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Headbones Gallery is Back… and better than ever!

A brand new “old” gallery has returned to the Okanagan. Headbones Gallery, begun by Julie Oakes in 1995, which has since had other incarnations in both Toronto and New York, has returned to a brand new purpose built space on Old Kamloops Road just minutes north of Vernon. This newly constructed 3000 square foot building at 6700 Old Kamloops Rd, designed by artist, Julie Oakes was built with the  specific focus on the creation and presentation of visual art; visitors can expect three separate concurrent exhibitions. Gallery director, Richard Fogarty, plans to use the space to expand the awareness of contemporary art by hosting exhibitions that will include the region in a broader art context.

In late December, I had the good fortune of being invited to the space for an opening / dinner party. I’ve been to some great galleries and this one is right on par, easily as beautiful and spacious as the Kelowna or Penticton Art Gallery.

The Picture Gallery

The building is on the left hand side of Old Kamloops Road at 6700 Old Kamloops Rd – to be exact.  This puts it between the SPCA and the Stepping Stones subdivision turnoff. When the gallery is open, which is from Tuesday – Saturday from 11am – 6pm, there is a “Headbones Gallery” sign at the driveway to point you in the right direction. The driveway and walkway is a bit of a climb (bring sturdy shoes) but totally worth it!

As you enter, you are greeted by a pair of larger circular paintings created by Julie Oakes.

larger red circular painting by Julie Oakes

Painting by Julie Oakes

Directly to your right is the Drawers Room. The Drawers specializes in drawing and contemporary works on paper with a small component of sculpture. If there is workmanship with integrity and evidence of the hand in the work, Headbones gives that artist’s work a drawer. The Drawers manages the storage, exhibition, and sales of drawings and works on paper of more than one-hundred visual artists in the gallery. Each artist is featured in a catalogue produced by Rich Fog Micro Publishing with a written commentary by Julie Oakes.

Paper based galleries have become more popular over the years as it benefits all parties involved: galleries can offer a wider range of work at different price points and store it easily in a small amount of space; artists can have work in a larger variety of galleries as paper is much easier to ship than canvases and sculptures.

The "Drawers" and work by Scott P. Ellis

There are a total of three gallery spaces at Headbones:

The Picture Gallery – which is currently showing: Pass The Buddha – Julie Oakes with McEwan, McKinney, Dascalu, Bircher, Bartosik, Smith, McCloskey, Johnson, Bigelow, Thompson, Moraru, Meraji, Ellis, Feught, Singer

The Drawer’s Gallery Scott P. Ellis (see picture above)

R4 Gallery – Erik Jerezano

R4 Gallery – Tony Taylor

Plus a smattering of work all over the place by local, national and international artists.

In addition to a large gallery / studio space in the centre of the building, there are also two small bedrooms / galleries tucked away up on the second floor and a large loading bay, also used a gallery display area. Julie and Richard are hoping to offer residencies in the future where artists can come and stay and work in the space.

Welcome back Headbones Gallery! A great addition to the Okanagan art scene.

Work hung in stairwell up to one of the bedrooms / gallery spaces.

Work hung in bedroom / gallery space.

Loading bay wall. Work in lower left corner by local artist Briar Craig.

Cream Madison Location

If you’re downtown Kelowna, make sure you stop in at Cream’s third location, recently opened in the Madison in the cultural district. Offering all the same amenities as their other Cream Salons, Cream Madison offers yet another convenient location and upscale salon experience.

All you’ve come to know and love from Cream in a posh enclosure, the gorgeous surroundings and lush location provide a calming escape from a busy day downtown. Even if you don’t have the time for a cut or blow, drop in to check out some of the product in store.

Great view too, you can see the lake in the near distance and at just the right time of day the sun hits the salon perfectly.

All it takes is a quick seat at the shampoo station to see which part of the view is perhaps my favorite…

Spotted! Kelowna Aquatic Club Pool

The Following

Was Spotted


Another old photo circa the 1950s of the Kelowna Aquatic Club Pool. This would have been the place you could have found me back in the day (between my breaks as a Don Draper type, of course) enjoying the sun and the water. I found this in the Pusher Mitchell law building off Ellis.


The new(ish) path from City Park to other beaches along Abbott.

UBC-O MG This Place is Awesome

I went up to the UBC-Okanagan campus last week to check out a prospective job and was blown away by the massive developments to the campus.

For those of you who remember what it was like to walk from class to class at the OUC campus, you’ll recall three or four main buildings and a virtual parking nightmare. In 2005, the province announced a plan that would see over a $450 million expansion to the campus that included a new science building, a new University Center, Engineer and Management building, a second Arts and Sciences building, and a Medical School building. This expansion is meant a support a target  of 7,500 full-time students AND 500 graduate students. Making UBC-Okanagan the biggest of the small Canadian Universities.

Designers for this expansion have done a terrific job integrating new ideas and designs into the classic red brick theme of the pre-existing OUC buildings.

Check out the photos of this awesomeness

All of us here at A-OK wish the new and returning students a great semester and the best of luck in the coming year.

We hope to see you at all the fantastic events and experience what makes the Okanagan awesome.