[BCMA] Press release: Sea of Love at Lake Country Art Gallery

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*Sea of Love*

*Shannon Lester and Endrene Shepherd*

*October 8th to November 20th *

*The sea, once it casts its spell, *

*holds one in its net of wonder forever…*

   - Jacques Yves Cousteau

*Sea of  Love *is a homage to nature, ecosystems, connections, and
discoveries.  Artists Shannon Lester and Endrene Shepherd are immersed in
an artistic practice that offers commentary, anecdotes and observations of
the natural world.

Shannon Lester is a visual artist and teacher based in the Okanagan since
1999. He works primarily in acrylic on canvas and has explored topics
related to gender identity and sexuality in the past. His current work has
moved more into the realms of fantasy, mysticism, surrealism and nature
spirituality with a strong focus on underwater/ocean art. Lester grew up in
Newfoundland and spent six years living and teaching in Osaka, Japan where
he started the drag-based performance art collective Kiss Kiss Bang Bang in
2009. He is also a local drag personality known as Sasha Zamolodchikova in
Kelowna and entertains regularly at different venues in BC and beyond.

Born in Vancouver and raised in the rural setting of Kaleden, BC, Endrené
Shepherd displayed an aptitude for art-making from an early age. She
learned how to handle watercolours from her grandfather, and has made art
the focal point of her life for as long as she has existed. She graduated
from the Capilano College Film Studies program in 1999, and went on to get
a BFA degree from UBCO in 2004. Her work has been exhibited in exhibitions
locally and internationally.

*Media Contact:* Wanda Lock - curator tel: 250 864 5597 email:
wandalock at lakecountryartgallery.ca
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