Art Exhibitions

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A Legacy of Canadian Art from Kelowna Collections

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

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

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

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

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


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.


The Games We Play

June 24 to September 17, 2017


If you’ve ever become bleary-eyed over a Monopoly game, screamed in anguish during charades, or hit every COD objective until the zombies got you, you know life is better with games. The artists in this juried exhibition work in game and animation studios, as art students, and as local artists. These artists’ passion for play brings together a display dedicated to the celebration of games and how they influence our lives.

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

Games Night
Thursday, July 20, 6 to 9 pm
The Kelowna Art Gallery is hosting a fun all-ages games night. Round up some friends and come down to play some classics.

Quick Talks: Art and Games Collide
Thursday, September 14, 7 to 9 pm
Join us for a Quick Talks-style panel discussion with members of the Okanagan’s art and tech community.


Myron Campbell: Ghosts of Robert Lake

May 8 to November 6, 2017
Installation at the satellite space at the Kelowna International Airport (YLW)

Kelowna-based artist Myron Campbell has created six large-format renderings of species – both real and imagined – of creatures that visit the Robert Lake site located near the UBCO campus where he teaches. Each of these works has been created digitally and then output onto recycled board for the installation of his commission. An eerie but beautiful variegated green background in each one unites the works. Some backgrounds have ghostings of high-rise buildings in place – a threat facing this area in the future? Some of the birds are the ruddy duck (shown like a target in a midway, stuck onto a post), the avocet, the red-winged blackbird, and a gryphon. A coyote lamenting his loss of habitat by a real estate sign also makes as appearance, as well as one rendering of a human being: a white man in a suit, maybe meant as a “suit” surveying the landscape as if thinking of developing it.

Campbell was born in Calgary, and grew up in Weyburn, Saskatchewan. He has a diploma from the Medicine Hat College in Alberta, and an MAA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver. Since arriving in Kelowna to teach at the UBCO in 2014, Campbell has been active in organizing an ongoing series of community events called Draw by Night.


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EXHIBIT: Heather Rose Boissoin

August 2 @ 8:00 am – August 30 @ 8:00 pm  Free

Great West Life Mezzanine Exhibition

Heather Rose Boissoin didn’t grow up fixated on material things but instead upon a passion of creativity that cannot be bought.  Both her mother and father had an invaluable gift for creativity.  That same passion was instilled in Heather. She was born and raised in a town in the North West of England. She watched in awe as her mother would create fantasy wax paintings were she learned the unique beauty of Encaustic Art. Her father was, and still is, a musician with his own record company.  If Colin wasn’t writing and producing music, he could be found carefully selecting individual pieces of models to build his own unique creations out of.  Then there were the nature walks with her father where commonly overlooked forna came alive with imaginative stories about fairies, bush fishes and the little people that lived in and cared for the woods.  She was taught to see the beauty in nature, people and life through eyes of wonder, optimism and possibility.
Artist Statement:
“Encaustic art (wax painting) uses pigments of molten beeswax as a creative medium. I create my art using a variety of heating tools and although I enjoy painting fantasy landscapes for much of my work, I’m equally at home venturing out into projects that are a little more abstract. There is a unique beauty and mystery in wax painting. I love where my paintings take me once they are complete; to some distant fantasy world, or to a realm filled with vision and magic. It’s quite often a place where wonderful stories and epic tales from my childhood have a place to come alive again. My hope is that, in some way, my work takes the viewer to an equally magnificent place of their own.”
-Heather Rose Boisson

