You can now cruise the halls of Kelowna’s Art Gallery for free for the month of June.
On June 2, all four exhibition spaces reopened for visitors to enjoy. In celebration, the gallery decided to offer free administration to everyone this month.
“I am delighted that our professional team worked together to reopen the Kelowna Art Gallery to the public as quickly and as safely as possible,” said Nataley Nagy, executive director at the Gallery.
“During these trying times, we know that art and creativity are a welcome respite for all of our residents.”
Visitors will notice additional signage as well as reduced capacity due to COVID-19 concerns.
The Gallery has also made a few changes to its hours of operation. The Gallery is now open Tuesday and Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Wednesday and Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The first hour, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., has been set aside for seniors and for those who may have health concerns.
For more information about the exhibitions on view and to find out “what to know before your visit”, please see www.kelownaartgallery.com.
The Kelowna Art Gallery is located at 1315 Water Street in the heart of the Cultural District in downtown Kelowna, BC.
Sunflower Highway, art initiative to connect Fraser Valley, Thompson-Nicola and Okanagan – Chilliwack Progress
An art initiative originating from Cache Creek’s Gold Country aims to bring B.C. communities together during the difficult times bought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
‘The Sunflower Project’ is also an environmental renewal project, taking rediscovered satellite dishes and other debris and making them into large 3D sunflower models.
Lead artist and project architect Michelle Loughery said the goal is to have a series of living art installations in various cities and towns, which will include the sunflowers made out of reclaimed materials, as well as real living sunflowers.
Loughery said the idea for the project originated in 1999 when she moved to Vernon and started work on a mural project to help revitalize the city’s downtown area.
“It was the perfect timing because the downtown association was looking for murals and they wanted to completely rebuild their downtown. So we worked together and created the downtown Vernon mural project,” she said.
“And that collaboration of leading a legacy of tourism while building infrastructure helped my career soar… and now I get to do it again as my swansong for other communities.”
The project’s goal is to have the living art installations put together to make up a ‘Sunflower Highway’, which Loughery said will be a driveable art route. Executive director of the Gold Country Communities Society Marcie Down said the art route will help B.C.’s rural communities safely gain tourist traffic.
“Some of the communities involved include Ashcroft, Cache Creek, and Clinton, so it’s a very big region. Then that will interconnect with others as well. There are just so many rural communities that need a hand during these times,” Down said.
“It’s driveable tourism. If we get hit again (with COVID-19), at least we can still drive by and have some sunflower sightings,” Loughery said.
Loughery and Down said they also want the project to be symbolic of the Gold Rush.
“The highway kind of recreates the Gold Rush route. The Gold Rush did an awful lot for the economy… so we’re going back to that thought, tracing the route, paying tribute to the immigrants and of course our Indigenous peoples,” Loughery said.
“The sunflower is indigenous to North America. (Russian czar) Peter the Great took the sunflower back to Ukraine and Russia to help build their economy and now we’re bringing it back to say ‘hey, how can we build an economy again around people, place and planet?’”
Loughery and Down are encouraging artists and residents to get involved, either by painting sunflowers or planting them. For more information, visit the project’s website.
Ottawa Art Gallery, Diefenbunker Museum reopen to visitors – CBC.ca
The Ottawa Art Gallery and the Diefenbunker Museum reopened to visitors Wednesday for the first time since the COVID-19 shutdown began.
“[We’re] very, very happy that after 117 days we’re welcoming everyone back,” Alexandra Badzak, director and CEO for the Ottawa Art Gallery, told CBC’s Ottawa Morning on Wednesday.
The downtown gallery is reopening to front-line workers on Wednesday and to the general public on Thursday.
Gallery hours have changed in order to give staff time to clean and disinfect the building, Badzak said. The OAG is now open Wednesday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Older adults and people who are immunocompromised will have priority access to the gallery for the first hour each day, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
I was excited to go for a tour of the Ottawa Art Gallery this morning and see first hand the measures they have taken to keep us safe. Thanks Alex for inviting me! Enjoy the Art 2 metres apart! <a href=”https://t.co/kcC7BGGQV2″>pic.twitter.com/kcC7BGGQV2</a>
“We’ve put in a whole bunch of measures that are going to keep our public really safe,” Badzak said.
The gallery has installed “fun and creative” signals throughout to remind visitors to stay two metres apart, but otherwise they’ll have freedom to roam.
“We didn’t want to do a whole bunch of arrows everywhere,” Badzak said. “We wanted people to be able to explore.”
Both the OAG and the Diefenbunker Museum in Carp are asking visitors to register or buy tickets before they arrive.
At the OAG, people can book a time slot online or by phone. At the Diefenbunker, visitors are asked to purchase tickets online before they arrive, but they won’t be required to use them at any particular time.
If the Diefenbunker gets too busy, the museum’s website says visitors may have to wait outside.
Visitors to both venues are required to wear cloth masks, which are now mandatory in all public, indoor settings throughout Ottawa and the surrounding area.
Three local artists selected for County's Art in the Park project – EverythingGP
Daelyn Biendarra piece “Dream View” was selected as one of the three winners for Site 1 (Photo supplied by Daelyn Biendarra)
Local artwork on display
Jul 08, 2020
The County of Grande Prairie has selected three local artists to be featured at the Clairmont Adventure Park.
The County’s Art for the Park project panel of judges have selected three submissions which will be installed at Site 1, which is along the wooden residential fences of the park’s east boundary. The winners are Daelyn Biendarra and her piece Dream View, Cassidy Guenther for her work Skateboarder.png, and Quinn Goldberg and her submission Fox Mountain.
Goldberg was also the winner of the Site 2 submission, which required concepts or ideas for an art installation along the fences of the Clairmont Adventure Park. Her idea of a Honeybee Conservation Education Project was selected, and she will work along with County Staff and young artists to place cutouts of bees and other important pollinators along the chain-link fence. Residents will also have an opportunity to contribute to the project, by painting individual components of the piece.
“We’re delighted that so many young artists participated in this project,” says Christine Rawlins, Parks and Recreation Manager in a release. “The Adventure Park is a community gathering place and these pieces of art will add an inviting touch, made more meaningful by local resident contributions.”
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