Art Exhibits

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


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Okanagan Art Review

Alex Fong Galleria | March 2015

This exhibition features the work of the artists who run and contribute to the Okanagan Art Review, an online art magazine and online hub for the latest on what is going on in the visual arts in the Okanagan.

Hailing from throughout the Okanagan Valley, these artists are: Katie Brennan, founder of the Okanagan Art Review and an abstract artist based in Vernon; Kelsie Balehowsky, an artist based in Kelowna who works interchangeably between the mediums of photography and printmaking; Lucas Glenn, who is also based in Kelowna and uses found/junk and antiquated materials to create installation and multi-media works; Wanda Lock, is an artist based in Lake Country, who takes a lot of inspiration in films to create compelling and mysterious narratives; Hanss Lujan, is based in Kelowna and works in photography and installation; Renae Roles, is an abstract artist based in Vernon who draws on map making in her imagery; and Alex Ross, who is based in Penticton, works in mixed media and has an affinity for portraiture.



Artwork by Marissa Brown
Artwork, L-R: 'Power Struggle', 'Fantasy & Disillusionment',
'Awareness, Transformation & Synergy'

MARISSA BROWN: Friends and Lovers

Upper Mezzanine | March 2015

Artistic Statement

In 2011, the Museum of Vancouver hosted an exhibition titled Chosen Family Portraits, which displayed photographs and oral history gathered during a community art project lead by the Vancouver Queer Film Festival in August 2010. As they so simply put it: there are families we are born with and families that we choose.

The background for Friends and Lovers is this concept of 'chosen family'. Chosen families are common in (but not exclusive to) queer and LGBT* (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) communities. They consist of non-biological relations such as exes, friends, mentors, roommates, and lovers, who provide a network of mutual love and support in place of those traditionally provided by blood relations.

A large part of any family or community is history and storytelling. I have always been interested in stories, whether in the form of cultural myths, urban legends, or fantasy and science fiction. But I am not a writer. A year ago when I first started my graduation project – a series of paintings based on Elizabeth Kübler-Ross' Five Stages of Grief- I realized the potential for creating narrative using a painting series. Friends and Lovers continues that exploration of narrative. Using portraiture with elements of fantasy it presents a fictitious story but, like the best science fiction, it contains pieces from actual personal experience.

The titles for each work in Friends and Lovers come from what couples therapists and relationship guides refer to as the Five Stages of Committed Relationships. What I find most interesting about relationships of any kind is how they can act as mirrors, often saying more about ourselves than they do of the person we're with.



Art by Sarah Parsons Homeschool Student

Art of Sarah Parsons' Homeschool Students

Display Cases | March 2015

RCA Resident Artist Sarah Parsons instructs a variety of fun and interesting art topics to home school students. The Children attending, have explored the art of Mixed Media, Paper Mache, Plaster Gauze Sculpture, Diorama Creation, Spoon Puppets and Theatre plus lots of other exciting projects.

Sarah has a passion for creating inventive and fun classes. She Finds teaching very rewarding and loves to experience the laughter, imagination and creation of wonderful artwork in her Studio. The Display Cases at the RCA show a variety of art projects created by these students over the past few months.

Sarah Parsons resides in Studio 113 at the Rotary Centre for the Arts.



Artwork by Immaculata students

Immaculata Regional High School

South Atrium | March 2015

Creativity is alive and well at Immaculata Regional High School. These art samples are taken from a variety of grade 8-12 students. The mediums and topics span various interests and styles: students studied positive and negative space, cutting black paper with exacto knives and creating "Narrative Silhouettes", or scenes from reality or fiction in the style of New York artist, Kara Walker; large army canvas tents were cut up and used as a backdrop for acrylic and house paint to create either an abstract image or one from memory. Similarly, students experimented with pieces of wood and used coloured stains and acrylic paint to develop their pictures. "Heaven Recycled" was the inspiration behind using found items and texture paste to create images that touched on both the abstract and the everyday, while pen and ink required patience and a steady hand to show value and texture. The crazy, unpredictable style of Jackson Pollock with its drips and splashes flew from the brushes of students and contradicted the patient, slow brush strokes of Sumi-E Japanese painting. Finally, "UnZipped" was a personal, unique assignment where students were challenged with using a zipper somewhere on their portfolio cover and then use their imagination to determine what they saw when they "unzipped" the zipper. In all, the students are thoroughly enjoying art at Immaculata, where the lessons are about how you explore and use your creative side and have fun doing it…

Immaculata Regional High School; Mrs. Angela Griffin, Art Teacher


at the Rotary Centre for the Arts

Image Gallery - Mural Projects Before & After
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Homes for the Holidays - Kelowna Mountain

Next time you're by, 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.