UBCO artistic creativity on display

Creative students and faculty members to host annual Spring Festival.

  • Apr. 6, 2016 5:00 p.m.

UBCO Okanagan student Patricia Leinemann poses with her sculpture which can be found near the grad student residences at the Kelowna campus.

As the academic year winds to a close, UBC Okanagan students  are completing final projects, experiments and prepping for exams.

While the engineers have been busy building things, students in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies have been painting, drawing, writing, sculpting, acting, and getting set for the annual Spring Festival.

The Spring Festival, presented by the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, brings a myriad of events to campus, and several take place throughout the city of Kelowna. Most events are free and open to the public. Pay parking is available on campus. Below is a rundown of the various festival events:

What: Public Art Projects

Where: UBC Okanagan outdoor spaces

When: Now until Sunday, April 17

Students in VISA 245 (Visual Arts Sculpture class) will be showing sculptural works in a public context. Working with steel and other materials, the students have created works that respond to the characteristics of the UBC Okanagan campus. Come and walk around campus and enjoy the many pieces of art strategically located.

What: Book Launch 
for Desecrations by Matt Rader, Paper Shell, and CRWR 381 (Writing of Poetry) Chapbooks

Where: Streaming Café, 596 Leon Ave, Kelowna

When: Thursday, April 7, from 7 to 9 p.m.

The class is launching a new book of poems, the latest Paper Shell anthology of student writing, plus chapbooks from the upper level poetry workshop.

What: Draw By Night #15: Lost Things

Where: Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art, 421 Cawston Ave, Kelowna

When: Thursday, April 7, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Inspired by the exhibit “YORK”, this theme explores lost things of all kinds. Throughout the evening we will draw “LOST” and “MISSING” posters for our misplaced artifacts in a night of networking and drawing. Come armed with your favourite drawing utensil, some supplies will be on hand.

What: Pony! Cabare

Where: Black Box Theatre, 1375 Water St, Kelowna

When: Saturday, April 9, doors open at 7 p.m., cabaret at 8 p.m., dance 9:30 p.m. to midnight

The first ever Pony Cabaret, an evening of the Okanagan’s underbelly. Singing, dancing, burlesque, and stand up comedy. Cabaret hosted by Michael V. Smith is followed by a dance party. All proceeds go to the Living Positive Resource Centre and UBC Okanagan’s theatre students.

Tickets at door: $10 (for cabaret and dance), $7 (dance only)

What: BFA Graduation Exhibition Opening Reception: Stranger In Your Pocket

Where: UBC’s Creative and Critical Studies Building, 1148 Research Road

When: Saturday, April 16, from 6 to 10 p.m.

The exhibition showcases the work of 15 fourth-year visual arts students and 9 fourth-year interdisciplinary performance students.

What: Student Okanagan Film Festival

Where: Landmark Cinemas Grand 10, 110-948 McCurdy Road East, Kelowna

When: Thursday, May 5, at 7 p.m.

This is the inaugural Student Okanagan Film Festival (SOFF) and begins a tradition of celebrating emerging student filmmakers of the Okanagan Valley. The event will showcase short films from a wide range of genres including mini-documentary, experimental, music videos, animation, short narrative and much more.

Admission is by donation.

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