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Jane Kidd: Curious

September 30, 2017 to January 14, 2018

In Curious, Jane Kidd explores the human/nature relationship through woven tapestry. The included works from her Curiosities and Wonderland series draw attention to pertinent contemporary issues, such as genetically modified and engineered organisms and the destruction of the environment. Kidd’s scrolls, Curiouser and Curiouser (quoting from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland), present images of germinating seeds and aerial views of planted crops, along with alpha-numeric codes for GMO seeds. Imagery joining human, animal, and mechanical elements further complicates these considerations and asks: “Will what we create solve our problems, or create new ones?”
Jane Kidd lives and works on Salt Spring Island, BC. She is an award-winning, internationally recognized artist who works with the ancient medium of tapestry. In 2016, she received a Governor General’s Award for her work.
The accompanying exhibition catalogue will include essays by Vancouver-based writer Amy Gogarty and Kelowna-based writer, curator, and artist Jane Ritchie.
Opening Reception
Friday, September 29, 7 to 9 pm
This is a free event, open to members and guests by invitation.


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: Meg Yamamoto

November 2 @ 8:00 am – November 29 @ 8:00 pm


Great West Life Mezzanine Exhibition

Artist Bio:

Meg Yamamoto is a Canadian artist born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts with Distinction in Visual Studies at the University of Calgary, completing her degree through a Study Abroad program in Berlin, Germany in 2014. She was awarded the University of Calgary Silver Medallion in Art in 2015, and spent the following two years studying the geometric, structural, and symbolic properties of Hiberno-Saxon Knotwork.

Meg is currently beginning her second and final year as a Master of Fine Arts candidate in Visual Arts at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus. Her research is funded by the Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Master’s Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), and she received a University Graduate Fellowship as well as the Graduate Dean’s Entrance Scholarship from the University of British Columbia. Meg’s research explores the process of connecting to place through creating place-based art in the perspective of an artist immersed in an unfamiliar environment.

Artist Statement:

“Having moved to Kelowna in July 2016, the purpose of my work has been to create an expression of my experience of the Okanagan. This series of zinc plate etchings are representations of some of the various lifeforms I have encountered in my time in the Okanagan. The etchings are drawn in isolation and detail, suggesting careful observation, but with the inclusion of some interpretation – stylizations reflective of my own cultural backgrounds – to remind the viewer that these works are an expression of a perspectival experience. Through interaction with the lifeforms in the form of observation, I develop a greater familiarity with the subject of the etching, which results in a richer understanding of the lifeforms I am now living amongst. The printmaking process allows me to print and reprint the same plate, reflecting the way in which lifeforms become a greater part of one’s place understanding as it is repeatedly re-encountered.”

-Meg Yamamoto


EXHIBIT: CMHA Kelowna, ‘Artists Among Us’

November 2 @ 8:00 am – November 29 @ 8:00 pm


Alex Fong Galleria, South Atrium & Display Cases Exhibition

Artists Among Us 2017

Seeking to Understand

Canadian Mental Health Association Kelowna

The Artists Among Us art show celebrates the accomplishments of the participants of CMHA’s ArtWorks Studio as they strive toward and experience mental health recovery and wellbeing. The theme of this exhibit is “seeking to understand: to listen, learn and care”. It is our hope the exhibit will serve to challenge assumptions about people with mental illness, helping to remove the stigma and pave the way toward a more mentally healthy Kelowna.

The ArtWorks Studio is a safe and welcoming space for adults and seniors who wish to learn new skills, nurture the creative spirit, and have an avenue for self-expression. Many participants of the ArtWorks Studio have overcome isolation, experienced connection and community, and achieved a sense of belonging and purpose.

Local art instructors Tina Siddiqui, Lynne Turner, Amy Burkard, Fay Wolfenden, Natasha Harvey, Dylan Ranney and Amy Van Dongen worked alongside the ArtWorks Studio participants to create this body of work. It is only through the dedication of these local artists, our volunteers, and the generous support and donation from the Rotary Centre of the Arts, City of Kelowna, and sponsorship by MNP, that CMHA’s Artists Among Us 2017 could be experienced by the greater community.

