The Thompson Okanagan is home to many artists and cultural creatives within each unique community. With picturesque landscapes, sprawling vineyards, and cascading valley views, the Creative Community of Kelowna accesses its beautiful landscape for artistic inspiration. Known for its outdoor adventures of biking, skiing or hiking, and calmer days spent touring the vineyards of Canada’s famous wine country, here is a little feature piece on the amazing fine art entities of Kelowna that are working hard to solidify a place for arts and culture in BC’s desert oasis.
The Cultural District was developed in what was once the center of the Okanagan’s historical Fruit Packing Industry, and it has now become the center of Kelowna’s artistic and cultural activity. Within the District’s six blocks, there are 18 pieces of public art on display created by local, regional, national, and international artists. As well, there is the Kelowna Community Theatre, Kelowna Museums, Okanagan Regional Library, and the Rotary Centre for the Art all within walking distance. If you have a free Thursday stop by the Kelowna Art Gallery to gain FREE Admission from 10 am to 9 pm, and view a variety of exhibitions in its four exhibition galleries, ranging from historical to contemporary art. To learn more about the events the Cultural District is holding at their other destinations, visit the link.
The Arts Council of the Central Okanagan is a non-profit organization that helps develop anything and everything that is art in the Central Okanagan. This month the council is working to promote several beautiful exhibitions from regional artists like Bobby Vandenhoorn, whose exhibit at the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce features portraits of David Bowie, Gord Downie, and other late greats. Visit the artsco website for more details about what the arts council has going on this month.
Hambleton Galleries was established in 1963, and it was the first gallery in the Okanagan. This top gallery features emerging local artists, to some of the top names in Canada. Artist’s like Halin de Repentigny, and late artist Leonard Cohen make this a gallery a great addition to your hit list for fine art experiences to have in Kelowna.
Kelowna is a cultural stopping ground for artists and creatives alike, and the Cultural District, public art installations, and other initiatives unique to Kelowna make it the ideal Creative Community. Make sure visit and tag @artbcguide when you post all about your Kelowna adventures!