visual arts in Canada far beyond the Okanagan through their own exceptional work, as well as teaching, mentoring younger artists and exhibiting their work. They have had solo exhibitions or have been included in exhibitions in public galleries across Canada, some also internationally. Some have lived here most of their lives and have taken their inspiration from this place, while others had established their reputations elsewhere but moved here for a variety of reasons, including the opportunity to teach at UBCO. The range of media, style and intention is diverse. Some draw on the spectacular local landscape for inspiration, some delve deep within themselves for guidance, still others continue explorations begun elsewhere.
Join us for a festive opening to the holiday season. Tour the exhibitions and meet the artists. Our Gift Gallery is trimmed to the brim with enticing and unique items for the holidays and Gallery members receive a special discount on all Gift Galley purchases.
NOVEMBER 8 TO DECEMBER 24
PROJECT ROOM — SMALL TREASURES, UNDER $300 EXHIBITION & SALE
NOVEMBER 15 TO JANUARY 19
TONI ONLEY GALLERY – IN SAFE KEEPING, RECENT DONATIONS TO THE COLLECTION
November 23 at 2 p.m.
Exhibition Walk ‘n Talk with guest curator, Patricia Ainslie
November 27 at 2 p.m.
Topics ‘n Tea with Gallery intern Brooke Nyhus
December 6 at 7:30 p.m.
First Fridays – Open Mic Night in the Tea Room
December 18 at 2 p.m.
Topics ‘n Tea with Julie Fowler
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