Art from the Ken Kirkby and Nana Cook Collection
May 14, 2022,
2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
40 KNOTS Winery
Ken Kirkby and Nana Cook have donated over $100,000 in paintings for this event which is being sponsored by Odlum Brown Limited in support of Project Watershed’s Kus-kus-sum restoration project. The event pivots around Ken and Nana’s art and the thrill of getting a good deal. In Ken’s words “It’s not just a deal people are getting, it’s a steal”. Ken and Nana’s art is world renowned and is valued between $1,000 to $4,500, depending on factors such as size and framing. Through this event ART DRAW Ticket holders get a chance to own one of those originals for $500.
There are only fifty (50) ART DRAW Tickets available. Each ART DRAW ticket sold entitles the holder’s name to be drawn at random during the event and at that time will be able to choose one of the paintings available. The ticket holder whose name is drawn first will have the first choice of artworks. The ticket holder whose name is drawn second will have a choose from the remainder and so on, until all the names have been drawn. Each ticket holder is assured ownership of one of the original artworks. If the ticket holder cannot attend the event, they can send a list ranking the paintings in order of their prefence. They can designate someone to attend in their stead or we will designate a volunteer who will pick the top painting that is available when their name is drawn.
ART DRAW Tickets holders may bring a guest. Spectator tickets are also available for $15, these tickets come with a drink ticket redeemable for a glass of 40 KNOTS wine.
Ticket holders are encouraged to review the art using the online gallery and during the preview period so that they can record their preferences in the catalogue they will be provided with. They must be prepared to make their selection within a few minutes of their name being called.
Luke Blu Guthrie will provide live music for the event. Complimentary locally sourced individually packaged amuse-bouche will be given to ART DRAW Ticket holders and Spectator Ticket holders. Wine from 40 KNOTS will be available to purchase as guests enjoy an afternoon of art ardour.
Funds raised will go to Project Watershed to conserve and restore the Kus-kus-sum site.
Luke Blu Guthrie
The charismatic Luke Blu Guthrie is a beacon of originality. Deeply soulful, and passionately committed to creating and sharing his music, Luke Blu has devoted much of his life to his craft. Often armed with only an acoustic guitar, Guthrie has been an integral part of the Vancouver Island music scene for two decades. He is widely respected for his versatility and skill as songwriter, vocalist and guitar player.
2 p.m. ~ Start
2:45 p.m ~ Opening Remarks
4:00 p.m. ~ ART DRAW Commences
5:00 p.m. ~ Fin
Grape vines at 40 KNOTS
Ken Kirkby was born during an air raid in London, England in 1940. The timing may have foreshadowed the warrior-painter he was to become. He grew up in Portugal where he had his first successful exhibit at age 16 and in the late 1950s he realized his dream to move to Canada.
He spent five years in the Canadian Arctic and promised the Inuit people that he would find a way to raise awareness of their issues in the rest of Canada. This promise became “Isumataq” – the world’s largest oil-on-canvas portrait. The 12 foot high by 152 foot long painting of the Arctic landscape and its Inukshuit was exhibited at the Canadian Parliament in 1992 and Ontario Place in 1993, along with a multi-media exhibit attended by more than one million visitors. Kirkby then turned his “warrior-painter” gaze on the depletion of the salmon stocks and the destruction of their habitats in B.C. rivers.
In 1993, Ken Kirkby was awarded the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation. His work is in many important public and private collections, including those of several members of the British Royal Family, The Right Honourable Jean Chretien and The Right Honourable Pierre Elliot Trudeau.
Nana was born in Vancouver, B.C. and raised on Salt Spring Island. She studied make-up artistry and Middle Eastern dance, and then worked in both fields prior to teaching herself to paint in 1997. Her extensive lifelong travels in the American Southwest influenced her early choice of subject matter, scenes of Arizona and New Mexico. In 2004 Cook was invited to show her Southwest paintings in the exhibit, Women’s Declaration, of contemporary visual art by Chinese and Canadian women artists at the Duo Lun Modern Art Museum in Shanghai, China. At the encouragement of Liu Jian, Chinese artist and the exhibits coordinator, Cook began a project of creating one hundred and fifty large paintings of arbutus trees, which has long since been surpassed.
Since 2014, Cook has continued to paint the trees and landscapes of her island home and beyond. She has also added several new subjects including fishing flies, the results of which feature in the best selling book Trout School Lessons from a Fly-Fishing Master by Mark Hume. Nana Cook’s paintings are held in private and museum collections from China to Denmark.
Our Thanks to
Ken Kirkby and Nana Cook
for the art and guidance
for capturing the images of the art
Janine Martin and the Odlum Brown Limited Team
for believing in this event
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