Gail Hourigan is a photographer, designer, and musician located in Kelowna, BC.  Hourigan takes influence from the Japanese aesthetic of Wabi-sabi, which could be described as an aesthetic that is centred on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. She enjoys seeing images of things changing, breaking down, and transforming.  Hourigan likes to find layers of meaning in images, and is drawn to exploring the images in different ways: “I always find out that the images have other aspects, semiotic, political and cultural, after they are completed.  There is a dynamic tension in this relationship between the maker and the object.  I look for meaning which sometimes is apparent, but which sometimes eludes.”  Jeff Wall said ‘I always try to make beautiful pictures.’   He also said, ‘Aesthetic pleasure changes you.’*   The photographs are a result of searching for and hoping for, something that moves me.  This work tries to reveal something that is, as Jeff Wall says, beautiful. “

*A conversation with Jeff Wall by Anne Marie bonnet and Rainier Metzger published in Artis, 47, no. 2 Feb. Mar. 1995.

Alex Fong Galleria


Richard Crack was born in Comox, British Columbia. He graduated from a four-year program at the Alberta College of Art, earning a diploma in Fine Art. Richard has worked in a number of areas; as a draftsman, an audiovisual technician, a medical photographer, self-employed as a graphic
designer, and as a graphic designer and prepress technician at a printing company. His current artistic interests are in the complimentary endeavours of landscape painting and photography, while his expressive literary interest lies in the writing and self-publishing of poetry and short fiction. He now lives in Kamloops, B.C.


Susan Crack was born in Calgary, Alberta. She graduated from the Alberta College of Art, majoring in fibre arts and has both a Bachelor and a Master of Science degree in biology from the University of Calgary. Susan worked for over twenty-five years as a medical illustrator. She now lives in Kamloops, B.C.


Dennis Evans was born in Viking, Alberta.  He is a graduate of the Alberta College of Art, majoring in ceramics and painting.  He obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Calgary and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Houston, Texas.  Working over fifty years in all areas of the arts, Dennis has been a teacher, an administrator, a production manager and an entrepreneur.  He now lives in Naramata with his wife and operates his own gallery and studio.

In this exhibition, Dennis has chosen to paint iconic buildings that physically trigger his memories of growing up in a small prairie town in Alberta. Rendered with carefully executed architectural details, these buildings exist or existed in the small community where he grew up and is his connection with “a place that never changes” in his memory.  What is more important, however, is that, these buildings help us access our own memories of these institutions, regardless of where the building is located in our experience.  Ask someone to tell you about school, church, the hospital or their childhood home, and they’ll share accounts of their experience, and how it shaped their life.

More examples of Dennis’ paintings and pottery can been seen on his website or at his studio in Naramata, B.C