Okanagan Artist-run Visual Art Website turns 6 months

Thursday, March 12th, 2015 marks the 6 month anniversary of the launch of the Okanagan’s ONLY visual arts magazine, the Okanagan Art Review. Founded by Artist and Curator Katie Brennan, this website brings a new awareness, excitement and insight into what is going on in the visual arts in the Okanagan. 

“I’ve been working as a Curator in the Okanagan since 2011 and I know that I’m aware of a lot more that is going on in visual arts than most folks”, says Brennan. 

She had been kicking around the idea of an online visual art website for sometime, but it wasn’t until she was talking with fellow artist Wanda Lock, that things kicked into high gear.

“Wanda was telling me about a friend of hers who has a farm in West Kelowna who had been bringing in artists from other places to come and do installation and outdoor artwork on their farm. I was so surprised to hear about it and sad I had missed it. I wanted to find a way to keep people in the loop of what’s going on in the arts even if they miss seeing it in person”.

And that she has! Since launching the Okanagan Art Review on October 12th, 2014, the Okanagan Art Review has quickly gained traction within the community as the go-to hub for all things visual arts. 

“We had over 140 members sign up in our first week. And we had over 1900 hits in a single day”, exclaims Brennan when related how the Okanagan Art Review took off with a bang. “Since then we’ve added another 30 something members to our membership, including most of the public art galleries and artist-run galleries in the area and a handful of commercial galleries too. I’m really proud of that, as these institutions are an integral part of the visual arts in the Okanagan”.

To celebrate the 6 month anniversary of the Okanagan Art Review and all the accomplishments of Brennan and the team of artists who help run it, they are offering a special 60 hour sale from 10am on Wednesday March 18th to 10pm on Friday March 20th.

“We haven’t offered these kind of prices on new memberships since our launch. We’re doing it to say a big thank you to our community for supporting us and helping us to grow so quickly”, explains Brennan. 

Brennan also wants to thank her team of artists for all their hard work, without whom she could not have gotten the Okanagan Art Review to where it is today – Kelsie Balehowsky, Kate Fagervik, Lucas Glenn, Wanda Lock, Renae Roles and Alex Ross. 

To learn more about this special 60 hour sale on new memberships for the Okanagan Art Review, visit okanaganartreview.com

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