[Kamloops Art Gallery]
[Experience Participate Indulge]

January at the Gallery




Claude Breeze
Genetic Problem Prototype: Torso #2, 1989
mixed media on canvas, 102.3 x 76.7 cm
Collection of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Gift of Dr. Kenneth and Joyce Morton, 2001

Becoming Animal/Becoming Landscape

From the Collection of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery 

January 14 to March 25, 2017

Central Gallery

Claude Breeze Geneviève Cadieux Kenneth Callahan Emily Carr Geoffrey Farmer Russell FitzGerald Lawren Harris Donald Jarvis Glenn Ligon Attila Richard Lukacs Ron Martin Gordon Payne Margaret Peterson Jerry Pethick Marina Roy Rudolf Schwarzkogler Jack Shadbolt Corin Sworn Elizabeth Vander Zaag Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun William Woollett

Becoming Animal/Becoming Landscape looks at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery’s collection through the lens of today’s “post-humanist” discourse that questions the singularity and primacy of man, which has been the dominant view in the West since the Renaissance. At a time of impending catastrophe caused by the change in climate provoked by human activity, some say we now live in a geological age called the Anthropocene–the era when human activity has transformed the global climate. It is perhaps ironic that at this juncture progressive scholars have come to question a basic assumption of the modern West, that man is the measure of all things.

While one aspect of “post-humanist” studies explores the issues around artificial intelligence and the transformation of our bodies and culture by technology, another looks at alternative ways of seeing the symbiotic relationships between people, animals and land. This latter view proposes a kind of re-enchantment with the world we live in and extends the possibility of sentience and agency to all living creatures and many places as well. The selection of artworks in this exhibition from the Belkin Art Gallery’s collection can be interpreted as being about animal/human transformation or landscape/human transformation.

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun is one of many First Nations artists claiming that Indigenous cosmology insists that the land is a living physical and spiritual entity to be profoundly respected. Humans and animals transform into each other and the Creator speaks to us through nature. Reading Emily Carr’s accounts of her painting experience, we realized that her work could also be seen in light of these concerns. Her process involved her becoming landscape, not just depicting landscape. Geneviève Cadieux’s Loin de moi, et près du lointain (1993) is a literal transformation of bodies into landscape. And the Viennese artist Rudolf Schwarzkogler performs a kind of alchemy with fish and paint. The idea of becoming animal/becoming landscape allowed other works from this collection to be included which expand the conversation in ways to stimulate and surprise.

Becoming Animal/Becoming Landscape: From the Collection of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery is organized and circulated by the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at the University of British Columbia with support from the Canada Council for the Arts.


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Ann Kipling
Maxine, Dec 2/86, 1986
pastel, conté crayon on Rives paper, 92.9 x 66.8 cm
Collection of the Kamloops Art Gallery, gift of the artist

Ann Kipling

Gestural Terrain

January 14 to March 25, 2017

Central Gallery

Ann Kipling lives and works in Falkland, BC. Her work is imbued with the beauty and quiet of this rural area. Focusing primarily on portraits, animals and the landscape, Ann Kipling’s process includes drawing similar subjects over long periods of time, recording subtle changes and shifts in expression within these subjects. This prolonged scrutiny gives Kipling's work an unmistakable intensity, fluidity of line and graphic complexity that approaches abstraction. Her portraits are psychologically revealing, retaining evidence of a closely observed encounter between subject and artist. Kipling admits to becoming obsessed with a subject, forming a bond, then interpreting it repeatedly until she exhausts its visual possibilities. Through her repetitive mark-making Kipling suggests that one view cannot capture the complexity and changeability of a person or animal—these fields of reference are variable and constantly shifting.

This selection from the Kamloops Art Gallery’s permanent collection is drawn from a recent substantial donation of work from Ann Kipling to the Gallery and builds on previous donations of drawings and prints from the artist, establishing the Kamloops Art Gallery as a primary long-term home for her life’s work. Ann Kipling's drawings are remarkable in their skill, rigour and complex beauty. Representing the span of her career and the dominant themes of her work, this selection reflects Kipling’s enduring focus on expressive mark-making and the depiction of everyday subjects from her life. This companion exhibition to Becoming Animal/Becoming Landscape: From the Collection of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery similarly addresses the transformation of animal/human/landscape.

Curated by Charo Neville, Curator, Kamloops Art Gallery. 



Laura Findlay
Moving While Looking at Things That Do Not Move (detail), 2016
gesso on found object
Photo: courtesy of the artist

Laura Findlay

Moving While Looking at Things That Do Not Move 

January 14 to March 25, 2017

The Cube

Laura Findlay is based in Toronto, Ontario, and has worked as a sessional instructor in the Faculty of Visual Arts at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops. The body of work developed for this exhibition emerged from research over the past year and her time living and working in Kamloops.

