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Art in Kelowna

Kelowna Art Gallery


I am writing this last minute - I planned to share a post on Sunday and guess what: today is Sunday!

We've been back in Vancouver for 5 days now (arrived on Wednesday) and I have been quite busy ticking things off my to-do-list...doing course work, completing some artwork (which you can see on my IG) and most importantly, sending emails and applying for jobs! I'm still hopeful about the interview I had before we embarked on our adventure in the Rockies, but of course I can't put all my eggs in one basket - until I have a definite answer that I've got a job, I will have to keep looking.

Anyway, today I wanted to share with you what I got up to last weekend. That was the last weekend of our road trip and I FINALLY managed to explore some art! It was quite an unexpected place to look for art if I'm honest - I expected to do it in Calgary, Edmonton or even in Banff or Jasper, but that didn't end up happening (although I'm sure they have great galleries and shops there too).

Instead, I chose to explore the art scene of Kelowna, BC!

Craft on the Corner

First United Church Hall, 721 Bernard Ave

Before I arrived in Kelowna I messaged an artist that I admire very much. I've seen her work on my Instagram feed tons of times and it inspires me every time - plus, she looked super friendly! I knew she was a Kelowna local, so I decided to ask her what art venues she recommended in the city, and if she had her work on display anywhere: this artist is Jaide Fox.

Not only did she reply very quickly with some great tips, but she also just happened to be at a craft show that weekend! She gave me the name and address and on Saturday morning I dragged my boyfriend out of bed so we could be in town first thing at 10am.

Craft on the Corner was a pretty little craft show/market with some amazing artists and makers showcasing and selling their work. I say little, but I was actually surprised at how many creatives were there and also at how busy it was. I walked around looking at all the pretty (and delicious) things and grabbed a few business cards.

Out of respect for the people there - and because I'm shy - I didn't take photos or videos inside the market. Except for one vendor...

Jaide Fox!

After some hesitation I plucked up the courage to say hi to Jaide...and quickly found out that she is the loveliest person. Really friendly and approachable. I "pestered" her for a while with questions and general chit chat, while admiring her beautiful work. And she was really cool about it!

Thanks for speaking to me and for all your helpful tips, Jaide Fox.

If you'd like to see more of her, please visit:

IG: @jaidefoxpaintings

Check out Jaide's lovely artwork and products.

Kelowna Art Gallery

1315 Water St

On the Sunday, we went to Kelowna Art Gallery.

They had an exhibit of indigenous painter Daphne Odjig's artwork, to celebrate her 100th birthday.

Her work is bright, colourful and beautiful.

The permanent exhibit for the next months is a collection of artwork by local female artists, mainly landscape and nature paintings, sketches and photographs - but also of other things. There were some beautiful pieces there and I spent ages in front of each one, just soaking in the colours and texture. I also loved the colours on the walls, believe it or not! They worked really well with the work that was on display and gave the place a nice, cosy feel.

The thing I love most about going to galleries is the calmness of the atmosphere. To some it might feel heavy and serious, but I think it shows a level of respect for the work and the place. It's relaxing and grounding. I always manage to be present in the moment during my visits - which can be hard to achieve in our busy day-to-day lives.

It's also the perfect activity for a rainy day.

Kelowna Art Gallery isn't huge, with only two exhibition halls and by the entrance it has a space that showcases student artwork (I REALLY loved that idea!). But it was enough. You can spend an hour or two soaking it all in, but it won't occupy your whole day so it's a good way to spend an afternoon.

NOTE: I'm not 100% sure if you're allowed to take photos in the gallery, but I didn't see any signs so I did take a few shots but not too close-up.

Daphe Odjig's 100 display

Through Her Eyes: permanent collection of Kelowna Art Gallery.

Unfortunately we didn't have much time in Kelowna and the weather wasn't great. But if you are ever in that area, they do have other places worth visiting, like these:

- Ellis Art Studios

- New Arts Collective

And apparently they have art on display throughout the downtown area, which you can see on a self-guided walking tour. The gallery had a free map in case you want to grab one and go for a wander!

Opus Kelowna

1357 Ellis St

A mandatory stop: art supply shop! Opus Art Supplies has a location in Kelowna too and it was right next to where we parked the camper, so obviously I went in there...

That's it for now, I do have some other posts in the making - including my favourite places to see in the Canadian Rockies and a Vancouver life update - which I should be sharing with you in the coming weeks.

Until then, keep being awesome!



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