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”

Virtual Gallery: Mother and daughter, Darlene and Tracy Fillion, open gallery show of clay and textiles

Tracy Fillion (left), who works with hand-woven textiles, poses with her mother Darlene Fillion, who works with ceramics. (Richard McGuire Photo)

The show Kindred Hands: Textiles and Clay was scheduled for May 2020 at The Art Gallery Osoyoos, but Covid cancelled it. A year later, mother and daughter Darlene and Tracy Fillion have opened their show with Covid precautions in place.

The show opens Thursday, April 29 and runs to Saturday, May 22, 2021.

Darlene is a local potter whose work ranges from decorative wall hangings to more functional bowls and cups along with little ceramic flowers on logs and bark.

Tracy Fillion has a home studio near Nelson, B.C., where she operates We Are Stories, a textile company. She designs, cuts, prints and sews primarily eco and thoughtfully sourced materials. Continue reading “Virtual Gallery: Mother and daughter, Darlene and Tracy Fillion, open gallery show of clay and textiles”

Virtual Gallery: Painter Lyse Deselliers opens solo show at The Art Gallery Osoyoos

Artist Lyse Deselliers poses with her diptych View from Anarchist Mountain on display at The Art Gallery Osoyoos. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Painter Lyse Deselliers opened a solo exhibition of her work on Thursday, April 1 at The Art Gallery Osoyoos. The show, “Our Lakes: Connecting the Dots,” runs until Saturday, April 24, 2021.

The theme of the show is the lakes of the Okanagan basin and the waterways that connect them. Deselliers has gathered comments from people in the communities of the Okanagan who are active in protecting and celebrating these lakes, which she displays with her paintings.

Born in Quebec City, Deselliers has pursued a career as a veterinarian in Ottawa and Calgary. She moved to Penticton with her family in 2016. Continue reading “Virtual Gallery: Painter Lyse Deselliers opens solo show at The Art Gallery Osoyoos”

Virtual Gallery: Osoyoos Quilters Guild opens exhibition at The Art Gallery Osoyoos

This quilt is the grand prize for this year’s raffle. It was sewn by the late Osoyoos Quilter Lorna Fairbanks. It was quilted by another member, Angie Rosin (pictured). (Richard McGuire photo)

The Osoyoos Quilters Guild opened their exhibition, Quilts Etc., at The Art Gallery Osoyoos on Thursday, Feb. 4. The show runs until Saturday, Feb. 27.

The show is open for in-person viewing from noon to 4 p.m., Wednesday to Saturday, however Covid restrictions are in effect. This online “Virtual Gallery” is available with some of the highlights for those who are observing Covid travel restrictions, or otherwise can’t make it to the gallery.

Some of the pieces are for sale, but many are listed as “not for sale,” because the quilters wish to keep them. For purchase inquiries, please contact the gallery during opening hours. Continue reading “Virtual Gallery: Osoyoos Quilters Guild opens exhibition at The Art Gallery Osoyoos”

Osoyoos Festival Society celebrates with ‘Virtual Christmas Lite-Up’

Frosty the Snowman high-fives children along the parade route in a previous Christmas Lite-Up. (Richard McGuire photo)

With the annual Christmas Lite-Up festival cancelled this year in Osoyoos, the Osoyoos Festival Society is celebrating  Christmas with a Virtual Christmas Lite-Up featuring a few Christmas songs, scenes from previous Lite-Ups, and some of the best lighting displays.

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