The title for the exhibition emerges from the writing of Scottish author Nan Shepherd (1893-1981) and her book The Living Mountain. In it, Shepherd champions a prolonged and contemplative experience of the landscape, foregoing a hurried ascent to a mountain peak in favour of savouring the expanse of the plateau. To better understand the relatively static geologic landscape Shepherd appeals that “moving the eye itself when looking at things that do not move, deepens one’s sense of outer reality."

Findlay’s project questions the current role of history painting through notions of narrative, empathy and the sublime. Her recent work examines historical events from fragments of evidence, re-examining the past through landscapes of dormant volcanoes. Having researched environments such as Volcanoes National Park in Hawai’i and Wells Grey Provincial Park north of Kamloops, the artist collected documents, images and data of historical and current geologic records. This exhibition includes an array of objects with cylindrical imagery and textures meant to be observed from all sides, revealing the static but shifting landscape of vessels. Her altered ceramic vessels reference the fragments of human presence found in volcanic eruption sites while documenting the landscapes on their surface.

Findlay’s sculptural objects play off of static painted depictions on the wall of The Cube, shifting focus between object and image, natural and human-made landscapes. The works move in relation to each other much like viewing a hierarchy of mountain range and landscape slowly hiding and emerging new views as one moves through the space, hinting at clues gained and lost to history, both geological and human.

Curated by Craig Willms, Assistant Curator, Kamloops Art Gallery.  



Don Ferguson
Untitled, 2015

Everyday Sustainable Energy Superheroes

BC Sustainable Energy Association (BCSEA) Kamloops Chapter

January 14 to March 25, 2017

BMO Open Gallery

Sustainable energy can be ingenious, high-tech, simple or old-fashioned, and can exist simultaneously in two seemingly conflicting realms: energy creation and energy conservation. Through this exhibition, the Kamloops Chapter of the BCSEA celebrates our community’s sustainable energy superheroes and aims to inspire others to use more sustainable energy options, which are needed now more than ever. 


Calendar of Events


Curator's Tour

Saturday, January 14

5:30 pm

16+, FREE 

Join Adrienne Fast, KAG Interim Curator and Scott Watson, Director of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery and Head, Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory, University of British Columbia, for a tour of Ann Kipling: Gestural Terrain and Becoming Animal/Becoming Landscape. Fast and Watson will provide background on the artists and discuss key ideas and works in the exhibitions.


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Opening Reception

Saturday, January 14

6:30 to 8:00 pm

All ages, FREE 

Celebrate the opening of Becoming Animal/Becoming Landscape: From the Collection of the Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery and Ann Kipling: Gestural Terrain in the Central Gallery, Laura Findlay: Moving While Looking at Things That Do Not Move in The Cube and Everyday Sustainable Energy Superheroes 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. Memberships are 25% off. 



Generation Z

Monday, January 16, 23, 30

February 6, 20, 27

March 6, 13

3:30 to 5:00 pm

13 to 18, FREE 

What does it mean to be a youth? How are youth perceived and represented in our society? Join KAG Teen Intern Emma Thibault and Art Instructor Anyssa Gill to explore these ideas and make art. Visit Programs for more details.



Ladies' Afternoon Drawing Club

Tuesday, January 17, 24, 31

February 7, 14, 21, 28

March 7, 14

April 11, 18, 25

May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

June 6, 13, 20, 27

3:00 to 5:00 pm

16+, FREE 

Based on the hugely successful Ladies’ Drawing Nights started in New York City by artists Leah Goren, Julia Rothman and Rachel Cole, the Ladies’ Afternoon Drawing Club is for women who want to drink tea (and coffee), make friends and develop their art-making skills. Each week, KAG Art Instructor Elizabeth Pattie will lead a workshop exploring a selected topic, ranging from pencil shading techniques to gouache painting methods. In addition to learning new art-making techniques, you will also explore the work of contemporary and historical female artists to inspire your own artwork. Visit Programs for more details.


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Wednesday, January 18, 25

February 1, 8, 15, 22,

March 1, 8, 15

April 12, 26

May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

June 7, 14, 21, 28

3:30 to 5:00 pm

12 to 24, FREE 

Previously known as The Graphic Novel Club, this program began as a joint initiative with the Kamloops Art Gallery and the Kamloops Library to create a collaborative public art project. Out of this has developed Logograph, a youth-directed club that meets weekly at the Gallery and Library. Led by our Teen Intern, this program offers space for creative youth to make art and generate ideas for future projects. New members are always welcome. Visit Programs for more details.



