About

who we are

Who We Are

The Arts Council of the North Okanagan is a registered charitable non-profit organization dedicated to enriching arts and culture in Greater Vernon and surrounding areas. As an umbrella organization, we serve more than 30 diverse member groups and over 3000 individual and family members.

What We Do

We host a number of events throughout the year, provide opportunities for artists to show and sell their work, deliver arts education through our Vernon Community Arts Centre, and act as an ambassador on behalf of all community arts based initiatives.

“We believe that arts and culture are an essential component of community development”

Purpose

Purpose

The purpose of the Society is to stimulate, encourage, support and develop the varied artistic and cultural projects and activities in the Greater Vernon area by performing the following activities:

  • Strongly advocate on behalf of our members
  • Increase the visibility of the arts in Greater Vernon
  • Enable and support all arts-based initiatives
  • Act as an ambassador/advocate on behalf of all community arts-based initiatives
  • Accept, manage, invest, and pursue funds and property of every kind for the ongoing operations and maintenance of the Council and its properties
  • Increase and broaden the opportunities for all Greater Vernon citizens to embrace and participate in all levels of artistic activities
  • Operate an Arts Centre providing affordable artistic programs that appeal to all age groups and abilities

Read below to learn more about our Vernon Community Arts Center or visit, www.vernonarts.ca

The Vernon Community Arts Centre

The Arts Centre is a community-based facility focusing on arts education, and is the home of the ACNO’s administrative offices.

The Centre has specialist art studios for ceramics, glass arts, printmaking, drawing and painting, fibre arts, music, media arts, and more.  We offer a range of classes and workshops for all ages and abilities and drop-in studio access for our members.  The Arts Centre also runs programs that cater to local school groups, those living with diverse abilities, and corporate agencies.  The Art Shop and Centre Gallery showcases the work of local artists, and we encourage visitors to drop in to shop and have a look around. The Arts Centre also hosts a number of events throughout the year including a huge winter artisan market, be sure to check it out!

Vernon Community Art Center building exterior

Board of Directors

Meet our Directors

Barbara Keith
Barbara Keith

President

Also Chair of Family Resource Centre Board / Member of Kalamalka Rotary

Noah MacLeod
Noah MacLeod

Vice-President

Occupation: Business Owner / Event Management

Melanie Prince
Melanie Prince

Secretary

Occupation: Retired Print Sales Executive / Board Secretary for Family Resource Centre

Dominic Scora
Dominic Scora

Treasurer/Finance Committee Chair

Occupation: Business Owner

Roger Lamoureux
Roger Lamoureux

Director at Large

Occupation: Business Owner/ Marketing

Tris White
Tris White

Director at Large

Occupation: Business Owner / Photographer

Rylan Broadbent
Rylan Broadbent

Director at Large

Occupation: Artist

Riley Alexis
Riley Alexis

Director at Large

Occupation: Communications Assistant / Artist

Ethan Wood
Ethan Wood

Director at Large

Occupation: Lawyer

Teresa Durning
Teresa Durning

Vernon City Council Representative

Occupation: Vernon City Council

Amanda Shatzko
Amanda Shatzko

RDNO Area Representative

Occupation: Regional District of the North Okanagan Director/Artist

STAFF

Meet the Staff of the Arts Centre, and the Arts Council

Shawna Patenaude
Shawna Patenaude

Executive Director, ACNO

Rodney Goodchild
Rodney Goodchild

Manager, VCAC

Sheri Kunzli
Sheri Kunzli

Marketing Coordinator, ACNO & VCAC

Cathy Toll
Cathy Toll

Studio Technician, VCAC

Coby Verkerk
Coby Verkerk

Receptionist, VCAC

Karin Preece
Karin Preece

Program Coordinator, VCAC

Svetlana Shkuratova
Svetlana Shkuratova

Receptionist, VCAC

Patricia Doyle
Patricia Doyle

Glass Studio Technician, VCAC