Jim Kalnin & Lucas Glenn
In this exhibition Kalnin investigates and challenges how we respond and interact with the natural world around us. Kalnin’s work consists of large semi-abstract acrylic and oil paintings along with a series of small watercolour paintings. Kalnin reaches into human cultures, religions, world views and ecological studies for thought and subject for his new series of paintings.
Jim Kalnin taught art for 22 years at Okanagan College, Okanagan University College and UBC Okanagan. Since retiring in 2009, Jim has rekindled his interests in making art, travelling and delving deeper into life’s great mysteries.
Lucas Glenn installation titled, ‘Goods for Men (Real Good Strong Men)’ looks at the media and consumerism in relation to male identity, and problematic attitudes associated with masculinity such as ego, patriarchy, and anthropocentrism. Glenn’s work brings together satire, pseudo-history, and humour.
Glenn graduated from UBCO in 2015 with a focus on installation art and philosophy.
‘WildMen’ Opening Night: Wednesday September 30th, 6-8pm
Artist Talk with Jim Kalnin & Lucas Glenn: Saturday October 3rd @ 3pm
Lake Country Art Gallery gets an early start on Lake Country’s Artwalk
Each year the Lake Country Art Gallery presents a themed exhibition in conjunction with Lake Country’s hugely popular annual Artwalk - Artwalk proper will be held Sept 12th and 13th this year.
The Lake Country Art Gallery’s themed Artwalk exhibition will kick things off early, with the juried exhibition will opening on Wednesday, August 26th and continuing to Sept 25th.
The theme this year is “Light: Illuminating Art”. Artists are invited to interpret the theme in any manner, style or medium - 2D or 3D. “I’m alway intrigued by how folks approach a themed exhibition. I like to leave a lot of room for creativity of all sorts”, says gallery curator Katie Brennan.
As with the past few Artwalk theme exhibitions at the Lake Country Art Gallery, artists do not need to be participating in Artwalk in order to be a part of this exhibition.
“This is the third year where we’re inviting any and all artists to submit work for this exhibition - you don’t have to be participating in Artwalk to submit work”, explains Brennan. “We’ve opened this up to all artists as not everyone is able to be a part of Artwalk, and we’d like as many artists as possible to be a part of this exhibition at the Lake Country Art Gallery”.
Lake Country Art Gallery presents large scale felted works in next exhibition, opening July 8th
FELTED presents an exhibition of fibre works by Art Felt Collaborative at the Lake Country Art Gallery from July 8th to August 22nd, 2015. Art Felt Collaborative is Amy Burkard, Diane Goossens, Judith Mueller, Alice Pallett, and Violet Racz.
Felt is a textile that is produced by matting, condensing and pressing fibres together. It is a very physical process that involves tools like washboards, hand sanders, screen mesh, bubble wrap, soap and water. Felt is made of natural fibres such as wool, alpaca, silk, bamboo, or synthetic fibres and can take all kinds of different shapes, sizes, thickness, density and colours.
It also has a long history; Feltmaking is still practiced by nomadic people in Central Asia and ties into the stories of Saint Clement and Saint Christopher who, while fleeing persecution, packed their sandals with wool to prevent blisters. At the end of their journey, the movement and sweat had turned the wool into felt socks.
The Art Felt Collaborative came together in April 2014 through their shared love of felting. Initiated two years earlier by a meeting between Violet Racz and Alice Pallet, after Racz, who had recently relocated from Maple Ridge, saw Pallett’s work at Artwalk. The collaborative has created a fellowship where regular meetings and feedback has increased the range, inspiration and risk taking in the work of each artist. Diane Goossens, for example, came to the group with more of a focus on wearable art, but has branched off to include more sculptural forms. Alice Pallett, Amy Burkard and Judith Mueller all come to felting from a fine art background – “I saw the potential of felting to smash many boundaries: 2D or 3D or anything in between”, comments Pallett – have all picked up all sorts of traditional felting methods and practices. And Judith Mueller’s enthusiasm for specific breeds of wool has rubbed off on everyone.
Gallery visitors will have a chance to hear about all the nuances and techniques the Art Felt Collaborative use at an Artist Talk on Wednesday, July 15th at 7pm. This event is free and open to the public. Gallery visitors are also invited to an Artist Demo Day on Saturday, August 8th from 11am - 3pm, when all five artists will be in the gallery demonstrating how they make their work.
FELTED opens on Wednesday, July 8th with an opening reception from 6 - 8pm. All are welcome. The artists will be in attendance.
Also opening on Wednesday, July 8th, the Lake Country Art Gallery’s new pop-up exhibition space which will feature the work of students from the gallery’s summer art camp “Photographing Lake Country”, led by Enderby artist Zev Tiefenbach.
All Dates & Events at a Glance:
FELTED - an exhibition by the Art Felt Collaborative, a group exhibition with work by local artists Amy Burkard, Diane Goossens, Judith Mueller, Alice Pallett, and Violet Racz which runs July 8th to August 22nd, 2015.
Artist Talk - Art Felt Collaborative, which includes local artists Amy Burkard, Diane Goossens, Judith Mueller, Alice Pallett, and Violet Racz, will speak at an artist talk on Wedneday, July 15th at 7pm. This event is free and open to the Public.
Artist Demo Day - Art Felt Collaborative, local artists Amy Burkard, Diane Goossens, Judith Mueller, Alice Pallett, and Violet Racz will be on hand for an Artist Demo Day at the Lake Country Art Gallery on Satruday, August 8th from 11am - 3pm to demonstrate how they make their felted artworks.
The Lake Country Art Gallery is proud to present Appearing and Fading - art as exploration a group exhibition with work by local artists Connor Charlesworth, Sarah Cordeaux, Steve Mennie, Stephanie Patsula and Riley Wallis which runs May 20th to July 4, 2015.
