Kelowna is a gorgeous city with a terrific arts scene that offers a plethora of visual pleasures for aficionados of all aesthetic preferences. The cultural scene in Kelowna heats up as spring warms the land, with several excellent exhibitions taking place. Here are a few of the best, most promising exhibitions that will be held this May.
A Retrospective of Falkland’s Natural Splendour
During the month of May, the Kelowna Art Gallery hosts an exhibition that features Ann Kipling, an artist who studied at the Vancouver School of Art and has become a significant influence on the Canadian visual art scene. She practices visual art exclusively on paper, producing prints and drawings using mostly ink and paint. This exhibition features a comprehensive view of the drawings she has produced during the 37 years she has lived in the Falkland region of British Columbia. The majority of the pieces displayed focus on her interaction with the natural environment in the area. Visuals will be accompanied by text from Robin Laurence, an art writer based in Vancouver. Ann Kipling: The Falkland Drawings is the third exhibition of the Okanagan Series, a project organized by the Kelowna Art Gallery for the purpose of displaying a group of solo shows consisting of the best artists in the region.
Dozens of Artists Exhibiting Their Finest
The inaugural Okanagan Art Show and Inspirational Symposium, also known as OASIS, takes place during May and consists of a month-long exhibition as well as a gathering. The art exhibition portion of OASIS will be installed at the galleria of the Rotary Centre for the Arts, and will be comprised of the best artistic offerings from the central, northern and southern Okanagan chapters of the Federation of Canadian Artists. Around 60 pieces of art will be on display, with awards being adjudicated by a trio of signature members of the Federation of Canadian Artists. The opening reception for the show will take place on Friday, May 9th, between 7pm and 9pm in the Atrium of the Rotary Centre for the Arts. The symposium will take place the next day from 9am to 4pm at the Mary Irwin Theatre, where awards for the exhibition will be announced and activities such as presentations, discussions and free critique for aspiring artists will take place during the remainder of the day.
The Inaugural One on One Series Curates Rising Aboriginal Talent
Another inaugural event will take place this May in the Mardell G. Reynolds Gallery space at the Kelowna Art Gallery. One on One plans to create an annual exhibition that selects a rising Aboriginal curator who chooses an emerging Aboriginal artist to work with in the creation of the exhibit. For the first collaboration, curator Jenny Western and artist Kenneth Lavalee, both from Winnipeg, will create a collection entitled Man and Nature, which hints at allusions to the culture of the mid-twentieth century.
From traditional ink and paper drawings to modern, experimental art, shows in Kelowna represent excellence in many different visual genres. These three exhibitions offer patrons a look at some of the best work in the region. When browsing the Kelowna art scene this May, drop in on this trio of shows and whet your appetite for other fine art institutions in the area.