One with Nature: The Life and Art of Irvine Adams

Creator(s): Summerland Museum and Heritage Society

Irvine Clinton Adams (1902 to 1992) was a much revered and loved artist not only in his home town of Summerland, British Columbia, Canada, but around the globe. He was considered one of North America's foremost realists and his works were shown in juried exhibits in Paris, France, London, England and in various galleries and shows in the United States and Canada.

The Life of Irvine Clinton Adams

This Community Memories exhibit tells Irvine Adams' story; growing up, attending school, working in the local fruit packing house and in the logging business until he realized his destiny lay in his natural talents. Even though he was always interested in creating art, there were many obstacles to overcome before he reached this goal.

The stories link the lives of Irvine Adams and his family with Summerland's development just as his pastel paintings so vividly portray the landscapes of the Okanagan Valley. Through the images in his works, Adams captured the essence of the Okanagan, leaving the legacy of this talented gentleman for generations to come.

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