Dear Friends and Artists:
You are invited to join us to view new exhibitions at Gallery Vertigo this month....on now to Saturday, July 19th.
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 3rd @ 7pm
The reception will feature all things floral. Please wear at least one flower to the reception or pay a flower tax. A prize will be awarded to the floweriest person at the reception. Many artists will be in attendance, including Katie Brennnan of Guelph, Ontario. Enjoy complimentary refreshments and live music by Riotfish in air-conditioned comfort. Many thanks to Vern's Pizza for their contribution to the festivities.
Gallery One: Katie Brennan - Stasis Strategy
Katie Brennan is an artist formerly based in Vancouver, where she completed her BFA at the Emily Carr Institute. Brennan is currently pursuing her MFA at the University of Guelph, in Guelph, Ontario. The artist was born and raised in Vernon, BC. Brennan paints abstracts which are often composed of lines and colours. The deceptively simple line constructions interact to create structures which delineate space in a frequently ambiguous and seductive fashion. Each painting in Stasis Strategy is a re-abstraction of a previous painting. The artist employs generative/re-generative strategies, such as "recombination, repetition, reverb, and refraction" in response to previous works.
"I am interested in how images communicate. I am interested in abstraction because it presents images in their simplest, geometric forms. This simplified form allows me to investigate and play with how we comprehend and assign meaning to visual information. Most of my work begins with a starting point from which I generate and apply criteria to; this criteria is what sets the trajectory of each piece. The forms I re-abstract demonstrate a geometric simplicity and inherent formal qualities that dictate how and where re-abstraction will occur -- the generative strategies take the visual character of the initial form into account and responds to them in a way that allows the initial formal qualities to be maintained." (Brennan)
Gallery Two: FLORIBUNDA!
Gallery Vertigo offers a light-hearted explosion of colour and a celebration of summer...
FLORIBUNDA! ...an exhibition to celebrate the abundant flora of the land and blossoms of the fertile imagination!
Artists from far and wide have submitted works in a multitude of media for this floral-themed exhibition. The title describes what the show is all about...FLORIBUNDA!...a multitude of flowers. A size restriction was also in force, so what has resulted is a gallery chock full of small flower works ....a floral extravaganza, a veritable garden of delight! Many modestly priced works available for purchase.
Continuing In the Window Gallery: Maureen Long - Recent Work
Maureen Long has always had an interest in all things creative, including singing, piano and the visual arts. Long is a student at Kalamalka Secondary School in Coldstream where she has gained considerable knowledge and confidence thanks to her art teacher, Brian Monteith. The artist has experimented with many mediums, including clay, watercolour, pastel, pen and ink and coloured pencil. She is now focussing on acylic painting and subjects such as family and friends and things that mean the most to her. Long has begun to exhibit her work locally and has shown work at the Vernon Art Gallery and Gallery Vertigo. This year, she was the first high school student to have work chosen for Gallery Vertigo's Annual Juried Exhibition. Long was the recipient of a School District 22 Scholarship this year as well as an Arts Award at Kalamalka Secondary School. After graduation in June, the artist will be travelling to France to take part in a year long Rotary Exchange program. She plans to continue her artistic endeavours there.
NOAA Featured Member Wall: S. Joy Cox
Enjoy the crystal creations of S. Joy Cox this month on our North Okanagan Artists Alternative's Featured Member's Wall. This artist's mobiles made of Swarovski crystals sparkle and are sure to delight the viewer.
Coming Up at Gallery Vertigo:
Almost Famous - Call to Artists
We are calling all artists to take up their brushes (pencils, cameras or sculpting tools) in order to raise funds for education and programming at Gallery Vertigo. Last year, Almost Famous boasted over 50 works and consisted of copies, variations and works done "in the style of" famous masterpieces. Canvasses are available for pick up now at the gallery. Deadline for submissions is Friday, August 1st. The artworks will be featured in an exhibition until they are put on the auction block. We need your help to make this event a success. Why not try your hand at creating a masterpiece?
Auction of the Almost Famous artworks will happen on the afternoon of Sunday, August 17th. Our fabulous celebrity auctioneers will be Christine Pilgrim and Gabriel Newman. A gala wine and cheese reception will begin at 1pm with the auction getting underway promptly at 2pm. (Mark it on your calendar. More details to follow closer to the date.)
