Emergence – Exhibition by UBCO BFA graduating students

Vernon Public Art Gallery 3228 31st Avenue, Vernon, British Columbia

The VPAG is pleased to present this annual exhibition of works from the students who are part of the UBC Okanagan BFA graduating class of 2021. This exhibition showcases the creative, dynamic work being produced locally at the post-secondary level.

The image is photo documentation of a performance: Conversion Therapy: Carry It With You by Sage Cannon.

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Where Are The Children

Vernon Public Art Gallery 3228 31st Avenue, Vernon, British Columbia

The VPAG will be presenting a component of the Legacy of Hope Travelling Exhibition which deals with the history of the Residential School System. The exhibition spans over 125 years and contains photographs and documents from the 1880's to the present day. Between 1831 and 1996, residential schools operated in Canada through arrangements between the Government of Canada and the church.

Image from the Legacy of Hope website.

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Midsummer’s Eve of the Arts – Auction Preview

Vernon Public Art Gallery 3228 31st Avenue, Vernon, British Columbia

Midsummer’s Eve of the Arts, the 35th annual art auction gala, will take place on Wednesday, July 21st, 2021. This year’s fundraiser will be a hybrid of live and virtual formats, allowing those who aren’t able to attend in person to still take part in both the silent and live auctions! 

Join us at the MEA Auction Preview from July 3 - July 11, 2021, to see the spectacular pieces we have available this year! Click on event for more details.

Beairsto Anti-Racism Project

Vernon Public Art Gallery 3228 31st Avenue, Vernon, British Columbia

As a peaceful protest against the racist propaganda which was distributed around schools in the community in the fall of 2020, École Beairsto and the Vernon Public Art Gallery are excited to present a collaborative social justice project as a way to speak up against hate. Students created 715 self-portraits that form a rainbow mosaic of diversity that highlights the differences that make each one of us special.
Exhibition runs from July 29 – Oct 19, 2021. Click on event for more details.

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Riot on the Roof

Vernon Public Art Gallery 3228 31st Avenue, Vernon, British Columbia

The Vernon Public Art Gallery is back with its 13th annual Riot on the Roof! This year is all about bridging the gap between the gallery and public interaction while helping upcoming artists get noticed. The theme is “Neon Gardens” through the creation of immersive environments. Introducing the public to unfamiliar spaces while displaying the ways in which technology impacts surrounding landscapes.

You can expect a complete transformation of at the Downtown Vernon Parkade with live music, installations, murals, dance, and so much more! Tickets are $10 at the door (bottom of the Vernon parkade). This is an all-ages event

$10

Artist Talk – Shawn Serfas

Vernon Public Art Gallery 3228 31st Avenue, Vernon, British Columbia

Join us during CULTURE DAYS at the Vernon Public Art Gallery on Saturday, September 25th for an in-person artist talk with current exhibiting artist, Shawn Serfas.

Shawn Serfas recently returned to the Okanagan Valley and accepted a position at the University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus. As a full-time Artists and Educator, Serfas has created a new large-scale body of work for this exhibition: This Kind of Wilderness, featuring abstract paintings.

Serfas speaks about the relationships between environmental sciences, the landscape and issues bordering abstraction and representation as the foundation of his art practice. Serfas pushes the edge of abstraction by asking the question whether there is an unknown language in painting to yet be discovered. The surfaces of his paintings are textured and hence they speak of materiality of paint, but Serfas added additional 3D elements built from pigmented polymer resin. To hear more about This Kind of Wilderness and Serfas’ work join us for his artist talk at 1:00 PM on Saturday, September 25th.

This Kind of Wilderness is currently on view at the VPAG until Sept 29th.
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Mini Artists – Culture Days

Vernon Public Art Gallery 3228 31st Avenue, Vernon, British Columbia

Vernon Public Art Gallery invites you to bring your little ones under the age of 5 to explore art making on the last Monday of every month. This month we are celebrating CULTURE DAYS and will start our session off by engaging with artworks in Shawn Serfas' exhibition titled This Kind of Wilderness. Inspired by his interesting approach to art-making, we will head to the classroom and play with different techniques and materials to create our own abstract paintings. Pre-register by emailing [email protected]
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Art After Dark

Vernon Public Art Gallery 3228 31st Avenue, Vernon, British Columbia

On Friday, October 22nd, 2021, the Vernon Public Art Gallery will be hosting their annual Art After Dark event - a soiree-style party designed to cultivate those looking for a unique night on the town. Featuring appetizers, drinks, wine tasting, live music, interactive and collaborative art activities, photo rooms, and our current exhibitions all in one evening.

This year, musicians Andrew Judah, Oakmoss (James Balehowsky), Chloe Davidson, and Sean Waters will be performing. Each musician is a part of the Sounds Suspicious collective, which resembles a record label, but at its heart, it is truly just a collective: musicians in British Columbia sharing a platform to elevate one another’s works. The Sounds Suspicious exhibition: The Intersection of Art and Music will be on display in the Gallery as well.
Tickets are available online at www.vernonpublicartgallery.com/art-after-dark. Admission is $25 per person.

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$25

Mini Artists – Environmental Artworks

Vernon Public Art Gallery 3228 31st Avenue, Vernon, British Columbia

Vernon Public Art Gallery invites you to bring your little ones under the age of 5 to explore art making on the last Monday of every month. ​This month we will start our session off with a quick tour of Embodied Ecologies, a retrospective exhibition of artworks by artist Marsha Kennedy. Inspired by the beautiful artworks on display and the environmental themes present in her work, we will get our hands messy by experimenting with mixed media materials to create artworks on canvas board.
Pre-register by emailing [email protected]
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Family Saturdays – Environmental Artworks

Vernon Public Art Gallery 3228 31st Avenue, Vernon, British Columbia

Family Saturdays at the VPAG take place on the last Saturday of each month with an art project suitable for little kids or big kids alike. This month we will start our session off with a quick tour of Embodied Ecologies, a retrospective exhibition of artworks by artist Marsha Kennedy. Inspired by the beautiful artworks on display and the environmental themes present in her work, we will get our hands messy by experimenting with mixed media materials to create artworks on canvas board. Click on event for more details.

$5 – $9

Family Saturdays – Exploring Music Through Art

Vernon Public Art Gallery 3228 31st Avenue, Vernon, British Columbia

Family Saturdays at the VPAG take place on the last Saturday of each month with an art project suitable for little kids and big kids alike. This month is about EXPLORING MUSIC THROUGH ART,
INSPIRED BY THE SOUNDS SUSPICIOUS EXHIBITION. Sounds Suspicious is a music collective based out of the Central Okanagan. We will start our workshop off with a tour of their exhibition and talk about and listen to some of the music present in the exhibition. We will then experiment with different art materials while listening to the varying music created by the artists to create unique artworks that activate our senses! • $5/members • $9/non-members. Click on event for more details.

$5 – $9

Mini Artists – Exploring Music Through Art

Vernon Public Art Gallery 3228 31st Avenue, Vernon, British Columbia

Vernon Public Art Gallery invites you to bring your little ones under the age of 5 to explore art making on the last Monday of every month. ​This month, we will start our workshop off with a tour of 'Sounds Suspicious', an exhibit featuring a music collective based out of the Central Okanagan. We'll talk about and listen to some of the music present in the exhibition and will then experiment with different art materials while listening to the varying music created by the artists to create unique artworks that activate our senses! Pre-register by emailing [email protected] Click on event for more details.

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