KAG’s Go Party raises funds for exhibitions and programing

Kelowna Art Gallery announces its 6th GO Party! fundraising event.

GO Party! fundraising event to feature visual art, music, art-making, and local food and beverage; proceeds to support the Gallery’s educational programming

May 16, 2012 – Kelowna, BC: The Kelowna Art Gallery is pleased to announce our 6th GO Party! fundraising event, entitled Illuminate, to be held on Friday, June 22, 2012, from 7 to 10 pm at the Gallery. Illuminate will kick off the Okanagan’s favorite season, while shining a light on the variety of exhibitions and programming available at the Gallery this summer. The evening will feature three bars, a summer-themed buffet, door prizes and silent auction, a photo studio, four exhibitions, a hands-on art activity (lantern making), lawn bocce, and musical entertainment by local recording artists Thomas Kjorven and Jeff Piattelli. Proceeds from this fundraising event will benefit the Gallery’s educational programming, including our school tour program, Family Sundays and Art Adventures art camps. The Kelowna Art Gallery is a registered non-profit society.

Held on one of the longest days of the year, the event also celebrates the summer solstice. Guests are invited to break out their bright colours and dress to impress – Okanagan summer style – think fun, sophisticated, cocktail-friendly beach and patio wear!

This fundraising event coincides with the opening of the exhibition, Bearing Witness, on view at the Kelowna Art Gallery from June 23 to August 19, 2012. The exhibition features 41 pieces by 27 artists, including Pablo Picasso, Ken Lum, Ed Burtynsky, Leon Golub, and Nancy Spero. The over-arching theme is social issues, for example, war, injustice, oppressive regimes and the perception and treatment of women. Bearing Witness is organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery, with the generous support of The Killy Foundation and Odlum Brown Limited.

Advance tickets for GO Party! 6: Illuminate are just $20 for members, and $30 for non-members, and include two complimentary beverages, summer snack buffet, plus a ticket for the door prize draw. They are available for purchase at the Gallery, at Mosaic Books, online at www.kelownaartgallery.com, or by calling 250-762-2226. Tickets will be available at the door on June 22, 2012, for an additional $10 per price category.

GO Party! 6: Illuminate is generously supported by Meiklejohn Architects, and proudly sponsored by Mission Hill Family Estate, Tree Brewing Co., Okanagan Spirits, Urban Distilleries, and All Occasions Party and Event Rentals.

The Kelowna Art Gallery is located at 1315 Water Street, in the heart of the Cultural District in Downtown Kelowna. For hours of operation, public programs, or more information about current exhibitions or events, visit the Kelowna Art Gallery online at www.kelownaartgallery.com.

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