KAG planning to re-open

Given the Province of BC's recently announced re-opening plans, the Gallery is working to confirm a re-open date. We look forward to announcing that date shortly.

Currently, exhibitions are temporarily closed, and all in-person programs and events have been suspended. Programs, however, are happening online with details here.

We have missed being able to engage with you face-to-face and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Gallery soon.

All Gallery annual memberships will be extended during this time of closure.

Update posted: May 14, 2020

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Acquisition of New Work

Gary Pearson is an established British Columbian artist, recently retired from 25+ years with the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at UBC Okanagan, Kelowna, BC. His work critically embeds references to visual culture and examines questions of our existence through narrative abstraction. Having Pearson’s work in the Gallery’s collection contributes to larger discussions about painting that are central to the current ethos of Canadian painting, as artists continue to redefine the medium. Influenced by his time living and working in Berlin and New York City in the 1990s, this painting evokes the particular time and essence of these urban situations, where intimate relationships play out in public spaces and existential musings permeate the stage-set-like setting, through which the artist has offered us (the spectator) a special view. This painting is representative of Pearson’s longstanding interest in the underbelly of human nature, focussing on melancholy protagonists and late night scenes in bars, vibrating with a tension between the narrative, the characters and the empty, yet richly painted, spaces within the composition. At a time when we are unable to gather in small spaces, this work has particular resonance.

Gary Pearson
Anna’s Piano Bar and Smoking Room, 2011
oil and oil enamel on canvas
203 x 193 cm
Collection of the Kamloops Art Gallery, gift of the Artist

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FIELD TRIP: Studio Visit with Donald Lawrence

Wednesday, May 6, 2020, the Gallery held it's first online, LIVE event featuring a field trip to Donald Lawrence’s home studio for a glimpse into his process as he works on completing his Paramount Camera Obscura. Charo Neville, Curator, Kamloops Art Gallery, joined Lawrence virtually for a conversation about this new work in relation to his practice, the history of cameras obscura and his upcoming exhibition at the KAG. A recording of this event is featured on the Gallery's Facebook page and via the link below.

Thank you to the 100+ people who registered to attend this first event and the 700+ more that are catching this studio visit online.


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Field Trip: Art Across Canada

Field Trip: Art Across Canada is a new online platform to deliver arts experiences with some of Canada's most celebrated artists in a national partnership with leading arts organizations. From children's programs to artist talks and workshops, these activities are designed to advance the work of our nation's organizations through digital platforms for different age groups, on a range of subjects, that engage communities and support artists, particularly during the challenges presented during a pandemic. A new Field Trip is posted nearly every day.

Visit Field Trips for artist's talks, programs and workshops from across Canada.

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FIELD TRIP: Studio Visit with Anyssa Fortie
On Thursday, May 21, 2020, the Gallery took a field trip to Anyssa Fortie’s home studio for a glimpse into her art practice. Craig Willms, Assistant Curator, Kamloops Art Gallery, joined Fortie virtually for a conversation about her papier mâché sculptural process, interest in recycled materials, what it’s like to share a studio in a small apartment and her upcoming exhibition at the KAG.

A recording of this event is featured on the Gallery's Facebook page and via the link below.


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Need a Puzzle? We've Got Puzzles

Puzzles are proving to be one of the top choices for keeping hands and minds busy right now with peaceful, challenging and satisfying results. The Gallery Store has a number of puzzles in-stock, ready to be shipped to you.

Our collection of puzzles includes 36-piece mini-puzzles for kids and 300, 500 and 1000-piece puzzles for anyone seeking more of a challenge.

For your puzzling pleasure we have:

    • Landscapes from Group of Seven members J.E.H. MacDonald and Franklin Carmichael
    • Colourful, imaginative owls depicted by Inuit artists Kenojuak Ashevak and Ningeokuluk Teevee
    • Blooms aplenty with Claude Monet’s Water Lilies and Eric Wert’s The Arrangement
    • Different perspectives on our world: collected beach trash meticulously laid out in The Grid by Barry Rosenthal, and The Quest for Knowledge portrays the wonders of the cosmos in an unknown artist’s colourized engraving dating back to 1888
    • Deceptively challenging, colour gradient and abstract pattern puzzles
    • Double-sided mini puzzles from Native Northwest featuring Canadian animals (these are great for kids)

In addition to puzzles, the Gallery Store carries a variety of colouring books for all ages, and stone carving kits suitable for ages 7 and up.

To receive a complete list of available puzzles and to discuss shipping options, email Mallory Johnson, Admissions/Gallery Store Coordinator. 10% KAG member discount applies!

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The Kamloops Art Gallery supports the #YKAstrong effort. Mid-March as businesses began to close in Kamloops, eight community business leaders including the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Kamloops and Venture Kamloops came together with the goal to ensure Kamloops’ business stakeholders receive relevant and timely information and are provided important and necessary tools to endure this crisis. You can follow along on Instagram with @yka_strong or #ykastrong and check out the #YKAstrong LOCALS page to see stories of community pride and passion. This effort is a testament to the strength of Kamloops and our commitment to working together.
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Mayor's Awards for the Arts 2020

Congratulations to this year's recipients of the Mayor's Awards for the Arts. This year’s awards were presented at the 13th annual Mayor’s Gala for the Arts on Saturday, January 18, 2020.

Corporate Champion, which recognizes outstanding Kamloops business leaders and/or medium to large businesses/corporations that have made a significant contribution supporting local arts and culture through donations (cash or in-kind), sponsorships and/or volunteer services in support of a local arts organization and/or Kamloops artist, was awarded to Lee’s Music.

Emerging Artist, which recognizes an emerging Kamloops artist working in the visual and/or performing arts for their current accomplishments and future potential, was awarded to Marcella Barz.

Enduring Supporter, which recognizes the long-serving and foundational commitment of an outstanding individual through contributions that have furthered the success of one or more of Kamloops’ arts organizations, was awarded to Michael Powell.

Details about each of the award winners is here and we congratulate them and all the nominees on their important contributions to arts in Kamloops.

Mayor Ken Christian with Bonnie McLean, Lee's Music; Marcella Barz and Michael Powell. Image: Emily-May Photography

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Mayor's Gala for the Arts

The Mayor's Gala for the Arts was a stunning success. A sold out event that saw $67,000 raised in support of the Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops Symphony and Western Canada Theatre.

Enjoy a look at the evening's photos here and we look forward to celebrating with you again in 2021. Stay tuned for event and theme details to come later this year.

Our thanks to the Mayor's Gala for the Arts working committee for helping realize such a beautiful event and to all the sponsors, donors and guests who shared their support for a vibrant arts community in Kamloops.

Image: Emily-May Photography

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