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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 Studies at the University of British Columbia Okanagan.

The exhibition showcases work by artists from Canada and around the world, from Toronto to Thailand. The techniques used in their printmaking vary from traditional to experimental, and include methods such as lithography, gunpowder transfer, and Chine-collé.

The exhibition is accompanied by a full-colour publication that features reproductions of the works in the exhibition, as well as an essay entitled Contemporary Printmaking in the Context of Postmodernist Art, by guest writer and freelance visual arts reviewer Agnieszka Matejko.

The Okanagan Print Triennial is curated by Briar Craig, professor of Printmaking, Photography and Drawing at UBC Okanagan, and Lubos Cullen, curator at the Vernon Art Gallery.

Opening Reception and Curators’ Tour
Friday, March 23, 6 to 8 pm

Join curators Briar Craig and Lubos Cullen for a conversational walk-through of the exhibition.
This is a free event, open to members and guests by invitation.

This event is held in conjunction with the reception for Viral Objects.




Art in Action

April 14 to June 17, 2018


For this year’s 32nd Art in Action student exhibition at the Kelowna Art Gallery, 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 have the ability and disposition to consider the interdependence of people with each other and the natural environment. Students who demonstrate this social responsibility are active, caring, and responsible members of society. We hope that this theme will teach students that ideas and beliefs within a work of art have the power to affect change.

Opening ReceptionThursday, May 3, 6 to 8 pm

This is a free event, and open to the public.


Immaculate Deception

Johann Wessels

April 7 to July 1, 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 created. Wessels has meticulously crafted these pieces and employed his arsenal of artistic tools to fool the viewer and reveal thrilling old tricks.

Art has served religion for centuries – consider Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper, or the ceiling of The Sistine Chapel, painted by Michelangelo. Throughout the history of art, it has also functioned as propaganda for ideology and consumerism. In Immaculate Deception, Wessels has taken a closer look at Western art symbols, reconstructing them in new and imagined ways, to draw attention to the value and status people have assigned to these icons and objects. The resulting works range from relics that appear to have been constructed in ancient times from natural materials like wood or rock, to painted depictions of artifacts that are glossy, rich, and ornate.

Born in South Africa, Wessels attended the University of the Freestate and graduated with a BA in Fine Art with majors in Printmaking, Drawing, and History of Art. Wessels taught printmaking and history of art at universities across South Africa. He also worked in the Canadian film and television business as an artist for many years. He now focuses his attention on fine art.

Artist’s Tour and Opening Reception
Friday, April 6
6 to 8 pm
This is a free event, open to members and guests by invitation.


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 environment. Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter reconnect with primal themes of the land, animals, and the elements. Self-consciousness in their demeanour, the animal subjects are given the reverence of saints—fur perfect and eyes bejewelled. They seem to reflect an ideal of nature rather than the real, messy and unpredictable “otherness” of the animal kingdom.

Julie Oakes received a Masters in Visual Arts, NYU, and a Masters in Social and Political Science, New School for Social Research, in New York. After living in Toronto, Oakes, with Richard Fogarty, moved back to Vernon where they designed and built Headbones Gallery and her studio.


Dylan Ranney: Refuge

The Artist’s Garden Project at the Kelowna Art Gallery 2017 / 2018


Spring 2017 to Spring 2018

Think back to your childhood and if you were fortunate enough to grow up with any amount of contact with the natural world – even if it was only an empty lot near your home – you may have had the idea of creating a hide out there. You perhaps used found materials to make yourself a secret refuge from the world, where you could rest and dream, feeling a connection to nature, like a bear in its den.

It is this sort of memory that is Ranney’s starting point for his garden installation titled Refuge. Visitors may simply wish to enjoy a space where they can get away from the noise and have a moment of peace, or they may choose to reflect on what the idea of refuge might mean now, with the need for sanctuary from ongoing conflicts around the world.

Ranney has constructed raised beds, with plants that grow low to the ground gradually giving way to those that are taller, as the visitor navigates to the heart of the space. You are invited to visit the pod structure, built from natural materials harvested locally, where you may wish to sit for a while.

Opening Reception
Friday, June 23, 7 to 9 pm
This is a free event, open to members and guests by invitation.


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EXHIBIT: Heather Yip & Bethany Handfield

January 3 @ 8:00 am – March 30 @ 8:00 pm

Pacific Safety Products Boardroom Exhibition

Artist Statement:

“Welcome to Whimsy Peaks! A town located at the top of some snowy mountains; possibly on this planet, but probably not. If you venture here who knows what kind of life forms you will encounter. Are these real entities or simply your own fading memories. You decide. Either way don’t tell anyone, Whimsy Peaks needs more visitors like you.”

-Heather Yip & Bethany Handfiel



March 3 @ 8:00 am – March 30 @ 8:00 pm


South Atrium Exhibition



John Delaney is an Emmy award winning Storyboard Artist, Director, Designer, Animator and Comic Book Artist with over 30 years of experience in live action production and both 2D & 3D animation as well as Gaming.  He is the first director in Canada to direct, design and deliver a full 26 episode season of an international action/adventure property -Voltron Force which debuted as the highest rated premier ever on Nicktoons.

In comics John has drawn for DC Comics – Justice League Adventures, Superman Adventures, Dexter’s Laboratory, Scooby Doo and many more. For Bongo Comics John has drawn The Simpsons, Bart Simpson Comics, the Eisner award nominated Death of Comic Book Guy, the McBain one shot and Futurama.


