October 28 to December 31, 2007
Ian McDonald
Boys and Boxes is an exhibition by Kamloops artist Ian McDonald that features approximately 42 photographic portraits of technicians working at Highland Valley Copper, Canada’s largest open pit copper mine located near Logan Lake, an hour's drive southwest of Kamloops. The workers, all men, are specialists in a variety of trades, and the portraits include those of welders, heavy duty and automotive mechanics, electricians, machinists, tire men, and millwrights. McDonald, who also works at Highland Valley Copper, has photographed each man standing next to his tool box.

The men portrayed in Boys and Boxes are members of the United Steel Workers Union Local 7619. Their tool boxes are individualized with stickers, magnets, posters, and other decorations, and can be understood as physical extensions of the men’s personal identities. As portraits of individuals within a collectivized environment, the images examine the ways in which individuals assert their uniqueness within the group. Photographing with the camera at eye-level, McDonald creates equality between viewer and subject in these sensitive portraits.

Boys and Boxes is also a rare study of the mining industry’s demographics: nearly all the men in the photographs are in or near their fifties, representing a generation that came of age when trade opportunities were few and highly sought. Most of these men have worked at Highland Valley Copper for 20 years or more, and have experienced the miner’s life of closures, strikes, and mergers. McDonald’s images present a sociological perspective on an industry that is often viewed only through the lenses of economics or the environment.

The Kamloops Art Gallery is proud to present McDonald’s first solo exhibition in a public art gallery and to pay tribute to the mine workers in our community. The exhibition is accompanied by a full-colour catalogue with an essay by Thompson Rivers University instructor Terryl Atkins.
Generously sponsored by Highland Valley Copper, United Steelworkers Local 7619, Off-Centre Magazine
October 28 to December 31, 2007
undiscovered adj 1: not discovered; "with earth-based telescopes many stars remain undiscovered" 2: not yet discovered; "undiscovered islands"  [syn: unexplored]

Kamloops Art Gallery presents work by six talented and newly “discovered” artists from the Thompson-Nicola Regional District. Selected by a team of invited jurors, artists James Black, John Russell, Daniel Tom, Megs Waterous, Craig Willms and Barbara Zimonick represent some of the region’s hidden talent.

Over a two day period in March 2007, an expert panel reviewed 78 submitted portfolios. Jurors George Harris, Curator of Two Rivers Art Gallery in Prince George, Dona Moore, Director of Kelowna Art Gallery in Kelowna, Deborah Loxam-Kohl, Curator of Touchstones Nelson: Museum of Art and History, and well-known Kamloops artist David Langevin evaluated each submission on the basis of originality—the exploration of new terrain—as well as artistic vision and merit.

The six artists in Undiscovered  work in diverse media and styles. Photographers John Russell and Barbara Zimonick capture the beauty of the regional landscape in very different ways. James Black’s ink drawings of animals, vehicles, and entertainment equipment provide a contemporary First Nations’ perspective. Daniel Tom presents beautiful “tomahawk” sculptures made from carved wood and stone, recycled fur, and other salvaged materials. Megs Waterous’ ceramic vessels are abstracts but, like Tom’s sculptures, refer to the natural world. Craig Willms, an avid lover of baseball, has created the interactive sculptural installation How to Throw a Knuckleball—baseballs included!

The Gallery is delighted to organize an exhibition of works by these talented artists, their first show in a public gallery. Through this exhibition, the Gallery hopes to generate excitement about the visual arts emerging in the region.

