Summer Artisan Market, 2019, The Art Gallery Osoyoos, B.C.
The Summer Artisan Market opened at The Art Gallery Osoyoos on June 1 and it features the work of 33 local artists and artisans. It runs until Labour Day.
I’m participating this year for the first time and am showing a selection of recent photos, as well as several others I’ve never shown before. Because space for each artist is limited, I’ll be rotating the featured photos throughout the summer, but all are available and can be seen in the web gallery below. I’ll also have a special selection of cards and matted photos on display.
The Summer Artisan Market includes work by a number of talented local painters, potters, quilters and more and is definitely worth a browse. It runs until Labour Day on Sept. 2.
The gallery is open in June from noon to 4 p.m. on Tuesday to Saturday. Then in July it switches to summer hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
Art Walk Osoyoos – July 27, 2019
The Art Walk Osoyoos provides an opportunity to see the work of numerous local artists displaying at several businesses and galleries on Saturday, July 27 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
I’ll be showing at Bordertown Vineyards & Estate Winery on Highway 97 at 92nd Ave. Although most venues are in the downtown and you can walk between them, some people may prefer to drive to Bordertown, which is a little farther.
Other venues are The Art Gallery Osoyoos, Bits and Bites Cafe, Jojo’s Cafe, Okanagan Art Gallery and Boston Pizza. In addition to photography, other artists will be showing paintings, pottery, jewelry, weaving, quilting, sculpture and glass work and more.
Don’t miss this annual art event!
Saturday, April 6, 2019 – Saturday, April 27, 2019
“Trifocal Perspectives,” at The Art Gallery Osoyoos, brings together the work of Osoyoos photographers Peter Hovestad, Richard McGuire and Greg Reely.
The name is a play on words. As well as referring to the different perspectives of a subject achieved by using different focal length lenses, it’s also an allusion to the more complex eyewear of the three aging photographers.
Reely is 55, Hovestad is 60 and McGuire is 64.
McGuire’s work highlights several themes – the interplay of light and shadow, a sense of place and seasonal change.
His presentation is divided according to several subjects – “Orchards and Grasslands,” “The Power of Fire,” “The Magic of Night” and “Places of Colour.”
Orchards and Grasslands:
Here in the South Okanagan and Lower Similkameen, we live in an arid grasslands environment that is unique in Canada. We’ve transformed it from parched earth to lush orchards and vineyards.
There’s always been a tension between protecting portions of this environment in its natural state and the desire to harness the climate and soils for economic purposes. But most agree that what we have is special.
The Power of Fire:
In recent years we’ve been reminded of the power of fire throughout British Columbia. Climate change has increased the frequency and intensity of wildfires, but fire has always been a powerful force of nature in transforming the landscape.
We think first of the threat to life and property and of course the harm to air quality. But fires have also cleared away old forests, allowing new life to take root or find a home.
The Magic of Night:
As night falls, cities and landscapes transform into magic places. Sometimes spiritual, sometimes menacing, sometimes mysterious.
Humans have long sought to light the night, whether with fire, incandescent lamps, sodium vapour, fluorescence or neon. In doing so, we transform a time of slumber into a time of vibrancy.
Places of Colour:
“I have always been fascinated by travel and other cultures. I’m drawn by a curiosity about how other people live, but especially by the way so many cultures, especially tropical, celebrate colour.
“Our own culture is more reserved and our colour palette reflects that fear of being “too loud.” But nature is full of colour, and other cultures – whether Latin American, African or Asian – see that colour and embrace it.”
Richard McGuire, 250-485-8357, email@example.com
Saturday, December 3, 2016 – Friday, January 6, 2017
The photography of Richard McGuire will be featured through December and early January at Jojo’s Café in Osoyoos.
The show opens on Saturday, Dec. 3 with a Night of Local Art and Music from 7 – 9 p.m. with live music by Roland Berg. The exhibition of McGuire’s photography runs from Dec. 3 to Jan. 6.
McGuire is a photographer with the Osoyoos Times, but only one photograph in the exhibit was done for the weekly newspaper.
Instead, the show features a mix of local landscapes, cityscapes at night and some of the exotic international locations where McGuire has travelled.
There are large photographs on canvas of horses racing, portraits of people in India and Cuba and an exposure of Carlsbad Caverns National Park that was used on a U.S. postage stamp celebrating the centennial of the U.S. National Park Service.
“In my personal photography, I’ve always tried to reflect a sense of place,” said McGuire. “I’ve been fascinated by exploration and travel since I was a child. It was my globetrotting as a teenager that first got me interested in photography.”
A sense of place, he said, is more than just snapshots of scenery. People, their culture and their physical environment all contribute to the diversity of the world’s interesting places.
“There have been two major streams in the history of photography – those who create art for art’s sake and those who use photography to tell stories. I’m definitely in the latter category,” said McGuire. “That doesn’t mean all storytelling photography is necessarily journalistic. And some of the best storytelling photographers are also very artistic. But personally, I reject the kind of photography that relies on heavy manipulation of images in the computer. Reality is more interesting.”
McGuire got his first box camera at the age of five, but he didn’t become serious about photography technique until he bought a used single-lens reflex film camera at the age of 20 and studied photojournalism the following year.
His photographs have been widely published internationally in books and magazines and have been bought by collectors in Canada and the U.S. He is a member of the Osoyoos Photography Club.
See as slide show on Flickr (requires Adobe Flash)
Richard McGuire, 250-485-8357, firstname.lastname@example.org