EXHIBIT: Steve Maxwell

November 2 @ 8:00 am – December 23 @ 8:00 pm


Pacific Products Safety Boardroom Exhibition

Artist Statement:

“As an amateur photographer living in Kelowna for over 20 yrs., I have had the opportunity to capture some of the natural beauty up and down the valley and around BC. Having had excursions to parts of Europe, India, and Asia, I looked for photos of unique scenery as well as  a peek at the lives of people and culture on distant shores.

My wife and I enjoy some of the RV lifestyle which allows me to take in both Canadian and American natural environments.”

-Steve Maxwell


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November 17 – December 23, 2017

Opening Reception November 17 @ 6-8 PM

Where: Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art
Tickets: This event is free and open to the public (No tickets)

With growing popularity, the Red Dot Members’ Show and Sale returns for it’s 4th year!

Red Dot is a way for local artists to exhibit their work in the Alternator’s professional gallery space in a salon style exhibit that showcases both the people involved with the gallery and the work they produce. All works exhibited during Red Dot are for sale and are priced between $25 – $250. As they are sold, each work will be removed from the wall and replaced with giant red dots indicating a sale has taken place.

25% of each sale will support Alternator programming and activities in the coming year, with the remaining 75% going directly to the artist. Support, take home (or gift!) a part of the Okanagan’s rich arts community.

Interesting in being part of the Red Dot Members’ Show and Sale?

Here’s how to participate:

Step 1: Membership: Sign up for or renew your Alternator membership. Not sure about your membership status? Contact us at 250.868.2298 or at and we will be happy to help.

Step 2: Register to exhibit by November 4th, 2017: Fill out and sign the Red Dot Registration Form 2017 (PDF). Drop if off in person, or email it to

Step 3: Label and drop off your artwork: Label and identify your artwork by printing and filling out Page 3 of the application. Drop off your work(s)at the Alternator between October 26-November 4, 2017. All artwork identification must be included and securely attached to your art at the time of drop-off.

Step 4: Opening Reception: Invite your friends and family, and join us for the opening reception on Friday, November 17th from 6-8pm.  This is a public event, and everyone is welcome to attend.

The Red Dot Members’ Show and Sale exhibition runs from November 17 – December 23, 2017.

Let’s fill the gallery with red!

 Red Dot Registration Form 2017 (PDF)




55th Annual Winter Art Show


Stephanie Gauvin
Don Berger
Branko Marjanovic

November 30th, 5:30-8pm

The tradition continues! Join us November 30th for our 55th annual winter art show, featuring new works from Stephanie Gauvin, Don Berger, and Branko Marjanovic.

Stephanie Gauvin

Don Berger


Branko Marjanovic








Preview all the artists’ WORKS

Free entry, artists in attendance, and complementary wine tastings/appetizers.


Call for Submissions for Artscape Winter Session

The Arts Council of the Central Okanagan is pleased to announce the next round of applications for our Artscape exhibition program. This program has been in place since 1995, and its goal is to provide local professional and emerging artists with special exhibitions, high profile showcase locations, and marketing opportunities. Artists will be given the opportunity to exhibit their work in one of eight locations throughout Kelowna – The Kelowna Community Theatre, The Kelowna Downtown Library, The Mission Library, The Rutland Library, Okanagan College Campus Library, Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, Aubin and Associates, and The Community Health & Services Centre.

This is a unique opportunity for both emerging and established artists to exhibit their work and learn more about the jurying, exhibition, and hanging process.

Submissions now open to Artist groups and collectives.

DEADLINE: December 15, 2017 11:59 pm PST


Your Contact Details
Email and Phone number

5 Images of your work
(Images are used to indicate the overall quality of an artist’s work and are not necessarily the pieces we will display)
Print Quality (300 dpi)
JPG format
Labeled with: lastname_firstname_title_dimensions.jpg (ex. odjig_daphne_fundance_25x21.jpg)
For groups at least two images of each group members work

Bio/Artist Statement
300 words
In the Third Person
A short paragraph describing yourself, your education, the framework of your practice, etc.
To learn more look here

Dates and history of exhibitions, workshops, any and all relevant artistic pursuits and professional experience
2 pages maximum
Acceptable formats: Word Document or PDF
Find more information to create a professional CV here

ARTSCO Membership
Are you an ARTSCO member?
Sign up today to participate in the Artscape Exhibition program via our website at