EXHIBIT: The Tumbleweed Artist Collective

August 2 @ 8:00 am – August 30 @ 8:00 pm  Free

Alex Fong Galleria Exhibition

“Tumbleweed is an artist collective based in Penticton, BC. We strive to provide a strong and active voice in the Okanagan arts community. Together we are continually challenging and exploring individual advancement in the arts.
The Collective has eight member artists. The art we create is contemporary, energetic and new. We vary greatly in our artistic process: from the choice of medium, to style and subject matter. What unites us is an eclectic and quirky worldview. We thrive on these differences, and use them to propel each other into new heights and directions.
The Gallery in Penticton holds two exhibitions a year. We work together to plan and promote the show; taking down all of the art from the walls and starting over. The public is invited to come and celebrate creativity with us. With thanks to Okanagan PopUp Gallery, the show you see here is our first branching out, away from the gallery space that has defined us up until now. We invite you to visit the Tumbleweed Gallery, at 452 Main Street, Penticton.”
-The Tumbleweed Artist Collective

EXHIBIT: José Hernandez, ‘The Art of Dying’

August 2 @ 8:00 am – September 29 @ 8:00 pm – Free

Pacific Products Safety Boardroom Exhibition

 José Hernandez was an electrical engineer for most of his life with no background or pedigree in art. After an accident at work and subsequent near-death experience in January 2000, José’s life path changed dramatically.
In 2004 José began ‘painting with light,’ in an attempt to recreate some of the vibrancy of colour he had experienced, creating art for guided meditations which he now employs in the mindfulness practice he developed with his wife. Over the past 14 years Joe has worked with over 800 clients using the Inner Immersion mindfulness modality and his art has exhibited in galleries across the US. José’s art hangs in permanent installations at the Cleveland Clinic Hospital, the Nicklaus Children’s Dan Marino Centre in Miami, FL and other healing centres in the US as well as at the new Kelowna Community Health Centre. For more information go to:
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EXHIBIT: Stacey Smith

August 2 @ 8:00 am – August 30 @ 8:00 pm – – Free

South Atrium Exhibition

Artist Statement:
“I love paint itself. It is a joy to feel the smooth viscosity of it as it slicks over the surface of my work.
Each piece is a process of shattering the broad expanse of the canvas into little areas of discovery and wonder. There are pockets of colour – glowing lights and velvet shadows. Some areas feature texture or layers, places to explore the paradox of peering deeply into a flat surface.”
– Stacey Smith

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If Eyes Had Feet: The Kinesthetic Pictorial TIA HALLIDAY

August 19 – September 23, 2017

Join us at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art on Friday, August 18, 2017, 7-9 P.M. for the opening of Tia Halliday’s “If Eyes had Feet: The Kinesthetic Pictorial”, and Amy Modahl’s “All of the words of the words will find words.”

Tia Halliday uses performance, photography and dance as a way of physically negotiating paradigms of painterly abstraction. Her performances, or performed paintings, are a mode of generative research; to analyze, create and pose questions about the body’s relationship to painting and sculpture.

“If Eyes had Feet: The Kinesthetic Pictorial” will include the exhibition of five digital performance collages on aluminum created from documentation of her performance work. In addition, the exhibition will feature a series of photographs and paper collages created by the artist, which act as physical artifacts of a highly embodied and multidisciplinary process.

Amy Modahl

Exhibiting in our window space, “All of the words of the words will find words”, is a drawn mural that will fill the space from floor to ceiling. The hands can be a powerful communicative tool. A wave can confer a title, a shake can cement a deal, and a point can admonish. Hand gestures can be a metaphor for power, transformation, success, and failure, especially in politics were showmanship trumps honesty, and reality merges with theatre where the body speaks loudly.

The event is free and open to the public.



2017 Historic Art Show

August 3, 2017 – August 17, 2017


The Hambleton Galleries are proud to present our 2017 historic art show, showcasing incredible Canadian artists including:

Ted Harrison     Daphne Odjig
Alex Janvier     A.Y. Jackson
Robert Genn     Allen Sapp

& more

Join us for an evening of amazing art and complementary wine tasings from Indigenous World Winery!



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2017 ARTSCAPE – Winter Session

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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.

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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.



The 10th Annual Okanagan Arts Awards
Friday, May 12th, 2017
presented by the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan, in partnership with the Rotary Centre for the Arts

Come out for a night of art, culture and celebration! Mingle with some of the top artists in the Okanagan, enjoy a great showcase of local performers and help us celebrate the creative excellence of our community. Award Gala to be hosted by Mayor Colin Basran and Nathan Flavel.