The North Okanagan Artists Alternative meets on Wednesday, July 2nd at 4pm. New members are always welcome! Many volunteers will be needed to help with Almost Famous. This is a fun event and a great way to get involved with your artist-run centre.
Vernon Performing Arts Centre - Coatcheck Gallery
The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Coatcheck Gallery is currently exhibiting works from the Vernon Community Arts Centre Life Drawing Drop-In Groups now through August 5th. The art show and sale entitled Figureheads is a non-juried exhibition and features over 25 pieces by ten local artists.
The Life Drawing Group meets Thursday’s at the Vernon Community Arts Centre while the Portrait Group meets on Fridays. The drawings depict the human body, using different mediums, compositions, and interpretations.
The 10 artists showing their drawings and paintings in the Coatcheck Gallery are the core of those who drop in weekly to draw from a life model at the Vernon Community Art Centre. While some have a preference for painting and drawing portraits other artists enjoy the complexities of form and colour which showcases each personal style and expression.
“These works have been done in a variety of media and give some indication of the diversity of approaches to art and personal expressions. Some artists prefer to work quickly from the nude or clothed model and others prefer the sustained pose for portraits. Several of the pieces have been completed later in the artist’s studio while others are left in their original spontaneous state.” - Says Barbara Rety, one of the featured artists.
The drawings elicit an intimate impact with the observer and suggest different connotations from each viewer. Artists featured in Figureheads include: Mary Champness, Kati Gardiner, Joyce Holmes, Noreeen Jodoin, Marjorie Kjarsgaard, Barbara Rety, Jocelyn Reynard, Kathleen Rogers, Katherine Upton, and Joe Van Heerden
Be sure to experience this exhibit, and prepare yourself to be stimulated. The Coatcheck Gallery is available for viewing by ticket holders one hour before a performance and during intermissions.
Lock up your chickens! The Ghost Tours return!
Deep in the darkest regions of the offices of Ghost Tours of Vernon there can be heard a deep rumbling (or is it typing?) as they prepare for another summer of… TERROR! (insert maniacal laughter)
Lock up your chickens; hide your fine stainless steel for starting July 9th * and continuing every Wednesday and Friday night at 9:00pm until August 20th hapless victims will be led from the steps between the Vernon Museum and Library, spellbound through the transportationally challenged streets of Vernon and (gasp) East Hill. Led by the handsome (if he does say so himself), dour and surprisingly entertaining Mr. Gabriel David Sumegi Newman the 2nd these innocents are regaled with tales of Vernon’s gruesome past, current ghosts, spirits, imps, fairies, monsters and UFOs.
At the end of this totally tantalizing tour participants are eventually released safely to continue with their lives however they will have been changed forever, for they will be filled with ideas(!), knowledge(!) and a new appreciation of what lurks beneath the cheap veneer that coats the City of Vernon.
Cost to participate in this life changing experience is a mere $5 (cash only)
Those brave enough to participate are reminded that it is a walking tour and should dress appropriately as it will continue rain or shine.
No reservations are necessary unless you want to book a private torture for 20 or more.
July 9th Performance will be a fundraiser for World Neighbours Canada, an Okanagan based Non Governmental Organization which helps provide teaching and participant based solutions to some of the most marginalized people in the world. 100% of donations go to their third world projects.
Mr. Gabriel David Sumegi Newman the 2nd,
Paranormal Expert, Entrepreneur, and Purveyor of Medicinal Remedies
Armstrong Spallumcheen Museum and Art Gallery
Join us to view two new exhibits: "Nurturers by Nature," watermedia works by Lisa Figueroa, and "A Sustainable Model: The Artistry of Dorian Kohl," high fashion photography featuring Dorian Kohl. Drop in any time for a glimpse at the two fantastic exhibits.
Current Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10am to 4pm.
ARMSTRONG SPALLUMCHEEN MUSEUM & ART GALLERY
3415 Pleasant Valley Road, Armstrong
The Tragically Comic Players
The controversial existentialist French masterpiece, "The Maids", by Jean Genet, will be performed in the round in the banquet room of the Schubert Centre on August 7, 8 and 9th. The evening will begin at 8:15 with French dessert and champagne. Curtain will go up at 8:45. Professional director Phillip Wagner is directing the production.
