Daphne Odjig art-inspired fashion at KAG

The Western Canada launch of Sheila Keighron’s Genesis line of women’s clothing—inspired by Daphne Odjig, one of Canada’s most celebrated artists—takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9, at the Kelowna Art Gallery.

Keighron is an award-winning designer who subtly incorporates and pays homage to Odjig’s art in this fashion line. The Genesis Fall 2011 collection utilizes the finest, carefully sourced Italian wools, cashmeres and silks. Each piece is individually designed by Keighron, and was made in Canada.

Keighron’s long and close friendship with the Penticton artist inspired the designer to create the Genesis collection, which includes many pieces, from soft, flowing full-length coats, to scarves infused with the wonderful colours of Odjig’s art.

Born in 1919 in Ontario, Odjig has received numerous accolades for her art, including an appointment to the Order of Canada, an election to the Royal Canadian Academy of Art, a National Aboriginal Achievement Award and she has recently had her work featured on four stamps issued by Canada Post.

“We are delighted and honoured to be working with our partners on this fundraising event,” said Kelowna Art Gallery executive director, Nataley Nagy.

Tickets for the fashion show and can be purchased at the Kelowna Art Gallery, or online at www.kelownaartgallery.com. The cost is $45 for gallery members, and $50 for non-members. The price includes gallery admission, the fashion show, two complimentary beverages from Tantalus Vineyards, plus light appies and sweets.

KAG will also install an exhibition of selected works by Odjig in the Front Project Space from Sept. 7 to Sept. 18. This exhibition is free to the public.

The art of Daphne Odjig is available locally through Hambleton Galleries in Kelowna, who have represented her since 1978.


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