‘Deep Roots’ artists both inspired by trees and wood in show at The Art Gallery Osoyoos

Stained Glass Window is an oil painting by Ann Willsie. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Two artists, both inspired by trees and wood in different ways, appear in a show titled Deep Roots at The Art Gallery Osoyoos (TAGO). The show runs from Saturday, Feb. 3 to Saturday, Feb. 24.

Ann Willsie does large oil paintings on canvas often showing huge gnarly trees and dramatic light. She is a Senior member of the Federation of Canadian Artists. She lives and works in Lake Country, B.C.

Mike Voros carves wood and bark to make fantasy scenes of people, strange creatures, and twisted vertical cities and towns. He lives near Jackfish Lake, north of North Battleford, Sask., and spends winters as an Osoyoos snowbird.

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2024 Poster contest winner and entries on display at The Art Gallery Osoyoos

Trista Bassett, of Summerland, was the first-place winner in the annual poster contest at The Art Gallery Osoyoos. She was presented with a certificate by Mayor Sue McKortoff and she also received a monetary award. The limited-edition, signed posters will be available on Jan. 13. Her winning image is the one on the left. The one on the right by Diane Akey took second place. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Trista Bassett, of Summerland, is the first-place winner of the 2024 Poster Contest at The Art Gallery Osoyoos. The announcement was made Saturday, January 6.

The image was selected by a panel of outside judges, who also considered other submissions by local artists. The judges did not know the identities of the artists when they made their decision. An exhibition of the entries opens Saturday, January 6 at the gallery and runs until Saturday, January 27, 2024.

Local artists were invited to submit artworks on the theme of, “A recognizable image of the Osoyoos area.”

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Virtual Gallery: Christmas Artisan Market now open at The Art Gallery Osoyoos

The paintings by Shirley Trites (acrylic and mixed media) and photography by Zarin Khan are to the right of the gallery entrance. (Richard McGuire Photo)

The annual Christmas Artisan Market, “Unique Treasures” opened Saturday, November 4 at The Art Gallery Osoyoos and runs until Friday, December 22.

The market features the work of Osoyoos artists and artisans and includes affordable pieces from painters, potters, photographers, quilters and others. It is geared to local shoppers and browsers, and tourists, but the focus is on items that make great holiday gifts.

Throughout the exhibition, some artists may change their exhibit space, so it’s worth checking back again during the next month and a half to see what is new.

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Two area women launch show of paintings and fabric sculptures at TAGO

The back room features sculptures by Maureen Walker and paintings by Kathryn Ross. In the corner is the near-life-sized Diana. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Two area women launched an exhibition of paintings and fabric sculptures on Saturday, Oct. 7 at The Art Gallery Osoyoos (TAGO) titled Wings & Whimsical Things. The show runs until Oct. 28.

Maureen Walker, a Keremeos-area artist who has displayed at TAGO in the past, does fabric sculpture figures, some of them life sized.

Kathryn Ross, who retired to Coldstream near Vernon, paints birds and animals, usually in oils, but sometimes acrylics, when she is not riding her horses.

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Virtual Gallery: Artists on Main open annual show at TAGO

Observatory B&B, Anarchist Mountain, Acrylic, by Sandra Albo. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Artists On Main Osoyoos opened their annual show at The Art Gallery Osoyoos on Saturday, Sept. 9. “Through the Artists’ Eye” runs until Saturday, Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023.

The show presents a representative sampling of paintings by the Osoyoos-based group, and includes acrylics, watercolours, oils and mixed media.

Artists on Main Osoyoos welcomes both accomplished artists and those who are newer to painting and wish to improve. They meet at Studio 89 above the gallery and have about 70 members. Continue reading “Virtual Gallery: Artists on Main open annual show at TAGO”

Summer Artisan Market opens at The Art Gallery Osoyoos

Nancy Gray (Richard McGuire Photo)

The annual Summer Artisan Market opened Saturday, June 17, 2023 at The Art Gallery Osoyoos and runs until Labour Day, Monday, Sept. 4.

The market features the work of Osoyoos artists and artisans and includes affordable pieces from painters, potters, photographers, quilters and others. It is geared both to local shoppers and browsers and tourists.

During the summer, some artists may change their exhibit space, so it’s worth checking back again throughout the summer to see what is new.

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Lyse Deselliers solo exhibit features ‘The Food We Grow’

Ripening in place, Dave’s farm on the West Bench, by Lyse Deselliers (Richard McGuire Photo)

Penticton painter Lyse Deselliers has returned to The Art Gallery Osoyoos with a new solo show, The Food We Grow.” The show opened Wednesday, May 24, 2023 and it runs until June 14.

Deselliers, who was born in Quebec City, last had a solo exhibition at TAGO in April 2021, when the theme was water. She takes the themes seriously, and for this show about growing food, she interviews local farmers or prints accounts by them. It’s a feast for the mind as well as the eye. Continue reading “Lyse Deselliers solo exhibit features ‘The Food We Grow’”

Desert Sage Spinners & Weavers hold Fibre Arts show at TAGO

The Desert Sage Spinners & Weavers Guild opens a show, “Fibre Arts,” at The Art Gallery Osoyoos on Saturday, April 29, 2023.

The show runs until Saturday, May 20.

The guild has more than 60 members from such Okanagan-Similkameen communities as Oliver, Osoyoos, Summerland, Penticton, Kaleden, Okanagan Falls, Cawston and Keremeos. The guild has been active for nearly half a century.

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Large paintings and small sculptures by artists Barry Rafuse and Twyla Exner showing at TAGO

The painting at left is Painted Desert, acrylic, and the one on the right is The Boughs, mixed media. Both are by Barry Rafuse. (Richard McGuire Photo)

“Vision and Variety” is an exhibition by two BC artists, Barry Rafuse and Twyla Exner, which opens on Saturday, April 1, 2023 at The Art Gallery Osoyoos and runs until April 22.

Rafuse, from the Vernon area, does large abstract paintings in mixed media and acrylic. Exner, from near Kamloops, does smaller sculptures with wires from discarded electronics.

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Gallery shows paintings by local chapter of Federation of Canadian Artists

Avatar of the Past, Downtown Rome, acrylic, by Sandra Albo (Richard McGuire Photo)

The South Okanagan-Similkameen Chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists opens their exhibition of paintings on Saturday, March 4 at The Art Gallery Osoyoos. The juried show, “Beauty Is In…,” runs until Saturday, March 25, 2025.

The group consists of painters from Osoyoos and Oliver as well as those as far north as Summerland, as well as the Similkameen. Continue reading “Gallery shows paintings by local chapter of Federation of Canadian Artists”