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Essays on Our Permanent Collection:



As one would expect from a young public art museum, our modest collections consist primarily of works donated by Gallery patrons over the years, as well as a few works purchased when acquisition funds are available. It contains works which were created by artists who have been long time local residents, (such as the Naramata resident Percival Ritchie (born 1917), Penticton residents Kay Angliss (born 1923) and Gerald Roach (born 1933) or by notable artists who have worked in the region or visited the Valley. There are also works by George Angliss (1921-1991), Irvine Adams (1902-1992), and Marion Moreham Grigsby (1902-1984).

The Gallery has in its collections thirty works by Julia Bullock-Webster (1826-1906), a talented amateur artist who visited the Similkameen Valley in 1894-96, and who painted some watercolours of the landscape, as well as exquisite botanical subjects.

Also in our collection are a number of works by the celebrated Canadian artist, Toni Onley (born 1928). In 1994 and 1995 the artist donated 26 watercolours of the Okanagan Valley to our Gallery.

The Gallery also is the beneficiary of the Salter Collection of Inuit works of art.


Our collections policy may have a regional focus, but does not exclude

  • works of art from other regions which help to place the works created in this region within a provincial, national or international context.

The policy allows us to seek out

  • works of art specific to the region, either by subject matter or by artist, works can be sought out which relate in some way to the cultural fabric of society in the South Okanagan.