RIOT on the Roof – An Evening of Alternative ART

It’s finally August, which means one of two things: you’re prepping your BBQ’s and dingy boats for long weekends under 30 degree weather or you’re trying not to think about the approach of fall, the looming dark cloud of despair that clings to your warm, summer skin like a stubborn sucking leech. Or, if you’re anything like the Vernon Public Art Gallery, you’re vibrating with excitement, like you’re permanently attached to an IV of espresso,... Read More

Maggie Shirley Want You to Hear What Mountains Sounds Like

by Kristin Burns The things I had once known about Maggie Shirley were the following: she’s always at the studio; she has a very recognizable laugh; and she could magically appear for lunch breaks covered head-to-toe in sawdust. So I lured with her wine in return for some of her free time to chat about her thesis and her upcoming show: Scale InSight at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art, located in the Rotary Centre for the Arts in Kelowna. She... Read More

A Profile on Briar Craig at YLW

On your way out of the Kelowna Airport and onto popular summer destinations, as you’re just about to enter security there is an excellent art opportunity. In partnership with the Kelowna International Airport, the Kelowna Art Gallery has a satellite gallery available for viewing 24/7, or rather, whenever YLW is open. Right now there is a show of this year’s winner of the Okanagan Arts Award for Visual Arts, Briar Craig. Here’s a... Read More

Hot Summer Exhibitions at the Vernon Public Art Gallery

  Hot Summer Exhibitions at the Vernon Public Art Gallery Alistair Rance, Everett Series #2, acrylic on canvas, 72 x 72 inches, 2012   Where: Vernon Public Art Gallery, 3228 31st Ave. Vernon BC, V1T 2H3 250-545-3173 When: Thursday, August 2, 2012 Why: Opening Reception, Four New Exhibitions Who: Vernon Public Art Gallery   There is no break for summer at the Vernon Public Art Gallery. Two weeks following a hugely successful annual Fundraising... Read More

Kelowna: The art of acquisition, as seen by a Vancouver curator

By Jennifer Smith – Kelowna Capital News This Larry Fink photo, titled Ring Girls, was taken in Madison Square Garden, NY in May of 1996. It is a silver gelatin print from Fink’s Boxing Portfolio and among the 2000 photos in the Vancouver Art Gallery’s collection. It was acquired by anonymous gift. There is a Pablo Picasso cartoon-style sketch in the Kelowna Art Gallery.   How it got there, or rather how a gallery like the... Read More

The 3rd annual Grindrod Musik & Arts Festival

Grindrod festival hits a high note with families By Kristin Froneman – Vernon Morning Star A young participant has fun partaking in the drum circle at last year’s Grindrod Musik and Arts Festival. Photo submitted  With classic rock and heavy metal taking up the stages in Armstrong-Spallumcheen this weekend, and the Komasket Music Festival sidelined until next year, festival seekers looking for a family friendly event need not look further... Read More

Ross Muirhead Exhibition Opens at Penticton Art Gallery

By Kristi Patton – Penticton Western News Artist Ross Muirhead looks over The Shores of his works during set up at the Penticton Art Gallery Wednesday. His exhibition opens today at the gallery starting at 7 p.m. and the artist talk takes place on Saturday at 2 p.m. Mark Brett/Western News Ross Muirhead wants you to rethink the definition of art.   His Photo-Video series showing at the Penticton Art gallery until Sept. 9 integrates... Read More

“Photographing Lake Country” A new exhibition in the FINA gallery at UBCO

The Lake Country Art Gallery is proud to present  “Photographing Lake Country” a new exhibition resulting from The Lake Country Art Gallery’s first ever summer camp! The Lake Country Art Gallery’s summer camp consisted of young residents of Lake Country ranging from seven to thirteen years old. The kids were set loose in the community in a series of facilitated photo-field trips in and around Lake Country. These field trips allowed the... Read More

Just because someone makes art, does that make them an artist?

Wanda in her studio, May 2012 After finishing art school at Emily Carr College of Art and Design in 1992, Wanda moved back to Kelowna and became the manager of Opus Framing and Art Supplies, where she worked for 12 years.  In 2006, Wanda decided to work on being an artist full time and left her job to work in her studio.  Wanda noticed that in the environment of the art supply store, people would call themselves artists all the time, and there was... Read More

Catching Up with Live Artist, Dancer, Choreographer Tanja Woloshen

by Brit Bachmann Tanja Woloshen is a live artist, dancer, choreographer and teacher from Winnipeg, currently based in the Okanagan. She is a UBCO MFA candidate, and Room for the Underdog marks the end of her degree. Although this weekend’s performance encompasses many themes, it is primarily an exploration of queer and gender studies. Tanja, being one of the most manically difficult women to pin down, agreed to an email interview: BB: It is impossible... Read More

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