The kiyooka ohe arts centre + sculpture park (koac) cordially invites you to join the founders Katie Ohe and Harry Kiyooka, and over 60 nationally and internationally renowned contemporary Canadian artists at an Art Auction Gala to raise funds for the completion of koac’s Art Pavilion.
The Gala will be a unique opportunity to obtain out- standing works of art from a truly impressive roster of internationally and nationally recognized artists, and we hope you get a chance to meet them personally and to enjoy a night of artistically infused celebra- tions. Please visit koac’s website: www.koartscentre.org. for a full viewing of the generously donated artwork designated for live/silent art auctions and an art raffle.
The funds we generate from the art auction will help us complete the final architectural design and con-struction of the future Art Pavilion. The Art Pavilion is the first, and most important, step towards the completion of the kiyooka ohe arts centre + sculpture park as a world-class, interactive visual arts institution and creative laboratory dedicated to the research, education, promotion and exhibition of the best in Canadian and international contemporary art for all communities.
To establish the Centre, Katie and Harry donated their 20-acres Springbank property, their art collection, library/archives, personal works, and a generous endowment fund. Their motivation was simple and humble: to give back to the community by preserving their land and a unique ecosystem intact, by promoting the local cultural identity through increased participation in Calgary vibrant arts scene, and by contributing to the cultural enrichment and community pride of the city.
the kiyooka ohe arts centre’s vision
Harry Kiyooka’s and Katie Ohe’s vision is to develop and establish a world-class, visual arts centre and sculp- ture park that encourages and inspires creativity in a tranquil, natural forest and wetlands habitat. koac will be a permanent cultural legacy for the communities of Springbank, Rocky View County, the City of Calgary and the Province of Alberta. koac will offer a dynamic envi-ronment for the academic research, art education, and for the promotion and exhibition of the best in Canadian and international contemporary art.
the kiyooka ohe arts centre’s mission
The kiyooka ohe arts centre + sculpture park (koac) will be the first visual arts centre in Alberta exclusively dedicated to promote the best in Canadian and international contemporary art. Envisioned to primarily showcase art in nature, the Centre will feature the only sculpture park and botanical gardens west of Ontario. Its art pavilion will house cutting edge exhibitions, symposia and art education programmes. The Centre will operate as a creative art laboratory that fosters experi-ential and interdisciplinary learning for all communities through an outreach program with artists in residence, and by supporting broad, scholarly-researched exhibitions and public programs in partnership with other arts institutions. Once completed, the kiyooka ohe arts centre + sculpture park will become a local forum where the entire Calgary community will come together. Internationally, it will place Calgary ahead of many and on par with the best arts destinations of the world for visitors and artists.
We would be honoured to see you at the Gala.
Bret “Hitman” Hart
A Canadian writer, actor and internationally acclaimed second-generation professional wrestler, member of the famous Hart wrestling family from Calgary. Hart revo- lutionized the wrestling industry in the early 1990s by bringing high quality, athletic in-ring performance to the fore and stands as one of the greatest of all time. He has held championships in four decades from 1970 to the 2010s.
Derek Besant, Royal Canadian Academy of Arts
A nationally and internationally renowned print and mul- timedia artist, designer, and curator from Calgary. Known for his large-scale, public art installations in Canada and abroad, Besant’s award-winning projects are produced with advanced hybrid-media technologies, often in collaboration with music composers and writers. Besant represented Canada in many International Art Biennials/ Triennials, from London to Moscow, Budapest to Alexan- dria, Berlin to Shanghai, Tokyo to Belgrade, and curated several exhibitions relative to contemporary Canadian printmaking at major international arts institutions.
An art industry leader who presides Levis Fine Art Auctions & Appraisals, Levis has been involved in the auction and fine art business since the early 1970s. Levis began his academic studies at the University of Calgary and graduated with a degree in Fine Arts from the Univerity of Victoria. He returned to Calgary to manage Kensington Fine Art Gallery and, five years later, began his own art consulting practice. Subsequently, Levis established Artbank Incorporated in 1986. Levis Fine Art Auctions & Appraisals held its first art auction in 1992.
