July 2020: Click here for the Arts Centre's current exhibits!
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Arts Council of the North Okanagan made the decision to close its doors at the Vernon Community Arts Centre and put events and programming on hold. Until our public health authorities advise that it is safe to re-open, we commit to doing our part to slow the spread of the virus and ensure everyone’s safety.
At this time, we are focused on keeping our community engaged through the visual arts, which we know contributes to people’s overall health and wellbeing. Through this portal, and our own social media channels, we are bringing you an array of activities and visual content to keep you involved, connected, and creative.
In March, the Vernon Community Arts Centre launched a 30-day arts challenge for anyone wishing to participate. While some people started the challenge on Day 1 with the aim to finish on Day 30, some chose to take on just one challenge per week, and others sifted through to the find the activities that inspired them the most. The challenge links will remain posted past the 30 days so you can join in any time and do what suits you. We encourage you to keep sharing your art throughout these times of isolation to help us stay connected with one another. There is great power in knowing that we are not alone in all of this. When we’re able to have public gatherings again, our intent is to host an exhibit where the community will be invited to showcase their work in one space.
In early April, the VCAC and ACNO launched a project called Vernon Voices, where community members where asked to create visual time capsules, documenting their experiences of living during a pandemic. You’ll find more details of this project here on the portal. It’s history in the making, so let’s make something meaningful for future generations to reflect upon.
In mid-April, you will start seeing videos that showcase the myriad of art forms normally instructed at the VCAC. Our goal is to provide some “how-to” videos along with a ton of creative inspiration to bridge the gap between today’s reality, and our future days of creating together in a shared space.
Before the end of April, we will be launching a community art garden project, and in May, you’ll start seeing even more projects and activities coming your way. To ensure you don’t miss out, keep checking back here and subscribe to our newsletter where we’ll post important updates (www.vernonarts.ca).
Through social media, the ACNO will continue to feature local artists and arts and culture groups. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see musicians playing live, go behind the scenes into artist’s studios, and watch virtual exhibits of completed art works.
The Art Council of the North Okanagan presents “Art Through Isolation”, a showcase of local art created during the first few months of isolation. We asked our members to bring in what they have been creating since we closed in March, and they didn’t disappoint. Paintings, metal art, clay and glass sculptures, collage, photographs and mixed media art make up the 80+ pieces of artwork on display. If we had more gallery space we could have easily doubled the show but unfortunately, we ran out of room to display every piece that came through the door. A world pandemic might have forced the people of Vernon into isolation but creativity never stopped. For many, innovation, creative pursuits, self expression and various artistic endeavors prove to be a lifeline and a way to navigate and overcome the challenges we face during these challenging times. The exhibit can be seen at the Vernon Community Arts Centre between now until July 20th. Gallery hours are Monday to Wednesday, 9:30am – 9:00pm and Thursday to Saturday, 9:30am – 4:30pm.
The Vernon Community Arts Centre, Caetani Cultural Centre and the Arts Council of the North present “Snowflakes on My Shoulder”, a show and sale by CeramAIR artist in residence Ela Mukherjee. Ela used clay as a journal to record her daily experiences transitioning from winter to spring in the City of Vernon. While her residency was cut short due to Covid-19, Ela’s artwork is no less short of spectacular. She has left behind a legacy for the people of Vernon where she says her work belongs. Each piece has a unique story to tell, and each piece sold goes towards supporting an artist who gave so much to Vernon but faced extreme hardship when she tried to return home to Dehli. The Indian borders unexpectedly closed when Ela was on flight between Kelowna and Toronto and she lost her connecting flight. For two months she was stranded in Toronto on her own. Thanks to the kindness of strangers and a crowd funding campaign Ela was able to purchase a ticket home once the borders re-opened. Unfortunately, these funds didn’t cover the expenses she incurred while living in limbo between two worlds. We’re saddened that Ela cannot be here to see her own show, but in her absence, we are honouring her 3 months of hard work, creativity and talent and celebrating her safe return home. The exhibit can be seen at the Vernon Community Arts Centre (located in Polson Park) between now until July 20th. Gallery hours are Monday to Wednesday, 9:30am – 9:00pm and Thursday to Saturday, 9:30am – 4:30pm.