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
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.
Laura Hargrave Destinesia, 2016
oil pastel on foam board
Laura Hargrave: Memory Lines
March 19 to June 18, 2016
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
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
Saturday, April 2
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.
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.
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.
Arbour Aboriginal Artists Collective Youth Workshops with Chris Bose
Thursday, April 7, May 5 and June 2
6:00 to 8:00 pm
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.
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.
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
Art Duel has space for 16
competitors. Register early
to ensure your place in the
competition by calling
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
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.
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.
Kamloops Art Gallery AGM
Wednesday, April 27
Members & guests
Join KAG Board and staff at an informal Annual General Meeting for a 2015 year in review.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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