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Museum holding open house to launch two new exhibits
The Osoyoos Museum is launching two new exhibits with an open house on Thursday.
The exhibits are “Images of Osoyoos,” featuring historic interpretations by seven local artists, and “Early Osoyoos,” a panel display telling the history of the town from 1861 to 1946.
The open house takes place at the museum from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 15.
“Some of the artists will be in attendance,” said Kara Burton, museum manager. “We invited a number of people, of course all our members. It’s an open house to open the shows and invite the public to come.”
Images of Osoyoos includes two pieces each from artists Sandra Albo, Ron Hall, Michael Jorden, Susan McCarrell, Carol Munro, Jane Scheffler and Johann Wessels.
The artists created new works from archival materials that have not previously been shown in the photographic archives. Each artist was given the liberty of choosing their subject and the medium.
“We didn’t want to just recreate a photograph that we already have in the archives,” said Burton, noting that some artists used elements from different photos to get various details. Some actually incorporated copies of elements such as an old report card into a collage.
The Early Osoyoos exhibit includes 23 large printed panels and has text and photos on various historic topics.
There are panels dedicated to such historic figures as Judge Haynes and Theodore Kruger, as well as on topics such as the new town and old town, the border and the fur brigade trail.
The exhibits have been in preparation for about a year, said Burton, and the museum received provincial grants to help fund the work.
They will run at least through the summer and likely longer depending on other future exhibits.
“They are permanent exhibits for the museum so they belong to us,” said Burton. “They’re not ones that will travel likely.”
They were also planned with the museum’s future new building on Main Street in mind, she said.