Sponsors: Central Okanagan Foundation, Yeti Creative, BC Arts Council, Regional District of the Central Okanagan, BC Gaming

Tickets: $30 General, $50 2 for 1
Purchase below, or call the Rotary Centre for the Arts box office at 250-717-5304.


The Okanagan Potters Association Spring Show & Sale

Vernon Performing Arts Centre

   June 2 & 3, 2017

This is Vernon’s premier Spring pottery sale. Come and meet the potters & artisans in the air-conditioned and relaxed atmosphere of the Foyer of Vernon’s Performing Arts Centre just across the creek from Vernon’s Recreation Centre.

If you love handmade creations you will appreciate the quality pieces presented in this two day show featuring some of the Okanagan’s top potters and artisans.

Dates and Times: Friday June 2, 10am – 8pm Saturday June 3, 10am – 5pm

Address: Vernon Performing Arts Centre 3800-33rd Street, Vernon, BC

Free admission and parking

Lynda Jones 250-379-2797





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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.”

#3 – 1726 Byland Rd. West Kelowna, B.C. V1Z 1A9
Phone: 778 797 0791
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm


Art in the Park – Vineyard Trails Summer 2017

Your hosts LOUISE LAMBERT and ALLAN WAIDMAN, and Selected Venues; Quails’ Gate, Grizzli, Volcanic Hills, Indigenous and Off the Grid Wineries in Beautiful West Kelowna  with support from the City of West Kelowna,

First event,  Mothers Day, May 14, 10:30 am to 4:00 pm, Quails’ Gate Winery

The New ART IN THE PARK -Vineyard Trails will travel from selected winery to winery, showcasing West Kelowna’s finest wineries. We pair the best artists and artisans with the celebration of wine.  Locally inspired creations in stone, glass, wood, fiber, oil, acrylic and watercolour will be showcased along with their creators.


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The Peachland Little Schoolhouse Summer Arts Programme provides an opportunity for local artists and artisans to show and sell their work in this small heritage gallery. Drop in for a visit and pick up some painting or quilting tips, or to watch our friendly artists at work.

2016 Artist Schedule


June 29 – July 2

Robert Jenkins

July 6 – 9

Valerie Muir & Glenna Messer

July 13– 16

Roberta Farrelley & Dian Duteil



July 20 – 23

 Norma Taylor, Heather & Barry Yeats

July 27 – 30

Angela Possak & Sharon McPhee


August 2 – 6

  Connie Ross

Aug 9 – 13

                 Susan Driussi, Louise McIntosh, and Sheila Burton

                                            Aug 16 — 20

                              Mary Walker & Wayne Power

                                           Aug 23 – 27

                                           Vivian Dere

                                       Aug 30 – Sept 2

                                           Kat Lefebvre



Miniatures Enthusiasts of Central Okanagan


the 23rd Annual Dollhouse Miniatures Show & Sale









Velvet Indians


Featuring the work of Gerda Christoffersen, Dorothy Oxborough, Audrey Young Oppel, Fran Jenkins, Minn Sjløseth and more. This exhibition presents an array of vintage art ranging from the 1940s to the 1970s depicting Indigenous peoples.






Jim Logan: Requiem for Our Children


Jim Logan’s Requiem for Our Children is a series of paintings illustrating the stories told to Logan by residential school survivors while he was a lay preacher in the Yukon.







Anamnesis: Alex Janvier, Joseph Sanchez, Janice Tanton


There will be an artist reception on Saturday July 22nd from 1:00pm – 3:00pm. This reception is free and open to the public.




Jerry Whitehead & the students of the Sen’Pok’Chin School in Oliver


Featuring student work from the Sen’Pok’Chin School in Oliver, including a mural completed in collaboration with artist Jerry Whitehead.