The Lake Country Art Gallery’s 2nd Annual Intergenerational Exhibition now open
With the finishing touches complete, the Lake Country Art Gallery is proud to present two companion exhibitions that celebrate and showcase intergenerational art work: Art Through the Ages, an intergenerational exhibition and Changing Lands by Marlene G. McPherson. Both shows run from April 8th to May 16th, 2015.
Intergenerational is a term used to describe interactions between people of different generations. Inspired by the work of former Vernon-based educator Sharon McKenzie, who went on to found i2i, the Intergenerational Society of Canada, this is the second year the Lake Country Art Gallery is featuring work created through intergenerational artistic collaborations.
A special part of this exhibition are written statements written by participating artists describing their artistic process and what it was like to make work with their parents, grandparents, neighbours, friends or siblings.
“This is where we really get to see the power of intergenerational collaboration”, explains Lake Country Art Gallery Curator Katie Brennan. “You get a glimpse of a special interaction between the artists the introduced them to a new way to interact with one another.”
The accompanying exhibition by local Lake Country artist Marlene G. McPherson, Changing Lands has been influenced by McPherson’s 20 plus years of intergenerational instruction to local budding artists. She’s taught all ages, including one class where she taught 3 generations of a single family. This series began with deciding what to do with some left over paint after a class. Changing Lands records the natural grasslands of Spion Kop Mountain in Lake Country, before they disappear to development, while also addressing the everyday changes happening in the lands around us.
Also new to the Lake Country Art Gallery is a new outdoor mural by Kelowna based artist Shannon Johnston. This playful mural features colourful, stylized feathers against a backdrop of collaged materials from the 1920’s. Johston’s mural is on view until mid summer.
The exhibition runs from April 8th - May 16th, 2015, with an open reception to take place on Saturday, April 11th from 1 - 3pm. Admission is free and open to the public.
Dates & Events at a Glance:
Art Though the Ages - An Intergeneration Art Exhibition and Changing Lands by Marlene G. McPherson runs from April 8th - May 16th - June 6th, 2015. An opening reception will be held Saturday April 11th from 1 - 3pm. Admission is free and all are welcome.
Family Art Drop-in - Saturdays from 12:30 - 2:30pm at the Lake Country Art Gallery
Family drop in at the Lake Country Art gallery is a fun and creative journey, focusing both on the exploration of creative processes and on developing strong foundational skills.
$8 / child • $15 / two children • $20 / three
$5 / child if you have a LCAG family membership
Music at LCAG: My Friend West - a band part a growing movement of the new generation of grass-roots folk from Victoria with a special indie-roots to chamber-folk sound
April 16th from 6.30pm
$10 tickets available for seniors & students and
family groups of x4 @ $40
The Lake Country Art Gallery’s ART BAZAAR returns May 2nd from 9am - 2pm.
The mix of vintage wares, family activities, artisanal boutiques, glass and other giftware, art books on a variety of topics and outdoor artist galleries were a magical mix at the return of the Lake Country Arts Bazaar.
The Lake Country Art Gallery is busy in preparation of its 5th Annual Under 100 exhibition - the biggest one of the year and bigger than ever before. The gallery has over 40 additional feet of wall space this year to pack in even more artwork. In addition to the new wall space and hundreds of original, one of a kind, artworks from over 50 local artists under $100, the gallery will be offering a new Preview Event to kick the Under 100 exhibition off this year.
“In the last few years, we’ve had people waiting at our door before the show had even officially opened”, comments Gallery Manager Petrina McNeill. “Some have even offered to buy work even before we’ve hung it.”
This year, the entire show will be strictly under wraps until 5pm on Friday Nov 21st when art lovers will be able to preview the work before anyone else snaps up their favourite pieces that night. This ticketed event includes entry into the preview of the exhibition, as well as entry into the “First Buy” draw to have first dibs on purchasing.
“It’s kind of like an auction,” explains Curator Katie Brennan. “You come and preview the work, pick out your favourites and enter your name to be one of the first 10 people to purchase work from the Under 100 exhibition. It’s a fun way to make sure you walk away with your favourite pieces, as well as support the gallery’s fundraising efforts” - all sales from Under 100 go to the artists and to support the gallery.
Attendees of the Under 100 Preview Event will also have the opportunity to purchase additional “First Buy” tickets for $2 a piece up until the draw at 6pm.
The draw will be fast paced. Each “First Buy” Ticket holder drawn will only have 3 minutes to claim their artwork. If a piece has not been chosen in that time, another ticket will be drawn until all 10 “First Buy” Ticket Spots have been filled. Once the first 10 purchases have been made, other attendees will be welcome to purchase work as well.
The exhibition features small original works under 100 inches squared ,priced under $100, as well as a selection of works under 200 and 300 inches squared under $200 and $300. This exhibition also covers the walls of the Lake Country Coffee Shop.
All proceeds from the sale go to the artists and to support the Lake Country Art Gallery. The Under 100 Preview Event goes from 5 - 7:30pm, with artwork preview from 5 - 6pm, and the First Buy draw at 6pm. Once the first 10 purchases have been made, other attendees will be welcome to purchase work as well. The exhibition will open to the public the next day, Saturday, Nov 22nd at 11am.
Tickets are $10 per person and include 1 “First Buy” Ticket with entry. Additional “First Buy” Tickets may be purchased for $2 a piece. Tickets are available in advance at the gallery or at the door. Cash and cheque preferred. Debit and credit also accepted.
Trivia Night tickets for Friday, Nov 28th are also now available. Co-presented by the Okanagan Young Professionals, tickets are $10 per person, which includes a cash bar and prizes, as well as a fun pub-styled trivia night for all. No art knowledge necessary!