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Saturday's free for families at KAG

August 23, 2016 11:21 A.M.
Jerry Pethick: Shooting the Sun/Splitting the Pie, KAG's summer exhibition.

Kamloops Art Gallery is offering Family Art Saturday, a free family event that includes tours and activities as well as innovative art studio workshops.

The event runs from 1-3 p.m. Aug. 27.

In the Central Galleries, visitors can find inspiration in the large, holographic and multi-layered art work in Jerry Pethick: Shooting the Sun/Splitting the Pie. Over the course of a career that spanned almost five decades, Jerry Pethick (1935–2003) produced a complex and multifaceted body of work that is difficult to classify. 

Making use of the world-class recycling facility on Hornby Island, where he lived from 1975 until his death in 2003, Pethick built mostly large, sculptural art works that explore and challenge the way that we look at the world and understand our own place within it. He was an inventor, a researcher and an artist—a rare, contemporary polymath—whose work has influenced and inspired a generation of young Canadian artists.

In The Cube, visitors can view Ryland Fortie’s exhibition, Chatroom Paranoi, featuring the first pond and fountain to be built in the gallery space. Chatroom Paranoia explores concerns about over-saturation from too much screen time and a lack of face-to-face engagement, and considers whether these concerns are relevant or simply the way in which people engage socially now, using the technology of the day. In this new work, Fortie questions how meaning and identity are constructed within all social spaces, whether in-person or virtual, and invites the viewer to question notions of authenticity.

Gallery studios will be open as well for hands-on creativity.

No registration required, free for all ages.

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