The Lake Country Art Gallery is preparing for its annual Member’s Show which starts Feb. 13.
Every year the gallery opens the doors of its gallery space to its members as a way to further support, engage and celebrate their artistic achievements. The gallery currently has a membership of about 150 individuals whose membership contributions help support gallery programming including the annual member’s show.
“We are really blessed by the strength of the support of our members and volunteers”, said gallery manager Petrina McNeill. “It’s really quite incredible that we have so many talented artists among our membership. Last year we had over 175 entries to the members show and the gallery is only able to accommodate about 50 or so pieces.”
“Our members and volunteers give so much to the gallery. I am constantly amazed at all the endeavours our members are up to in and out of their studios”, said gallery curator Katie Brennan, “That they still have time to support the gallery the way they do is outstanding.”
There is still time for artists to take advantage of this great exhibition opportunity. Each artist is invited to submit a work of art (made in 2011, 2012 or 2013), that is no wider than 36 inches to the Lake Country Art Gallery no later than 4 p.m. on Thursday Feb. 7.
If artists are not yet members of the gallery, they can purchase a membership at the time of drop-off as only members can show in this exhibition.
Besides an opportunity to show their work at a public art gallery, artists’ work will also receive feedback from the member’s show jury. This year artists Karla Griffin and Angelika Jaeger will serve on the jury, along with LCAG curator Katie Brennan.
Griffin is a Saskatoon-based artist who recently moved to Kelowna to teach as a Sessional lecturer in studio at UBC Okanagan. She has exhibited across Canada and within the United States, and she has written for BlackFlash Magazine and AKA Gallery.
Aj, as Jaeger likes to be known, is currently a member of the Lake Country Art Gallery. She began in 1995 to hone her skills by studying with internationally-known artists through workshops with the Federation of Canadian Artists. In 2005 Aj began her formal schooling in fine arts at the University of British Columbia Okanagan, where she is currently in the process of finishing her Bachelor of Fine Arts.
Aj’s work can be found in private collections in both Europe and Canada and in regular exhibits in a number of local galleries.
The Lake Country Art Gallery’s annual Members Show will host an opening reception on Saturday Feb. 16 from 1 to 3 p.m. at 10356A Bottom Wood Lake Road and is free for the public to attend. The Members Show runs from Feb. 13 to March 15.
Visit the gallery’s website lakecountryartgallery.ca for more details on the show or how submit your work.