Two new exhibitions open at the Lake Country Art Gallery Oct 8th. Plus Oct events

The Lake Country Art Gallery is pleased to present two concurrent exhibitions from October 8th – November 15th, 2014. The first exhibition, “Through the Strange – new essences, making the world anew”,  presents work by Vancouver-based artist Stephanie Jonsson and Jill Ehlert of Cobble Hill, on Vancouver Island. The second exhibition, “Airport Visions”, present works by local artist John van der Woude. 

“Through the Strange – new essences, making the world anew” is an exhibition of mixed media work that encompasses drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics and textiles by Jill Ehlert and Stephanie Jonsson.

Jill Ehlert’s work take the form of intricately layered drawings and collages that pull from a wide range of interests: nature, geology, organic forms, cellular structures, cycles of metamorphosis and regeneration. Objects from the natural world and manufactured objects are placed side-by-side, in direct relation, to draw attention to the discovery similar patterns and forms. In her collages, actual objects, like books and lace, are incorporated into drawn and painted compositions. 

In Stephanie Jonsson’s work there is a similar interest in natural forms, which she transposes into ceramic and textile sculptural pieces. She plays with the contrasts of hard against soft, furry against cold and sharp to create new hybrid plant / animal creatures that are both familiar and newly strange. 

This exploration of finding the strange in the familiar is extended in “Airport Visions”, in a solo exhibition of photographic works by Kelowna artist John van der Woude. van der Woude has taken between 700 – 800 screen captures from google earth per piece of the world’s busiest airports and stitched them together to create composite photographic images that explore ideas of security vs. accessibility and the aerial aesthetics and visual appeal of how airports look from sky. 

All the artists will be present at the opening, on Wednesday, Oct 8th from 6 – 8pm. Jonsson and Ehlert will also be on hand for an artist talk on Thursday, Oct 9th at 12noon. They will speak further about their work in this exhibition, as well as previous work. van der Woude will have an artist talk on Saturday, Nov 1st at 3pm. All events are free and open to the public. 

On Tuesday, Oct 14th from 7 – 9pm, the Lake Country Art Gallery will present “What every artist needs to know about the Law and Accounting”. Local lawyer Yadern Gershony of Rush Ihas Hardwick LLP and accountant, artist and OC Professor Shelley Johnson will each present on what artists need to know about the law and accounting in relation to running a successful artistic practice and business. $5 for members / students. $10 for non-members. Drop-in – no registration necessary. 

Also in October, the Lake Country Art Gallery is pleased to offering its fourth Signature Workshop. “Source of Inspiration” is a two day workshop on how to start and sustain the creative process from the spark of inspiration through material exportation to finished product. Facilitated by Vernon based artist Gale Woodhouse, this workshop offers a lively, practical and hands-on approach to design that will enrich and enhance the artists personal style of work. This workshop runs on Oct 18th & 19th. Spaces are filing fast. Please contact the gallery to register –

Artists are also reminded about the Oct 3rd Under 100 Submissions deadline. The Lake Country Art Gallery’s annual Under 100 exhibition features hundreds of works available for purchase for $100 or less. The deadline for submissions is at midnight on October 3rd, 2014. Artists interested in applying are invited to attend a FREE Under 100 Info Night to learn all about how to best prepare for this exciting exhibition on Wednesday, Oct 1st at 6pm. This event is free and open to the public.



Trivia Night – co-presented by the Lake Country Art Gallery and the Okanagan Young Professionals. Thursday, Sept 25th from 7 – 9pm. $10 / person. Visit for details.

Signature Workshop: Paint what you see with Jerry Markham – Sept 27th & 28th. Contact the gallery to register.

Under 100 Info Session – Wednesday, Oct 1st, 2014 at 6pm. This event is free and open to the public. 

Under 100 Submission Deadline: Midnight on October 3rd – visit for full details

Lake Country Arts Bazaar – Saturday, Oct 11th from 9am – 1pm. This outdoor vintage and handcrafted market is free and open to the public. Visit for details.

Signature Workshop: Source of Inspiration with Gale Woodhouse – Oct 18th & 19th. Contact the gallery to register.

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