Soirée blurring artistic boundaries at gallery

Multiple performers are blurring the lines of different artistic pursuits as Soirée Expérimentale comes to the art gallery Jan. 13.

MATTHEW WINLAW is bringing psychedelic adventure rock to the Penticton Art Gallery Jan. 13.

An upcoming soirée at the Penticton Art Gallery is bringing artistic pursuits closer together.

Soirée Expérimentale organizer Petra Höller was inspired by the do-it-yourself performance cabarets in Montreal where she attended university.

“I was baffled at how music, literature and visual arts were almost completely quarantined from each other although, to me, they all contribute similar and incredibly vital cultural experiences,” Höller said.

The night features local artists Alexandra Goodall, Jared Jackel, Jenny Moon, Strange Thing, Tavis Weir, TC Creek, Warryn Berry and Höller herself. Also on deck is Matthew Winlaw, who is bringing a psychedelic adventure rock set to the soirée.

“Penticton is a town that is very proud of its art scene, yet it seems to me that it is very heavily focused on music, especially, and painting. I was curious to see how that community would respond to the invitation to perform more theatrically. I was also intending to steer away from some of the usual suspects and to mix together groups of people that may not know each other,” Höller said. “It’s my hope that from events like this, artists can network, get inspired, and hopefully spark some exciting collaborations.”

The curated event is showcasing music, poetry, visual arts, dance and Höller said there may even be some clowning afoot.

The event takes place at the Penticton Art Gallery on Jan. 13 at 7 p.m.

“I am very grateful to the Penticton Art Gallery for donating the space,” Höller said.

Tickets are $10 or pay what you can at the door.


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