[Kamloops Art Gallery]
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May at the Gallery



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Hugh Hanson Davidson: A Life in the Arts
Installation view, Kamloops Art Gallery, 2016


Hugh Hanson Davidson: A Life in the Arts

April 2 to June 18, 2016

Central Gallery

Hugh Hanson Davidson: A Life in the Arts offers a unique glimpse into the Kamloops Art Gallery’s permanent collection. In 2014, the KAG 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 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
All into Nowhere, 2016
chalk pastel, conté, 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 the 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. Lines overlap obscuring the individual forms, yet there are moments of clarity where objects and features emerge from the confusion.

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 Kamloops 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.

We also encourage you to sign your name on the provided label if you contributed to the drawing.

*And, 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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Wednesday, May 4, 11, 18, 25

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 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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Kamloops Wine Festival

May 4 to 14

The Kamloops Wine Festival celebrates wine with tasting events, food pairing, education, winery tours and more. Ten days of events gives you a chance to enjoy the wines of our region and beyond. The Festival culminates May 14 with the popular Consumer Wine Tasting event at the Coast Kamloops Hotel & Conference Centre. Click here for details!


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Arbour Aboriginal Artists Collective Youth Workshops with Chris Bose

Thursday, 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, May 7 and June 4

1:00 pm

All ages, FREE with admission or your KAG membership

Join us for a tour of Hugh Hanson Davidson: A Life in the Arts. 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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Drink & Draw at Red Collar

Wednesday, 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.



Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Art*

*but were afraid to ask

Thursday, May 12

7:00 pm

All ages, FREE 

Join KAG Education and Public Programs Coordinator Emily Hope in the Central Galleries for an open discussion about our current exhibitions.

Visit Studio Programs  for more details.




Friday, 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 Robert Youds

Saturday, May 14

2:00 pm

All ages, FREE

Join Victoria-based artist Robert Youds for a talk about his multidisciplinary art practice. Youds completed his Masters of Fine Arts from York University and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria. Youds’ artworks have been exhibited in major public institutions nationally and internationally such as Site Santa Fe (USA), National Gallery of Canada, Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico, Vancouver Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Ontario, Edmonton Art Gallery and the Power Plant (Toronto). Robert Youds’ work is on view in Hugh Hanson Davidson: A Life in the Arts until June 18, 2016.



Still Life Painting Professional Development Workshop for Teachers

Monday, May 16

10:00 to 2:00 pm

$34 members / $40 public

Learn new ways to integrate language and visual arts with your students in this professional development workshop. Following an interpretive tour of our current exhibitions, participants will learn about the history of still life painting. Focusing on the role of the still life as a narrative device, participants will learn about how artists employ metaphor, symbols and colour theory to tell a story about themselves, their culture and society as a whole.

This workshop includes a guided tour of our exhibitions, a hands-on painting workshop and an overview of our current school programs. Limited space, register by calling 250-377-2400 or online here.


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International Museum Day

Wednesday, May 18

To recognize the important role museums and galleries play around the world in enriching culture and in enhancing mutual understanding, the KAG celebrates this day with free admission.


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Family Storytime + Baby & Me

Thursday, May 26

11:00 to 11:45 am

Children three and under with their parents or guardians (older siblings welcome), FREE

We have partnered with the Kamloops Library to combine two of your favourite baby to preschooler programs: Family Storytime and Baby & Me. Join us in the KAG studios at 10:30 for songs, stories and puppets with the librarians from the Kamloops Library, followed by baby-friendly art making at 11:00. As always, all of our art materials are safe for small children who want to put everything in their mouths. Art can be messy! Dress your child in something you won’t mind getting dirty.

No registration required.

Visit Studio Programs  for more details.


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Harsh Crit

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

Visit Studio Programs  for more details.
Generously sponsored by Red Collar Brewing Co.



Artist's Talk with Anselmo Swan

Saturday, May 28

2:00 pm

All ages, FREE

Join Vancouver-based artist Anselmo Swan for a talk about his figurative and still-life drawing and painting practice. Born and raised in Vancouver, Swan holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design and has exhibited across Canada and in the United States, the United Kingdom and Asia. His gallery representation has included Diane Farris Gallery and Gallery Jones in Vancouver and Keller and Greene Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Anselmo Swan’s work is on view in Hugh Hanson Davidson: A Life in the Arts until June 18, 2016.


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Drink & Draw at Denny's

Tuesday, May 31, June 28

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.


Summer Art Camp

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Make Art and Have Fun this Summer

Monday to Friday, July 4 to August 19

Registration opens May 15!

Join us for a fun-filled, creative summer inspired by the exhibition Jerry Pethick: Shooting the Sun/Splitting the Pie. Led by our talented art instructors, campers will explore outer space and invent rocket ships; assemble found object sculptures and make their own plarn (yarn made from plastic bags); deconstruct art history and discover colour theory. Each day includes an interactive tour and activity in our exhibition spaces, developing the ability of these young artists to articulate their ideas about what they’re looking at.

As with all of our studio programs, KAG art camps prioritize the creative process over the outcome. We encourage young artists to experiment, test new techniques and develop their skills through self-expression.

One morning a week, campers will go on a field trip to the Kamloops Library (with whom we share a building) to participate in their Summer Reading Club and read stories that explore themes relevant to the exhibition.

At the end of the summer, we celebrate the accomplishments of the talented young artists who participated in our summer art camp with an exhibition on our BMO Open Gallery. We hope you will join us at the reception on Saturday, August 27 at 11:00 am.

Ages 4 to 6
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
$75 members / $95 public (per week)
$60 members / $76 public (August 2 to 5)

Ages 7 to 12
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
$145 members / $175 public (per week)
$116 members / $140 public (August 2 to 5)

Extended care is available 8:30 to 9:00 am and 3:00 to 3:30 pm. Sponsored by New Gold Inc.


The Gallery Store


Colourful, Heartfelt and Perfect for Mom

The connection between mother and child is a significant motif in the work of Daphne Odjig. Our scarves, art cards, mugs, magnets and books featuring Daphne Odjig’s vibrant designs make great gifts for Mother's Day. Visit the Gallery Store to see our collection. 

Members discount available. Join us today for yours.



Fundraising Events


Find Your New Wine!

Kamloops Wine Festival tickets are now on sale. This fundraiser for the Kamloops Art Gallery runs from May 4 to 14. Tickets for the Consumer Tasting on May 14 can be purchased through the Gallery Store, at Kamloopslive.ca or by calling 250-374-5483.

Details on all other wine events can be found at kag.bc.ca and tickets can be purchased through respective venues.

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

Thank you to our sponsors Atlas Steak and Fish, TD Canada Trust, The River, Kamloops This Week, New Wave Advertising Group, Westkey and Caroline Slade Photography.



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.




We Appreciate our Members

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.

Our members are vitally important in supporting our exhibitions and programs and this support is greatly appreciated.

Memberships are available online and by calling the Gallery at




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

We are closed Monday, May 23 for Victoria Day



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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