Kelowna Art Gallery invites everyone to Go Party

The Kelowna Art Gallery is proud to host its 5th Go Party! Fundraiser on Friday, May 13.

  • May. 11, 2011 2:00 p.m.

The Kelowna Art Gallery is proud to host its 5th Go Party! Fundraiser on Friday, May 13.

The evening will be based around the theme Elegance and Eloquence—a throwback to the elegance of 1960s Hollywood, as well as a throw to the launch of their latest exhibition by highly acclaimed photographer Gabor Szilasi, titled The Eloquence of Everyday.

The exhibition is a remarkable selection of the artist’s images from the past five decades, taken in three locations: Hungary, rural Quebec and Montreal.

Gabor Szilasi: The Eloquence of the Everyday is organized by the Musée d’art de Joliette and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, and is accompanied by a major publication by curator David Harris.

One look at Szilasi’s work will immediately capture you and bring you into his world—even though his work is based around day-to-day life. There is something about his vivid, black and white pictures that makes them unforgettable. At once haunting, a display of a ghostly past, and at the same time full of beauty and elegance of the simple things in life that jaded eyes can sometimes miss.

Szilasi is a documentary photographer renowned for his humanitarian vision. His fascination with daily life has led him to search for images that show the traces of man’s presence—be it photos of people, interiors, vernacular architecture and urban landscapes.

He became interested in photography in the early 1950s and went on to document the Hungarian Revolution in Budapest before fleeing the communist regime in 1956, and eventually immigrated to Canada in 1957.

His notable career has largely focused on capturing images of townscapes, cityscapes, architectural views and portraiture.

Gabor Szilasi: The Eloquence of the Everyday includes early images of Hungary in the 1950s, as well as some made since 1980. The photographs of rural Quebec date principally from the 1970s, while those of Montreal span from the late 1950s to the present day. Professional and hobby photographers alike will easily connect with the simple yet moving imagery in Szilasi’s work.

Prior to the fundraiser and official launch of the exhibition, the public is invited to the Kelowna Art Gallery from 6 to 6:30 p.m. for a free guided tour in the gallery and discussion of the works with the artist, Gabor Szilasi, along with guest curator David Harris.

Following the free tour the Elegance and Eloquence fundraiser offers a dazzling reception featuring door prizes, a silent auction, complimentary refreshments, cash bar, photo studio,and musical entertainment by local jazz singer Anna Jacyszyn.

Guests can expect a fashionable and entertaining evening, kicking off their weekend in style reminiscent of old Hollywood. Attendees are reminded to dress to impress—think Hepburn, Dunaway or Connery. Four exhibitions will be open for viewing in the various galleries.

The evening is sponsored by Meiklejohn Architects, and supported by Tree Brewing Co. and Urban Distilleries.

Tickets for GO Party! 5: Elegance & Eloquence are $15 for members, $20 for non-members, available from Mosaic Books, online at, by calling 250-762-2226 or directly from the art gallery, 1315 Water St. The party goes from 7 to 10 p.m.


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