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Renowned German artist brings new exhibit to Vernon

Ulrich J. Wolff will be at the Vernon Public Art Gallery for the opening reception of his exhibit, There Must Be Life, on March 14
Renowned German artist Ulrich J. Wolff will be at the Vernon Public Art Gallery for the opening reception of his upcoming exhibit on March 14, 2024. (Photo provided by Ulrich J. Wolff)

An internationally renowned German artist will soon be in town for the opening reception of his art exhibition at the Vernon Public Art Gallery.

The gallery announced Friday that Ulrich J. Wolff will be at an opening reception for his “highly anticipated” exhibition titled There Must Be Life, which will be displayed at the gallery from March 14 to May 15.

Wolff is the winner of the 2021 Okanagan Print Triennial (OPT), a tri-annual exhibition alternating between the Vernon and Kelowna art galleries. He will attend the opening reception in Vernon on March 14.

Initiated in 2009 as a national open-juried print exhibition, the OPT has evolved into an international competition that draws top printmakers from over 22 countries, according to a press release by the gallery.

Dauna Kennedy, executive director of the Vernon Public Art Gallery, said she’s excited at the prospect of hosting Wolff’s solo exhibition in the coming weeks, with the OPT taking place concurrently at the Kelowna Art Gallery.

“Wolff’s selection as the winner of the 2021 competition brings an international perspective to our community. His artistic skill and unique vision make this exhibition a must-see event,” said Kennedy.

On top of being an accomplished artist, Wolff is a respected teacher of etching nad screen printing. With a background in painting and graphics from the State Academy of the Fine Arts Karlsruhe, Wolff has participated in over 240 national and international print media exhibitions in various countries.

There Must Be Life aims to captivate audiences with its diverse range of imagery, showcasing natural and urban landscapes, architecture, bodies of water, fields, forests and vegetation. He also includes haunting portraits that reflect the mysteries of the human condition.

The opening reception for the exhibition takes place at the gallery on Thursday, March 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. People are invited to join in the celebration, meet the artist and take in a short talk by Wolff about his exhibition. Light snacks and drinks will be served. Entry is by donation.

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Brendan Shykora

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I started at the Morning Star as a carrier at the age of 8. In 2019 graduated from the Master of Journalism program at Carleton University.
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