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March at the Gallery



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Ernie Kroeger
Aqueous Humour, 2015
vintage camera and video
installation view, Kamloops Art Gallery
photo: Devon Lindsay


Midnight Sun Camera Obscura

January 16 to March 19, 2016

Central Gallery

Dianne Bos / Lea Bucknell / Ernie Kroeger / Donald Lawrence / Holly Ward and Kevin Schmidt / Carsten Wirth / Andrew Wright / Michael Yuhasz

A month remains to take in this unique approach to old technology. Midnight Sun Camera Obscura reflects a far-reaching project conceived and organized by Kamloops-based artist and Thompson Rivers University visual arts professor Donald Lawrence, called The Midnight Sun Camera Obscura Festival. 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 City 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. 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 experiments with the camera obscura that theories of optics emerged, informing philosophical inquiry into the nature of what we see and how we see in the world around us. Work in the exhibition embodies the sculptural innovation and progressive approach to the theme generated by a diverse group of artists.

Curated by Charo Neville, Curator, Kamloops Art Gallery

Generously sponsored by MCM Real Estate Ltd.


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Harold E. Edgerton
Jackie Jumps a Bench, 1938
silver gelatin print, 28.0 x 35.5 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

January 16 to March 19, 2016

Central Gallery

Harold Edgerton / Eadweard Muybridge

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.

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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Ryland Fortie and Monica McGarry (foreground)
Space Helmet (Carousel Carousal ’86), 2016

Dion Fortie and Anyssa Gill (background)
Sean Shows You Something Shiny, 2016
plywood, mirrors, surgical tubing, lights, lens and mixed media (tinsel, tape, paint, gummy worms, pompoms, glitter, dog toys, pipe cleaners etc.)
installation view, Kamloops Art Gallery
photo: Devon Lindsay


Dion Fortie

Ryland Fortie 

Anyssa Gill 

Levi Glass

Alex Jensen

Monica McGarry

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, Dion Fortie, Ryland Fortie and Levi Glass. Here, the artists have created do-it-yourself (DIY) projectors of their own design 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, each artist invited other local artists Anyssa Gill, Alex Jensen and Monica McGarry to create physical objects and images that make up the subject of the projected images.

The exhibition embraces a low-tech approach to projecting images that is linked to a long history of optical exploration embodied in the camera obscura. New approaches to this historical technology involve a consideration of the structure itself and the social possibilities of the camera obscura. The images and objects within the projectors play with the perception of our physical world and popular culture. These projects serve as a launching point for further investigation, bringing art, science and a do-it-yourself ethic together in a cultural setting.

Curated by Craig Willms, Assistant Curator, Kamloops Art Gallery


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Clayton Fisher

Richard McKenzie

Isn't that Punny!

January 16 to March 19, 2016

BMO Open Gallery

2015 Art Duel Champions Clayton Fisher and Richard McKenzie collaborated to create a series of drawings and small sculptures for Isn’t that Punny!, an exhibition of puns, plays on words and mixed-up metaphors. Full of nerdy childhood references and terrible dad jokes, McKenzie and Fisher hope their art work makes you feel like you’re a part of their inside jokes.


Calendar of Events


Graphic Novel Club

Wednesday, March 2, 9 and 16

3:30 to 5:00 pm

Kamloops Art Gallery and Kamloops Library

12 to 24, FREE


The Graphic Novel Club meets on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:00 pm, alternating between the library and art gallery studios. Each week, youth explore the work of graphic novel authors and illustrators, drawing inspiration to design and execute their own large-scale graphic novel panels to be installed in the library. No experience is necessary. All supplies are provided.


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Arbour Aboriginal Artists Collective Youth Workshops with Chris Bose

Thursday, March 3, April 7, May 5 and June 2

6:00 to 8:00 pm

12+, FREE

Arbour Collective provides opportunities for youth and adults to create art, learn new creative methods and exhibit or perform in the Kamloops area. Collective members work in KAG studios on select Thursdays and youth and adults of all nationalities are invited to drop in to participate. Visit Studio Programs  for more details.


