Bobi McMillan’s Crazy Cats & Curiosity at the Leir House

Event Dates:
  • Sat August 21, 2021 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Sun August 22, 2021 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Thu August 26, 2021 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Fri August 27, 2021 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Sat August 28, 2021 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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Join in the fun for the opening of Bobi McMillan’s Crazy Cats & Curiosity solo exhibition at the Penticton Arts Council’s galleries at the Leir House Cultural Centre.

Bobi is a well known and loved local artist famous for her kitty clay creations and intricately expressive line drawings. She is currently a member of the Penticton Potters’ Guild.

From McMillan, “Clay is a beautiful medium to express oneself, a relaxing freedom that takes you on a journey. My brother, a sculptor introduced me to pottery 6 years ago and I have been inspired since to create a harmony of beauty and humor with comical cats that produce emotion and a chuckle. Hand building is rewarding, and I enjoy sharing my creations, we all need a laugh in this chaotic world.

Like many artists, she has been hard at work throughout the pandemic utilizing her creativity to process the effects of the pandemic.

“We have to reach inside our inner core of being, to find strength to fight stress, anxiety, fear & even death. This pandemic has magnified every existing inequality in our society, like systemic racism, gender inequality & poverty to name a few. Art is a form of healing & recovery & provides solace & therapy during times of stress. It helps safeguard mental & spiritual health & reduce barriers between cultures & languages. It is the medicine for everything!”

The exhibition will feature over 100 cats and kittens clay creations of all kinds, shapes and colours, some come with biographies, and twenty framed pieces from her 2020 Inspirations Collection.

From Arts Council administrator, Bethany Handfield, “Come prepared to fall in love and “adopt” a cat or two. You really can’t just have one. Seeing them all together brings much joy and levity. This is an exhibition that will bring a smile to your face and laughter to your heart.”

To keep the fun going, McMillan will also be doing one surprise giveaway each gallery open day. No need to purchase or enter, just show up and you might be the lucky recipient of a surprise package!

The Arts Council Galleries are now open Thursday to Sunday, 10:30 am to 4:30 pm and are located at 220 Manor Park Avenue.

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