Students show how art saves lives at Gallery Vertigo


A mixed media sculptural piece by Grade 12 Vernon Secondary School student Derek Crombie is part of the Vernon School District’s Art Saves Lives exhibition now on at Gallery Vertigo.

Gallery Vertigo is opening its doors to a new year and some young artists for its next exhibition.

Vernon School District art students are showing their themed art work to describe how art saves lives in the new exhibition on view now at Vertigo.

Work is presented by Seaton, Kalamalka, Fulton and Vernon Secondary Schools.

“On behalf of the Vernon art teachers and School District 22, I wish to congratulate the students on their work in this exhibit, and I would like to acknowledge the support of Gallery Vertigo for enabling this show and giving students this opportunity to publicly showcase their work,” said Brian Monteith, art teacher at Kalamalka Secondary.

Also on display is work by local artist Leila Ward on Vertigo’s NOAA (North Okanagan Artists’ Alternative) Members Wall.

Born in Winnipeg, Ward moved west in 1971 to start a family in the Lower Mainland. She has been a Vernon resident since 1985 and has maintained her production of art and photography while teaching elementary school full time.

Ward has a bachelor of arts degree in English and psychology, a diploma in fine art, and a masters of education with a specialization in fine art.

An opening reception for the Vernon school district’s Art Saves Lives and Leila Ward’s exhibition takes place Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Both shows can be viewed now to Feb. 3, Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Gallery Vertigo, #1-3001-31st St. (upstairs) downtown Vernon.

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