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Thank you

These projects could not have been made possible without our sponsors and the hard work of many dedicated volunteers. So on half of the Cool Arts Society, we would like to show our gratitude by saying thank you!

Cool Arts participants can register for workshops or volunteer positions by sending an email to the address below. 

Email: Info@coolarts.ca

Phone:  1-(250)-899-6381

Cool Cats Project - Spring - Fall 2018

Did you know that there are an estimated 18,000 stray and feral cats in the Okanagan? The Okanagan Cat Coalition is a group of five dedicated charities working together to address the feral cat challenge by trapping; spaying and neutering; and fostering and adopting cats to loving homes. Cool Arts participants will work with five local artists to create cat-themed works in various mediums including paint, silk-screen, papier mache’, ceramics and mixed media. Selected works will be exhibited at various locations in the community, including an exhibit adoption event held at the Rotary Centre for the Arts on August 18th, 2018. Other exhibits will include the Marmalade Cat Café’ and the FINA Gallery at UBC Okanagan. Cool Cats Project is a project in partnership with, and inspired by, the good work of the Okanagan Cat Coalition. It has been funded by the City of Kelowna.

Gaudi in the Garden - Summer 2015

Gaudi in the Garden was a project in partnership with local artist Wanda Lock, Roxana Adams of SOL Art in the Garden and Central Okanagan Community Gardens. Cool Arts Society extended an invitation to all community volunteers to join us in beautifying the St. Paul Community Gardens located at the corner of Cawston and St. Paul.

This public art project; generously funded by the City of Kelowna, was inspired by the tile mosaics of architect Antonin Gaudi. The work was created with donated coloured tile and broken or chipped porcelain and was installed under the direction of Wanda Lock. 
Community Garden at St. Paul before the transformation

Artist Wanda Lock

RE-Produce - Fruit Tree Project - Summer 2014

RE-Produce project was a partnership between the Okanagan Fruit Tree Project, Potters Addict, and Kelowna Museums.  

Cool Arts artists participated in fruit gleans hosted by OKFTP. Following that engagement, Cool Arts created tree fruits out of clay with Potters Addict. The resulting works are still on display at the Okanagan Wine and Orchard Museum.

This project was only made possible with the generous support of the Central Okanagan Foundation.

Eco Art Installation - Spring 2012

Cool Arts joined forces with cane and vine artist Annabel Stanley to create an environmental installation using vineyard prunings from Quail's Gate and Summerhill Wineries. The resulting installation was unveiled at the CONDUIT: Fertility Festival hosted by Gabe Cipes and Summerhill Winery in May. This project was generously funded by the City of Kelowna; Arts, Culture and Heritage Grant. 

Beebox Project - Summer 2011

The Beebox Project was a Cool Arts initiative and community collaboration that fused Art and Agriculture in an exciting and innovative way. 

The multifaceted project celebrated a partnership between Cool Arts artists, local apiarist Kevin Dunn, and the Okanagan Wine and Orchard Museum, and was generously funded by a City of Kelowna; Arts, Culture and Heritage (ACH) Project Grant.

Cool Arts artists painted and documented beeboxes, supplied by Kevin Dunn of Okanagan Wildbrush Honey, while being educated on the importance of bees in our local agriculture and food production. Further to painting and photo documentation, artists delivered their beeboxes to local orchards, filming the process and participating in film editing workshops for the purpose of educating the public about the vital importance of bees.

The Beebox Project culminated in an exhibition hosted by the Okanagan Wine and Orchard Museum.
Beeboxes at the Orchard Industry Museum

Sand Spiral - Summer 2010

Cool Arts, along with the generous funding of a City of Kelowna Public Art grant, teamed up with artist Lori Mairs and countless volunteers to create an ephemeral, eco-art project. The event took place during the Fat Cat Festival at Waterfront Park and the resulting Sand Spiral was awe inspiring!