Last year, the Central Okanagan Hospice Association’s (COHA) Expressions of Death Community Art Show was seen by over 850 visitors and started a conversation about how art can communicate the challenging topic of dying, grief and life after. This year COHA is thrilled to announce that we will be holding Expressions of Death: personal journeys, at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art from October 26 until November 12, 2016, with the opening gala taking place on October 28th.  

Expressions of Death: personal journeys will be showing artwork from over 20 local artists that investigates the theme of the personal journey we all make through life, until our deaths. The artwork encourages conversation and engages with the community on a very sensitive subject. The theme is open to interpretation by the artists, and we hope that viewers will consider the journey they are making to live until death, the ways they would like to see their lives at death, how living is taking place until the last breath, and what they have learned from those who died before them. A variety of mediums will be exhibited, from professional and non-professional artists.

COHA offers compassionate care, comfort, support and learning to those who are dying or grieving within our community through our volunteer and counselling supports. To learn more about COHA please visit us online at The juried community show will be held at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art in the Member’s Gallery in Kelowna, BC. There will be an opening reception on October 28th, that artists, guests and the public are invited to attend.


Show will take place from October 26 – November 12, 2016 at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art, 103 - 421 Cawston Ave, Kelowna, BC.

In addition to the gallery exhibtion COHA, in partnership with the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan is pleased to offer two workshops exploring the topic of Expressions of Death: personal journeys. 

Life, Healing and Art

Join artist Destanne Norris on Saturday, November 5th from 1:00pm-4:00pm for a visual presentation and express with paint workshop exploring life, healing and art. After the death of her daughter, Leah, Destanne found incredible meaning and healing through her art. 

Visual Presentation – 1:00pm
Destanne will share her experience of love, loss, healing and art in a visual presentation. Destanne made artworks long before she could understand their true meaning. When these meanings were revealed – her life, as she knew it, transformed.

Held at no cost at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art, 103 – 421 Cawston Ave.

Express with Paint – 2:30pm
Destanne will guide you in a supported environment in making an acrylic painting to take home. Unleash your creativity. Be open. Make a new discovery. Express some aspect of your personal journey. Please bring an image, symbol, word or an idea of what subject/aspect of your personal journey you would like to paint.

Held in the painting room at the Rotary Centre for the Arts. All materials supplied for a $25 materials fee. No experience necessary.

Beginnings and Endings: The Creation of Meaning

Join Inspired Word Café member and writer Cole Mash for a series of writing workshops exploring death, elegy and making meaning Fridays November 18, 25 and December 2 from 9:30am – 12:30pm. Explore your personal narrative and relationship with death in a supported environment where you can share your ideas, do some writing, and receive feedback.

Death is often a subject that is stigmatized as too negative for discussion or, perhaps more commonly, just not talked about at all. We are all equal in our knowledge of the subject—no one has professional knowledge on death, and very little can be empirically learned about it. This is why art on the subject is so important, especially in a community-centric way: art is a tool that can be used to think through a subject and help to illuminate understanding of it in new ways for both audience and creator alike. This workshop gives people an opportunity to come together in a safe space to learn to write about this challenging subject.

Held at no cost at the COHA Bereavement & Learning Centre, 204 – 1456 St. Paul St.

Space is limited, please pre-register by connecting with Karen Kuchta, or 250-763-5511.  

With thanks to ARTSCO for their support.