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Winter Artwalk: From Canadian Art to Kelowna Hotels

January 23, 2014

by Natalie Appleton


Winter can be a pensive time, a great time to take in art, especially in Kelowna. If you’re an art-lover with a few hours on your hands this winter, many Kelowna hotels are just a quick drive away from two galleries and exhibitions where you’ll find some of the most unique and inspiring Canadian art around.


The Kelowna Art Gallery, Unreal

This winter, from January 11 to March 9 at the Kelowna Art Gallery, you can take in incredible and mind-bending works by Canadian artists in the exhibition Unreal. Drawn from the Vancouver Art Gallery’s holdings, Unreal features the work of 28 Canadians, some contemporary, some never seen before in Kelowna.

Unreal is a rare opportunity to see the work of American photographer Cindy Sherman, who dressed and posed as women from Hollywood cinema, and Francis Bacon, an Irish-born painter whose screaming papal heads are famous.  You’ll see the work of artists you’ve never seen before, and in a new way as thought-provoking oil paintings share walls with surrealist watercolours, all post 1940.

Kelowna Art Gallery Jock MacDonald Black Quartet

Jock Macdonald’s 1946 The Black Quartet is one of dozens of pieces being shown at the Kelowna Art Gallery as part of the exhibition Unreal, featuring 28 Canadian artists.

Photo by Teresa Healy, Vancouver Art Gallery

What makes it Unreal? The works are fantastical. They’re also grouped according to different types of non-everyday: The Unconscious, The Haunted, The Absurd, The Disassembled.

Most Kelowna hotels are just a short drive or walk to the Kelowna Art Gallery, one of Canada’s most respected art galleries with an impressive permanent collection of BC and Canadian work.


Tutt Street Gallery

While you’re enjoying Kelowna’s cultural district, head over to Tutt Street Gallery, home to a stunning selection of local and Canadian contemporary fine art.

Right now, the gallery is showing the bold, vivid landscapes of BC painter Christine Reimer. Her work captures the region’s picturesque orchards, vineyards and lakes—views you can see from Kelowna hotels—with mesmerizing dimension.

Christine Reimer Autumn Morning Okanagan Painting
Christine Reimer’s Autumn Morning, Okanagan Lake and paintings by other feature artists are now showing at Kelowna’s Turtle Island Gallery.

Tutt Street is also featuring the bright, folksy images of Okanagan painter Anita Skinner and Michael Rozenvain, who recreates bustling European streets and cafes.

Now that’s you’ve warmed up your imagination, warm up your hands and try your luck at Kelowna casinos. See our post Kelowna Hotel’s Guide to Casinos.


When you need a cosy place to rest your feet and your mind after a day of art-walking in Kelowna, consider the BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelowna Hotel & Suites, featuring pet-friendly rooms, a mineral pool, hot tub, hot breakfast and more.


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