Koh brings Home Made Home to Kelowna Art Gallery

Vancouver artist Germaine Koh uses local materials, often recycled, for a project that is well suited to Kelowna.

Germaine Koh

The Kelowna Art Gallery brings Vancouver-based artist Germaine Koh to Okanagan audiences with a solo exhibition called Home Made Home.

Koh envisions two built elements to engage visitors. One will involve wood-frame construction and the other will be situated in the lofty alcove looking down into the gallery’s interior hallway.

With its insistence on local materials, often recycled ones, modest scale, and an eye to community, the project is well suited to Kelowna, with the current conversations here about development, density and sustainability. One aim of Home Made Home is to get people imagining other modes of living/housing.

Koh was born in Georgetown, Malaysia. She has been a Canadian citizen since 1976 and has exhibited widely, both in Canada and internationally.

Koh has a BFA from the University of Ottawa (1989) a BA in the theory and history of art (University of Ottawa) and an MFA from Hunter College, New York from 1993.

In 2010 she was awarded the VIVA award from the Jack and Doris Shadbolt Foundation in Vancouver.

Koh will be at the opening reception Saturday, Oct. 22, from 2 to 4 p.m., to talk about her project at the Kelowna gallery.

This is a free event and open to the public.

The gallery is at 1315 Water St. in Kelowna. for more visit www.kelownaartgallery.com.