UBCO Photography Students, ‘FOCAL POINTS’

March 2 @ 8:00 am – March 30 @ 8:00 pm


Alex Fong Galleria Exhibition

From black and white photographs hand printed in the traditional darkroom, to digital images montaged and manipulated in Adobe Photoshop, this exhibition highlights the wide diversity of content and form in the work being done by photography students at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. This collection of photo based artwork has been created by students in second, third and fourth year and is being shown in both the Alex Fong Galleria, March 2 – March 30, and the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art’s Member’s Gallery, from March 3 – March 17, 2018.

Opening Reception on Friday, March 9th from 6-8pm


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March 23 – April 7, 2018

March 23 – April 7, 2018

Opening reception March 23 

Bruce Roth belongs to British Columbia’s Artist Sculptors. He is using metal based construction, and concrete material to create indoor and outdoor sculptures based on human image and nature subject matter. His work belongs to many private collections in Canada and Europe. Bruce supports national and local charities, and organizations including : Compassion Canada, Habitat for humanity, Rotary Clubs and Kelowna food banks.



March 23 – May 5, 2018

March 23 – May 5, 2018

Opening Reception March 23 @ 6-8 pm

Vancouver-based Emily Neufeld’s practice revolves around domestic spaces and place, and explores the link between a person’s identity and their location. She uses homes slated for demolition as starting points for her art and performs interventions in the space that act as continuations of the evidence of daily life of previous residents of the homes.




The Hambleton Galleries

Proudly Introduce

Christina Clarke

Born in Orillia, Ontario, Christina began painting horses at an early age and spent countless hours creating, experimenting, and exploring water and oil-based media for their potential to bring life to familiar scenes.

Her current work is primarily in acrylics, while her subjects aim to capture single moments of light and weather as they animate the natural landscape. Exploration, immersion, and observations in nature are essential to her development process. A self-taught artist, Christina is passionate about continuous improvement and advancement of her skill and knowledge through workshops, community, and experimentation.

Christina is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and currently resides in Vancouver with her husband. Her work is now viewable at the Hambleton Galleries in downtown Kelowna.


 2018 ARTSCAPE – Spring Session

Artscape is an exhibition program dedicated to providing local professional and emerging artists with year-round, special exhibitions, high profile showcase locations, and marketing opportunities.

Sarah Gagnon at Aubin and Associates


Sara Gagnon was born and raised in Kelowna, B.C. Canada.  She comes from a big, creative family and is the only daughter among six brothers. Sara has always been encouraged in the arts and began painting as a teenager. Over time her love for the visual arts grew and she has spent countless hours observing […]


Terry Thomson at Kelowna Community Theatre


Terry Thomson is a First Nations male from the Nlaka’pamux (Ing-kla-cap-ma) Nation. His First Nation band is the Cook’s Ferry Band in Spence’s Bridge B.C. Born in Smithers B.C. in 1970, he has spent a majority of his life living in the Okanagan/Similkameen region. Terry graduated from Princeton Secondary in 1988 and spent two years […]


Bobby Vandenhoorn at the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce


Bobby Vandenhoorn, an artist by passion, was born on Vancouver Island BC in 1982 and has lived in the Lake Country area for the last 14 years. By the time he was 17, he was painting his first outdoor wall mural, and since then, he has commissioned over 50 different murals not only for homeowners and […]


Rachel Neale at Mission Library


Rachel Neale explores the relationships with self, others and nature through mixed media and abstract paintings. Rachel is not afraid to tackle big emotions, messy conflict and conversations about mental health. Her intent as an artist is to illuminate the beauty and messiness of the human experience. She works on canvas and wood panel with acrylic, […]


Christopher Byrd at Okanagan College Library


Christopher Byrd has a Masters degree in Communication Studies from McGill University and is a retired secondary school teacher of English, Photography, Filmmaking, and Graphic Design from Montreal. In retirement, he recorded his world travels in digital images that he now prints, mounts, and exhibits. While photojournalism was an integral part of his travels […]   NEWSOKANAGAN COLLEGE LIBRARY


Moozhan Ahmadzadegan at Okanagan College Library


Moozhan Ahmadzadegan attempts to create works that are critical, contemplative, and challenging. Currently, his practise involves themes of identity such as race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality. Moozhan aims to challenge the conventions of art. This process gives him the opportunity to experiment with different materials, surfaces, and display methods in order to contemplate the boundaries […]



Megan Byers at Okanagan College Library


Megan Byers questions the history of the portrayal of the female figure by painting images that have a sexually charged feeling, even if these images are completely innocent. She explores themes of feminism, sexuality, beauty standards, gender norms, and the history of the portrayal of women. Megan is currently finishing her final semester in the […]





SWAC Call to Artists



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Welcome to New Moon Art Gallery in West Kelowna, BC
New Moon Gallery, located in West Kelowna, BC, has a unique atmosphere with a gallery of original artwork and a working studio. Enjoy a cup of tea in the ambiance of acoustic music while you browse our collection of Canadian works in paintings, photography, sculptures of bronze and stone, wood turned bowls, pottery and jewelry.
New Moon Gallery is owned and operated by artist, Linda Lovisa. At any given time you visit the gallery, you’ll find Linda working on her latest works or teaching and demonstrating in the studio. Art classes are offered year around in acrylics and watercolour.
“All great art is the expression of man’s delight in God’s own work,
not his own.”
~John Ruskin~
There is nothing like the Okanagan landscape to inspire new and acclaimed artists in their quest to capture it’s natural beauty. The shimmering lake, vineyards, and mountains provide constant stimulation for uncorking creativity. Come visit Wesbank’s newest gallery, dubbed “Westbank’s hidden Gem.”

