March17emptybowllobbyEvery year on March 17th, the Vernon Community Arts Centre holds its Annual Empty Bowl Fundraiser.  This is a unique event where hand-made bowls are sold with a healthy serving of home-made Irish stew for just $20.  The idea is that patrons can pick out their favourite bowl, have lunch, and then take their new bowl home.

Our first event was held on St. Patrick’s Day 2010. The initial idea was to offset the loss of funding by being proactive in attaining alternative funding from untapped sources.  The overwhelming success of the event, and popular demand, encouraged us to hold the event annually.

Part of the success of this event is having “local celebrities” attend pottery “Bowl Making Clinics” at the Vernon Community Arts Centre. These bowls are then put up for sale on the day of the fundraiser.

Be sure to have a peek at the bowls during the month of March – They will be on display in our lobby, but, they will not be on sale until we open our doors at 12pm on March 17! So come and feast your eyes upon that perfect bowl! It’s first come, first served.


bonniemiThe Arts Council of the North Okanagan is excited and honoured to present its annual fundraiser, “Artsolutely.” Artsolutely is an annual shopping extravaganza and Vernon’s one-stop shop for fun and unique hand-made Christmas gifts. Featuring the Okanagan’s best artists selling their finest wares in different mediums such as paintings, drawings, glass, fibre, jewellery, ornaments, pottery, woodcarvings, natural products, and more! This fundraiser enriches the arts centre and the community, with the displays and works continually growing more elaborate and exciting.

With Christmas around the corner, it’s the time of year where everyone is thinking of what to give important people in their lives, and everyone is struggling to find that perfect gift. Patricia Doyle, operator of Bella Vista Glass, believes in the good feelings produced from “buying art created by someone, rather than something,” and the positive effects this has on our local economy. “When you support a local artist, you are not only giving back to your community, but you are also participating in a simple act of goodwill, which is something everyone wants to feel, especially this time of year.” Artsolutely is constantly changing and growing, establishing itself as a place known for its high-quality works of art, it’s warm, inviting atmosphere, and a place where some of the most talented artists in the North Okanagan come together.

Open from December 1 to December 24


Monday-Friday 9:00am-7:00pm
Saturdays 9:00am-5:00pm
Sundays 12:00pm-4:00pm

December 24th open 9:00am-12:00pm

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