Exhibition Closing Celebration and Community Conversation
1:00-8:00pm | Admission by Donation
You are invited to join us down here at the Penticton Art Gallery on Saturday September 14th, 2019 for a unique day long celebration of art and culture. This event celebrates the closing of the following exhibitions: enTitle: Our home and Native land / Our home on Native Land and Jasna Guy + Lincoln Best’s Pretty: Useful. Each of these exhibits has challenged our views and relationship to the land, those who inhabit it and the flora and fauna upon which a healthy ecosystem needs to not only survive but flourish.
Please come down with an open mind and a generous heart and engage with the artists whose work has graced the gallery over the course of the summer. Artists in attendance: Eva Antonijevic, Lincoln Best, Cori Derickson, Kit Fast, Jasna Guy, Ronnie Dean Harris, Anita Large, Sheldon Louis, Willow Rector, Dr. Suzanne Steele, Peter von Tiesenhausen, David Wilson, and Corinna Wollf.
Admission is by donation and we hope that you can join us for a community potluck and meal to close off the day.
Schedule of events * May be subject to change
1 pm | Traditional Welcome
1:15 - 2 pm | Introduction to the Land upon which we reside and the important work of those working to conserve indigenous species and habitats.
2:15: - 3:15 pm | Artist Round Table: Each of the artist will introduce their work in the exhibition and talk about how their personal history has informed their work. Afterwards, the public will be invited to engage the participating artists in a lively dialogue about the exhibition and the ideas and themes each one has explored.
3:30 – 4:15 pm | Story Harvest: Participants are invited to break out into smaller groups and engage in a listening exercise centered on the following question: What is an experience that has deepened your understanding and relationship to this land upon where you live? As you listen to their story consider the following questions: How did this exercise create context and meaning in your own relationship to the land? How did their story inspire a deeper experience of their work?
4:30 pm | Reading by Dr. Suzanne Steele her new opera, Riel: Heart of the North
5:15 pm | Reading or performance by Ronnie Dean Harris TBC
6:00 pm | Pow Wow Dance performance by Anita Large
6:30 pm | Community Feast
8:00 pm | Close
Special thanks to our funding partners: The Province of British Columbia, through the B.C. Multiculturalism Grant Program, the BC Arts Council, the BC Community Gaming Grant program, and the City of Penticton for your support of art, culture, and diversity in our community.