Plein Air Painting at Quail’s Gate Winery

Saturday, June 2 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm for morning light (rain or shine)

Learn the how to’s about outdoor painting with Linda Lovisa. If you are curious about plein air or want to explore plein air painting,  please join us at this beautiful Okanagan location. All mediums welcome….pastel, charcoal, watercolor, acrylic and oils.

It has some of the most beautiful vistas in the valley. This session also includes a picnic lunch created by Chef Roger along with a glass of Quail’s Gate wine! We will paint from 8am till noon and then lunch will be served. Arrival on site will be 7:30 so we set up and capture the morning light. All mediums are welcome.

We had the most beautiful day for our plein air session at Quail’s Gate. I will do another one in the fall to capture the golden fields. Stay posted for the next outing. Hope you are able to join us next session.

Cost:               $85.00 per session, lunch and taxes included

Contact the Gallery to register soon as the class has limited spaces available or phone 778-797-0791




On Sunday afternoons from 2  to 4:30 pm until June 3 enjoy Truly Beloved Opera Classics at the Ad Lib Art Gallery on Bridlehill Drive in West Kelowna. This wonderful gallery/studio of original oil paintings and photographic artwork set amidst a panoramic mountain/view garden oasis will whet your appetite and awaits you for the 5 stars unique experience that has won the 2016 District of West Kelowna Community Bloom Best Residential/Commercial Award.

Curated music together with arts and culture showpieces feature outstanding performances and artists of some of the world’s best opera repertoires all supported by interesting background information and historical documentation. Enjoy organic homemade Viennese desserts made with the best ingredients of traditional family Austrian recipes handed down for generations along with a variety of delicious Viennese coffees.

Claudia Kargl at the opening of the Ad Lib Art Gallery

Due to limited space an RSVP is required.


Download the Ad Lib Art Gallery Brochure HERE

May to June programme

May 6thJohann StraussThe Waltz King

May 13thThe Magic of Mozart

May 27thThe Power of Beethoven

June 3rdViennese Charm of “The Fledermaus” (The Bat) and “The Merry Widow”

Total cost of program $45.00 or $15.00 per session.  Email:  tel. 250-768-1404

For a detailed 2018 spring/summer schedule of upcoming showcases visit


Create Your Own Van Gogh

Sunday, May 20, 2pm – 4:30pm


Create Your Own Van Gogh – Saturday,  May 19,  2 pm – 4:30 pm – SOLD OUT – Sunday, May 20, 2pm-4:30pm –  NEW EVENT ADDED – Guided by Professional Artist LOUISE LAMBERT,


Grizzli Winery is introducing the Impressionists, where you can create your own tribute to Van Gogh.  Wine, food pairing, along with all your art supplies are included for this enjoyable Saturday afternoon.

This impressionistic workshop is equally enjoyed  by novice and experienced  painters alike.  Everything you need is included.  Listen to inspirational music and enjoy wine while creating your works.

Our last two workshops sold out, so be sure to reserve now by calling 250-769-6789 or email:



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Saturday, May 26 (2 – 7 pm) & Sunday, May 27 ( 10 am – 4 pm)

The Peachland Art Group will host its 58th Art Show and Sale on Saturday, May 26, and Sunday, May 27 at the Peachland Community Centre on Beach Avenue and 6th Street in Peachland. The Saturday hours have been extended … 2:00 – 7:00 PM. Sunday hours are 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Over 40 artists will display more than 400 paintings. There will also be artist greeting cards available for sale. The theme this year is “Wish You Were Here” with paintings depicting our beautiful Okanagan Valley. Admission is by donation. Please join us.







Peachland United Church

Friday,  May 4 – 7:30 pm

Featuring the award-winning Sharlene Wallace from Toronto, and Aaron Ord, the Okanagan’s rising Harp talent!

Tickets: $20 – Adult/ $15 – Senior   $10 – Student, Child

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24th Annual Dollhouse Miniatures Show and Sale

The Miniature Enthusiasts of the Central Okanagan present the 24th Annual Dollhouse Miniatures Show and Sale,  which will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at the Peachland Community Centre, 4450-6th Street, in Peachland.  Hours are 10 am to 3 pm.   Admission is $3. Children under 8 years are free.  For further information call Paul at 250-767-2842





JJ Levine: Alone Time / Switch / Queer Portraits

JJ Levine is a Montreal-based artist working in intimate portraiture. Levine is currently enrolled in a Masters of Fine Arts in the Photography program at Concordia University. Mostly known for the series Queer Portraits, Alone Time, and Switch, Levine has been honoured with several awards and received grants from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts. Levine’s work has been exhibited at galleries and art festivals across Canada, the United States, and Europe. As well Alone Time and Switch have been featured in art magazines, journals, and newspapers internationally. Levine’s artistic practice balances a radical agenda with a strong formal aesthetic.