A full colour catalogue accompanies the exhibition and is available for purchase in The Gallery Store.
Generously sponsored by Funk Signs Inc, Off-Centre Magazine
October 28 to December 31, 2007
This exhibition features a selection of artworks from the Gallery’s permanent collection, all of which share a certain lack of recognisability—or at least a very surprising form! Included are recent additions to the collection by British Columbian artists, such as Taiga Chiba's sumi-e paintings of prehistoric life forms, misshapen "chocks" by Jack Jeffrey, and mittens mysteriously stuffed with cigarettes by Liz Magor. Other works in the exhibition have not emerged from storage for a decade or more, including extraordinary wall hangings from the 1970s by Dianne Michel and Ros Eldridge. These works join an improbable cribbage board by Andrew Atagootak, portraits of hanging beef carcasses by Attila Richard Lukacs, evocative photographs of dead matter by Eldon Garnet, and eccentric assemblages by Raymond Dupuis and Alan Wood. Contemporary Curiosities celebrates the ambiguous, the mysterious, the playful, and the downright weird in contemporary Canadian art.
Generously sponsored by Off-Centre Magazine
October 13 to November 12, 2007
Gallery Under Glass
DoAn Forest
As a recent newcomer to Kamloops, the idea of home is a frequent subject for DoAn Forest (Donald Anderson). Answering the question, “where are you from?” is not an easy task. Born in Ontario, Forest grew up in Calgary and Vancouver, but spent most of his adult life in various cities across Japan and Korea. All of these places have left an indelible mark on the artist. Forest feels that it is not so much where he is from, but rather where he’s been that makes him the person he is today. In this exhibition, Forest displays a montage of videos set in the various places he has called home, including Tokyo, Vancouver, Okinawa and Seoul. In March 2007, Forest won the Kami Short Video Competition about “the place where I live,” held at the Kamloops Art Gallery. This and other videos by the artist can be viewed at http://www.efeele.com
First Fruits
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September 30 to November 1, 2007
The Cube
Yvonne Reddick
First Fruits is in essence the first fruits of Yvonne Reddick’s labour. This exhibition of fruit and vegetable still-life oil paintings is her first public exhibition. A studious and meticulous painter, she only recently began her art practice. Although new to painting, she is in many ways very traditional. Inspired by European Old Master painters, such as Caravaggio, Rubens, Rembrandt and Vermeer, she slowly builds her oil paintings. Each small scale work is made up of many layers of paint. The resulting works seem to both glow with light and give off a depth and intensity of saturated colour. Reddick’s first series of paintings is a sure sign of promising fruit to come.

Works in The Cube are available for purchase through The Gallery Store.
September 30 to October 13, 2007
It’s time to preview the amazing array of original works of art for this year’s auction gala on Saturday, October 13. The exhibition features works by local, provincial and national artists, including Barbara Astman, Edward Epp, Eric Metcalfe, and returning best seller, well-known local artist Tricia Sellmer. In addition, thrilling adventure packages showcasing the wonders of British Columbia are on display.
Generously sponsored by Interior Savings Credit Union
September 8 to October 8, 2007
Gallery Under Glass
Lorel Sternig
Lorel Sternig is well known for her raku ceramics. Working out of her Heffley Creek studio, she has gained recognition for her utilitarian pottery and sculpture. Sternig has built a solid following with her distinctive long-legged heron-shaped ceramics and other works. Despite their popularity, Sternig wished to explore new terrain. In this new series,Metamorphosis, Sternig focuses on the human form, evoking the curves of the female body. The lack of eyes in these abstract figures is not to be misconstrued as a sign of blindness. Instead, this lack symbolizes the artist’s inward contemplation. The series marks a change in Sternig’s artistic career, wherein introspection and growth have become more prominent.

Sternig studied fine arts at Cariboo College and Emily Carr School of Art and Design, and has taken workshops with renowned potters Robin Hopper, Frank Boyden, Walter Dexter, and others.

Works in Gallery Under Glass are available for purchase through The Gallery Store.
September 8 to October 4, 2007
BMO Open Gallery
Professional Photographers’ Association of British Columbia
This exhibition is one stop on the tour of the Professional Photographers’ Association of British Columbia (PPABC) Annual Salon. Each year association members from all over B.C. present their images for selection. This year’s jury panel of professional photographers from Canada and the USA chose 58 images by PPABC photographers. Tyler Meade, Richard Moray, Rob Stenner, and Kent Wong are four Kamloops residents with images featured in the exhibition. Kamloops marks the third stop on the tour, after Penticton and Vernon. The PPABC is a voluntary organization founded in 1945. It is affiliated with the national body, the Professional Photographers of Canada.

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