As a visual artist, Allan Harding MacKay has served as a war artist with the Canadian Department of National Defense on two occasions, first in Somalia in 1993 and again in July 2002 when he was invited by the Department of National Defence to participate in Operation Apollo, a pilot project for the newly minted Canadian Forces Artists Program in Afghanistan. Once on the ground at Kandahar Airfield he had only four days to gather all his support material only being able to travel in the area surrounding Kandahar and its immediate environs.
Since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, contemporary art has seen a remarkable resurgence in Afghanistan and since 2009, international funding for the arts has flowed into Afghanistan from the United States and Europe. In 2012, Kabul-based artist Aman Mojadidi curated a 2012 Documenta exhibit in Kabul which showcased 12 contemporary Afghan artists whose work includes digital photography, textiles, abstract painting, filmmaking and mixed media.
The Penticton Art Gallery is proud to once again partner with The Meadowlark Nature Festival which celebrates the amazing biodiversity of the Okanagan Similkameen.
This annual exhibition completes the artistic cycle taking that which is created behind closed doors out on display for the world to see, proving invaluable insight into the world, interests and concerns of all those whose works are laid out before us. This is also an acknowledgement of the creativity, vision and inspiration behind the art teachers and their ability to have their students articulate their thoughts and ideas.
This year’s auction is truly going to be one for the history books with items up for offer that are of national importance. Items are still being collected weekly and they will be added to the exhibition display leading up to the full auction preview and exhibition which will be hung and on display in the gallery by Thursday June 18th.
What is steampunk?
In three short words, steampunk is Victorian science fiction. Here “Victorian” is not meant to indicate a specific culture, but rather references a time period and an aesthetic: the industrialized 19th century. Historically, this period saw the development of many key aspects of the modern world (mechanized manufacturing, extensive urbanization, telecommunications, office life and mass-transit), and steampunk uses this existing technology and structure to imagine an even more advanced 19th century, often complete with Victorian-inspired wonders like steam-powered aircraft and mechanical computers.
The Okanagan Steamfest is a project being spearheaded by the Penticton Museum and Archives in partnership with the SS Sicamous and the Kettle Valley Railway Society in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the Kettle Valley Railway and the launching of the steam-driven paddle wheeler, the SS Sicamous.
The En’Owkin Centre is an Indigenous cultural, educational and creative arts institution located in Syilx territory on the Penticton Indian Reserve just off Green Mountain Road. The Centre is comprised of highly qualified educators who are also professional artists and writers, facilitators and Indigenous advocates. The En’Owkin Centre provides a culturally sensitive learning environment in a nurturing and challenging atmosphere offering its students the opportunity to receive their university/college transfer diplomas along with a wide range of certificate programs.
It is with great pleasure that we are able to present the tenth installment of our continuing partnership with Island Mountain Arts Summer School of the Arts in Wells, BC and their annual artist-in-residency program in the Toni Onley Art Project. Each year we offer an opportunity for an emerging artist to have a solo exhibit here at the Penticton Art Gallery, as an incentive for one of the participants to continue on with the ideas and projects started while participating in this intense nine day studio program.
his past year the gallery lost one its oldest and most loyal friends, Yvonne Adams who passed away peacefully on May 29, 2014 at Haven Hill in Penticton at the age of 93 years. Born in Victoria, BC on April 21st, 1921 Yvonne worked for the TD Bank for 28 years before moving to the Okanagan. She had a keen eye and passion for all that was beautiful spending countless hours developing and nurturing the Rose Garden at the Naramata Church, taking photos and creating her whimsical paintings. She possessed a great sense of humour, a passion for art, loyalty to her friends and family and possessed an incredible social conscious.
We all surround ourselves with things that give us comfort and let’s be honest, we live in a consumerist society and all feel a bit of guilty pleasure every once in a while after purchasing certain things. For some it becomes an addiction of sorts, and our personal belongings become akin to a museum collection. This hard push for acquisitions would be a good way to describe the gallery holdings of late, with several works of art from important artists joining the vault every year. Unlike at home though, this collection is for the benefit of the entire community, province and nation, not unlike our exhibiting mandate.