Works is Allan Brooks will be on display for the first time at Vernon area nature centre

Brooks' art at nature centre

The art work of Allan Brooks is coming home.

The Allan Brooks Nature Centre Society and Vernon Public Art Gallery are teaming up for an exhibition of original artwork by Major Allan Brooks, at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre.

This is the first time Brooks' artwork will be displayed at the Vernon facility.

Most of Allan Brooks' original paintings – there are more than 1,800 cataloged to date - are in private and institutional collections around the world, including the Vernon Public Art Gallery Permanent Collection.

“We are thrilled to have provided the exhibition space to present the artwork by Allan Brooks from the Vernon Public Art Gallery. Allan Brooks was the inspiration behind creating the Allan Brooks Nature Centre Society 25 years ago. To see his beautiful artworks in person, is very special and we invite the community to come and see them in person,” said Cheryl Hood, ABNC manager.

Allan Brooks (1869–1946) was a naturalist and a talented, self-taught painter and wildlife artist of international stature who lived in the Okanagan Landing area in the early 1900s.

His work was featured in numerous publications including National Geographic Magazine in the early 1920s and 1930s, and Birds of Canada.

In addition to his work as an artist, Brooks’ work assisted the scientific community of his day and of present times as well. The Government of Canada declared Brooks a “Person of National Historic Significance,” and he is commemorated in the siting of a plaque at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre in Vernon.

There are five mixed-media artworks on loan from the Vernon Public Art Gallery Permanent Collection, with the earliest piece dated 1909.

Brooks titled each of his works by the species represented. This collection includes Oregon Junco, English Partridges, Pronghorn Antelope, Chipping Sparrows and Steller Jay.

"The original artworks are stored in the permanent collection vault of the VPAG and we welcome the opportunity to take out the artwork from storage and provide ABNC visitors with an opportunity to view the original artworks, some of which was produced almost 100 years ago. We are grateful to be able to provide access to the original Allan Brooks’ artwork to the members of our larger community,” said Lubos Culen, VPAG curator

The artwork will be available for viewing in the Interpretive Centre at the ABNC until the end of September. The centre and art gallery are providing guests with complementary sketch books, activity guides and pencil crayons, to help inspire people to get outside and create art in nature.

The ABNC is located at 250 Allan Brooks Way, off of Commonage Way.

For more information on the ABNC, check out their website.

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