Please Note: Applications missing any of these requirements will not be accepted

To apply please send your application in an email  to no later than Friday December 15th before 11:59 pm PST with the subject: “Artscape Submission – Artist first and last name”

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2017 ARTSCAPE – Winter Session

Bev Gordon

Check Out Hot New Art Across 9 Kelowna Locations

The Arts Council of the Central Okanagan is heating things up this winter with a series of hot new art exhibitions across nine locations in Kelowna.
Artscape is a suite of community exhibition spaces, run year-round, in 9 locations across Kelowna, including the Okanagan Regional Library, Kelowna Community Theatre, Okanagan College’s Kelowna Campus Library, as well as other local businesses.

Karen Holland

The Artscape exhibitions provide local professional and emerging artists with high profile showcase locations and marketing opportunities. 15 local artists are featured in the 2017 Artscape winter session, including, new this season, a sculpture exhibition hosted at Kelowna Tickets.

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When you’re near the Rutland Okanagan Regional Library, Kelowna Tickets or Cottonwoods Care Centre, stop in to check out winter exhibits from local artists like Carney Oudendag, Donna Vanderlip, Kyle Zsomber & Heath Tait or Lynne Stevens & Alison Beaumont until the end of
March. A full listing of locations and artists can be found here .
Bringing exciting energy and beauty to communal spaces and local businesses, Artscape also provides a number of learning opportunities for young people to work alongside experienced artistic professionals. Emerging artist, Nicole Young is the intern for Artscape and she administers and organizes the entire, seasonally-rotating, program including assisting with jurying, exhibition hanging and management.

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“We are blessed to have a ton of artists in our community and exhibition opportunities are in high demand. We are proud of the numerous exhibition opportunities Artscape provides for emerging and established artists of all ages every year “ says ARTSCO Executive Director, Katie Brennan.
Would you like to learn more about how to hang artwork? Artsco is currently looking for volunteers to assist with exhibition installation. All Artscape volunteers will receive hands-on training on best practices on hanging art exhibitions.



Saturday November 23, 2 – 4 pm

Join us at ARTE funktional to celebrate 2017 year-end exhibition with these “4 Amazing Artists”.

The exhibit has something for everyone and is a mix of sculpture, wearable art, and wall art.

Amy Burkard – Sandra de Vries – Linda Freedman Katz – Noëlle Nadeau Khoo

With the understanding of how powerful and functional Art can be in every aspect of life, we will be introducing a new program at the gallery: Evolution – ART… to Wholeness.

For this endeavour, ARTE funktional has teamed up with Karen Close and Susan LeBlanc.  At the Reception, we’re excited to reveal the details of this new monthly program..

Please RSVP if you plan to attend at

ARTE funktional – The Factory – 1302 St. Paul Street, Kelowna BC – Phone: 250-540-4249





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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.”

We Have So Much Happening in November!

Join us  for the opening of
” Festival of Lights”
Annabel Stanley and Linda Lovisa
will light up the evening with their lampshades.
Perfect timing right after the time change!

Christmas Open House
November 18th, 10am-7pm
Hot Cranberry/apple drink Mulled Wine
Door Prize-Gift Basket
Free Gift Wrapping!


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The Peachland Indoor Artisan Market becomes an indoor attraction in the autumn and begins October 7th this year, in time for Thanksgiving. The Visitor Centre in partnership with the Bat Society on Beach Avenue bring together artisans and foodies from throughout our beautiful valley. As it nears Christmas, the ambiance lends itself to Christmas shopping.

Each vendor is chosen for their quality and uniqueness, and we are looking for artisans who are interested in being part of our fine market. The market occurs every first and third Saturday each month excluding December and January due to our Christmas break and draws clients from Penticton to Vernon, so we are confident you would have a broad client base.

We also advertise throughout the valley and provincial tourism websites to ensure that the entire valley is aware of this unique attraction. Last year alone our markets attracted close to 5000 people over the course of the season and this year we are looking to only get bigger!

If you are interested in being part of our markets please email us at and request an application.