In an interview with Matthew Hays for Vice Magazine in May 2015, JJ Levine said: “I like the idea that portraiture confers importance on its subjects, and in photographing people who do not fit into mainstream, or what are generally considered culturally valuable representations of bodies, genders, and sexualities, I’m suggesting that we are important. So in that sense I would say that my work is not about gender non-conformity, but a desire to contribute to a visual culture that assigns value to people I identify with and care about, because they are fiercely beautiful and deeply valuable to me. Some of my projects address ideas around gender perception, such as Alone Time and Switch, but Queer Portraits is more about my relationships and the people I feel connected to, some of whom are trans and some of whom are not.”

Alone Time is a series of brightly coloured photographs of couples sharing intimate interactions of domestic life; however, each “couple” proves to be a single model, appearing as both the male and female character in the same frame. By demonstrating an individual body’s capacity to engagingly and believably embody two genders, my project questions the mainstream depiction of binary gender roles. This conceptual decision to double the gender presentation of a single body challenges normative ideas surrounding gender presentation and instead implies that gender expression can be fluid and multiple. As well, through the technical aspects of my work, I challenge representational tropes: while the individual photographs are shot on slide film, scanned, layered, and digitally collaged to create the final illusion of “two people,” no aspect of the subjects’ genders are digitally altered – the images are successful because they are visually convincing without manipulation of the subjects’ body through means other than makeup, costume, and pose, further emphasizing the notion that gender is malleable.

Switch presents the viewer with what initially appear to be pairs of classic studio portraits of heterosexual couples. Upon closer examination, however, each diptych is comprised of two models, not four. I dress each model as a man in one image and a woman in the adjacent one. By staging the same models twice in each pair of photographs, I don’t give any clues as to the subjects’ lived genders, therefore challenging the idea that gender is stable, consistent, or single. A parody of traditional portrait studio images of couples, the project specifically challenges the gender roles espoused by such photographs, subverting imagery of so-called normative existence. Through this project, I aim to reconstruct relationship dynamics with a queer and camp sensibility.

Queer Portraits 2006-2015 is a large photography monograph depicting one hundred portraits of Levine’s friends and family in Montreal over the past nine years. Each studio-lit portrait is shot on medium or large format film, and taken in a different domestic setting, characterized by saturated colours, and discursive backgrounds.

Reflecting on the challenges faced by the Trans Community today JJ states: “until trans people can access employment, housing, public washrooms, and basic social services such as healthcare, with the safety, respect, and dignity that cis people are granted, I don’t think anybody should be over it. Trans people, and especially trans women of colour, are disproportionately subject to violence, harassment, and state repression such as incarceration in Canada. I also think that sometimes racism and imperialism are replicated when we talk about “us” as progressive, tolerant Canadians and “them” as non-Western societies that are homophobic or transphobic. I do think it is important to acknowledge when victories are won and encourage people working for change. It’s because of the work of so many trans activists around the world, and people just living their queer/trans lives, that more and more people are able to come out as trans. Sometimes just bravely existing and people supporting each other day to day is huge even if it isn’t under the banner of “activism.”




The title of the exhibition, Ipseity, traces its etymology to the Latin root ~ ipse, “self”, and is used as a noun to describe one’s selfhood; individual identity and individuality. Through the eyes of each of the participating artists we hope to bridge our differences and expand the fabric of our culture by promoting and accepting everyone’s uniqueness and individuality including those age old constructs regarding gender and identity. “Ipseity” is by no means intended to present a thorough exploration of gender and identity, but rather this exhibition presents a number of personal narratives intended to start a greater conversation which I hope will lead to a better understanding of the complex issues faced by those in the LGBTQ+ community.

This exhibition has been one of the most challenging I have ever undertaken and as open as I thought I was, and for all my friends who are part of the LGBTQ+ community, I have come to the realization that this is a subject way beyond my own life experience and all I thought I knew has been thrown out the window. I am grateful for the help and advice I have been provided, and the guidance of so many to help me navigate the complex issues that surround not only the LGBTQ+ community, but also ideas and notions of gender and identity. I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Cassels and especially Tobaron Waxman for their mentorship, patience and help co-curating a significant part of this exhibition and for taking the time to help me navigate the Transgender Community. This is not a black and white world and there are as many answers and experiences as they are people on this earth and we need to free ourselves from fearing those who are seen as being different and embrace the one thing we all need most in our lives: love and respect.

There isn’t a person alive whose life hasn’t been profoundly touched by or inspired by a member of the LGBTQ+ community and we need to come together as a united voice in support for all those who are out and proud and more so for those who are still struggling to become comfortable with their own gender, identity and sexuality. As much as this exhibition will be a celebration of diversity, it will also take a hard look at the dark history suffered by so many and that reality is still a daily struggle for Hamed H who is currently living in Istanbul awaiting his chance to be re-settled as refugee.  He longs for the freedom to finally be himself and safety of the west, but the recent news of serial killer Bruce McArthur who preyed for the most part on immigrants and those living on the margins of society proves that there is no guarantees of safety here in the West. His is one of the heart breaking stories and is one that repeated around the globe on a daily basis. We will only become enlightened when we can all be free to live our lives open and honesty and love who we want without fear of death.

