The Rotary Centre for the Arts offers individuals and community art groups the opportunity to display work in a variety of spaces throughout the centre. Those interested are encouraged to apply! Application to Exhibit
"THERE's A SUMMER PLACE"
featuring new originals by Louise Lambert
Along with some classics...
Alex Fong Galleria - August 2014
Louise captures the brilliant kiss of light in all her work. Consequently, she is one of the most sought after landscape and portrait painters in the Okanagan valley and has earned the illustrious title, "The Lady of Light", from the media. Louise Lambert is featured in ICON magazine's current edition.
You can recognize a Louise Lambert painting for the captivating use of light, colours and the warmth that the two create together. This creative gift garnered her following which extends throughout Canada, United States and Australia.
Recent feature artworks have been published in:
• YLW Connection, Kelowna International Airport Magazine
• American Express Wine Guides
• Okanagan Life Magazine
• Okanagan Studio Tour Guide
• Okanagan Homes Magazine
And recognized as West Kelowna’s Leaders among Us, 08/ 2010
A myriad of life experiences have formed Louise's style and her outlook toward how she paints. "I take a holistic approach", she explains, "I want people who see my art to feel better... feel better about the world that we live in and feel better about themselves… if my art can, in one small sense make that a little more apparent, I have done my job."
"The richness and diversity of Louise's palette and artistic style reflects the same richness and diversity of her ancestry and training background. From her early exposure to the Algonquin art of her forefathers, to her time spent learning from American and European portrait masters, Louise brings her own unique blend of colours and experience to each of her "Lady of Light" creations."
She works in three different mediums, soft pastel, acrylic and oils, letting the subject or theme dictate which medium is best to capture its essence. The last decade has allowed Louise the privilege to paint full-time professionally. Educated and trained throughout North America, working with masters in these mediums, she has brought this focus of knowledge into here works. Using multiple layers of colours to produce dramatic results, as many as 340 different tones and shades will go into one painting.
Often her art patrons provide her with the inspiration in the creation of these works. Louise explains, "The feedback I receive along the way, from clients is not only welcomed but it keeps the painting alive in the process. The collectors of the art want to have a personal connection with the painting and this is a great way of doing so."
South Atrium - August 2014
Jolene Mackie is an artist living and working in Kelowna BC. Her current series of work bridges her fascination with the beauty in the world around us, and the magic of the human imagination. By exploring these themes Jolene takes the opportunity to reflect on the brevity of human existence, and find joy and whimsy in the imagination. It is easy to be humbled by the human experience – while art and culture is something that can ground us in the present moment, and allow us to truly appreciate our world.
The current series of paintings I am working on are based on interpretations of the sky at different times of day, and the world around me. The title 'Whimsical Realities' is how I'm describing this work, in which I'm trying to affect moments of reflection for the viewer. The place depicted may not be something found in the real world, however, it evokes a sense of place and time from the viewer's history, which brings unique narratives to each piece.
This work is my attempt to capture just a moment of that beauty on a painted surface. I am inspired to create by these natural miracles that humans get to experience, as they tend to bring me back to reality – and force me to be present and enjoy the moment I am in. This is the beauty of art, to encourage viewers to participate in the present – and enjoy the human imagination, instead of constantly being caught up in questions of the past and concerns for the future.
Ryan Dumas "Eagle Moon Dancer"
Display Cases - August 2014
Eagle Moon Dancer was hand carved by Ryan Dumas from a shed Canadian Moose antler found in the beautiful Thompson Valley. Using a dremel, grinder, files and sandpaper, Ryan shaped, cut and formed the carving out of moose antler, an extremely challenging bone to carve.
Ryan explains, "The Eagle has always been a sacred spiritual animal to me growing up. I remember once seeing an Eagle catching a fish 20ft from our fishing boat, and also using Eagle Feathers in Sacred smudging ceremonies in my native culture. I consider myself a Metis person believing in Creator, The Son and the Great Holy Spirit, the teachings of the bible, and open-minded towards Native spirituality also. We are all from one tribe, living under one sun on our mother earth. We are called from Creator since the beginning of time to protect and take care of all creatures, plants, and all living things. I hope and pray that this Eagle carving is a universal reminder to all mankind of the covenant we are to uphold and keep as peoples of Canada and the world."
The process of the carving was a very spiritual experience to Ryan, smudging and praying over his tools and antler each time before starting, praying for peace, guidance, patience and the holy Great Spirit to be present. His love to carve is obvious when you learn of his persistence through the stink of carving bone, and the freezing of his hands in winter conditions. Ryan's up for a challenge in life, and in fact tends to thrive in it. The carving took over 80 hours to finish, from the drawing board to the final sanding. And this has far been one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences that Ryan says he has ever completed in his life, "thanks to The Creator, the Son and the Holy Great Spirit, All my Relations Amen".
"But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like Eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint" amen.
Cool Arts "CoolLaboration"
Upper Mezzanine - August 1-20, 2014
This month features the cross country CoolLaboration exhibit between Cool Arts in Kelowna, BC and Camelot Centre in Burlington, Ontario.
"I believe that this initiative – to create a work of art that represents the community of Burlington – is a wonderful tangible example of what Camelot strives to achieve: 'To offer a creative and stimulating learning and development environment for adults with intellectual disabilities over the age of 20'.
I applaud your efforts to collaborate with a like-minded organization across the country and share your communities with each other. The artwork created, the 'Vision of Burlington' and 'A Day in the Life of Kelowna' are truly beautiful."
- Mayor Rick Goldring, City of Burlington
Cool Arts Society is a non-profit dedicated to providing fine arts opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities living in the Central Okanagan. We believe everyone should have the opportunity to express themselves through the arts. We believe that disabilities should not interfere with this choice.
Our vision is to create opportunities, to make art, to take classes and learn, to be in a supportive fine arts environment, to exhibit or perform, to be part of the larger arts community. more
Rotary Centre for the Arts
Image Gallery - Mural Projects Before & After
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Next time you're at the RCA, check out our colourful murals! Each was created by a different group of teens, led by talented artists David and Jorden Doody.
Time Lapse Video of the first mural being created.