Grandmothers for Africa


We need singers to participate in a new fundraiser for the Grandmothers for Africa. On Thursday, November 23rd, from 5:30 until 7:30,  CAROLING FOR A CAUSE, will take place in downtown Penticton. The Grannies are partnering with the Downtown Business Association and the funds raised will go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation to assist African Grandmothers raising a generation of children orphaned by AIDS and the Breakfast Learning Club that feeds hungry children in three Penticton schools.

We plan to fill the downtown with groups of singers, a group could be 3 or 4 or more than 20. The audience will move from group to group and purchase buttons to vote for their favourite. The evening will end with all the participants coming to Nanaimo Square for a final song and tree lighting.

So… are you a member of a choir or do you have a group of friends or coworkers who would be willing to belt out Christmas songs loud and proud? Come and sing your heart out and get in the Christmas spirit!

Since the singers are stationary and the audience moves repeating songs is totally possible. Our registration forms available from Judi Ritcey at will answer all your concerns and questions. This could be a great team building opportunity for businesses. It is a unique way to give back during the holidays. If you would like to part of this fun filled event call Corinne at 250-493-0092 before November 10.








Under $500 Exhibition & Sale

Thursday, November 9, 20176:30 PM
Sunday, December 24, 20174:00 PM

Our annual community holiday sale featuring professional and emerging local artists working in all media! Come find a dazzling piece to add to your personal art collection or unique gifts for friends and family!









Degeneration: Recent Donations to the Permanent Collection

  • Friday, November 24, 20177:00 PM
    Sunday, January 14, 20185:30 PM

Over the past couple of years the Penticton Art Gallery has been the recipient of three significant donations, each one comprising of an individual body of work by three of British Columbia’s most important contemporary artists. These donations include:

1) Lincoln Clarkes (1957 – ), Quiet Detroit, 2008 – 2014 (box set of 20 photographs). Donated by: Clodagh O’Connell, Nanaimo, B.C.

2) Brad McMurray (1954 – ), 13 photographs printed on Kodak Endura metallic paper 2012 – 2017. Donated by: Terry Munro, Calgary, Alberta

3) Alan Wood (1935 – 2017), The Ranch Project, 1983, A portfolio of 25 prints consisting of 20 serigraphs and 5 etchings. Donated by: Stephen Lampman, North Vancouver, BC

On their own each donation is a stand-alone exhibition, but as a group they also form a powerful exhibition and serve as a cautionary warning and stark reminder to the ephemeral and temporal nature of our society today. Each of these three artists has set out to record and document the incredible power and sublime beauty the passage of time and Mother Nature has to transform, alter, and redefine the built environment. It’s also interesting to note that each of these donations came to us from donors living outside of Penticton and each one sought us out independently as the repository of these three significant bodies of contemporary art.

I do believe it’s important for museums and galleries to collect our cultural heritage, but far too often the objects and works of art remain out of sight and forgotten to the general public. Thankfully more and more resources are being put towards the digitizing or these collections and are now being made available online and accessible to those looking to explore the lives and work of so many artists who might have otherwise been lost to history in the fog of time. Donations such as these are important as they provide enough context to stand on their own as singular body of work; one that documents a period of their career and is one that we can then offer to other institutions as a touring exhibition which will further help enhance and animate our permanent collection, making these artists’ works accessible to a far wider audience.

Lincoln Clarkes (1957 – )

Born in Toronto in 1957, Lincoln Clarkes moved to Vancouver, BC, in 1979. He was originally a painter who encountered difficulties with his spray bomb graffiti paintings on walls and construction boards throughout downtown Vancouver. He enrolled at Emily Carr University of Art and Design to study painting but dropped out to pursue photography. Clarkes taught himself photography and began a career in fashion and portraiture, working in both Paris and London, as well as working on magazine and newspaper assignments across North America. In 1996 he began working on a series of photographs that highlight the plight of women drug addicts living in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. The resultant series, Heroines, was first exhibited in 1998 at the Helen Pitt Gallery in Vancouver, and was subsequently turned into a book and an award-winning documentary film. Clarkes followed the success of Heroines with another series of photographs, Views, which also spawned a book and a music CD.