I invite you to join me on this journey of discovery and, as I mentioned previously, and it bears repeating, this exhibition is not intended to present a thorough exploration of gender and identity, but rather we are presenting you with a number of personal narratives intended to start a greater conversation and I invite your participation and input. A large part of this exhibit will feature public engagement opportunities and we will be partnering with SOS Pride to host a number of pubic forums where members of the LGBTQ+ community will be present to answer any questions you may have, dispel any myths and provide support for those who are also questioning their own sense of identity. All I ask is that you come to this exhibition with an open mind and heart and in doing so it will ensure that the gallery remains a safe place where everyone can be vulnerable without fear of judgement or persecution.

We are excited to partner with the SOS Pride, School District No. 67 (Okanagan Skaha), RADAR, YES Project, and the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan to provide a wide range of public programs over the course of this exhibition. Additional partners include guest curator Tobaron Waxman from Toronto who is curating a selection of artists along with the additional artists; Raven Called Crow (Victoria), JJ Levine (Montreal), LyleX0X (Vancouver), Hamed H. (Istanbul via Kabul, Afghanistan), Ali M (Kabul, Afghanistan), Patrick Kearns (Vancouver), Parlour Panther, Rae Spoon plus an installation from Pride House at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea along with a number of other artists.


Charlie Rae Walker: =UnShameMe!=

It is with great pleasure we once again get to partner with Island Mountain Arts and the Toni Onley Artist Project in Wells, B.C., to introduce the work of an amazing emerging artist to our community. For just over a week each year, 20 artists from across the country are selected to participate in an intensive self-directed studio program led by two senior artists who are hired to guide the program and act as mentors. This past summer, we were excited to welcome back Joseph M. Sanchez from New Mexico and welcome for the first time Shary Boyle of Toronto. Both of these artists have enjoyed international recognition and have been at the forefront of the contemporary Indigenous art movement.

As part of this residency program, the two mentors are asked to consider each of the participating artists for this exhibition opportunity and over the course of the week-long program they take into consideration their artist talk which introduces the group to their previous work along with the work they each of them creates while in Wells. It’s never an easy task and this past summer was no exception. One of the purposes of this exhibition opportunity is to give an artist a goal to work towards in the hope that it will help further the work undertaken in Wells and provide an emerging artist with some much needed exposure and critical engagement. After careful consideration, the mentors are asked to not only select one of the artists but to also provide some context for their selection and each mentor has contributed the following thoughts on Charlie Walker’s work and the reasons behind their selection.

“The selection of Charlie Walker for an exhibition at the Penticton Art Gallery from a very talented pool of artists participating in the Toni Onley Project was one made with confidence and connection. Looking hard and listening to all  the ideas, sharing in such a safe and non-competitive way our paths crossed as artists and collaborators. Charlie is an imaginative and creative storyteller who shares the intimate with the cosmic, her dream world with life and a work ethic that revealed many of these works during our nine days in Wells. There is music in the work, rhythms in the marks and a joy in the use of materials as these narratives unveil themselves for us to enter.” ~ Joseph M. Sanchez

“A through-line of the 2017 Toni Onley Residency group was sincerity of intention, and careful love of materials. Charlie Walker shares these sensibilities, while also delighting us with her spontaneous imagination, and courage in working free, large, and prolifically. Whenever I visited Charlie’s workspace her rich dynamic colour palette and cast of endless interwoven characters invited me into the cosmos of her interior realm. She has an idiosyncratic voice all her own and a strong compulsion to give it open rein. Her approach to art-making is celebratory and liberated, the drawings embody a spirit of the uncontrollable, tumultuous with love, humour and grief.” ~ Shary Boyle

This year’s program will take place from July 7 – 15th and will feature the distinguished mentors: Lisa Milroy who was born in Vancouver, and lives and works in London, UK, where she graduated from Goldsmiths College in 1982, and was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts in 2005. Since 2009, Lisa has been Head of Graduate Painting at the Slade School of Fine Art. Milroy won First Prize in the John Moores Painting Prize in 1989. She was Artist Trustee of the Tate from 2013-2017 and Liaison Trustee to the National Gallery 2015-2017. Jen Mann is a Toronto-based figurative painter, who studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design. Mann has exhibited in numerous shows across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom and is a recent recipient of the Emerging Artist Grant for the Ontario Arts Council. Since graduating in 2009 with a BFA from OCAD, Mann has been steadily gaining accolades and recognition for her work on the national and international stage and in 2015 won the prestigious Kingston Prize for Canadian portraiture.

As part of this ongoing partnership with Island Mountain Arts the Toni & Bernie Cattani Fund for the Arts, provides an Okanagan-based artist with a 50% Bursary to attend the program each year. For more information on this years program and the extensive list of Bursaries and Scholarships available please go to their website at:

Charlie Rae Walker: =UnShameMe!= : “My painting and drawing method is not initially concerned with aesthetics or imagery.  It is a form of reckoning with forces which i feel bombarded or oppressed by. I use the act of image making to relieve myself of pain, confusion and mental conflict. In this exhibition, I am using drawing as a tool for unravelling shame:  shame of self, shameful memories, body shame, shame of sexuality. As a child, I felt overwhelmed with shame. As a teen I developed deep shame surrounding my sexuality /gender and  identity. It needed to come out. Shame is corrosive if it stays too long. Art is my medicine, and  I am using the act of drawing and painting as a shame-breaking ritual. These works are about healing and breaking through barriers of shame.”