Kitchen Conversations

Thursday, January 19

February 16

7:00 pm

12+, FREE 

Join us on for a guided tour of our exhibitions followed by a lively Kitchen Conversation in our studios. Many of the artworks in Becoming Animal/Becoming Landscape explore politically and socially charged issues. Through these Kitchen Conversations, we hope to open the dialogue up to you—our community—so that we

can come together and share perspectives. Light refreshments will be provided. Visit Programs for more details.



Mayor's Gala for the Arts

Saturday, January 21

6:30 pm

Coast Kamloops Hotel & Conference Centre


Come together for the arts event of the season. This year's theme is the glitz and glamour of Broadway.
The Mayor’s Gala for the Arts is a fundraiser for Western Canada Theatre, the Kamloops Symphony and the Kamloops 
Art Gallery. Hosted by the Mayor, the evening includes fine dining, entertainment and presentations of the annual Mayor’s Award for the Arts. Tickets are available through Kamloops Live Box Office or by calling the Gallery at 250-377-2400. Visit the Mayor's Gala for the Arts web site for full details.


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Art & Coffee Klatch

Wednesday, January 25

February 8, 22

March 8

April 19

May 3, 17, 31

June 14, 28

10:00 to 12:00 pm

60+, FREE

Join us in our studios for coffee and conversation followed by a hands-on art workshop. Coffee (and tea) is served at 10:00; the workshop begins at 10:30.

Art can be messy—please wear something you won’t mind getting a bit of paint on. This program is offered in collaboration with the Kamloops Adult Learners’ Society. Registration is encouraged as space is limited. Please visit Kamloops Adult Learners' Society web site for registration forms and office hours to register in person. Visit Programs for more details.



Family Storytime + Baby & Me

Thursday, January 26

February 23

April 27

May 25

10:30 to 11:45 am

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

Join us in our studios for songs, stories and puppets with Kathy from the Kamloops Library, followed by baby-friendly art making at 11:00. Visit Programs for more details. 



Drink & Draw at Zack's

Monday, January 30

February 27

April 24

May 29

June 26

6:00 to 8:00 pm

All ages, FREE

Zack's Coffee / 377 Victoria Street

Join us at Zack’s Coffee on the last M

The Gallery Store features special items that correspond to key themes in our exhibitions.  Find fun and functional mementos and gifts relating to Becoming Animal/Becoming Landscape like Emily Carr mugs and stationery, sassy lapel pins, DIY kits and much more. Come see the collection we have for you!

nday of every month to contribute to large-scale collaborative drawings, play Surrealist drawing games and enjoy some of Kamloops’ best coffee and tea. No experience is necessary. All supplies are provided. Visit Programs for more details.


The Gallery Store

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Exhibition Inspired

The Gallery Store features special items that correspond to key themes in our exhibitions. Find fun and functional mementos and gifts relating to Becoming Animal/Becoming Landscape like Emily Carr mugs and stationery, sassy lapel pins, DIY kits and much more. Come see the collection we have for you!

Members discount available. Join us today for yours.





Our Thanks

2016 Luxury Vacation Lottery has wrapped up and the draw takes place at noon, January 6. We will announce the winner here next month, but feel free to check our web site for details in the interim.

Thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket and supported the exhibitions and programs at the Kamloops Art Gallery.

A particular thanks to our sponsors Scotiabank, Uniworld, Travelwise, Westkey, Kamloops This Week, New Wave Advertising Group, CFJC-TV and 97.5 The River.

Watch for this fundraiser again in 2017!



In The News


Interim Curator Joins KAG

The Kamloops Art Gallery Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Adrienne Fast as the new Interim Curator with the Kamloops Art Gallery, effective December 12, 2016 to January 2018.

Adrienne Fast joins the Gallery following a national search. She steps into the role for the next year to take over for Curator Charo Neville who is now off on maternity leave. Fast brings a significant background to the role, having received her PhD in Art History and Theory from the University of British Columbia in 2015. She has worked as an adjunct professor at the University of Western Washington and a teaching assistant at UBC. Most recently, we worked as an assistant curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

“Adrienne impressed us with her commitment to artists in BC and her experience working with collections and artists at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Her particular interest in printmaking and South Asian art provide us with a unique opportunity to share this expertise with our community,” says Executive Director Margaret Chrumka.

In her role as Interim Curator, Fast will oversee the year’s upcoming exhibitions and programs, and will work to curate a summer exhibition along with an exhibition opening January 2018.

“I am honoured to be taking on the Interim Curator position at the KAG,” says Fast. “The Gallery is such a vibrant and exciting centre for the arts, and I am thrilled to be able to contribute to the schedule of exhibitions and programs planned for 2017.”

Please join us in welcoming Adrienne Fast  to her new role with the Kamloops Art Gallery. 



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