POLLINATOR TALKS AT THE KELOWNA ART GALLERY!
UBC’s Public Art Pollinator Pasture Project will be running a series of events at the Kelowna Art Gallery this summer in conjunction with the gallery show, For All is For Yourself. All events are free admission and take place at the Kelowna Art Gallery, 1315 Water St, Kelowna.
The Gallery exhibition For All is For Yourself aims to raise interest and awareness of the plight of native pollinators in British Columbia (and across the country). This collaborative artwork was produced with the support of over 100 individuals across Kelowna, Richmond and Vancouver who assisted in creating the hand-made seed paper that was transformed into the 10,000 bumblebees on the gallery walls. Each bee holds the potential to produce a mini “pollinator pasture” and is a poetic representation of two living earthworks that are developing in Richmond and Kelowna. The show will be up in the Front Space of the Kelowna Art Gallery from June 20 – October 9th 2016.
NEXT TALK: Claudette and Eain Lamont
Claudette and Eain will share their passion for bees and nature, insects, birds, and wildlife in the context of their own 47 year experience as beekeepers in the Okanagan and their background as keepers of visual art history in the Okanagan. Eain’s mother, Gwen Lamont, was a noted artist who studied in the early twenties at the Ontario College of Art with Arthur Lismer, one of the Group of Seven. She was the first curator of the Kelowna Art Gallery. Some of Gwen’s artwork illustrates the Interior Salish food preparation of many Okanagan indigenous wildflowers with knowledge that was passed down by Elder Christine Allen, 90 years old, and translated by her daughter Mary Thomas. The Lamonts’ talk about how the weather, climate, water and species adaptation have changed over time will be interwoven with images of the artwork of Gwen Lamont as well as photographs from Claudette’s time as a beekeeper.
Claudette and Eain Lamont have been beekeepers for nearly 50 years. With 50 – 60 hives, pollination was their main business; honey came second. Claudette is a keen advocate of nature and lover of life. Eain came to the Okanagan Mission with his family in 1947. His father, John Lamont, planted the first dwarf apple orchard in the Okanagan. Eain studied insects and sciences at UBC. While in Germany in 1964, he met the Nobel Prize winner Von Frisch who discovered the waggle dance. The Lamont Apiary is located on Westside Road, just before the Lake Okanagan Resort. Eain and his mother bought the property in 1957; they both had a great love for nature and water.
When: Thursday, 21 July 2016 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)
Where: Kelowna Art Gallery – 1315 Water Street, Kelowna, BC
Register your attendance here: Eventbrite Link
For information about the show, see the Kelowna Art Gallery website.
For information about more programming see our FAIFY Opportunities page.