[Kamloops Art Gallery]
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April at the Gallery




James Gordaneer
Regrets Only, 1988
Acrylic on canvas
93.98 x 104.14 cm
Collection of the Kamloops Art Gallery,
Gift from the Estate of Hugh Hanson Davidson


Hugh Hanson Davidson: A Life in the Arts

April 2 to June 18, 2016

Central Gallery

In 2014, the Kamloops Art Gallery received a bequest of works of art from the private collection of Hugh Hanson Davidson (1930-2014). Davidson was a generous benefactor to the Gallery. He donated a number of works in 1998, as well as his library of books. The Gallery celebrated Davidson and his gift at a special reception in 2002, naming its library the Hugh Hanson Davidson Library. It was always Davidson’s intention to bequeath to the Gallery what remained in his collection, which he amassed over many decades.

Though his primary interest was music, and most of his working life was as an arts administrator and music programmer for various agencies, including CBC, BBC, Canadian High Commission in London, National Arts Centre and Canada Council, Davidson had an abiding interest in the visual arts. As a young man, he began to collect works that caught his eye and that he could afford. Later, especially during his years in Ottawa and Montreal, his taste reflected a greater awareness of contemporary art and a primary motivation was to support younger artists. This continued during his retirement years, when he moved first to Vancouver in 1988 and then to Victoria in 1998.

Davidson never acquired works of art as an investment. His increasing sophistication over the years was the result of his own open mind and insatiable curiosity—learning from his visual arts colleagues at the Canada Council, for instance—and an awareness of current trends and artistic practices. His significant relationships with trusted dealers wherever he lived informed many of his choices. Davidson was ever open to suggestions, but most of all he came to believe that the purchase of contemporary art was a form of direct support to artists.

This belief had first been expressed by his determination in the early 1950s to pursue a career in the arts. He would continue affirming the value of artists and art in a variety of disciplines throughout his life, as a facilitator, promoter and staunch advocate. His purchases were never extravagant or ostentatious. He was always aware of his community and its artists, but the cosmopolitan nature of his acquisitions reflected a world view.

This exhibition celebrates a life in the arts. It presents work which Davidson inherited from his family and work he acquired throughout his life. Not only does this collection present an insightful survey of Canadian modern art, it also shows how this collector’s acquisitions were informed by where he lived, where he travelled and what would give him lasting delight in his home. The exhibition of approximately 100 works represents a collector’s biography, showing how the collection was formed, highlighting the dealers Davidson patronized and how his collecting activity became an expression of his support of artists and their work. A coinciding publication is available in the Gallery Store.


Curated by Roger H. Boulet


Generously sponsored by Funk Signs Inc.


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Laura Hargrave
Destinesia, 2016
oil pastel on foam board


Laura Hargrave: Memory Lines

March 19 to June 18, 2016

The Cube

Through her experimental drawings, Laura Hargrave recreates the experience of memory loss. With her back to the drawing surface Hargrave renders slightly larger than life-size figures as a way of challenging the usual observation and recording process of image creation. She draws blindly, relying only on memory for reference so that the resulting imagery takes on a mix of blind contour drawing and continuous line.

Hargrave’s process recalls how memory fades over time in that details are blurred and depictions of the figures and their actions do not quite match the reality of actual events. Figures in the drawings appear to wander the gallery as if lost or searching for something, both floating and grounding themselves across the walls of the gallery. The drawings are skewed and proportions take on a slightly altered look, playing with their relationship in space. Through this practice, Hargrave explores the loss of memory that comes with age and reflects on its effects on friends and relatives.


Curated by Craig Willms, Assistant Curator, Kamloops Art Gallery


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The World's LONGEST Drawing

April 2 to June 18, 2016

BMO Open Gallery

For two months, we took PATTY (the "mini" version of P.A.T. our Portable Art Trailer) and her long, lolling, giant’s tongue to all our public events and we visited art classes at South Sahali Secondary, asking participants to help us create The World’s Longest Drawing!* It is now on display and we invite you to come down and revel in the details of this incredible, collaborative work.

*Okay, we’re being facetious. It isn’t actually the world’s longest. The current record for longest drawing is 9,582.12 m! Where would we put a drawing that big? Ours is REALLY long, though.


Calendar of Events

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Curator's Tour

Saturday, April 2

5:30 pm

All ages, FREE 

Join Kamloops Art Gallery Associate Curator, Historical Canadian Art, Roger H. Boulet for a tour of Hugh Hanson Davidson: A Life in the Arts. Boulet will provide background on the collection and discuss key ideas and works in the exhibition.



Opening Reception

Saturday, April 2

6:30 to 8:00 pm

All ages, FREE

Join us to celebrate the opening of Hugh Hanson Davidson: A Life in the Arts in the Central Galleries, Memory Lines in The Cube and The World’s Longest Drawing 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.


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The Re-Invented Graphic Novel Club

Wednesday, April 6, 13, 20 & 27

3:30 to 5:00 pm

12 to 24, FREE

This joint program with the Kamloops Art Gallery and the Kamloops Library offers space for young people aged 12 to 24 to get creative, make art and generate ideas for future projects.

To get a sense of what they’ve been doing so far, watch this clip from a visit with ShawTV in March.


