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
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
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
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
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.
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!
Arbour Aboriginal Artists Collective Youth Workshops with Chris Bose
Thursday, 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.
First Saturdays Guided Tours
Saturday, May 7 and June 4
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.
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 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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.