My process: “When I paint, draw, write songs, performance, installation or animation,   I am digging towards understanding and psychosomatic transformation. The imagery unfolds as it wants. I rarely have a predetermined image or plan.  Letting go of control and saying yes to every colour line shape lyric impulse allows my imagination to give birth to what it wishes, without my intervention, designs can emerge in a more essential and untainted form. In painting and drawing, I  usually start with a very fast scribble/ ink mess applied in  an urgent/playful/ destructive way. It is during this initial scribble mess, that I am most focused on the exact question/ issue/ pain/ angst  which I am seeking to unravel, understand, and transform. The images I need to paint and transform appear out of the scribble mess. Sometimes the images/ beings  go through many transformations before they settle. It is almost like watching a movie. It is similar to the animation techniques I use. Underneath a painting there are usually layers and layers of now unseen scenes and beings and transformed ideas. As the images appear, I engage in a process somewhat like divination, I find great pleasure, revelation and insight  from  ‘reading’ into the images that appear out of this spontaneous mess divination process.”

Charlie Rae Walker (Aka A Raven Called Crow)  is a multi-disciplinary artist hailing from Unceded Lekwungen and Wsanec Territories (Victoria B.C.)  and Gadigal/Darug territory (Sydney, Australia). She works in diverse media of drawing, painting, animation, installation,  music and theatre and performance art. She identifies as queer and gender non-binary. Storytelling, collaboration, transformation, healing, identity, and truth telling are key themes to her work. Currently based in Vancouver, She divides her practice between drawing & painting, writing & performing music as A Raven Called Crow// transcribing her dreams// travelling, and developing her hand drawn charcoal animation company ‘Delicious Dirt Machine’. Her unconventional musical project ‘A Raven Called Crow’ has been sneaking around underground venues, house concerts and festival stages in Canada and Internationally over the last 6 years. Her latest album is a collaboration with Vancouver/NZ Chamber pop duo ‘The End Tree’ and is due for release late Spring 2018.

Many thanks to the brilliant artists and crew of the 2017 Tony Onley Artists Project, to the town of Wells, IMARTs , ArtsWells festival, Penticton Art Gallery and to all the loving and supportive friends and family who have contributed to this exhibition becoming a reality.






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The Penticton Community Arts Council is pleased  to present Penticton’s inaugural Arts festival, Arts Rising, Sept 21-24th, 2017.  This is a multi-discplinary, multi venued event celebrating our creative community.  It will all be located in the downtown core of Penticton, making the entire event walkable.  This will mark the beginning of an annual celebration of art in all its diverse forms.  Arts Rising will feature a short film festival,  music & dance, visual arts, a Photography Contest and exhibition, mural paintings, a Youth Pop Up Gallery, First Nations Gallery & Book Store, Dinner Theatre, Story Telling and ArtWear, a wearable art fashion show and workshops.

AS a warm up to the celebration of the arts in Penticton, Thursday, Sept 21st will see the 9th  Pecha Kucha with 10 speakers on the topic “My Vision for the Arts in Penticton”.    This will be held at Cannery Brewing, doors opening at 6:30 pm

The inaugural Snake Bite Film Festival will have its first screening  on Friday, Sept 21st at the Landmark Cinema.  This will feature an award winning short film by one of Penticton’s very own Mad​dison  Tebbut

 There will be 5 Screenings over the course of the weekend.  Sunday morning will feature short films for children. Sunday’s finale will be all of the submissions for the Snake Bite 48 hour film competition and an awards ceremony .  Friday evening will feature a Gala Event: Snakebite Cabaret at the Penticton Lakeside Resort. Come prepared to be charmed by the extravagance of outrageous creativity with live music and burlesque performances by Boundless Belly Dance.

Friday evening will also see the official opening of the Arts Rising Youth Pop Up Gallery, located in the former Wings store at 456 Main Street.  There will be an exhibit of artwork by community and First Nations Youth, as well as a variety of workshops.  The Youth Pop up Gallery will also serve as Arts Rising headquarters for the weekend.

Our First Nations community will be present with a pop up Gallery and Theytus Bookstore on Main Street, at #2 – 419 Main Street.

Gyro Park will be the happy home of music, and dance, live art, and art vendors all day on Saturday, Sept 23.  There will be a make and take crafting tent, focused on upcycled crafts.   On Sunday, it  will also be filled as we have partnered with the Kidney Walk to present the Healing Power of Art.  There will also be a guided walk of public art as part of the festivities.

Penticton is home to a number of highly creative photographers, and we want to celebrate that by offering a major exhibit of local work.   This will be located at Felts Photography, located at  221 Main Street.  There will be a contest and a number of workshops to assist all of us novices to take better pictures! ​

ReImagine has been revived.  The very successful Street Art Festival is returning. Watch for a number of prominent locations in our downtown core to be transformed into colourful and meaningful works of art, including 333 Main Street

All of the downtown galleries will be open and offering various presentations including story telling at St Germaines, workshops at Little & Long Studios,  and the Martin Street Gallery.

Saturday, Sept 23,  the roof of the Penticton Lakeside Hotel  parkade will be the venue for Parkadium, a celebration of the energetic music of a variety of well known Okanagan bands, running from 12 noon onwards into the beautiful Okanagan autumn evening.  Some of the bands on the line up include Cosmic Brew, Lake Man and The Screen Doors.