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Arbour Aboriginal Artists Collective Youth Workshops with Chris Bose

Thursday, 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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Drink & Draw at Red Collar

Wednesday, 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.



Art Duel

Thursday, April 14

7:00 pm

All ages, FREE

Join us for our third annual blindfolded face-off. Inspired by the work of Kamloops artist Laura Hargrave, whose work is currently on view in The Cube, this year’s Art Duel challenges participants to draw blindfolded, behind their backs and using a long stick. Participants will be judged on their costumes, performance and completed drawing. The winner will be awarded a solo exhibition on our BMO Open Gallery in January 2017.

Art Duel has space for 16 competitors. Register early to ensure your place in the competition by calling 250-377-2400.




Friday, 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.



Artist's Talk with Laura Hargrave

Saturday, April 16

2:00 pm

All ages, FREE 

Join artist Laura Hargrave to learn more about her drawing practice. Hargrave’s empathetic drawings are done from imagination and behind her back, while turned away from the paper, often with her non-drawing hand. She employs this restrictive method of drawing to experience a loss or a disconnection from her comfort zone. “I experience the tension of losing one’s way, which I feel, relates to the concept of memory loss.” In the context of her exhibition Memory Lines in The Cube, Hargrave will discuss memory, sympathy and empathy in relation to her artistic practice.



PD Day Art Camp

Monday, April 18

9:00 to 3:00 pm

4 to 6, 7 to 12

$18 members / $22 public (half day)

$34 members / $20 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. Spaces are limited, register online or call 250-377-2400.

Generously sponsored by New Gold Inc.

Visit Studio Programs  for more details.


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Family Art Saturday

Saturday, April 23

1:00 to 3:00 pm

All ages, FREE 

Drop in to Family Art Saturdays, a free family event that includes tours and activities in our galleries as well as innovative art workshops in our studios. No registration required.

Visit Studio Programs  for more details.


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Drink & Draw at Denny's

Tuesday, April 26

6:00 to 8:00 pm 

Denny's, 570 Columbia Street

All ages, FREE 

We’re delighted to announce a third Drink & Draw location: Denny’s at 6th & Columbia. Join us on the last Tuesday of every month to contribute to large-scale collaborative drawings, play Surrealist drawing games and feast on Denny’s delicious treats. Kids eat free! No experience is necessary. All supplies are provided.


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Kamloops Art Gallery AGM

Wednesday, April 27

7:00 pm

Members & guests

Join KAG Board and staff at an informal Annual General Meeting for a 2015 year in review.


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Baby & Me: Art Exploration

Thursday, April 28 and May 26

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.

Visit Studio Programs  for more details.


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Harsh Crit

Thursday, April 28 and May 26

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 artwork from your peers. Harsh Crit has space for 15 participants. Advanced registration is available online or by calling 250-377-2400.

Generously sponsored by Red Collar Brewing Co.

Visit Studio Programs  for more details.



Experimental Drawing Workshop with Laura Hargrave

Saturday, April 30

1:00 to 4:00 pm


$5 members / $10 public

Join Kamloops-based artist Laura Hargrave for an introduction to experimental drawing. Hargrave will lead participants through a discussion about line quality, valuing distortion and hands-on experimentation with two handed drawing, mirror drawing, remote drawing with a stick and taped finger drawing. If time permits, other experimental methods of drawing will be explored. No experience is necessary, all materials will be supplied. This workshop has space for 15 participants. Register online at kag.bc.ca or call 250-377-2400.


The Gallery Store

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Flip Out!

Quirky and imaginative Fidoodle Flip Dolls feature hand-printed silkscreens and are built from wood and organic cotton. Each design flips inside out to reveal a fanciful winged creature hiding within: butterfly, dragonfly, owl or bluebird. Fidoodle Rattles are equally whimsical in design and function – and both make great gifts!

Members discount available. Join us today for yours.



Fundraising Events


Save the Date - Kamloops Wine Festival

We are busy finalizing details for the 18th Annual Kamloops Wine Festival, taking place from May 4 to 14. This exciting fundraiser for the Kamloops Art Gallery celebrates wine with tasting events, wine and food pairing events, educational activities, winery tours and more. Ten days of events gives you the chance to enjoy the wines of our region and beyond.

The festival culminates on May 14 with our ever-popular Consumer Tasting event. We have 184 different wines to sample as well as several wine-related products to try. Great live entertainment and lots of nibbles are included too! A fabulous silent auction and 50/50 draw are also featured. Tickets can be purchased at The Gallery Store at the KAG or online. 

Please check our web site for more details as the planning continues.

We look forward to seeing you out and enjoying the Kamloops Wine Festival!

Thank you to our sponsors Atlas Steak and Fish and TD Canada Trust.



Art & Culture Tour: France

This August, join us on an 11-day tour of France. The tour includes 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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Become a Member Today

A membership with the Kamloops Art Gallery is a simple and affordable way to show your support for arts and culture. Support from our members allows us to further engage our audiences through exhibitions and programs. 

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.



Gallery & Gallery Store

Monday to Saturday
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

10:00 am to 9:00 pm

Closed Sunday and Statutory Holidays



Monday to Friday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm


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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