His most recent series is called Cyclists, where Clarkes photographed 150 men and women riding bicycles in Toronto, which addressed the increase in cyclists in the city. Lincoln Clarkes is still an active member of the artistic community. What attracts people to Clarkes’ work is the focus on the things we would overlook every day. Clarkes takes the time to listen hard and closely watch his environment and that shows in his photographs. Clarkes’ work has received mixed reactions but that is what makes his work exciting. He enjoys bringing to light controversial issues and some of the public can relate to his work, morally and ethically, on every level. His aesthetic is warm, not harsh, and finds the comfort in alternative worlds. He has shown his work in solo exhibitions in Vancouver, Seattle, and Toronto.

Previously published photography books include: Heroines, 2002 (Anvil Press) Views, 2006 (Universal/Northern Electric). Feature documentaries on Clarkes include Heroines (Bravo 2001) and Snapshots (Knowledge Network 2011). He currently divides his time between British Columbia, Ontario, and England.

Brad McMurray (1951 – )

Brad McMurray was born in Penticton, BC, Canada, in 1951 and was raised in Calgary. McMurray attended Mount Royal University, Calgary and the Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr University) studying under Jim Breukelman and the Banff Centre of Fine Arts where he studied under Randy Bradley in the 1970’s.

He has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and others. Although he has been a practicing artist/photographer for an extended time he has shown little interest in exhibiting his work until recently.

Brad has exhibited widely and, most recently, had solo exhibitions at the Vernon Art Gallery in 2010 and 2016 and Cove Creek Gallery 2011. He is the recipient of a Canada Council Project Grant. Recent publications include Urbanautica Magazine 2011, The Editorial magazine 2012 & 2013. In 2016 the Burnaby Art Gallery acquired two large photographs for its permanent collection.

On March 25, 2012 the website,, featured Brad’s work with John writing: “One thing that separates good photographers from clever photographers is the use of situational irony. It takes an acute sense of awareness to notice and capture a scenic double entendre, and photographer Brad McMurray certainly has a knack of doing so. A mesh net acting as a metaphorical wall, a mosaic landscape made out of bathroom tile, a small pile of snow in front of a ocean-colored building – McMurray’s visual attraction can certainly be described as sarcastic, and maybe even sadistic. “

Speaking of his own work Brad McMurray writes: “My photographs focus on the mundane and ordinary world and I think that no subject is fuller of implications than this one. It is possible to find interest and pleasure in banality, disorder and the discarded.

My work follows in the historical footsteps of art that reconstitutes our perception of everyday life (Duchamp’s Fountain and Emin’s My Bed) simply by asking the viewer to look at it. That which would otherwise be ignored is given a new existence as the surreal subject in my photographs.”

Alan Wood (1935 – 2017)

Alan Wood was born in 1935 in the town of Widnes, in Lancashire, England. His early interest in art was due to the support and encouragement he received from both his father and his high school art teacher. Following graduation from high school, he studied art at the Liverpool College of Art and credits his success as an artist to his good fortune to be in the right places at the right times. His involvement with the lively art and music scene in Liverpool during the late fifties led him to the innovative St. Ives Artists Colony in Cornwall, which in turn opened the door to a successful 6-year teaching career at the prestigious Cardiff College of Art in Wales.

Alan Wood moved to Canada in 1971 and settled in British Columbia in 1974. Since that time he has produced his most personal and mature work as an artist. His interest in the dynamics of light and colour from the ocean, beach, forest, and sky has dominated his landscape work throughout his career. In 1983 Alan Wood gained international recognition for taking his painting directly into the landscape with his “Ranch” creation. This 320-acre painted construction built in the foothills of the Alberta Rockies was a monumental exploration of colour and form. Since then, he has continued to work with constructions of wood, canvas,  and paint. Alan Wood is a prolific artist and since 1962  has participated in many group and solo exhibitions in Great Britain, Europe, Canada, the United States, and Australia.

In March 1981, Alan Wood built the indoor Ranch installation at the Charles H. Scott Gallery in Vancouver, Canada. The success of this piece led Wood to plan a large outdoor environmental work continuing to use the theme of Western Ranch architecture (fences, corrals, barns, gates etc.). The site chosen was the Rocky Mountain Ranch in Alberta, Canada.

The Ranch Project cost $500 000 and was sponsored by corporate patrons, C.P. Air and Delta Hotels. The project occupied 320 acres of Alberta ranch land and consisted of 150 000 board feet of lumber wrapped in 54 864 metres of canvas and painted with 5455 litres of acrylic paint. Twelve scenes accompanied the running fence. They included a corral, a windmill, a sixty-foot bridge, barns, chutes, and gates. The project was completed in late summer of 1983 and remained on site for four seasons, until it was dismantled in July 1984.

