[Kamloops Art Gallery]
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February at the Gallery




Emily Carr
Plumed Firs, c. 1939
oil on canvas
Collection of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, gift of Canadian Officers’ Training Corps, UBC Division, 1978

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. Read more.

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.



Ann Kipling
Untitled, Aug 5/90, 1990
conté, chalk, graphite on BFK Rives paper
Collection of the Kamloops Art Gallery, gift of the artist

Ann Kipling

Gestural Terrain

January 14 to March 25, 2017

Central Gallery

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 the 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. Read more.

Curated by Charo Neville, Curator, Kamloops Art Gallery. 


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Laura Findlay
Moving While Looking at Things That Do Not Move, installation view

Laura Findlay

Moving While Looking at Things That Do Not Move 

January 14 to March 25, 2017

The Cube

Findlay’s 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. 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. Read more.

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


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Exhibition opening reception,
January 14

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


Youth Art Contest

Calling all artists aged 13 to 19! Have your work exhibited in the Kamloops Art Gallery in conjunction with the upcoming exhibitions Kids these days and superyoung.

Young artists are encouraged to create original artwork in any two-dimensional media (text, drawing, collage, painting, etc.) on letter-sized paper (8.5 x 11 inches) that explores an object, person or event that is important to them.

To participate, please email a digital photograph of your original artwork to kamloopsartgallery@kag.bc.ca by March 1, 2017.

Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges and the winning submissions will be framed and exhibited in the Gallery from April 8 to July 1, 2017.

We welcome submissions from all artists aged 13 to 19. Only those selected for exhibition will be contacted.


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Wednesday, 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.


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Arbour Aboriginal Artists' Collective Youth Workshop with Chris Bose

Thursday, February 2

March 2

May 4

June 1

6:00 to 9:00 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 will be working in KAG studios on the first Thursday of most months, February through June. Youth and adults of all nationalities are invited to drop in to participate. No registration required. No experience necessary. All supplies are provided. Visit Programs for more details.


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Artist's Talk with Marina Roy

Saturday, February 4

2:00 pm

All ages, FREE

Vancouver-based artist Marina Roy's cross-disciplinary art practice investigates the intersection between materials, history, language and ideology. Acting as a bridge between culture and nature, ethics and drive, Roy's work is based on research into psychoanalysis, bio politics, human-animal distinction, feminism, allegory, art history and linguistics. In her artist talk, Roy will speak about her practice and to the works on view until March 25 as part of the exhibition Becoming Animal/Becoming Landscape.



Generation Z

Monday, 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, 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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Art & Coffee Klatch

Wednesday, 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.


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Drink & Draw at Red Collar

Wednesday, February 8

March 8

April 12

May 10

June 14

6:00 to 8:00 pm

All ages, FREE

Red Collar Brewing Co. / 355 Lansdowne Street

Join us at Red Collar Brewing Co. on the second Wednesday of every month 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. Minors are welcome with an accompanying parent or guardian. Visit Programs for more details. 



Art History Happy Hour

Thursday, February 9

March 9

May 11

June 8

5:00 to 6:00 pm

19+, FREE

Learn something new while enjoying your after-work drink. Every month will offer a new topic on diverse aspects of art history presented by local artists, educators and researchers. A cash bar is available.
In February, we're joined by British Columbia artist Ann Kipling, whose work is currently on view in our Central Gallery. Learn more about her unique process which she has worked to refine throughout her career.

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.
Visit Programs for more information.



DIY Thursdays

Thursday, February 9

March 9

May 11

June 8

6:00 to 9:00 pm

16+, FREE

Drop in to DIY Thursdays to learn new skills from talented local artists. No experience is necessary. All materials are provided (and some snacks). In February, we're joined by Miles Buis who will lead a workshop about black-out poetry.
Visit Programs for more details. 


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Members Only Talk & Tour

Wednesday, February 15

5:30 pm

16+, FREE 

Given the popularity of the January 14 Curator's Tour, a special tour for KAG members has been organized. Join Interim Curator Adrienne Fast for a special Members-only viewing and Curator’s Tour of our Winter 2017 exhibitions, Becoming Animal/Becoming Landscape: From the Collection of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery and Ann Kipling: Gestural Terrain.

