The Kamloops Art Gallery has reopened its doors to the public! After being closed down they are finally able, and ready to #openwithcare to the public.
Some things have changed, however, the new hours of operations are Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm. Thursday is still free admission thanks to BCLC.
The exhibit the Art Gallery will be highlighting is “Casting the Eye Adrift” by Donald Lawerence, curated by Charo Neville and will run until December.
Remember to adhere to the Gallery’s COVID procedures:
- Please stay home if you are not feeling well
- There will be limited maximum capacity in all of our spaces
- All guest from different households must stay 2m apart
- Children must stay with an adult at all times
- Masks are welcome but not mandatory
- Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the Gallery
For more information, check out their website for all the details! Help support the Kamloops Art Gallery!
“Films on My Mind” is the title of this mural. Zach Abney the lead artist, and Nancy Kuchta his assistant completed painting the mural in September. The unveiling of this mural included live music and free food where we encouraged citizens of Kamloops to attend. The event helped commemorate another successful addition to our growing number of murals in the downtown area. Located on the Paramount Theatre (at 503 Victoria Street), this mural brings life to various films.
“Films on my Mind” features a number of scenes from five different films that have played at the Paramount. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is one of the films features in this mural and it was the first film known to play in the Paramount theatre. Abney suggests that this piece of art portrays individuals recollecting the scenes from the depicted films. These films stick with us. Therefore this represented with the painting fading from the silhouette of a face to a specific movie scene.
If you’d like to check out more of Zach Abney’s work, you can click on this link.
“The Winking Man” is another one of Zach and Nancy’s murals and you can take a look at that one here.
The Winking Man
The artist Zach Abneyenvisioned this mural painting with Nancy Kuchta. This mural is referred to as “The Winking Man” or “The Man Winking”. It’s located on the 300 block of Seymour Street and can be seen while walking or driving along Seymour Street.
According to Zach, this piece of art explores the human gaze as a form of wordless expression. Body language expresses so much before words become a part of the equation. A single, brief glance can convey a range of different emotions that are felt. Such emotion may extend from happiness and joy, to sadness, grief, and pain, or perhaps even wisdom or glee. That momentary glimpse of eye contact between two people is the inspiration behind this mural created by Abney and Kuchta’s. “The Winking Man” communicates a wisdom that comes from age and experience, while the facial posture of the man recounts a combination of both wisdom and glee.
If you enjoy “The Winking Man” painted by Zach and Nancy, here’s another mural done by this talented pair of artists. Keep an eye out for future works done by them.
You can also check Zach out on social media on his Instagram or his website.
Jardines Domaine Abstract Mural
This abstract mural once located on the back of Tricia Sellmer’s Gallery. Since then Jardines Domaine moved into the building where Tricia Sellmer’s Gallery was located. Jardines is a popular local clothing store that’s located in Downtown Kamloops. This abstract mural on Jardines Domaine demonstrates a unique style of murals in the downtown location with its abstract design.
The lead artist of this mural is unknown, but that won’t prevented us from sharing their work. Tricia Sellmer is a Canadian contemporary artist. She emblazons collective dialogues upon the canvas in pursuit of light, harmony, and concealed touch. Trisha’s work presently hangs in public and private collections all around the world. In Kamloops, her artwork is proudly displayed in the Brownstone Restaurant and at the Plaza Hotel.
Next time you’re in Downtown Kamloops, make sure you stop by to check out some of her beautiful work!
If you’re already in Downtown Kamloops looking for something to do, check out some more of the back alley murals. Or if you’d like to arrange a tour of all the murals in the area, contact the CAP team via e-mail or phone. You can find more information on booking a tour here.
The Saxophone Man Mural
Located in the alleyway behind 4th Avenue, the Saxophone Man is a local favourite of downtown murals. The lead artist, Zach Abney, painted a number of different murals throughout the Downtown Kamloops area. The Saxophone Man mural features an elderly gentleman playing his saxophone. The blue and purple colouring of this mural are especially appealing and draw the eye to this piece immediately.
Have you had the opportunity to see this beautiful mural up close yet? Next time you’re in the neighbourhood, we encourage you to stroll on over and take a look!
Zach Abney painted a number of the murals in downtown Kamloops. For instance, “The Winking Man” and “Films on My Mind”. If you’re interested in looking at more of Zach Abney’s artwork, check out his website or his Instagram.
Do you want to book a free tour of the back murals with the CAP Team? Contact us by e-mail or phone to arrange a time! Let us know what you think of this mural.
Additionally, providing that some individuals may not be able to embark on this tour, you may also appreciate the opportunity to scroll through the back alley art gallery on our website.
Juicebox 1998 Library Mural
Robin Hodgson and Monica McGarry are the masterminds of the “Juicebox 1998” library mural created in 2018. The “Juicebox 1998” abstract mural echos the contemporary architecture of the TNRD building. And it honors the cutting edge vision of the building architects, Peter Cardew and Nigel Baldwin. This mural brings the wall of the TNRD building to life. While this is not the only abstract mural in town, this one is a testament to the unique look of the TNRD building.
With a playful combination of shapes, lines, and colors, the mural speaks to the history of abstract painting. Abstract painting is a medium often features on the walls of the Kamloops Art Gallery. To balance the materials of the original building, segments of the concrete wall remain visible. Although designed by Hodgson and McGarry, Robin Hodgson, Jennilee Fraser, and Jack Morris took five days to complete. Nevertheless, this realization of an elegant, abstract mural has been well received by the community.
These artists came together to create a beautiful addition to the community that continues to enliven the downtown core. Moreover, these artists have contributed in other ways to the art scene in Kamloops as well.
Are you interested in checking out more of the murals in downtown Kamloops? Check out our website.
Additionally, if you’d like to see more of the downtown back alley art gallery, the CAP Team gives free mural tours. Contact us to arrange your booking today!