A new curator has taken the curatorial helm at the Lake Country Art Gallery.
Wanda Lock has accepted the position left vacant when Katie Brennan recently took on the role of executive director at the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan (ARTSCO).
Brennan had served three years as the gallery's curator.
“We are extremely grateful for the high quality work Katie did for the Lake Country Art Gallery,” said Sharon McCoubrey, president of the Lake Country Art Gallery Society. “And now we look forward to the future exhibitions that Wanda will produce, anticipating that she will bring creative and intriguing art shows to the gallery.”
A Lake Country resident, Lock is a practicing artist, and serves on the Public Art Commission.
Following graduations from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Lock returned to the Okanagan in 1992 and worked as manager of Opus Framing & Art Supplies, taught art classes at the Kelowna Art Gallery, and developed her own art practice.
“I am looking forward to working with artists throughout the Okanagan,” said Lock. "I plan to build on the already impressive reputation that the Lake Country Art Gallery has.”
Petrina McNeil, manager of the Art Gallery, said Lock has demonstrated her understanding of the leadership role of a curator.
"The ideas Wanda brings with her have the potential to immediately interest and excite the wider community yet each idea also contains deeper levels of curiosity and inquiry that will engage and challenge visitors to consider new and different ways of seeing," said McNeil.
Lock begins her role immediately, with her first exhibition being the upcoming, highly popular Under 100 Show, which opens Nov. 21.