Box #154113 – 437 Martin Street Penticton, B.C.V2A 5L1

The Okanagan Valley is rich in culture and in particular, rich in talented artists. FCA-SOS is a community of artists from Summerland, Penticton, Naramata, Kaleden, Okanagan Falls, Oliver, Osoyoos, Keremeos, Cawston, Princeton and Rock Creek that includes emerging artists and seasoned professional artists. Activities include: monthly meetings, demonstrations, critiques, juried and non-juried shows, workshops and promoting artwork.
This year to celebrate culture in Canada for150 years we are making “ Connections” within our community and nationally with FCA chapters. We are in collaboration with Okanagan School of the Arts at the Shatford Centre during the Penticton Arts Council’s multi-venue Festival “Arts Rising”. We will be hosting a national juried show for any FCA active member and a conference for approximately 100 that isopen to the public.This ambitious undertaking is planned and presented by volunteers.
This is the first time that the FCA-SOS has hosted a national show and we are hoping to have many entries from across the country fromover 2500 members. The art community is strong in the Okanagan and there are many talented artists. There will be 70 entries selected and displayed at the Shatford Centre from Sept 22- Oct 26,2017.  The opening reception will be September 22 from 6-8pm.
The Shatford Centre is catering this affordable four-day conference with delicious cuisine from their Rotary kitchen. The demonstration day Sept 22 will highlight a variety of techniques that six demonstrators are proficient in. The Penticton Plein Aire Group host painting in the open air. These events will be of interest to everyone. There are 3 workshops being presentedSept 23,24 with talented Canadian Artists for more in-depth techniques.
For more information visit our website at using the Connections Link or phone the Shatford Centre at 250 770 7668 or go to their website at
Julie-Ann MillerChair – Planning Committee FCA-SOS ChapterEmail:              phone: 250 4921077

“Connections National Art Show and Conference”

Connecting Art in the Community


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August 4 – 17, 2017

Georgia’s interest in art was encouraged from an early age. She lived with her family on a guest ranch/resort outside Penticton. With a Bachelor of Interior Design Georgia specialized in commercial interiors. Her education provided a background in art history and appreciation. In 2002 she turned her focus to painting. People are still her favorite subject; she likes to study the subtler aspects of her subjects, trying to catch the uniqueness of her subject’s personality.









August 18 – 31, 2017

Agape Art

I call my art “Agape Art”. Agape is a Greek word meaning unconditional love.  It is God’s love.  I am inspired to paint by my love of animals and my Okanagan surroundings. I find painting is therapeutic and relaxing. It creates joy in my heart.  My medium is oil for its workability and richness. I have always been creative but started oil painting as an adult.  I have been blessed to study under many teachers including Gene Prokop and Dennis Weber.  I am an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists in Kelowna.

Please join me at the “vernissage” Artist Opening Event on Saturday, August 5, from 10am-2pm.

The gallery will be open winterhours:Mondayto Saturday from 10-4pm during the show. Closed on Holidays





We invite you to join us in the gallery to see new works. Paintings,prints and cards available for purchase, rent or commission from our resident artists.Front Street Gallery celebrates our current Guest Artists:

Linda Swales, Judy Byer, Margaret Phillips                      Sept 1-14,2017

     These three friends have studied, worked and shown together for fifteen years.

Their love and joy in the encaustic medium has provided them with endless avenues to explore.

Each artist works from a slightly different perspective resulting in varied and interesting styles.They are active members of the Federation of Canadian Artists in Penticton and various art local art groups.

Please join them at the “vernissage” Artist Opening Event on Saturday, Sept 2, from 10am-2pm.

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And like us on www.facebook/FrontStreetGalleryPenticton



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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.





UBCO BFA Graduates – May 25 – July 19, 2017

Melanie Greenley, Mindful 1, 2017, photography, 30 x 60 in

The exhibition Emergence introduces a new format of presentation of works at the Vernon Public Art Gallery produced by selected graduating students from the UBC Okanagan BFA program. This exhibition consists of a selection of works of six emerging artists which include painting, screen printing, sculptural installation, photography and fibre art.

