Art history’s masters meet Lake Country in lecture series

Lake Country Art Gallery offers a variety of speakers to its series this month

For every exhibit at the Lake Country Art Gallery, gallery manager Petrina McNeill and curator Katie Brennan develop public programming to engage the community.

Last month Queen’s University student Peter Green lectured on art history’s greats and their relation to the work on display at the gallery.

A highlight for many, Green’s lecture quickly sparked discussion at the event.

In his lecture The Self Portrait as Therapy, Green insightfully wove a course throughout art history’s masters tracing the evolution of self portraiture.

“Artists like Rembrandt, Frida Kahlo and Picasso immediately became relevant to the work we had in the gallery,” said Brennan.

In wake of his first lecture’s success, McNeill has slated Green to speak three Saturdays this August in a lecture series entitled Art History’s Masters Meet Lake Country.

“If you were here for his talk on self portraiture, you know you won’t want to miss these next talks,” said McNeill. “For anyone else, I highly recommend that you catch his August lectures.”

Green’s first lecture Pride, Propaganda & Rebellion: The Evolution of Public Art, will take place Saturday.

It will trace Michelangelo’s David (originally outside Florence’s seat of civic government) through to the infamous political street graffiti of England’s Banksy.

A number of district officials are expected in attendance.

On Aug. 17, Green will present Forces of Nature: Landscapes, Natural Disasters & the Rebirth of Springtime in Art as the gallery’s current exhibition From the Soot & Ashes observes the 10th anniversary of Kelowna’s devastating 2003 forest fires.

Green is expected to speak to Japanese prints like the iconic Great Wave of Kanagawa and their influence on Van Gogh’s landscapes. Art nouveau, Alphonse Mucha and Canadians Ed Burtynsky and the Group of Seven will also be highlights in his lecture.

In his final lecture Dutch Masters & the Ceaseless Golden Age, Aug. 24, Green will speak about his time living and studying in the Netherlands.

He will delve into the likes of Hieronymus Bosch, Vermeer and Rembrandt, linking them to the modern masters Van Gogh and Mondrian. His lecture will also feature Dutch works currently on display at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

All lectures will be held Saturdays at 3 p.m. at the Lake Country Art Gallery.  Highly anticipated, the gallery expects to open its doors to a number of newcomers.  Open to the public, admission to all lectures will be free of charge.

The Lake Country Art Gallery is located at 10356A Bottom Wood Lake Rd. Call (250) 766-1299 or visit lakecountryartgallery.ca for more information.