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Calling all artists for Penticton’s 2023 public art exhibition

Some of this year’s sculptures are a giant nose, a salmon made out horseshoes and bronze dog
Local Kaleden artist Jean E. Ouellon’s Pearl and Pandemic Salmon sculpture can be found in the sand along Okanagan Lake in Penticton. The salmon is made out of horseshoes. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

The city has issued a call for artists to take part in the 2023 Penticton public sculpture exhibit.

As part of the annual event, seven sculptures will be set up on display along the Okanagan Lake waterfront, downtown, plus a larger feature sculpture mounted at the Front Street roundabout near Penticton Art Gallery. The sculptures are owned by the artists and leased by the City of Penticton for one year.

“Each year, we look forward to seeing the applications roll in from talented artists living near and far. They work with a wide range of media, from stone to salvaged metal, and we can’t wait to discover and reveal the new roster of sculptures for 2023,” says Kelsey Johnson, manager of recreation, arts and culture.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, Dec. 5, and a jury made of members of community representatives will select the finalists.

Penticton’s public art exhibition was established in 2016, designed to showcase sculptures at high-profile outdoor locations. The existing sculptures by the current eight B.C. artists will remain in place until April 2023.

From a giant nose, a salmon made out of horseshoes and a bronze dog to commentary on women’s oppression, this year’s public sculpture exhibition in Penticton is grabbing some well-deserved attention.

All the sculptures are created by B.C. artists including Kaleden’s own Jean E. Ouellon’s “Pearl and Pandemic Salmon” made out of horseshoes.

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Monique Tamminga

About the Author: Monique Tamminga

Monique brings 20 years of award-winning journalism experience to the role of editor at the Penticton Western News. Of those years, 17 were spent working as a senior reporter and acting editor with the Langley Advance Times.
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