Interested in participating and not a member? Become a member today by calling the Gallery at 250-377-2400 or joining online. We look forward to seeing you at this event.



Kitchen Conversations

Thursday, 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.



Artist's Talk with Laura Findlay

Saturday, February 18

1:00 pm

All ages, FREE

Join artist Laura Findlay in our studios to learn more about her research and painting practice. Findlay’s exhibition in The Cube, Moving While Looking at Things That Do Not Move, 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.

Through these works, Findlay questions the current role of history painting through notions of narrative, empathy and the sublime. Following her talk, Laura Findlay will lead a hands-on workshop in our studios. 


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Family Art Saturday

Saturday, February 18

2:00 to 4:00 pm

All ages, FREE

Drop into Family Art Saturdays, a FREE family event that includes tours and activities in our galleries as well as innovative art workshops in our studios. Be inspired by the artwork in Becoming Animal/Becoming Landscape and Laura Findlay: Moving While Looking at Things That Do Not Move, and then join us in our studios for a hands-on workshop with artist Laura Findlay. No registration required. All supplies are provided. 



Family Storytime + Baby & Me

Thursday, 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. 


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Art Duel

Thursday, February 23

6:00 to 9:00 pm

All ages, FREE

Join us for our fourth annual blindfolded face-off! Drawing on the theme of transformation, contestants will be assigned two random subjects (say, a dishwasher and an elephant) and tasked with creating a drawing of one transforming into the other in 60 seconds or less—while blindfolded. Yes, we know this task is nearly impossible. That’s the point (and what makes these events fun). Participants will be judged on their costumes, performances and their completed drawing. The winner will be awarded a solo exhibition on our BMO Open Gallery in October 2017.

Not interested in participating? Join the Art Duel Peanut Gallery! Heckle contestants as they fumble through their tasks, cheer for your friends and dance to the live DJ set. Free snacks and a cash bar will be open throughout the event.

Art Duel has space for 16 competitors. Register early to ensure your place in the competition. Visit the Gallery or call 250-377-2400. 


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Painting 101

Saturday, February 25

March 4, 11, 18, 25

1:00 to 4:00 pm

16+, $25 members / $30 public (class)

Learn the basics of acrylic painting with local artist and educator Anyssa Gill. Covering everything from colour theory to landscape painting, this workshop offers something for everyone. Visit Programs for more details.



Drink & Draw at Zack's

Monday, 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 Monday 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


Shaking Things Up by Marking Them Down

February at the Gallery Store means deep discounts for YOU! To make room for new and exciting products this year, we’re marking down a wide selection of jewellery, books, pottery, kids art supplies and novelty gifts from now until the end of February.  Perfect timing for Valentine’s Day!

Members discount available. Join us today for yours.



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The winners of the Mayor's Award for the Arts - Cvetozar Vutev (accepted by his son Christo), Madison Olds and Garth Buchko (NL Broadcasing Ltd.)

Congratulations Award Winners

The 10th Annual Mayor's Gala for the Arts was a great success, once again. Together with the Kamloops Symphony and Western Canada Theatre, the Kamloops Art Gallery hosted this annual celebration of the arts. Guests gathered on January 21 at The Coast Hotel and Conference Centre to enjoy a nod to Broadway. The theme encompassed great show tunes, dances, acting, ambiance and was topped off by a gourmet meal.

We congratulate the winners of the Mayor’s Awards for the Arts: Cvetozar Vutev – Artist of the Year, Performing Arts, Madison Olds – Emerging Artist and NL Broadcasting Ltd. – Business in Support of the Arts.

The gracious support of our sponsors is always appreciated.  Special thanks to the City of Kamloops, Daley & Company LLP, the Coast Kamloops Hotel and Conference Centre, Lee’s Music, Caroline Slade Photography, NL Broadcasting Ltd., Noran Printing, BCLC, Best Western Plus Kamloops Hotel, Domtar, Fulton & Company LLP, KGHM – Ajax, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops Arts Council, Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery and Kamloops Florist.



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