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Cool Cats Project

The Cool Cats Project is a partnership between Cool Arts Society and the Okanagan Cat Coalition (OKCC). The project is aimed at increasing awareness about the estimated 18,000 feral cats living in the Central Okanagan. The OKCC assists by spaying and neutering cats, then re-homing or releasing them to live out their lives without perpetuating the overpopulation problem.

Cool Arts artists have created art, using cats as a theme, in various mediums (painting, clay sculpture) under the mentorship of local artists Lee Claremont, Sharilyn Kuehnel, Sarah Parsons, Potters Addict Ceramic Art Centre, and Rena Warren.

Check out @coolartssociety #coolcatsproject on display now @fccs.ubco FINA Gallery. The Cool Cats Project in partnership with the @okanagancatcoalition is aimed at bringing awareness about the feral cat issue in the Okanagan. Do you think art has a role to play in bringing awareness to important issues? Share your voice. View the exhibit, add your creativity to the collaboative work, take a selfie with your favourite Cool Cat artwork and share your thoughts. #Coolcatsproject #artforchange #coolartssociety #diversabilities #outsiderarts

The project will culminate with the hosting of four public exhibitions of the artwork, (including the FINA gallery here at UBCO), each with an educational element focusing on increasing public awareness of feral cat issues in our community and how the OKCC is working to address these issues.

Gary Pearson: Short Fictions

Gary Pearson, painter, drawer, video artist, freelance writer and curator, recently opened a solo exhibition at the Kelowna Art Gallery.

The exhibition, titled Gary Pearson: Short Fictions features a selection of the artists work drawn from the past fifteen years. Short Fictions is accompanied by a substantial publication, illustrated, and with critical essays on the artists work.

Pearson is a recently retired associate professor in the Department of Creative Studies at UBC Okanagan, and lives in Kelowna. He has had numerous exhibitions internationally, and was recently elected as a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.

little mother

little mother (2018)

Patricia Leinemann

Artist Statement

In late 2016 at the UBC Museum of Anthropology, Patricia Leinemann viewed a textile display that was inspirational. She wondered how to create a layered installation of textiles that a viewer could wander through. After returning from Vancouver, she came across her collection of doll dresses. Along with her sisters’ collections, these mostly handmade dresses carry fond memories and made her question why we hold on to particular childhood objects. Patricia had to make assumptions to her questions because her mother died eleven years ago. Trough conversations with extended family, their mother’s desire for her girls to have a doll was because she never owned one. There was limited money when Patricia was young so she finds it fascinating that money was available for these dresses. She wondered if her mother was training her and her sisters to become mothers because being a mother was her greatest joy. Patricia questioned if buying had dressing her dolls influenced here future interest in dress-up, costumes, and good quality clothing in her professional life. She never had children of her own but maybe Patricia experienced being a mother while playing with her dolls. This supports her query if perhaps she always lived her life out of order.

 

 

Viral Objects – preview!

VIRAL OBJECTS

Viral Objects is an interdisciplinary collaboration between students in Visual Arts, Creative Writing, Performance and Media Studies. Objects are created by Visual Artists (the source of the virus) and are then explored, interpreted, translated and used as inspiration for students in the other classes. The objects “go viral”, propagating performance art, storytelling, poetry, sound art, drawings, installations and video. The work and the process by which it was made will be exhibited at the Kelowna Art Gallery in the new year.

Materiality

Materiality features interactive works on the relationship between nature and technology by David Kadish and Jeannette Angel. The exhibition runs in conjunction with The Interdisciplinary Graduate Students’ Conference, Rethinking Sustainability, The discussions of the conference is intended to generate conversation on the role of the arts in sustainability across multiple communities.