Leonhard EPP
1932 - 2018
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EPP, Leonhard: Passed away suddenly on February 18th, in his 86th year. Leonhard was born near Heidelberg, Germany in 1932, the youngest of ten siblings. At the age of nineteen, after earning a Journeyman's Certificate in stone sculpture, he emigrated alone to Canada, where he took a job as a lumberjack in Rimouski, Quebec. After one winter's employment, he made the decision to relocate to Vancouver, where he eventually enrolled in the Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr University). It was there, in 1958, that he met his beloved life partner Ann Kipling. He taught at the school from 1962 to 1972 as Professor of Sculpture and Ceramics. Leonhard and Ann moved to the Okanagan in 1973, where he served as Professor of Sculpture and Ceramics at Okanagan College from 1974 to 1976. After teaching, he focused full time on his creative practice in his studio in Falkland, B.C. Leonhard's art was exhibited in numerous solo exhibitions in public and private galleries, including the Vernon Art Gallery, the Kamloops Art Gallery, the Kelowna Art Gallery, the House of Ceramics, and the Bau-Xi Gallery. He also participated in numerous group exhibitions in Vancouver and Seattle. He won the competition to create sculptures for the Federal Manpower Building in Victoria, B.C., as well as the Fishermen's Credit Union Building in Vancouver, B.C. Today, his art is included in numerous public galleries, as well as many private and corporate collections. A celebration of Leonhard Epp's life and art will be held at the Kelowna Art Gallery @1315 Water Street Saturday, April 21st, from 1:30 to 4:00 PM. A neighbourhood celebration of his life and art will also be held on Sunday, April 29th, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the Aly home, @4375 Highway 97, Falkland, B.C. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family at www.MyAlternatives.ca. Cremation arrangements entrusted to ALTERNATIVES FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES®, Armstrong 250-546-7237 & Vernon 250-558-0866.

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Published in Okanagan Valley Newspaper Group on Apr. 6, 2018.
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July 8, 2019
Mick Spencer
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Mick Spencer
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Mick Spencer
October 15, 2018
I am so sorry to hear of Leonhard's passing. He was without a doubt the best art instructor i ever had at Emily Carr School of Art (then the Vancouver School of Art) and a brilliant sculptor.
chardon labrie
May 30, 2018
Ingrid Epp
April 13, 2018
My deep felt condolences to Ann Kipling. There are many people who can express much better than I can what Leonhard meant to us, who got to know him as an artist and friend. He will always be remembered and every time I look at his creations that decorate my living room I know that a part of his spirit lives here. It was an honor to have met him. Ann I can not imagine how much you must miss him, I hope you find comfort in knowing that we all miss him. Annemarie Fux
Annemarie Fux
April 11, 2018
I had the pleasure of knowing Leonhard and Ann in the 1980's in Vernon and Falkland. I most remember his dedication to perfection in his work and his great sense of humor. He reluctantly gave me a vase I found discarded in the tall grass outside, saying it was a second and "not good enough" to give to anyone. I'd fallen in love with it, and to my great joy he did finally let me have it. I have that beautiful vase to this day, and I still love it exactly for the reason he had thrown it out - it is perfect in its imperfection. I will always remember Leonhard, and Ann (for whom I sat at the time), with great affection and respect. I would like to extend my most sincere condolences to Ann at this very difficult and painful time. With love, Marina von der Ruhr
Marina von der Ruhr
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