Families pack art gallery to make starlight lanterns

The Kelowna Art Gallery was very busy on Saturday with families preparing to light up the city.

Aanika Jonson shows off her starlight lantern that she made on Saturday at the Kelowna Art Gallery.

The Kelowna Art Gallery was very busy on Saturday with families preparing to light up the city.

The gallery invited the public to come and create starlight lanterns, which were later used during the Light Up celebration at Kerry Park on Saturday evening.

According to Marion Krahn, a working artist who helps facilitate special events with the Kelowna Art Gallery, the attendance was steady all day.

“It’s been fantastic,” said Krahn. “Many people signed up in advance to be assured of a place, but we also welcomed drop-ins too. We had a steady flow; every table was filled up beginning from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.”

Krahn explained how the starlight lanterns were created.

“The art gallery provided us with premium watercolour paper. People came in and got to choose from three different designs, then they did their beautiful watercolour.”

The lanterns had a stain glass effect, which Krahn said was achieved by using various colours of cellophane.

“Then they could embellish it with sequence and glitter and they had a flickering light to go inside.”

According to Krahn, the event has become an annual occurrence due to its popularity.

“It’s such a wonderful way to participate in the Light Up.”

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