Fall has definitely arrived in Kelowna, with the cooler weather and vibrant fall colours.
With Thanksgiving this weekend, many of you will be having friends and family come in from out of town to visit and share the holiday. Some of you may be wondering, just what kinds of things you can do over the weekend with your guests. Whatever the weather, you and your guests can take pleasure in some local culture this weekend, in one of Kelowna’s many Art Galleries.
Whatever your taste in art, you are sure to find a gallery that suits your tastes as Kelowna’s art galleries vary greatly in both style and medium. Many of the cities art galleries can be found in the Downtown Kelowna Cultural District as well as other neighborhoods such as the South Pandosy Village and West Kelowna.
Kelowna Area Art Galleries
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Downtown Kelowna’s Cultural District
Engage with the contemporary visual arts at the Kelowna Art Gallery. Situated on Water Street, the gallery shows a wide variety of local, national and international exhibitions in the visual arts that range from film to photography to paintings. Founded in 1976, the gallery is the largest public art gallery in the Okanagan and is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm, Thursdays from 10 am till 9 pm and Sundays from 1pm to 4 pm.
Experience Kelowna’s modern art scene at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art. This non-profit centre is located on the corner of Cawston Avenue and Ellis Street and has been showing the work of emerging and alternative Canadian artists since 1989. The space focuses on engaged, experimental, and collaborative exhibitions that go beyond the boundaries of traditionally understood gallery space. The centre is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 11 am to 5 pm and Thursdays and Fridays from 1 pm to 8 pm.
Known for its history of providing original Canadian art to the region, the Hambleton Galleries carries paintings, ceramics, glass works and stone sculptures. It also specializes in historical Canadian art. Originally opened in a Victorian Heritage house in March of 1963, the gallery has since been moved to the Kelowna cultural District on Ellis Street. The gallery is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 to 5 pm and Sundays and Mondays by appointment only.
Immerse yourself in Aboriginal arts and culture at the Turtle Island Gallery. Located on Cannery Lane, this gallery offers a wide variety of handcrafted Aboriginal art including wood carvings, carved soapstone, jewellery, woolen blankets and paintings. The gallery is open Monday thru Saturday from 10 am to 5:30 pm and Sundays from 11 am to 4 pm.
South Pandosy Village
Peruse original Canadian oil and acrylic paintings at the Tutt Street Gallery. Located at Tutt Street Square in South Pandosy Village, the gallery has been showing and selling contemporary fine art for 28 years. The gallery plays host to abundant public, private and corporate art showings and is open Tuesday thru Friday from 10 am to 5 pm, Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm and Sundays and Mondays by appointment only.
Walk through modern art at the Sopa Fine Arts Gallery. Situated on Pandosy Street, the gallery changes their exhibit the first week of every month and features paintings and sculptures by leading local, national, and international artists with a specialization in abstraction. The large gallery is open Tuesday thru Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm and Sundays from 12 pm to 4 pm.
Slow down and relax while browsing the art at the New Moon Gallery. Situated in West Kelowna on Dobbin Road, the gallery and working studio exudes an informal feel with refreshments and acoustic music and includes a diverse collection of Canadian works in photography, paintings, pottery, jewellery, fused glass, sculptures of bronze and stone and wood turned bowls. The gallery is open Monday thru Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm.