OIB emerging artist Taylor Baptiste inspired by land and Syilx culture

The Syilx word for chickadee is also the Okanagan name of OIB member and elder Helen Gallagher. Artist Taylor Baptiste gave this piece to Gallagher when Baptiste left her role as Indigenous Education Advocate in School District 53 to attend university in Vancouver. It is made with buckskin leather, and acrylic paint. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Taylor Baptiste, an emerging artist from the Osoyoos Indian Band, opened her first solo exhibition at The Art Gallery Osoyoos on Saturday, May 7. The show, “We Are of The Land,” runs until Saturday, May 28, 2022.

Baptiste is the daughter of Richard and Colleen Baptiste and she grew up in Nk’Mip between the mountains and Osoyoos Lake. She draws inspiration from that land and from Syilx Okanagan Nation culture and traditions.

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Fabric artist R. Leslie Forbes opens Fabrinata exhibition at Osoyoos gallery

Fabric artist R. Leslie Forbes poses by her triptych “West Coast Moment” at her Fabrinata show at The Art Gallery Osoyoos. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Osoyoos fabric artist R. Leslie Forbes is showing her work at The Art Gallery Osoyoos from April 9 to April 30, 2022 in her solo show titled Fabrinata.

She “paints” with fabric, wool, threads and other media to create boldly coloured, large fantastic scenes. She dies her fabrics to create her desired colour palette.

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Local FCA painters hold annual exhibition at gallery

This oil painting by Sharon Leonard is titled “Manitoba Prairie.” (Richard McGuire Photo)

The South Okanagan-Similkameen Chapter of the Canadian Federation of Artists opened their exhibition of paintings on Saturday, March 12 at The Art Gallery Osoyoos. The show runs until Saturday, April 2, 2022.

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 “Local FCA painters hold annual exhibition at gallery”

Virtual Gallery: Osoyoos photographer Greg Reely opens solo show at The Art Gallery Osoyoos

Inversion (Greg Reely photo)

Osoyoos photographer Greg Reely opened his first solo show, Photoscapes, at The Art Gallery Osoyoos on Saturday, Feb. 12.

The show runs until March 5, 2022.

“I’m really excited for my first solo gallery show,” said Reely. “I just hope I gain some new fans and maybe sell a couple of framed prints. That would be nice.”

Reely, who is president of the Osoyoos Photography Club, has often displayed at the gallery, but always as part of a show with other artists. He often posts his photos on social media and has a booth at Osoyoos Market on Main during the summer.

Reely’s work captures local landscapes, celestial skies, weather events, birds and more. It often features an otherworldly quality due to extensive post processing and multiple exposures. His work is mostly digital, but he often shoots the original image on film.

He prints on a variety of media, including canvas, metal, acrylic and regular framed prints.

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Virtual Gallery: The Art Gallery Osoyoos displays Poster Contest entries and winner

The winning poster entry is titled “Suburban Sunset” and was done in pastel by Prabhnoor Samra, a grade 11 student at Osoyoos Secondary School. The image is inspired by “The Chief,” a metal sculpture by Virgil “Smoker” Marchand that stands outside the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre.

Grade 11 student Prabhnoor Samra’s pastel image “Suburban Sunset” was selected the winner of The Art Gallery Osoyoos’ Poster Contest.

The image was selected by a panel of outside judges, who also considered submissions by more experienced local artists. An exhibition of the entries opens Saturday, January 15 at the gallery and runs until Saturday, February 5, 2022.

Samra, a student at Osoyoos Secondary School, was the only high school student to enter the contest. The judges did not know the identities of the artists when they made their decision.

The winning entry was inspired by “The Chief,” a metal sculpture by Virgil “Smoker” Marchand that stands outside the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre. Continue reading “Virtual Gallery: The Art Gallery Osoyoos displays Poster Contest entries and winner”

Virtual Gallery: Christmas Artisan Market opens at The Art Gallery Osoyoos

Quilting by Marjorie Trosky and Maureen Wood. (Richard McGuire Photo)

The annual Christmas Artisan Market, “Under the Tree,” opens Saturday, November 6 at The Art Gallery Osoyoos and runs until Monday, December 20.

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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Virtual Gallery: Artists on Main present annual show at The Art Gallery Osoyoos

Clockwise from top left: Sunrise by Peter Scott; Goldfish Bubbles by Diane Zorn; Summer Up North by Christine Buchler; Pearfect by Gay Ross; and Manning Park by Peter Scott. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Artists On Main Osoyoos opened their annual show at The Art Gallery Osoyoos on Thursday, Oct. 7. “Big, Little, and Just Right” runs until Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021.

The group, consisting mainly of local painters, has been a part of the Osoyoos arts scene since 1950. They welcome 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 present annual show at The Art Gallery Osoyoos”

Virtual Gallery: Local artist Claudia Punter features animals in solo show at The Art Gallery Osoyoos

Osoyoos artist Claudia Punter has opened a solo exhibition at The Art Gallery Osoyoos featuring her paintings and carvings of animals and birds. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Osoyoos area artist Claudia Punter has loved animals ever since as a little girl in Zug, Switzerland, she smuggled her first pets — a bug and a worm — into her room and hid them from her mother who forbade pets.

Her mother eventually gave in and let her keep a bird, a mouse and a lizard, but her father drew the line at a rooster she raised from a hatchling that started crowing in the morning.

As an adult, she pursued a career as a veterinarian. A teacher squelched her childhood artistic creativity, and only after coming to Canada did she start to dabble with soapstone carving. Continue reading “Virtual Gallery: Local artist Claudia Punter features animals in solo show at The Art Gallery Osoyoos”

Virtual Gallery: Summer Artisan Market runs at The Art Gallery Osoyoos until September

Beverley Smith is showing her paintings and photography, bringing windows to the back room alcove.

The annual Summer Artisan Market opened Thursday, June 24 at The Art Gallery Osoyoos and runs until Labour Day, Monday, Sept. 6.

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.

Throughout 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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Virtual Gallery: Painting with wax is theme of show at The Art Gallery Osoyoos

This encaustic wax painting titled “Okanagan Sunset” is by artist Judy Miller. It is part of the show by CanwaxWest artists at The Art Gallery Osoyoos. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Encaustic painting is the art of painting with hot bees wax to which pigments have been added. That’s the theme of an exhibition titled “Waxing Poetic” that opened Thursday, May 27 at The Art Gallery Osoyoos and runs to Saturday, June 19.

The show includes the work of regional artists who go by the name Canwax West. All the pieces use the encaustic process, but some include other media. Most are paintings, but a few pieces are three dimensional wax sculptures.

The wax, with added Damar resin, is applied in layers with each layer fused to the one below using an encaustic iron, heat gun or torch. Some works are finished with a coat of shellac. Continue reading “Virtual Gallery: Painting with wax is theme of show at The Art Gallery Osoyoos”