O​n  Sunday, Sept 24, the Cannery Brewing Company will be the site of ArtWear, the second year for this contemporary partnership of wearable art/fashion/music and dance. The title is Chrysalis, the theme is the metamorphosis of the caterpillar to the butterfly.

Tickets for all of the main events including Pecha Kucha the Snake Bite Film Festival, Snake Ball,  Parkadium, and ArtWear will be available online through EventBrite.  The complete program is available through the Arts Rising website

For more information or to volunteer please call the Penticton Arts Council at 250.492.7997 or email




Art from the Heart

February 15th to April 20th


Opening night is February 15th at 6:30 pm! Artists are asked to bring in up to 2 pieces of original art work by Feb 6.

The exhibition will run from February 15th to April 20th.

You are invited to share your art work in any of the following categories: painting (any media), drawing, photography, graphics, and mixed media.

Exhibition Submission Requirements:

– works of art must be of original design, and one of a kind.

– works of art must be display ready with suitable wire for the hanging system. Artwork that is not suitable for hanging will be rejected.

– works of art must be identified on the back with artist name, title, medium, price

– Exhibition maximum is two works of art per artist.

– Artwork delivery to 760 Main St: 9 am to 4 pm, February 6th, 2018

– Opening date of February 15th at 6:30 pm



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Front Street Gallery Guest Artist Art Show

Gary Fox

Guest Artist in attendance:   May 26/2018

Opening Reception: May 26/2018 11am-1pm


Gary was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, but lived in numerous little towns in Ontario during his childhood. When he reached the age of 17, he joined the Canadian Armed Forces making it his life long career. Now retired, he resides in Delta B.C., and is pursuing his love for painting.

Gary is a successful self-taught artist. One of the first paintings he did was purchased and taken to Paris, France. Now with over 600 pieces of work to his credit, Gary’s art has been widely collected and enjoyed in British Columbia and parts of Canada, USA, Asia and Europe.

Gary is a very versatile artist and enjoys working in acrylics. He especially likes painting landscapes, in particular, the beautiful coastal regions of British Columbia. He has accepted numerous commissions in his career.  Gary likes to capture the realism and detail in his paintings and hopes you enjoy his work as much as he enjoyed creating it.


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Norm Friesen

Guest Artist in attendance:  June 9 and June 16/2018

Opening Reception:  June 9/2018 11am-1pm


After retiring to the Okanagan in 2014,  Norm traded in his barber shears for a palette knife and brushes. This area had inspired him so after one lesson he decided to paint local scenes. It appears that this could be more than just a hobby!





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HEADS UP – New Art from Local Okanagan Artists


June 15th – September 15th

Opening Reception
Thursday, June 15th 5pm-8pm

About the Exhibition

HEADS UP is a group exhibition at the Tumbleweed Gallery (Penticton, BC) that explores the phrase “Heads Up” in its many varied interpretations. The title is drawn from a discussion among the artists who felt that it captured the attention grabbing nature of art.



Hello Art Friends.

It has been quiet the winter, but it looks like spring and summer are finally here. Despite the floods all around us, we made the most of it and frequented our wonderful local Skaha and Okanagan Lakes for walks, plus taking in events around town. We hope you are ready to get out and enjoy the upcoming art shows as well the Penticton Market that has just began.

Merle Somerville is planning a great year with his Art Exhibits. The 6 week Photography Exhibit at the Peachland Art Gallery Feb 27th to April 1st was a success despite the snow. Thank you to those of you who weathered the storm and were able to attend the Opening Reception.

Somerville‘s amazing canvases were selected again to be part of a Group Show which continues to be a great success at Nest & Nectars wonderful restaurant.  Their food and friendly service is outstanding. For those of you who don’t know Nestars and their weekend buffets (it’s a must), plus the Many Hats live theatre is just a step away.

There are over 30 artists exhibiting their artwork at the present Exhibit to view or for sale. The Exhibit is displayed every three months and then a new show begins, so it’s never too late to check out the many new art pieces.  

Merle hopes you will be able to view his artwork and invites you to attend the Opening.  If you would like to arrange meeting him to discuss purchasing one of his canvases, please contact him at or call 250.689.8060.  Fine Art prints are available in standard and custom sizes. Please check out his website to view his most recent artwork.



We are open from 11am – 5 pm Tuesday through Friday and 10 am – 3 pm on Saturdays. Please feel free to make and appointment Mondays and other desired times by calling Renée at 250 488 4999

We offer a selection of paintings, bronze sculpture, Jewelry and ceramics by Canadian Artists as well as antiques. We are happy to help you find that special piece for your home or business.

Commissions available.

Enjoy a coffee or tea in our Paris Tea Room or book a Private Event.





Active Workings

Sean Caufield
March  8 – May 16, 2018


Sean Caulfield; studio view, work in progress; print matrix, sculpture and woodcut print, credit: dc3 Art Projects

Through installation, sculpture and printmaking Sean Caulfield’s work considers the ways our environment is transformed by forces of urban and industrial growth. The visual images and environments he creates blur boundaries between the biological and the technological, the organic and the mechanical, and challenge viewers to consider the implications of this merging.

The Board of Directors and Executive Director, Dauna Kennedy Grant, invite you and a guest to the opening reception of Active Workings by Sean Caufield at the Vernon Public Art Gallery. Enjoy an evening of music, contemporary art, locally crafted beer, wine, and appetizers, on Thursday, March 8, 2018, from 6 p.m – 8 p.m.


