Gallery Vertigo is an artist-run centre for artistic innovation in the North Okanagan. It is the physical home of the North Okanagan Artists Alternative, a registered non-profit society and recognized charity composed of local and regional artists and friends of the arts.

We welcome you to stop by, visit our gallery spaces,  and chat with our studio artists. Conversation is the heart of Gallery Vertigo and the NOAA. We are located across the street from the Vernon Towne Theatre at 2901 – 30th Avenue, Vernon BC.

​Our hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10:30am noon to 4:30 pm

June in our Main Gallery

OPEN FOR CHANGE by AJ Jaeger

Eleanor Roosevelt’s quote “Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art”, inspired aj to look at the evolution of human relationships.

In using unrelated materials, she allowed herself to explore the connectivity of change. In this body of work, she combines different mediums including beeswax, metal, photography, and words to illustrate the transformation in a person’s lifetime. “This artistic expression mirrors our lives and how we often need to accommodate change, while dealing with different challenges as we travel on our journey of life,” states aj.

Discontentment is usually the fuel for change, which can be positive or negative. aj aspires to maintain and foster flexibility in her art practice.

“I like to reflect on my life and my work as a way to be inspired to see the next opportunity ahead of me. We often need to accommodate change while dealing with different challenges as we travel on the journey of life.” — aj jaeger

Thank you to our exhibit sponsor Virgin Law Group.

The exhibit runs from June 4 – 29, 2024. If you are unable to visit the gallery, you may view some of aj’s work here.


June Featured Member

Catherin Mary-Ann Acutt

While studying for a fine art diploma, Catherin complained about having to paint, and not being able utilize textiles and sewing to create her artwork. After many such complaints, her instructors allowed her to bring her sewing machine. Catherin suspected that her instructors did not believe she would bring a sewing machine to class; but she did. 

Fascinated by texture and how one could change the tactile surface of fabric by manipulation, kept her experimenting by adding stitch, burning, painting, dying and so forth. Some 20 years later, studying fibre art and design at Gail Harker’s  Center for Creative Studies in La Conner, Washington, Catherine became interested in mixed media. Vases and jugs became a chosen subject; the shapes were limitless and again surfaces were an absolute inspiration. The challenge was to recreate surfaces that these vessels revealed. In studying the work of Dale Chihuly, she became interested in the work of one of his students, William Morris. Morris’s work in blown glass was more reminiscent of pottery with primitive motifs on textured and crackled glass, which added to her inspiration.

In her art practice Catherin likes to use as many found materials as possible. She states, “Not only is it helping the planet but there is a certain satisfaction derived from playing with happenstance materials that can be found everywhere. It’s more challenging and the end result is never predictable.” Some of the materials that Catherin uses include mylar, plastics, aluminum foil, metallic papers, gift wrap, recycled handmade paper. These are then combined with paint techniques, burning, cutting, bonding and stitch to create her textured art works.


Next Month –

ELEMENTAL CHANGE by Lesley Comassar & Gloria Daly

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Testimonials

Breanne M

Excellent work!

First visit of many!

Noah M

Great local gallery. Vertigo is a big support to the arts community in Vernon, they put on shows all year and feature the work of amazing local artists.

Marie M

Lovely to see the diversity. Great curating!

OPENING HOURS

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Tuesday – Saturday:

10:30 am-4:30 pm
Sunday-Monday: Closed

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