Art unveiled for Kelowna Art Gallery fundraiser

View 30 works of art online which will go on the auction block May 2.

Fiona Neal

Take a sneak peek at the 30 amazing works of art that will be available for purchase at the Kelowna Art Gallery’s annual Appetite for Art Fundraiser via an online gallery at

The concept behind the gala evening is to combine a celebration of the best in local cuisine with a selection of art that guests can purchase and take home—all raising dollars to support ongoing children’s and educational programming at the Gallery. Appetite for Art, presented by Walker Real Estate, is planned for Saturday, May 2, from 7 to 10 p.m., at the Kelowna Art Gallery.

Rod Charlesworth

Of the 30 works of art, 20 have been created by selected local artists especially for the event using wooden shadow boxes. The works of art range vastly—everything from an Okanagan landscape to abstract pieces that make use of bold bright colours. There is also a wide variety of media, including oil and acrylic paint, textiles, mixed media, glass and photography.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the excellent works donated for this year’s Appetite for Art Fundraiser,” Kelowna Art Gallery executive director, Nataley Nagy said in a press release this week. “The generosity and support from the artists’ community has been tremendous.”

Johann Wessels

The artists who have contributed or created works for the fundraiser include: Kelsie Balehowsky, Lynden Beesley, Katie Brennan, Amy Burkard, Connor Charlesworth, Rod Charlesworth, Glenn Clark, Briar Craig, Jan Crawford, Sara Gagnon, Ken Gillespie, Clea Haugo, Erika Hawkes, Jessica Hedrick, Fern Helfand, Byron Johnstad, Wanda Lock, Hanss Lujan, Jolene Mackie, Debra Martin, Sue McCarrell, Jo McKechnie, Fiona Neal, Carney Oudendag, Kyle Poirier, Liz Ranney, Kristine Sloan, Mary Smith McCulloch, Leanne Spanza, Johann Wessels and Laura Widmer.

Attendees will also enjoy delicious local food prepared by Waterfront Wines, Poppadoms–Taste India!, Joy Road Catering, Krafty Kitchen and Sandrine, paired with tastings from Mission Hill Family Estate, Tree Brewing Co. and Okanagan Spirits.

Tickets for the Appetite for Art Fundraiser are still available at $120 each, or four for $420. They can be purchased directly from the gallery by calling 250-762-2226, or online at

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