Wood described the Ranch as a three-dimensional painting. It was built of wood, wrapped in canvas, and painted. He stated he planned the piece to be a colour statement in the natural environment using the Ranch theme in twelve parts or tableaux. The piece did not attempt to suggest weathering or imitate a “natural” look, but wore non naturalistic, strong, intense colours, forming a static but dynamic element in the constantly changing atmosphere, light, and colors of nature in different time, weather, and seasonal conditions.

In addition to the prints, the exhibition will also feature the photographic documentation undertaken by renowned photographer, Robert Keziere, who undertook photographing each of the elements or tableaux to create a visual record of the Ranch installation in situ. In addition we will feature the 1985 the film “The Alan Wood Ranch Project”, produced and directed by Steven Denure and Chris Lowry, which includes time-lapse, aerial, and seasonal shots of the Ranch Project.

Wood produced five portfolios of Ranch prints in an edition of 200. Each portfolio had a specific theme and contained five images.

The Ranch Project received critical attention, notably in John Beardsley’s anthology, “Earthworks and Beyond”, published in late 1984 by Abbeville, New York City, as one in their series entitled “Contemporary Art Movements”. An eight-page photo article appeared in Smithsonian magazine, December 1983, published in Washington, D.C. Extensive articles and reviews were written about the Ranch, along with it receiving a great deal of press. The Alan Wood Ranch Project was the largest art installation ever undertaken in Canadian History.





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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









We Love Documentary – Maidentrip is showing from 2 to 3:30 pm,

Wednesday, November 29th at the Shatford Centre.

This trip is about the maturing of a young teenager into a young woman through her journey to sail herself around the world.
This film is a coming of age film and challenges us to rethink what is possible when we set our minds to a particular task.

Doors open at 1 pm at the Shatford Centre, 760 Main Street in Penticton.

Light refreshments will be served and there is a suggested donation of $5.




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 Peter Scott


December 8-23, 2017


Peter is an Osoyoos based impressionist landscape artist working in acrylic and watercolor to capture our Okanagan beauty. He has 30 yrs experience as an artist educator previously in Quesnel. Over the past four decades the patterns, shapes and strength of the Cascade and Caribou Mountain ranges have inspired Peter. For the past six years he’s been fascinated by the ever-changing skies, the lakes and deserts of the Okanagan area. These visual images stimulate and echo through his soul.


The gallery will be open Mondayto Saturday from 10am-4pm

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 Dorian (Woods) Poloway

 Was raised in Penticton and has always been in awe of the beauty in nature and scenery this valley has to offer.

As a Photographic Artist, she has worked on many diverse photography projects. Since she does not limit herself to just one genre of photography, her skills are varied. She is a photographer who can work on different layers yet focus on both the subject and quality of her projects.

She uses her inner creativity to bring subjects to life. A photographer’s job is much more than taking just pictures and she understands this quite well. She has an inherent ability to realize and capture compositions to show the world what the human eye can sometimes not see.  As a passionate photographer, she works continuously to learn new things in order to make her work professional.

Her photography like music can express her thoughts, emotions and ideas; like art she adds color and composition to her work.

She has a great love for the outdoors and nature.  This is where she is most comfortable and with her camera she is able to share her world with others. Putting this all together is at the core of her being and who she is.

Please join Dorian on Saturday, Nov 25, 2017 from 12pm-2pm

The gallery will be open Monday to Saturday from 10-4pm during the show.

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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.



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.


Christmas Sale

Christmas Open House Market & Sale
Thursday December 14th from 1 to 7 pm
Celebrate the Season with Us!
10% Off all Purchases.

We have a large selection of Christmas Gifts to fit any budget for the special people on your list.

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Art, Music and Refreshments

Gray Ghost by Kindrie Grove
An exhibition featuring Small Paintings, Sculptures, Photography, Jewelry and Pottery.

Bluebird in Snow by Kindrie Grove

Our Gift to You!
10% off from now until Christmas.




