September 13 to November 2, 2008
The Cube
Bernadette Mertens-McAllister
As the title suggests, Bernadette Mertens-McAllister explores the idea of death in works that combine paintings and photographs. Based on different encounters with aspects of death in Canada and Mexico, her approach, through the use of a vibrant palette and touches of humour, is surprisingly uplifting. She creates a series within Day of the Dead that deals with her own fight with cancer. In this series, rather than examining the inevitability of death, she looks at healing and the celebration of life.
Bernadette Mertens-McAllister
On the Grave, 2006
mixed media
Courtesy of the Artist
View images of the exhibition here.
July 26 to September 7, 2008
The Cube
This summer marks the fourth annual exhibition in the Cube of work by students graduating from Thompson Rivers University. Selected by Kamloops Art Gallery Assistant Curator Craig Willms, Curator’s Choice highlights some of the talent from TRU’s Bachelor of Fine Arts 2008 graduating class. Students at TRU graduate with a wide variety of specialties, including ceramics, printmaking, sculpture, painting, photography, and installation. Like previous Curator’s Choice exhibitions, this one is not so much a “best of” show, but one that is united by thematic and aesthetic threads running through the work of these emerging artists.
Nelina Magliochi
X-58, 2008
pencil on paper
Courtesy of the Artist
View images of the exhibition here.
June 8 to August 31, 2008
Daphne Odjig was instrumental, along with a handful of Anishnabe artists in the 1960s, in bringing to public prominence the pictorial style of the Algonkian painters of Northern Ontario. This exhibition is the first major touring survey of her drawings and paintings since the Art Gallery of Thunder Bay organized a retrospective exhibition in 1985. The Kamloops Art Gallery produced and hosted a very successful survey of her prints from the last four decades in the summer of 2005, and the exhibition is touring until 2008.

In bringing together 40 years of Daphne Odjig’s paintings and drawings, this retrospective exhibition facilitates a long overdue critical assessment of Daphne Odjig’s extensive aesthetic, philosophical, cultural investigations during the last decades of the twentieth century. Examples of her contribution to the early Woodland School are contrasted with the lyricism of her colour work in the 1980s and the sharp political content of her large history paintings. The years within which these works were created represent a complex watershed in the cultural and political history of the First Nations in Canada. Odjig’s experimentation with numerous genres and styles and her determination to give voice to a particular political reality make her an uncommon vehicle for an examination of our country and ourselves. Moreover, the assembly of First Nations writers who have contributed to the catalogue provide culturally cohesive positioning of the work within a critical discourse based on the aesthetic and philosophical traditions of the Anishnabe.

The exhibition comprises nearly 60 works, including examples of Odjig’s history paintings, murals, legend paintings, erotica, abstractions, and landscapes. As a group, these works articulate the breadth of Odjig’s engagement with her personal and cultural history. They also trace the remarkable aesthetic development of the artist from her initial experimentation to the mature mastery of her media.

Organized by the Art Gallery of Sudbury and the National Gallery of Canada
Installation view of The Drawings and Paintings of Daphne Odjig: A Retrospective Exhibition
Photo: Kamloops Art Gallery
Generously sponsored by Museums Assistance Program - Department of Canadian Heritage, British Columbia Lottery Corporation, Simmons, Black and Emsland Insurance Services, TD Securities, Kamloops Daily News, Kamloops Thompson Nicola Review, Radio NL
View images of the exhibition here.
June 8 to July 20, 2008
The Cube
Terry Kirkpatrick
Since becoming partially disabled in 1991, Terry Kirkpatrick has completed accounting and computer courses at Thompson Rivers University and received an Art Diploma from Stratford Career Institute in 2002. He creates works in pencil crayon, pastel, watercolour, acrylic, and oil paint. His work has been displayed at Art in the Park at Riverside Park. Kirkpatrick’s images are drawn from First Peoples iconography, his friends and personal experiences.
Installation view of Brushes on Wheels: Terry Kirkpatrick
Photo: Kamloops Art Gallery
View images of the exhibition here.
April 19 to May 25, 2008
The Cube
Charlotte Kinzie
Charlotte Kinzie is a photographer who captures her surroundings with an eye open to new experiences. An avid traveller, she photographs the far-away and the close-to-home. As good as she is at transporting viewers to far off lands in her travel photographs, her ability to translate local scenes into something new is also impressive. She was voted Victoria’s Favourite Photographer of 2004, and Victoria’s news weekly Monday Magazine stated that she is the kind of photographer who is able “to turn ordinary moments into memorable works of art.” Now back in Kamloops, she presents a mixture of some of her most compelling colour photographs.
Charlotte Kinzie
OJ, 2008
digital print
Courtesy of the Artist
View images of the exhibition here.
March 30 to May 25, 2008
Gary Pearson
The Kamloops Art Gallery is proud to present a solo exhibition by Gary Pearson, one of British Columbia’s most dynamic contemporary painters. The End is My Beginning features new paintings and works from the last half decade. It is Pearson’s first solo exhibition in Kamloops.