Opening Reception | Thursday, May 25, 6-8 p.m. at VPAG

The Board of Directors and Executive Director, Dauna Kennedy Grant, invite you and a guest to the opening reception of Emergence by UBCO BFA Graduates, Arctic Sojourn by Nicola Tibbetts, Impermanence by Laura Ashton, and You Are Here by Teen Junction at the Vernon Public Art Gallery. Enjoy an evening of art, music, appies, beer, wine and punch.


Arctic Sojourn

Nicola TibbettsMay 25 – July 19, 2017

Nicola Tibbetts, Landscape with Rocks, 2016, oil

Arctic Sojourn consists of oil paintings, created by the artist who spent a winter in Nunavut. These paintings document a short period in Iqaluit’s twenty-year history as a Canadian capital.

Opening Reception | Thursday, May 25, 6-8 p.m. at VPAG

The Board of Directors and Executive Director, Dauna Kennedy Grant, invite you and a guest to the opening reception of Emergence by UBCO BFA Graduates, Arctic Sojourn by Nicola Tibbetts, Impermanence by Laura Ashton, and You Are Here by Teen Junction at the Vernon Public Art Gallery. Enjoy an evening of art, music, appies, beer, wine and punch.



Laura AshtonMay 25 – July 19, 2017

Laura Ashton, Great Blue Heron with Drummonds Rush, 2017, watercolour, 18 x 24 in.

Laura Ashton’s exhibition focuses on a grassland study area near Vernon. Watercolour illustrations and a video compilation highlight the beauty and frailty of nature through changing seasons.

Opening Reception | Thursday, May 25, 6-8 p.m. at VPAG

The Board of Directors and Executive Director, Dauna Kennedy Grant, invite you and a guest to the opening reception of Emergence by UBCO BFA Graduates, Arctic Sojourn by Nicola Tibbetts, Impermanence by Laura Ashton, and You Are Here by Teen Junction at the Vernon Public Art Gallery. Enjoy an evening of art, music, appies, beer, wine and punch.

An Artist Talk with Laura Ashton | Saturday, June 10, 1 p.m at VPAG

Join us for an Artist Talk with Laura Ashton on Saturday, June 10, 2017. Meet Laura and learn more about the background and inspiration for her exhibition Impermanence which focuses on a grassland study area on Middleton Mountain. Watercolour illustrations and a video compilation highlight the beauty and frailty of nature through changing seasons in the exhibitionImpermanence. Learn about what types of plants and animals can be found in our local grasslands.  A question and answer session will take place at the end of the presentation. Enjoy coffee, tea, and great conversation at the gallery


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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.




‘Furbish: Remnant Themes of Post-Amusement’
Scott August July 14th to August 26th
Opening reception: Friday July 14th, 6-8pm

You wont find much about Peter Soehn on the Internet, aside from the occasional credit on a roadside attractions website, or as the creator of some bizarre “world’s largest sculpture“ in Western Canada. In a time before digital posts occupied our lives, we spent time outside, visiting petting zoos, waterslides, theme parks and fruit stands. In Furbish: Remnant Themes of Post-Amusement, artist Scott August explores what little remains of Peter’s unrecognized legacy, from unearthing a buried 1970’s  Billboard, to posthumously documenting the artist’s mind-boggling studio. All that remains of Peter’s efforts are fading family photographs, unfinished sculptures, and dust covered memories.

Born in Saskatchewan in 1933, Peter Soehn not only created characters of rural life, he himself was exactly that. Soehn worked as a television prop builder and on-camera painting Instructor in Alberta and in Kelowna British Columbia at C.H.B.C. T.V. during the 1960’s and 1970’s. In the 1980’s his family created ambitious folk-art sculptures and theme-parks for the amusement of others, from the demolished Kelowna Zoo to the re-developed Old MacDonald’s Farm, very little remains of his work in the Okanagan.

