Conversations on Contemporary Art

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Local residents who are interested in abstract painting are invited to attend the next in the Kelowna Art Gallery’s lecture series, Conversations on Contemporary Art, on Monday, January 16, 2012.  This month’s guest speaker, Katherine Pickering, will deliver a talk focused on how people’s experiences with darkness (for example, our difficulty seeing at night) have influenced abstract painting.  The lecture begins at 6 pm, and is free and open to the public.

Katherine Pickering currently teaches drawing and two-dimensional studies at the University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus. Prior to this she taught painting at Concordia University in Montreal. Since completing graduate school at Concordia University in 2009, she has been attending artist-in-residence programs, in Banff, Turkey, Vermont, Newfoundland, and Montreal, and is looking forward to a residency in Iceland this summer. Pickering’s work has been shown in Quebec, in British Columbia, and in Turkey.

Conversations on Contemporary Art is an on-going lecture series organized by the Public Programming Department of the Kelowna Art Gallery. These illustrated introductory lectures feature a new topic each month, and discussions are be led by distinguished experts and artists. Through lively discussion, participants will learn about the significance of contemporary art and its connection to culture and history. During the lecture, the Gallery will be open to the public from 6 to 8 pm, with free admission.

The Kelowna Art Gallery is located at 1315 Water Street in the heart of the Cultural District in downtown Kelowna. For hours of operation, or more information about programs available or current exhibitions, visit the Kelowna Art Gallery online at

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