Art and Soul

SD#22 High School Students
April 19 – May 16, 2018

Artwork created by secondary students from School District #22, displays a maturity of handling various mediums and more importantly, demonstrates a strong conceptual approach.

The Board of Directors and Executive Director, Dauna Kennedy Grant, invite you and a guest to the opening reception of Art and Soul by School District 22 Secondary Students on Thursday, April 19th from 6-8 p.m at the Vernon Public Art Gallery. Enjoy an evening of art, music, appies, and punch at the opening reception for Art and Soul.

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The Centre Gallery of the Vernon Community Arts Centre allows ACNO Members to display the artwork of both emerging and established artists of all skill levels. Work is non juried and has to fit the criteria of our changing monthly themes. Artists can have their work for sale by choice; The VCAC takes 20% of all lobby sales. Entry forms for work submitted and information are available at the front desk. There is a limit on pieces, space permitting, if submitted by the deadline. Late pieces will not be accepted. Items must be ready to hang.




A Restless Earth

Juried Members’ Exhibition

April 7 – May 20th 

 A Restless Earth
Juried Members’ Exhibition

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children”

This exhibition invited artists to respond to the environmental changes happening throughout the Okanagan Valley. The past year in the Okanagan brought major flooding throughout the spring resulting in personal property damage and had us thinking about climate change and our relationship to nature. That conversation took on more urgency in the summer months with the lack of rain, forest fires, lost homes and day after day of smoke-filled skies.
This exhibition explores current ecological crises and presents a platform for a discussion on the Anthropocene—the current ecological epoch that represents humanity’s dominant influence on the planet.

Guest curator Hanss Lujan is a Peruvian artist, writer and emerging curator living in the Okanagan. He has worked on a variety of exhibitions and projects for galleries in Kelowna including the Kelowna Art Gallery and the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art. His project research themes include place and cultural identity, globalization, and socially engaged practices.

Upcoming Events:

Saturday April 7th:

11am: Unveiling of Ponderosa Sphere by David Jacob Harder, adjacent to GESS,

10241 Bottom Wood Lake Rd.

Questions? Contact the curator,



May 24 to July 8

Here -> Over There brings together three artists, Rachel Mercer, Kelsie Balehowsky and Hanss Lujan. 


Using text, animation, projections and mixed media, this exhibition explores the idea of self and place and the impact we have on our surroundings. Looking at the individual rather than the ‘whole’ is the concept behind this exhibition…considering loneliness and frailty of being human.

Mercer, Balehowsky and Lujan are currently based in the Okanagan.

Media Contact: Wanda Lock – curator tel: 250 864 5597 or 250 766 4873



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April 6 to May 12

Opening Reception Friday, April 6, 7 to 9 pm


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 Naramata Arts Studio 18th Annual Exhibit and Sale

Naramata posterDuring the Fall Wine Fest, the Naramata Arts Studio presents their 17th Annual Art Exhibit and Sale, September 30th to October 3rd, 11 am to 6 pm except Sunday when it will be open 12 noon to 6 pm. The Opening Reception will take place September 29th from 7 to 9 pm. The artwork exhibited will be recent works from these talented artists.The Naramata Arts Studio is a small group of local artists who paint together once a week at the Naramata Elementary School. In exchange the artists help the school with the art program and provide an art scholarship each summer to a student. The group also exhibits at Lang Winery on the Naramata Bench.The Naramata Arts Studio would like to thank Lang Vineyards, Naramata Elementary School and the Naramata Community Church for their continued support of our artistic endeavours!



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FASS 2018 THEME: Go with the Flow

September 29 – 30, 2018



Deadline September 7, 2018

The THEME of the 2018 Fall Art Show & Sale was announced on the weekend: “Go with the Flow”.

Here are just a few inspirations to get you started:
* the flowing application of a paintbrush or drip techniques,
* rippling jewelry designs, 
* curved shapes in wood, metal and glass,
* capturing movement in photography such as dance or a bicycle race or a windy day,
* relaxing fluid abstract shapes, or
* get socio-political and make an artistic comment on “group-think”.
* maybe it’s the technique you use
* maybe it’s the colours you choose.

What does going with the flow mean in your life? Taking it easy? Letting others decide? Jumping into a current of thought with both feet and seeing where it takes you?

Go with your own artistic flow, and start dreaming of your Fall Art Show and Sale submission for next year.

Dates: September 29 – 30, 2018
Early Bird Draw Deadline: Thursday September 6, 2018
Entry Form Deadline: Friday September 7, 2018
Extension for Youth Artists ONLY: Friday September 14, 2018

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Thursday, June 14 – 6:30 pm – Quails Nest Studio, Airport Road

Pat Pauly has been designing and making quilts since 1981 when she established Pat Pauly Contemporary Quilts. A former exhibition designer and art graduate, she has generated international attention for her strong and contemporary fiber work. Her studio, in Rochester, New York, produces work that evokes natural forms, while remaining abstract, often with a myriad of surface design techniques. Pat’s works has been featured in numerous publications, seen in exhibitions internationally, and is in private and corporate collections. Pat Pauly is a frequent lecturer on the relationship of traditional quilts to contemporary works, conducts workshops on contemporary art quilt design, and curates exhibitions of fiber art.

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Janet Bednarczyk                                                                                            Check out Pat’s work at