Tickets are $27.50, which includes a glass of champagne and desseert. Additional drink service will be available for purchase at the bar as well. Call Ticketseller at 250-549-7469 for tickets.
For more information please contact Mr. Phillip Wagner, Artistic Director, Tragically Comic Players, at 250-547-6045.
Vernon Community Arts Centre
Show Your Art at the Centre Gallery
One of the perks of membership is access to the walls in the Vernon Community Arts Centre’s Centre Gallery. The Gallery will be changing over its exhibition and we will be in need of new art to fill the walls. There is no theme, all media are welcome and the only restriction to what we can accept is space. This open members exhibit is an excellent opportunity to get your work seen by Vernon residents, tourists and people looking to buy local art. Bring your work to the Centre on Friday June 27 and sign in at the front desk. Please remember that all works must be ready to hang and that we charge 20%, so price accordingly.
Youth Art Instructors Sought
The Arts Centre is currently accepting applications/proposals from art instructors who are interested in teaching youth art classes for ages 3-14 at the Centre on an Independent Contractor basis. We offer year-round youth art classes which are held during the day (for home-schooled children), after school and on weekends in a variety of media. Please contact the Programme Director, Cassandra Redding, for more information or to submit your application.
2704A Hwy 6, Vernon BC
Vernon Public Art Gallery
Thursday, July 3, 5 pm to 8 pm, Exhibition Opening for Allyson Glenn:Cracovia; Francis Hatfield: Language of the Land; and Sarah Smith: Crass Menagerie
Exhibitions at the Vernon Public Art Gallery focus on a variety of historical and contemporary practices in Canadian art. The three exhibitions for July and August will feature artwork of established and emerging artists from the Okanagan. The opening reception for these exhibitions will be from 5 pm to 8 pm on Thursday, July 3. The Gallery's opening receptions are open to the public. Admission is by donation.
The exhibition of figurative and landscape paintings by Allyson Glenn titled Cracovia examines the human condition, life in general, and people within the historical context of changing Poland. In order to accomplish this body of work, Glenn travelled to Poland and took up residence in the town of Krakow where she set up a studio and worked with ordinary people as her subjects. The figurative work, interiors and landscapes that comprise this body of work illustrate and reflect the contemporary social make up of the old town of Krakow.
Language of the Land is an exhibition of mixed media paintings by established local artist Frances Hatfield. The artist comments and captures changes in this rapidly changing region. While celebrating the creative vision and aspect of new development, Hatfield also pays tribute to the 'land' as primary signifier of regional identity. The artwork in the exhibition will explore various modes of delivery starting with a traditional landscape and introducing a more abstracted approach.
Crass Menagerie is an exhibition by emerging artist Sarah Smith who has recently graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia - Okanagan. Smith's work is engaging and remarkable in its meticulous and careful attention to detail.
Also of Interest....
Art in the Heart of the City, theexhibition of artwork to be auctioned at Midsummer's Eve of the Arts, is now available for viewing at downtown Vernon stores and in the Community Gallery of the Vernon Public Art Gallery after July 3, 2008. Pick up a list of the participating stores at the Gallery.
Monday - Friday 10 am - 5 pm
Saturday 11 am - 4 pm
Phone 545-3173 for more information.
SAGA Public Art Gallery
SAGA Public Art Gallery in Salmon Arm is pleased to present "Painting Mt. Ida," a wonderful series of new paintings by Linda Franklin.
"For me, Mt. Ida is the symbol of home, community and belonging. I was born in Salmon Arm,as was my father, and I feel that Mt. Ida is the essence of the place;
the central theme theguardian and the icon. The series here reflects the imprinting that must have taken place many years ago, and that continues to ground me
here in the Shuswap. Of all the many places people choose to live, many have a visual trigger that exemplifies for its residents the feeling of belonging. We are
lucky to share such a unique identifier as a backdrop for our town. I never tire of looking at Mt.Ida , and I guess I never will."
The exhibition opens on Friday, July 4 at 7pm and continues to Saturday, August 2, 2008.
Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm.
This exhibition is sponsored by Linda Rohlfs Agency, Inc.
Saga Public Art Gallery
70 Hudson Avenue, Salmon Arm, BC
5th Annual George Ryga Awards
Saturday July 26 @ Vernon Powerhouse Theatre:
Ken Smedley and The George Ryga Centre are pleased to announce that "comedian TODD BUTLER" will be this year's featured "performer" at the 5th Annual GEORGE RYGA AWARD Ceremonies for Social Awareness in B.C. Writing and Publishing on Saturday, July 26 @ 8 p.m. at The Vernon Powerhouse Theatre.
TICKETS are available Immediately at The BookNook, Vernon(ph. 558-0668), The Brown Derby, Armstrong(ph. 546-8221) and First Try Books, Kelowna(Ph.763-5364)
The 5th Annual George Ryga Award is co-sponsored by The Okanagan College, CBC Radio, BC Bookworld and The George Ryga Centre.
Previous Ryga Award winners have included "Missing Sarah" by Maggie de Vries, "The Greenpeace to Amchitka" by Robert Hunter, "In Plain Sight" by Dara Culhane and Leslie Robertson, and "The Wolves at Evelyn" by Harold Rhenisch.
Kal and Maria Molnar invite you and your friends to visit Gallery Odin's summer exhibition and sale.
Artists: Bonnie Anderson, Lucie Bause, Colleen Couves, Julie Elliott, Edward Epp, Lynne Grillmair, Ginny Hall, Arne Hetherington, Corky Hewson, Bob Kingsmill, Peter Lawson, Chris Malmkvist, Jerry R. Markham, Elizabeth Moore, Marie Nagel, Destanne Norris, Barry Rafuse, Dana Roman, Al Scott, Heidi Thompson, Julia Trops, Catherine E. Wetmore, Todd R. White, Charlene Woodbury
Summer Hours: Thursdays and Saturdays 2-6pm or call 250-503-0822
PO Box 3109, V1B 3M1 - firstname.lastname@example.org
215 Odin Rd, Silver Star Mountain, BC
The Pentiction Art Gallery
Students Collect: The First 20 Years of the University of British Columbia
Alma Mater Society Student Art Collection
Opening Reception: Friday July 11th from 7 pm - 10 pm.
The Penticton Art Gallery in partnership with the Naramata Bench Winery Association is proud to present the Students Collect: University of British Columbia Alma Mater Society Student Art Collection featuring 32 works by artists from across Canada between 1948 and 1968. Some of the artists whose work is included in this exhibit are: Lawren Harris, E. J. Hughes, and Molly Lamb Bobak, to name a few...
The Penticton Art Gallery
(Formerly the Art Gallery of the South Okanagan)
199 Marina Way, Penticton, B.C. V2A 1H3
Phone: (250) 493-2928
Arnica Artist Run Centre
Handle With Care
TRU student Harmony Raine
Harmony is currently conducting research on the inter-relationship between
artistic movements and social change. Her art reflects her interest in the human condition.
Portable Souvenirs of Kamloops
This exhibition and fundraiser for Arnica Artist-Run-Centre is a playful look at the tourism industry.
Postcards and original artworks are for sale
Exhibitions open Friday June 27
7:00 – 9:00 pm
and continues through Friday August 1st
Arnica Artist Run Centre
232 Victoria Street, Kamloops, BC
supporting emerging contemporary artists
Fridays 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Saturdays 10:00 – 4:00 pm
Whatshan 8th Annual Music Festival 2008
"The Biggest Little Family Music Festival in Western Canada"
Date: July 11-13th, 2008
Location: Near Edgewood, 4km west of the Needles Ferry
Ø Youth & Children's Activities-FREE
Ø Camping/Shower/Food Facilities
Tickets: Weekend Pass $60
Reserve at:1.604.594.1030 For more information: Eemail@example.com
Island Mountain Arts - Wells BC
Island Mountain Arts is pleased to announce its spectacular line up of musicians, performers, and artists of all kinds for the 5th Annual ArtsWells Festival in Wells, B.C. Growing bigger and better every year, the Festival features over forty musical acts in a variety of genres on six different stages, from Friday night to Monday evening. The Festival is also hosting the 9th Annual International One Minute Play Festival, workshops in a diverse array of artistic pursuits, a visual art walk around the town and discounts to local attractions and businesses including BC’s largest heritage site, Barkerville Historic Town.
