Lake Country Art Gallery expands into art house

Celebration for the new space next door to gallery takes place this Friday, Oct. 4

From the moment the Lake Country Art Gallery took possession of its new Art House space, members of the community stepped forward to bring three new, exciting ventures into being.

The Art House is the building located directly south of the gallery at 10356A Bottom Woodlake Rd., and is made possible through the generous financial support of the District of Lake Country.

A celebration of the new space takes place this Friday, Oct. 4

First in the door to help out was UBC Okanagan BFA student, artist and former practicum student with the Lake Country Art Gallery, Lucas Glenn.

He is spearheading the ArtShelf Bookshop & Reading Room, bringing his own magic with art and the written word to the ArtShelf bookshelves, which features used books on art, culture, design and architecture.

Hot on his heels was artist Karen Coon, who was the dynamo behind getting the artist-run Gallery Gift Shop up and running in time for ArtWalk, this past September.

Already many local artists have their wares available in the shop, including Alice Pallet’s innovative and stunning fibre works, scarves and handbags, Maud Besson’s ECCETERRAdesign jewelry line, and small, affordable original art by Lorraine Burns, Trina Ganson, Jolene Mackie, Margaret Kyle and Marlene McPherson, to name a few.

More artist wares are being added all the time. Stop by the gallery gift shop for a visit Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4p.m.

Several successful art workshops have already been offered in the new dedicated art workshop space, including oil painting classes with artist Gillian Rau, and The Art of Word, a three-part workshop with award-winning writer/mentor Darcy Nybo.

New workshops are being booked all the time, so keep an eye out for new classes on the Lake Country Art Gallery website.

To celebrate the new Art House space, the Lake Country Art Gallery will host a grand opening and an Art Trivia Night, Friday, Oct 4.

Guests are invited to mix, mingle and tour the new Art House space from 6 to 7 p.m. At 7:30 p.m., the party will move back into the main gallery space for a fun-filled pub-style Art Trivia Night, that will raise funds to buy chairs, tables and walls for the gallery and Art House.

Entry is $10 per person.

Art knowledge is not necessary for the trivia game, as there will be help in the form of BFA students and artists for hire to add some more depth to your team. As well, there will be life lines available at the end of each round, such as $5 Internet searches or $2 art reference book look-up.

The Lake Country Art Gallery’s Art House is a space that courts innovation, exploration, collaboration and celebration of all of the arts. It is a place for artists and art lovers to come together to make art, talk about art and experience art in all of its forms.

If you are interested in making your wares available in the Gallery Gift Shop, donating your art books to the ArtShelf Bookshop & Reading room, booking a spot in an upcoming art workshop or renting an artist studio space, please contact the Lake Country Art Gallery at 250-766-1299 or lakecountryartgallery@shaw.ca.

 

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