Crystal Przybille’s Father Pandosy Comes to Life

Official Unveiling of Father Pandosy Mission 150th Anniversary Commemorative Sculpture

Date of Unveiling: May 26, 2012

Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Speeches and Ribbon Cutting: 1:30 p.m.

Location: Pandosy Mission Heritage Site, 3685 Benvoulin Road, Kelowna

Artist: Crystal Przybille


In the summer of 2010, artist Crystal Przybille exhibited a 16” maquette (model) of a sculpture of Father Pandosy at the Father Pandosy Mission 150th Anniversary Event. This event marked the sesquicentennial of the official establishment of the first permanent, Euro-Canadian settlement in the Okanagan Valley.


The maquette represented the artist’s vision, supported by the Okanagan Historical Society, to create a slightly larger-than-life sculpture of Father Pandosy, to be cast in bronze, and gifted to the City of Kelowna’s public art collection, to permanently commemorate this significant anniversary.


After more than two years of research, community collaboration, fundraising, and creation, the realization of this vision will be unveiled at the Pandosy Mission Heritage Site at 3685 Benvoulin Road, Kelowna, on May 26, 2012, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m..


The event is open to the public. Dignitary speeches and ribbon cutting commence at 1:30 p.m..


The maquette of the sculpture can be viewed at the BC Orchard Industry Museum in the Laurel Packing House. Those remaining of a limited edition of 20 bronze-cast, artist-signed maquettes are being sold for $5000 each. A percentage from these sales will be donated to the Okanagan Historical Society. To order, call: 250 864 8445.


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