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Author: Richard McGuire
Richard McGuire is an Osoyoos photographer who worked at the Osoyoos Times between 2012 and 2018, first as reporter and then as editor. He has a long career in journalism as well as research, communication and management at the House of Commons in Ottawa and in the federal government.
Artists On Main Osoyoos opened their annual show at The Art Gallery Osoyoos on Saturday, Sept. 10. “Past & Present” runs until Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022.
The theme “Past & Present” refers to the group of local painters who have been part of the Osoyoos arts scene since 1950. Initially, they were known as Painters and Potters, including both. Today, Osoyoos Potters is a separate group.
The show includes recent works by current members, but it also has a number of paintings by former members, some of whom are now deceased.
The annual Summer Artisan Market opens Saturday, June 4 at The Art Gallery Osoyoos and runs until Labour Day, Monday, Sept. 5.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.