on display

June 22, 2015

THE OLD COURTHOUSE GALLERY CO-OP and Gift Shop got its start in 2007.  The Courthouse itself is a Kamloops, B. C., landmark, built in 1909.

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photo: Okanagan Art Review.com

A superb and intact example of the Edwardian Baroque style, its interior demonstrates an Arts and Crafts sensibility.

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Mainly symmetrical, the building features an elaborate central entry, prominent parapet gables and a corner square-domed tower. It was constructed primarily of local brick, British Columbia stone such as granite, limestone and slate, and wood from local lumber mills. The choice of materials symbolized a commitment to the use of quality British Columbia products, a source of pride in this provincial building. An exceptional level of design and craftsmanship is evident throughout the building. It is one of the most accomplished designs of prominent architects Dalton & Eveleigh, and the stained glass came from the studio of Charles Bloomfield. (source: http://www.historicplaces.ca/en/rep-reg/place-lieu.aspx?id=12791)

Our Artists’ Co-op now consists of sixteen local artists, whose work is on display within one of the rooms of the original Courthouse.  We are a group made up of several potters, glassmakers, jewelry makers, painters, two photographers, one dollmaker, and one weaver.  I am currently the President.

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Every month we schedule one or two of us to be the Featured Artists who occupy a special area just inside the entrance.

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We are open five days a week, all year round, and our biggest event is called Christmas At The Courthouse where we invite and jury in arts and fine crafts vendors to sell their wares throughout the entire building . . .

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4 Responses to “on display”

  1. when you ‘retire from the bench’ — how appropriate, hahaha! When we have our monthly meetings, we sit in what once was the jury box, in the original red leather chairs…and sometimes joke that ‘the jury is deadlocked’, when we can’t agree on something. Thank you for always adding something fun.

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  2. Wow! I want to retire to the beach and join the coop down there. What a peaceful, beautiful, refreshing space. Looks like you have the same kind of vibe here. Congratulations! So nice to see your beautiful work on display. I’m glad you shared this, Lance.

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  3. oh thank you, Cynthia–yes, it is so nice to have this–thank you!

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  4. Such a lucky thing to have a permanent display and marketing space for your co-op…and in such a beautiful building!

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