Gala Fundraiser Honorary Chair: Bret “Hitman” Hart
koac gala event program
- 7 PM – DOORS OPEN at Hotel Arts’ Ballroom
- Registration for Live Art Auction at the front table
- Art viewing; artists in attendanceight hors d’oeuvres, cash bar + contemporary music
- 7 PM until FINAL ANNOUNCEMENT
SILENT ART AUCTION + ART RAFFLE TICKETS
- 8:30 PM – GUEST SPEAKERS
- Bret “Hitman” Hart; Gala Fundraiser Honorary Chair
- Derek Besant, RCA; visual artist, art educator, curator
- 8:40 PM – LIVE ART AUCTION
- Auctioneer: Doug Levis,
Levis Fine Art Auctions & Appraisals
- 10 to 11 PM – PARTY
- Light hors d’oeuvres, cash bar + contemporary music
sponsors + partners
Live/Silent Art Auction Sponsors:
Barbara Ballachey Derek Beaulieu Derek Besant, RCA Martina MacDonald Bleriot
Rose Braun Kim Henigman Bruce, ASA Alexander Caldwell Eric Cameron, RCA
Dave Casey Lawrence Chrismas, RCA Adrian Cooke, ASA Linda Craddock, ASA
Honsun Chu Phil Darrah Peter Deacon, RCA, ASA John Dean
Sandrine Demeure Mark Dicey Don Ian Dickson William Duma, RCA, ASA
John Kenneth Esler, RCA (1933–2001) Jim Etzkorn Gordon Ferguson Errol Lee Fullen
Helena Hadala, RCA Alexandra Haeseker, RCA Gregory Hardy Geoffrey Hunter
Dale Kirschenman, ASA Harry Kiyooka, RCA, ASA Eveline Kolijn, ASA Ronald Kostyniuk, RCA, ASA
William Laing, RCA Brent Laycock, RCA, ASA, CSPW Walter May Ben McLeod
Barbara Milne, RCA Ron Moppett, RCA Terry Norlander Katie Ohe, RCA, ASA
Seka Owen RCA, ASA Harry Palmer Evan Penny Robert Pierce
Teresa Posyniak, ASA Greg Pyra, ASA Greg Robb, ASA William Rogers
Noboru Sawai Herbert Johannes Siebner, RCA, BCSA (1925–2003) Robert Sinclair, RCA, CSPW
Reinhard Skoracki Frances Thomas Judy Ueda Minoru Ueda Verna Vogel
George Webber, RCA Tim Westbury Carl White John Will, RCA Mary Shannon Will
Simon (Yat Sing) Wong, ASA
the commercial galleries
Bugera Matheson Gallery, Christine Klassen Gallery, The Collectors’ Gallery of Art, DADE Art and Design Lab (DADE Loft), The Edge Gallery, Elevations Gal- lery, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Jarvis Hall Gallery + Fine Frames, Just ImaJan Art Gallery, Masters Gallery Ltd., Michelangelo Fine Art Gallery, Paul Kuhn Gallery, Peter Robertson Gallery, Ruberto Ostberg Gallery, Scott Gallery, Sopa Fine Arts Gallery, TrépanierBaer Gallery, Wallace Galleries Ltd. and Willock & Sax Gallery.
Shyla Wolf, Lizzie Hayward, Jennyce Hoffman, Sergius Heese, Claire Couttes, Sydney Brink, Janet Armstrong, Jade Lambros, Shane Arsenault, Whitney Hutchin, Wendy Lees, Heather Dunn, Jeff Eisen, Mercedes Webb, Michelle Billington, Alice Lam, Joyce Lowe, Kelly Pleau, Chantal Hancharik, Rhiannon Davies, Keaton Pridham, Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes, Andrea Lowe, Karin McGinn, Chloe Saunders, Patrick Piegza, Chantal Snodgrass, Alicia Mckenzie, Brendan Klem, Erik Morgan, Cheryl Sonley, Peggy O’neil, Minoru Ueda, Linda Craddock
koac Event Committee Chair:
koac Event Committee:
Ricardo Castillo Argüello, Linda Craddock, Helena Hadala, Harry Kiyooka, Bob Morrell, Katie Ohe, Michael Rae, Frances Thomas & Shyla Wolf
koac Event Project Manager:
Tim Westbury, Zero G art + design Event Videographer: Jeff Eisen
Shane Arsenault & Michelle Billington
Horizon View Road Calgary, AB, Canada T3Z 3M5
koac is a Canada Revenue Agency & Province of Alberta registered charitable society