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January at the Gallery



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Kevin Schmidt and Holly Ward
Eye of the Beholder, 2015
Dibond, vinyl, lens, Plexiglas, wood, Velcro, hardware


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Donald Lawrence
George Black Camera Obscura, 2015
canvas-covered aluminum construction with lens and marine fittings on George Black ferry
photo: Donald Lawrence


Dianne Bos

Lea Bucknell

Ernie Kroeger

Donald Lawrence

Holly Ward and Kevin Schmidt

Carsten Wirth

Andrew Wright

Michael Yuhasz

Midnight Sun Camera Obscura

January 16 to March 19, 2016

Central Gallery

Conceived and organized by Kamloops-based artist and visual arts professor Donald Lawrence, The Midnight Sun Camera Obscura Festival was a far-reaching project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada through Thompson Rivers University. The festival took place in Dawson City, Yukon, in the summer of 2015. It brought together an international group of artists and other researchers interested in cameras obscura and related optical phenomenon as a meeting place of art and science, cultural and wilderness settings. The festival was held during the summer solstice, taking advantage of the longest day of the year in order to allow the projects to be viewed most effectively. It featured multiple site-specific installations throughout Dawson and included coinciding exhibitions at the ODD Gallery and the SOVA Gallery. It also included a wide range of workshops, tours and public talks, all focused around the theme of the camera obscura.

The exhibition at the Kamloops Art Gallery provides a document of the festival and the projects made specifically for that event. Many of the artists are based in Kamloops and all share a converging interest in exploring the possibilities of the camera obscura. While an exhibition indoors is not able to replicate the off-site context and “wilderness” sensibility of the festival or include work by every artist involved, work in the exhibition embodies the sculptural innovation and progressive approach to the theme generated by a diverse group of artists.

Camera obscura is Latin for “darkened chamber” or “dark room.” It is a device that admits light through a small opening (often behind a glass lens) into a box or darkened room to project an upside down image of the outside world onto a surface opposite.

It was through observations and discoveries emerging from the use of the camera obscura that we learned that the visual imprint of light on the retina is inverted. Theories of optics and the use of the camera obscura have driven philosophical inquiry into the nature of what we see and how we see in the world around us.

Curated by Charo Neville, Curator, Kamloops Art Gallery

Generously sponsored by MCM Real Estate Ltd.


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Harold E. Edgerton
Milk Drop Coronet, 1957
dye transfer print
50.5 x 40.5 cm
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Gift of Angela and David Feldman, the Menkes Family, Marc and Alex Muzzo, Tory Ross, the Rose Baum-Sommerman Family, Shabin and Nadir Mohamed, © 2015 MIT, Courtesy of MIT Museum


out of sight - horse muybridge.jpgEadweard Muybridge
Plate 624 Gallop; saddle; bay horse Daisy,from Animal Locomotion, 1887
Collotype 48.2 x 61.1 cm
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Gift of Claudia Beck and Andrew Gruft

Out of Sight

January 16 to March 19, 2016

Central Gallery

Out of Sight features a selection of photographs recently acquired by the Vancouver Art Gallery by Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904) and Harold Edgerton (1903-1990). Both artists are celebrated for their revolutionary works that expand our understanding of time and motion and extend the capacity of human perception by making time stand still. While time can be measured and evaluated, it also has a profound subjective dimension; how the passage of time is understood and felt is the product of individual experience, making its perception fluid, malleable and subject to interpretation. Both of these artists continually mined this rich terrain – how time can be represented and perceived – by manipulating and distorting the ways in which time functions to challenge our accepted views and preconceived notions.

The photographs of Muybridge and Edgerton depict slices of time – frozen moments – to approach the problem of representing that which cannot be seen. In their scientific experiments, they exploited the promise of the photographic medium to act as a definitive record of an action or event, essentially stopping time to depict the mechanical truth of movement. Brought together, these bodies of work explore ideas about perception and representation, challenging viewers to reconsider what we see in our everyday encounters.

Eadweard Muybridge is renowned for his sequential images of human and animal locomotion. From 1883 to 1886, while employed by the University of Pennsylvania, Muybridge produced more than 100,000 images that documented the common movements of people and animals and is known for his earliest stop-motion images of a running horse that proved that all four hooves of a horse left the ground when it was galloping. Using multiple cameras and elaborate triggering devices, Muybridge was able to virtually stop time and provide surprising and provocative insights into the mechanics and wonder of human and animal movement.

Harold Edgerton was a trained scientist who is credited with inventing ultra-high-speed, stroboscopic and stop-action photography to take pictures of events that occurred too quickly, or too slowly, for the human eye to see. With his striking imagery, Edgerton transforms our understanding of temporal space and experience, redefining how we perceive movement by extending the capacity of the human eye.

Curated by Stephanie Rebick, Assistant Curator, Vancouver Art Gallery

Organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery with the generous support of the Killy Foundation and generously sponsored by MCM Real Estate Ltd.


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Levi Glass and Alex Jensen
Sketch for an Opaque Projector, 2015
pencil on paper

Live Stream: Optical Rendering

January 16 to March 12, 2016

The Cube

Running parallel with Midnight Sun Camera Obscura in the Central Gallery, Live Stream: Optical Rendering features a new project by Kamloops-based artists who took part in the exhibition Strange Things Done at the Yukon School of Visual Arts’ Confluence Gallery during the Midnight Sun Camera Obscura Festival in Dawson City, Yukon in the summer of 2015. Dion Fortie, Ryland Fortie and Levi Glass were among a group of emerging artists who created works that explored self-illuminated sculptural forms in relation to their research into cameras obscura.