Scott August is a Kelowna born artist working between the Okanagan and Vancouver, he has been actively photographing and collecting what remains of the Soehn’s Attractions. Furbish: Remnant Themes of Post-Amusement will resurrect forgotten feelings and memories, while enveloping the viewer in it’s overwhelming scale and decaying state. Like Peter Soehn, Scott August’s art focuses around creating fantastical large-scale installations: 25 Foot Cowboy (2005), Bear Peaking Over Mountain Gets New Cowboy Friend (2008), and Artist Changes Sign (2015). He has exhibited at the Kelowna Art Gallery, the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art, Victoria’s 50/50 Gallery, Vancouver’s Interurban Gallery, and abroad at Pop Montreal Arts Festival and Chicago’s Three Walls Gallery.

Plan your summer vacation around visiting FURBISH at the Lake Country Art Gallery, then continue with your Soehn travel-homage by visiting his legendary Penticton Peach, his Cultus Lake water squirting frogs, or by trying on his Clem T. Gopher Mascot Head at the World Famous Gopher Hole Museum in Torrington, Alberta.


Midsummer Night of Curiosities: Masquerade Festival Thursday August 24th @ 7pm till late at the Lake Country Art Gallery.

An evening of celebrating youth art with masquerade and superheroes. Bring your picnic blankets…we provide teas, entertainment, sundaes and art.

The Existential Cafe: Artist Talk with Scott August, Saturday August 26th @ 2pm. Scott will discuss the work of Peter Soehn. Born in Saskatchewan in 1933, Peter Soehn not only created characters of rural life, he himself was exactly that. Soehn worked as a television prop builder and on-camera painting Instructor in Alberta and in Kelowna British Columbia at C.H.B.C. T.V. during the 1960’s and 1970’s. In the 1980’s his family created ambitious folk-art sculptures and theme-parks for the amusement of others, from the demolished Kelowna Zoo to the re-developed Old MacDonald’s Farm, very little remains of his work in the Okanagan.

Are We There Yet?

Submission Deadline: Are We There Yet?

Canadian Roadside Attractions open to all members of the Lake Country Art Gallery.

Drop-off dates August 24, 25 and 26 during gallery hours. See gallery website for submission details,

Are We There Yet? Canadian Roadside Attractions Members’ Exhibition: August 30 to September 30th.

Check out the latest edition of Galleries West Magazine for Lorna Tureski’s piece ‘Another Roadside Attraction’

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



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Arranging Nature in Western Canada – the Photography of  Master Artist Merle Somerville

August 17 – September 23, 2017

I am very excited to have been asked to exhibit my artwork at a Solo Show at the Summerland Art Centre, their new location which they are hoping will be their permanent Art Gallery location in the old library.   It will be a great place for them to grow and feature all avenues of Art Culture.
This will be a unique show for me as I will be displaying twelve new art pieces on canvas that have never been printed previously.  The Exhibit will feature images from many areas throughout British Columbia and a few from Alberta, plus some of my favorites of our beautiful Okanagan.
Both BC and Alberta are graced with an abundance of natural splendors.  I have learned that making photographs depends not only upon being entuhusiastic and connected to what one is photographing, but also upon understanding light.  One of my favorite times of day is long after the sun has set.  I hope my photos serve as a reminder of how essential it is to preserve remaining ecosystems.
I will be at the Open Reception and hope you can join me on Thursday 7:00 – 9:00pm.  If you would like to get hold of me after the Show to discuss my art, or consult on custom sizes, please don’t hesitate to email or call me.   I’d be happy to meet up with you if a suitable time and place can be arranged. If you can’t make it to the Reception, drop by at your convenience before September 23rd.
My Fine Art prints are available in standard and custom sizes created using archival pigment onto 100% cotton rag paper or matte canvas. Canvas limited editions are accompanied by a “Certificate of Authenticity” and signed.
Val and  I look forward to seeing you.
Merle Somerville MPA. M.Photog.



 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