The Kelowna Art Gallery is pleased and honoured to be a venue this summer for this important touring exhibition of historical Canadian art. The forty paintings in this show are all in the collection of the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery at Hart House, University of Toronto. Independent curator Dr. Christine Boyanoski has structured the exhibition and has written the text in the beautiful catalogue that accompanies the show.
Kelowna audiences will have the rare opportunity to see paintings by nine members of the Group of Seven (who actually numbered 10 artists before they expanded to form the Canadian Group of Painters in 1932), as well as by Tom Thomson, David Milne, and other artists active in the early to mid 20th century. These include an impressive number of women artists, including Prudence Heward, Lilias Torrance Newton, Paraskeva Clark, Kathleen Morris, and Bess and Yvonne Housser. Works by these women painters have never previously been exhibited in Kelowna.
A Story of Canadian Art is organized and circulated by the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery (Hart House, University of Toronto, Canada). The exhibition is financially supported by the Museums Assistance Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage.
Friday, May 8, 7 to 9 pm
This is a free event, open to members and guests by invitation.
Friday, May 8, 7 pm
Dr. Christine Boyanoski, curator of A Story of Canadian Art, will give a talk about the history and importance of the Hart House art collection. Boyanoski is an independent curator, lecturer and writer based in Toronto and is currently working on a book about modern Canadian art in the context of British imperialism.
Lunch and Talk with David Silcox
Saturday, May 9, 1 pm
In celebration of A Story of Canadian Art, please join us for a talk called Behind the Podium at Sotheby’s, accompanied by a buffet lunch. Silcox recently stepped down as President of Sotheby’s Canada after managing twelve of Sotheby’s best years. Previously he held posts in government, education, and the arts. He will deliver an engaging and amusing lecture about the adventures and peculiarities of the art auction world.
Cost: $25 ($20 for members). Call in advance to register.