For this new project, the artists have created do-it-yourself projectors that cast images onto The Cube walls, recalling the experimental sensibility of the early cameras obscura. Furthering an interest in the physical elements of image projection, the artists have invited local artists Anyssa Gill, Alex Jensen and Monica McGarry to create physical objects and images that make up the subject of the projected images. This collaborative project considers the content of the objects and projected images while drawing attention to the mechanical apparatus itself so that the multiple projections create a dynamic installation of both object and imagery.

Curated by Craig Willms, Assistant Curator, Kamloops Art Gallery


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Isn't that Punny!

January 16 to March 19, 2016

BMO Open Gallery

This exhibition brings together the creative minds of two friends (and 2015 Art Duel Champions), Richard McKenzie and Clayton Fisher for a mixed media interpretation of puns, plays on word and mixed-up metaphors. Drawing inspiration from fatherhood (and the dad jokes that go with it) and nerdy childhoods, this exhibition will make you feel like you're a part of the inside joke.


Calendar of Events

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Curator's Tour

Saturday, January 16

5:30 pm

All ages, FREE

Join Kamloops Art Gallery Curator Charo Neville and artist Donald Lawrence for a tour of Out of Sight and Midnight Sun Camera Obscura. Neville and Lawrence will provide background on the artists and discuss key ideas and works in the exhibitions.



Opening Reception

Saturday, January 16

6:30 to 8:00 pm

All ages, FREE

Join us to celebrate the opening of Out of Sight and Midnight Sun Camera Obscura in the Central Gallery, Live Stream: Optical Renderings in The Cube, and Isn’t that Punny! on the BMO Open Gallery. Meet the artists and curators, mix with other art supporters, get creative at the Kids Table and enjoy live music and appetizers. Everyone welcome. Annual memberships are 25% off.



Drink & Draw at Zack's

Monday, January 25

6:00 to 8:00 pm

Zack's Coffee, 377 Victoria Street 

All ages, FREE

Join us at Zack’s Coffee on the last Monday of every month to contribute to large-scale collaborative drawings, play Surrealist drawing games and enjoy some of Kamloops’ best coffee and tea. No experience is necessary. All supplies are provided.


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Baby & Me: Art Exploration

Thursday, January 28

11:00 to 11:45 am

Children three and under with their parents or guardians, FREE

Explore art with your children. Have fun and socialize with other parents and guardians while your toddlers experiment with all-natural art materials. Dress for mess. No registration required.


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Harsh Crit

Thursday, January 28

6:00 to 9:00 pm

19+, $5 members/$10 public

Join us in the KAG studios for an evening of honest and critical feedback about your art work from your peers. Harsh Crit has space for 15 participants. Register in advance by calling 250-377-2400 or arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Generously sponsored by Red Collar Brewing Co.




Friday, January 29

6:00 to 9:00 pm

Barnacle Records, 290 3rd Avenue

All ages, FREE

Join P.A.T. the Portable Art Trailer at Barnacle Records on select Fridays to listen to records and make prints, drawings and zines. All materials are provided and no experience is necessary.



Low-River Camera Obscura Workshop with Donald Lawrence

Saturday, January 30

11:00 to 3:00 pm

Riverside Park

All ages, FREE

Join TRU Visual Arts professor Donald Lawrence for the construction of a walk-in camera obscura on the beach at Riverside Park. Playing off forms of popular entertainment at Victorian seaside resorts, a lens will cast an image of the surrounding landscape inside the darkened, tent-like space of the camera obscura (Latin for "dark room"). Participants may help construct the camera obscura and have the option of working on a drawing from the projected image inside.


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Mayor's Gala for the Arts

Saturday, January 30

6:30 pm

Coast Kamloops Hotel & Conference Centre


The arts event of the season, the Mayor’s Gala for the Arts is a joint fundraiser for Western Canada Theatre, the Kamloops Symphony and the Kamloops Art Gallery. Hosted by the Mayor, the evening includes fine dining, entertainment and presentations of the annual Mayor’s Award for the Arts. Tickets are available through kamloopslive.ca.


The Gallery Store

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It Must Be Nice To Be A Bird

Each one of Madeleine Belanger’s wooden pendants is a tiny work of art paying homage to creatures found in the woodlands. From her home studio in Victoria, BC, the artist behind It Must Be Nice To Be A Bird achieves a 3D effect with her innovative use of resin. Her mini, hand-painted masterpieces are a must-see at the Gallery Store.

Members discount available. Join us today for yours.

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Fundraising Events

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Let's Celebrate This Month

Save the date for the 9th Annual Mayor's Gala for the Arts January 30, 2016. Enjoy the delights of this year's theme - A Mysterious Masquerade.

The evening features a gourmet dinner, live entertainment, Mayor and Council along with the City's top arts supporters and the presentation of the Mayor’s Award for the Arts. This year's finalists include Accent Inns, GK Sound and ideaLever Solutions Inc. for Business in the Arts; Andrew Cooper, Kelsey Gilker and Erik Prytula for Emerging Artist and Amanda Eccleston and Vaughn Warren for Craft and Design. Congratulations to our nominees.

The Mayor's Gala is a key fundraiser for the Kamloops Symphony, Western Canada Theatre and the Kamloops Art Gallery. We look forward to seeing you at the event in support of arts in our community.

Tickets at $130 are now on sale and available through KamloopsLive! at 250-374-5483 or online at www.kamloopslive.ca.

Visit the Mayor's Gala for the Arts website for full details.


Thank you to our sponsors Daley & Company, KGHM, The Coast Kamloops Hotel & Conference Centre, Radio NL, Noran Printing, Air Canada, Caroline Slade Photography and Lee's Music.



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If you haven't already, consider joining us today.

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