For the Love of Art

VPAG Members

November 9 – December 20, 2017

Opening reception of 2016 member’s exhibition: Exposed (photo: Josh Palmer)

VPAG creates an annual exhibition to showcase VPAG members and to present their works of art in a professional gallery setting, highlighting local artists working in a variety of mediums. Join us this year for an exciting new theme For the Love of Art and check out what local Vernon artists are creating! All artworks in For the Love of Art will be for sale and each piece will retail at $150.00 or less.



Tara Nicholson

October 19 – December 20, 2017

Tara Nicholson: Spray Suit, 2017, limited edition archival print, 42 x 52 in

Tara Nicholson’s photographs in her exhibition titled Cultivate investigate the quickly changing landscape of cannabis growing operations within BC and their placement within rural and urban communities.


21 Days of Light | Mackie House Artist in Residency 2017

Ann Willsie | Mackie House Artist

October 19 – December 20, 2017

Ann Willsie, Summer Song V, 2017, oil, 48 x 36

The Artist-in-Residence Program began in 2010 and involves an artist residency at the historic Mackie Lake House and is directly followed by an exhibition of the work created during the residency at the Vernon Public Art Gallery.

Ann Willsie was selected to be the 2018 Artist in Residence at the Mackie Lake House. For the 21 day residency, Willsie had a goal to produce 21 paintings which comprise her exhibition at the Vernon Public Art Gallery along with some sketches and works in progress.

Willsie’ subject matter is rooted in the landscape representation, but in some instances, she focuses on some of its elements and creates more intimate views of plants and flowers, trees and grasses; other time she portrays the greatness of natural vistas of open landscapes and mountains. The understanding of the properties of colour allows Willsie to capture the essences and impressions of various sites. Her paintings capture the quality of light which is her guiding principle when making a painting. Her brushstrokes are somewhat gestural, jet controlled and deliberate. Willsie is a prolific artist and in addition to her creations in her studio, she has produced bodies of work directly on various sites in the en plain air settings.

Ann Willsie is permanently based in the Lake Country where she has her studio and teaches painting workshops.

Join us for Ann Willsie’s Artist Talk at VPAG on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 1 p.m.


Vernon Community Arts Centre



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.





November 25 – December 21

Under 100

November 25th to December 21st

Small affordable Artwork by Okanagan Artists 


It’s that time of year again and the Lake Country Art Gallery is busy working on the 8th Annual Under 100 Exhibition. This year’s exhibition promises once again to be an impressive display of original art work from over 65 Okanagan artists. Art work in all mediums will be on exhibit, under 100 inches squared in size and priced under $100.

The exhibition opens at 10am on Saturday November 25th, come to the gallery early to select your favourite pieces. 

This year the Lake Country Art Gallery will be open everyday during the exhibition from 10am to 4pm.

All proceeds from Under 100 go to the artists and to support the Lake Country Art Gallery.

The gallery accepts cash, cheques, debit and credit cards.


Upcoming Events:

“49” Exhibition in the Pop-Up Gallery (located in the ArtHouse):

The Creative Room at the Lake Country Art House is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition of recent work entitled “49.” 

In conjunction with the Lake Country Art Gallery’s “Under 100” show, there will be a display of student work at the Pop Up Gallery in the Art House. The assemblage pieces are inspired by the work of avante-garde 20th century artist Louise Nevelson. 

The artworks will be $25.00 each or four for $80.00. Seventy percent of sales go to the artist with the other thirty percent going to support our programming. 

The show opens on Saturday, November 25 at 10am and will be open Wednesdays from 10am – 4pm until Dec. 21st.



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




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Summerland Festival of Lights

2017 Events

Here are some of the things that you can look forward to seeing this year at Summerland’s 30th Festival of Lights!

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Downtown merchants, gift & food vendors will be open
5:00 pm – The Santa Claus Procession begins!  See our royalty, some festive characters, and Santa himself!
5:15 pm – Main Stage entertainment starts on Main Street:

7:00 pm LIGHT-UP!  Thousands will count down to the dramatic moment when all of the downtown holiday lights are switched on
8:30 pm – FIREWORKS!  Head to Jubilee Road to watch the stunning fireworks
Events & Activities:

Activities continue on Saturday, November 25th:

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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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Deadline September 8, 2017

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May 8th to 11th