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First Saturdays Guided Tours

Saturday, March 5, May 7 and June 4

1:00 pm

All ages, FREE with admission or your KAG membership

Join us for a tour of Midnight Sun Camera Obscura and Out of Sight. This is your opportunity to ask questions about the exhibitions and gain more insight into the artists' perspectives and intents.

Visit Studio Programs  for more details.


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The World's Longest Drawing

Monday, March 7, 14

3:30 to 5:00 pm

All ages, FREE

Help us make the World’s Longest Drawing!* Find PATTY and her long, lolling, giant’s tongue at KAG events throughout March and in the KAG studios on Mondays, 3:30 to 5:00 pm. The completed drawing will be exhibited on our BMO Open Gallery April 2 to June 18, 2016.
*Okay, we’re being facetious. It won’t ACTUALLY be the world’s longest. The current record for longest drawing is 9,582.12 m! Where would we put a drawing that big? Ours will be REALLY long, though.


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Drink & Draw at Red Collar

Wednesday, March 9, April 13, May 11 and June 8

6:00 to 8:00 pm

Red Collar Brewing Co., 355 Lansdowne Street 

All ages, FREE 

Join us at Red Collar Brewing Co. to contribute to large-scale collaborative drawings, play Surrealist drawing games and enjoy some of Kamloops’ best local beer. No experience is necessary. All supplies are provided.

Visit Studio Programs  for more details.




Friday, March 11, April 15, 29, May 13, 27, June 10

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.



Spring Break Art Camps

March 21 to 24, March 29 to April 1

9:00 to 3:00 pm

4 to 6, 7 to 12

$18 members / $22 public (half day)

$34 members / $40 public (full day)

Inspired by our current exhibitions, the KAG Art Camps engage children and youth in experimental and traditional art projects that encourage creation, expression and discovery. Limited space, register online or call 250-377-2400.

Visit Spring Break Art Camps for more details.


The Gallery Store

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Old (really, really old) is New Again

Kamloops artist Vaughn Warren hand carves intricate pendants from Mammoth Ivory. Wooly Mammoths have been extinct for thousands of years but their tusks are still found regularly around the world, especially in the northern permafrost of Canada and Russia. Warren was recognized for his unique talents as one of this year's recipients of the Mayor’s Gala for the Arts Award in Craft & Design.

Members discount available. Join us today for yours.



Fundraising Events

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Save the Date - Kamloops Wine Festival

Planning has begun for this year's Kamloops Wine Festival - May 4 to 14, 2016 with the grand finale Consumer Wine Tasting event at the Coast Kamloops Hotel & Conference Centre Saturday, May 14.

The festival includes wine & food pairings at key restaurants including two evenings planned at Atlas Steak & Fish. Visit the KAG website  for details as the planning proceeds.

Thank you to our sponsors Cascades Casino and TD Canada Trust.



Art & Culture Tour: France

Join us on an 11 day tour of France this August. Four nights in Paris followed by a river cruise to Monet's village of Giverny and the town of Honfleur immortalized by generations of artists. Enjoy an "Artist's Walk" of Auvers-sur Oise, stroll through Rouen - the historic capital of Normandy, then take an excursion to the beaches of Normandy. Reservations are now being accepted by contacting Travelwise - 250-851-0211 local 207.

Click here for more details.



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Join the Gallery Today

A membership with the Kamloops Art Gallery is a simple and affordable way to show your support for arts and culture in our community.

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

Member benefits include FREE general admission, a discount on event tickets and programs, as well as a discount in the Gallery Store.

Memberships are available by calling the Gallery at

250-377-2400 and online.



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Closed Sunday and Statutory Holidays



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Adults $5

Families $10

Students and Seniors $3

Groups of 10 or more $3 each

For all admission, add tax.

Gallery Members and children under 6 years Free

Free admission every Thursday sponsored by BCLC.

Wheelchair available sponsored by MediChair.

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