Some highlights from the 2008 musical line up include performances by: country crooner – Carolyn Mark; spoken word blues crew – The CR Avery Band; award-winning bluegrass band – The D. Rangers from Winnipeg; the tropical sounds of Blue Island Trio; rising urban music star – Green TaRA; northern BC’s own groovy funk band – Mamaguroove; top spoken word poet – Shane Koyczan and The Short Story Long ; fingerstyle champion – Don Alder; Eastern electronica fusion act – KaremetiK Collective; multi-instrumentalist – Shane Philip; country folk band – Headwater; West African world beat band – Jarimba; country/folk/celtic trio – The Pucks; radical folk - The Joey Only Outlaw Band ;folk rocker from Calgary – Kris Demeanor; queen of country – Linda McRae and many, many more.
Tickets for the 2008 ArtsWells Festival are on sale now and can be purchased by calling Island Mountain Arts at 1-800-442-2787. Regular priced tickets are $60; youth tickets are $20 early bird and $30 regular. Kids 12 and under are free.
ArtsWells is seeking more volunteers to help make this summer’s festival better than ever. Those that can volunteer twelve hours or more can receive festival passes, camping, plus meals at the ArtsWells kitchen, run by Martin Comtois of the Ashcroft Opera House.
For more information about volunteering, performers or buying tickets please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-442-2787.
Open Studios - Arts Council of the Central Okanagan
Open Studios promotes recognition that the arts are a significant component of our region and contribute to the public awareness about the quality and diversity of art created in our community. It also provides an educational experience for all ages, which will help foster an interest in and a greater understanding of the artistic process. This program provides a rare opportunity of seeing artists in their own environment and to experience artists discussing and demonstrating their materials and art process.
Summer 2008 Open Studios:
South Okanagan- July 25, 26, and 27
Central Okanagan- August 8, 9, and 10
North Okanagan- August 22, 23, and 24
Recommended times: 10:00am -5:00pm
FEES: There is a fee of $105 per artist/organization for each Open Studio or $315 for four consecutive events payable after the adjudication has been completed and on acceptance to participate in the Open Studios. The $105 fee will provide you one colour display listing in the Open Studios section of the Okanagan Arts magazine issue you have registered for.Telephone: 250.861-4123
CALL FOR ARTISTS!
The Artist Project Toronto is seeking applications from independent fine artists for its second annual exhibition and sale. This four day juried art fair will feature over 125 of the best emerging and established artists and collectives. Set against the spectacular backdrop of the historic Liberty Grand, The Artist Project Toronto is an excellent opportunity to connect with gallerists, collectors and first-time art buyers.
Location: The Liberty Grand, Exhibition Place, Toronto, ON
Dates: March 5-8, 2009
The deadline for application is September 19, 2008
For more information:
10 Alcorn Ave. Suite 100
Toronto, Ontario M4V 3A9
tel 416-960-4527 fax 416-512-3841
The Art Ark
The Art Ark Gallery will be open until 7 pm. starting this Thursday. We have joined several Galleries, the Kelowna Art Gallery, the RCA and the Farmers and Crafters Market (open from 4 to 8 pm.) in making the Cultural District a place to visit every First Thursday evening of the month.
Our current exhibition is Julie Elliot “Continuum”. Our previous exhibitions, Bill Bragg and Meghan Hildebrand are also displayed.
We hope to see you on Thursdays.
The Art Ark Gallery
1295 Cannery Lane
Gallery Vertigo is a non-profit Artist Run Centre founded in 2002. The centre operates under the auspices of the North Okanagan Artists Alternative, a registered non-profit society. We are located upstairs at Suite #1, 3001 31st Street, downtown Vernon, in the historical Winnipeg Union Bank building across from Nolan's Drugs. Please use the side entrance under Krause Jeweller's awning. Hours of business are from 11:00am-4:00pm, Tuesday through Saturday. For information call Gallery Vertigo @ (250)503-2297 or email: email@example.com. Our website can be found at galleryvertigo.com.
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