The surfaces of Pearson’s paintings are highly worked and richly textured. They are often close to monochromatic, punctuated by surprising, off-key bursts of colour. Although Pearson began as an abstract painter, today most of his works portray individuals and groups of people in semi-public and transient venues, such as bars, diners, or hotels. Patterns remain an important feature of all his compositions, and may consist of words, palm trees, architectural features, and other images or symbols. His drawing style is deliberately crude, which gives his works a direct and earthy character.

There are narratives in Pearson’s art, but they are all unresolved or indeterminate. The works therefore draw heavily on what the viewer brings to them for their meaning, posing possibilities for deep resonance, and reflections on melancholy, humour, isolation, human dignity, longing, and resolve. Along with paintings and drawings, Pearson produces videos, which share a painterly quality in their production style and visual appearance.

At the Kamloops Art Gallery, Pearson presents some of his latest work from 2007, a selection from his 2005 Greenville series, which was inspired in part by the songs of Lucinda Williams, some earlier drawings, and two videos. All of the works feature scenes from everyday life in unnamed places.

Gary Pearson is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at the University of British Columbia Okanagan in Kelowna. He has shown his work widely across Canada as well as in Germany, Norway, Poland, the USA, and Australia.

The exhibition is accompanied by a full-colour catalogue with a feature essay by former Thompson Rivers University instructor, poet, and performance artist David Bateman, and an interview with the artist by KAG curator, Jen Budney.
Gary Pearson
I’m going back to Greenville, 2005
oil on canvas
Collection of the Kamloops Art Gallery, Purchased with the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance Program
Generously sponsored by Off-Centre Magazine, 98.3 CIFM, Pollard Banknote Limited
View images of the exhibition here.
March 30 to May 25, 2008
Rhonda Weppler
Trevor Mahovsky
Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky are a Vancouver-based artist-duo, and among the most exciting young artists to emerge in Canada in the last decade. Although they have been working together since only 2004, they have already exhibited their work extensively across the country and internationally, in Vancouver, Toronto, Halifax, Montreal, Nagoya, Berlin, Tokyo, Portland, and elsewhere. Sculptors Weppler and Mahovsky are known for the playful and unsettling ways they transform everyday objects, such as styrene coffee cups, tin cans, cars, pop bottles, and other hallmarks of the everyday. Their work, conflicted in its relationship to a world of things, draws from both minimalist and Pop histories, while displaying a distinctly contemporary critical conceptualism.

In their exhibition at the Kamloops Art Gallery, Weppler and Mahovsky present a new body of work called Clutter Sculptures, which is decidedly more “baroque” than their earlier, clean-lined Stacked Objects. Everyday items, such as bricks, bottles, and tires, are formed out of wire armatures, which are then slathered in plaster and enamelled. The sculptures appear to be drenched in glossy icing and thrown together into haphazard, candy-coloured jumbles. In the words of Globe and Mail reviewer Gary Michael Dault, these sculptures “both attract (they are bright and toy-like) and repel (they are glandular-looking, as if they had been secreted rather than constructed).”

Along with the Clutter Sculptures, Weppler and Mahovsky present four large “collapsing” sculptures of expensive status objects: two tinfoil casts of a vintage car and two black paper casts of a hearse. To make the car sculptures, the artists use sheets of regular tinfoil glued together to form large sheets, which are then wrapped carefully around a real car. The tinfoil “mould” is lifted off, and transported to the gallery, where, over the course of the exhibition, it slowly collapses under its own weight. The model for the car sculpture is a vintage car belonging to a Kamloops resident.

The exhibition is accompanied by a full-colour catalogue with an essay by local poet Susan Buis and an interview with the artists by KAG curator, Jen Budney.
Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky
Skull and Bottle, 2007
polymerised gypsum and epoxy on metal and foam armature, enamel paint
Collection of the Kamloops Art Gallery, Purchased with the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts
Photo: Kamloops Art Gallery
Generously sponsored by Pollard Banknote Limited, 98.3 CIFM, Off-Centre Magazine
View images of the exhibition here.
March 1 to April 13, 2008
The Cube
Yellowhead Artists’ Co-operative
The exhibition features work by Barriere’s Yellowhead Artists’ Co-operative. Meeting once a week to paint in studio or en plein air, Marge Mitchell, Shirley Kristensen, Wayne Broomfield, Robert Bambrick, and Jean Cartier have formed a tightly knit unit to provide each other criticism, support, and camaraderie. In this exhibition, the five members exhibit some of their finest works, including oil and watercolour paintings, sculpture, and scrimshaw. Representing life in the North Thompson Valley, the exhibition is rich in landscape views and images of life on the ranch. The exhibition coincides with The Kamloops Cowboy Festival, which runs March 7 to 9, 2008.
Robert Bambrick
McClure Spring, n.d.
watercolour
Courtesy of the Artist
View images of the exhibition here.
January 20 to March 16, 2008
Organized by the National Gallery of Canada

Presentation of this exhibition in Kamloops is made possible in part through a grant from the Museums Assistance Program, Department of Canadian Heritage and with support from the Mapping Quality of Life and the Cultural Future of Small Cities CURA, a community-university research alliance sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

The Kamloops Art Gallery is proud to host another prestigious exhibition from the National Gallery of Canada. Art and Society in Canada 1913-1950 includes approximately 45 works of art by some of Canada’s most famous artists from the first half of the twentieth century. Many artists from this period were dedicated to the ideals of nationalism, political awareness, and a liberated society. They also believed that art could powerfully affect and shape society. This exhibit explores three distinct artistic movements that shaped Canadian art and Canadian society: the Group of Seven, the Social Realists, and Les Automatistes.

During the 1920s, members of the Group of Seven, such as AY Jackson and Lawren Harris, argued that the idea of “North” was central to Canadian identity and that artists should explore, paint, and validate the northern landscape for Canadians. In their view, art was a means of revealing the spiritual values of nature, which they felt crucial to the emerging national identity.

For the generation that emerged in the 1930s, art had a more direct role in confronting the political, economic and social crises of their time. Claiming that earlier ideals were "escapist," the Social Realists sought to reflect the social, political, and economic issues of the day and resist what they felt were increasing threats to freedom. During this period, organizations such as the Federation of Canadian Artists and the Labour Arts Guild promoted the integration of art and society.

In the 1940s, the Quebec-based group Les Automatistes, which included such renowned artists as Paul-Emile Borduas and Jean-Paul Riopelle, rejected the Social Realists’ preoccupation with subject matter. Inspired by Surrealism, they associated the spontaneity of automatic painting with personal liberation and believed that their art could create a New World. Their goals were summarized in the 1948 manifesto “Refus global” in which Fernand Leduc called for "works of art sister to the atom bomb."

Art and Society is a portrait of our nation in its youth, when Canadian artists had faith in the future and in their power to shape it. The exhibition contains exquisite paintings and sculpture from the National Gallery of Canada, and gives Kamloops residents an opportunity to see first-hand works by some of Canada’s all-time greatest artists, including Lawren Harris, AY Jackson, Jean Paul Riopelle, and Paul Emile Borduas.
Lawren Harris
Lake Superior, c. 1928
oil on canvas
Collection of the National Gallery of Canada, Vincent Masset Bequest, © Family of Lawren Harris
Photo © NGC
Generously sponsored by Radio NL
View images of the exhibition here.
January 20 to March 16, 2008
To complement the feature exhibition, Art and Society, the Gallery’s curatorial staff has selected several delightful works by Group of Seven members A.Y. Jackson, Fred Varley, Arthur Lismer, and Franklin Carmichael for display in the north corridor. All the works are from the Kamloops Art Gallery’s permanent collection, and represent the beautiful landscapes of Interior British Columbia and Ontario. “The great purpose of landscape art is to make us at home in our own country,” wrote the members of the Group of Seven. This intimate exhibition takes a look at our own home through the eyes of four of Canada’s most famous artists.

Over the years, these works were acquired for the permanent collection either through purchase or donation. Of special note is Quesnel River by A.Y. Jackson. One of the first works of art in the KAG collection, it was donated as a bequest from the estate of former mayor of Kamloops J.E. Fitzwater. He specified in his will that the work be held “on loan and in trust until such time as Kamloops shall have an Art Gallery of its own.”
Alexander Young Jackson
Mount Paul, Kamloops, B.C., 1945
oil on board
Collection of the Kamloops Art Gallery
Photo: Kamloops Art Gallery
View images of the exhibition here.
January 20 to February 24, 2008
The Cube
Shazam! Breaking out of the Box is an exhibition of locally produced art that breaks out of the moulds that separate fine art from commercial art. Inspired by popular culture, artists Laura Bittante, Martin Tuba, Andrew Enpaauk Dexel and Randall Eustache have created an array of contemporary artworks inspired by mass culture, particularly cartoons and animation. A fun and inspiring exhibition, Shazam! is an exploration of the “highs” and “lows” of pop art by artists from our region.
Randall Eustache
Blazed, 2007
photocopy
Courtesy of the Artist
View images of the exhibition here.

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