RIOT on the Roof – An Evening of Alternative ART

It’s finally August, which means one of two things: you’re prepping your BBQ’s and dingy boats for long weekends under 30 degree weather or you’re trying not to think about the approach of fall, the looming dark cloud of despair that clings to your warm, summer skin like a stubborn sucking leech. Or, if you’re anything like the Vernon Public Art Gallery, you’re vibrating with excitement, like you’re permanently attached to an IV of espresso,... Read More

Hot Summer Exhibitions at the Vernon Public Art Gallery

  Hot Summer Exhibitions at the Vernon Public Art Gallery Alistair Rance, Everett Series #2, acrylic on canvas, 72 x 72 inches, 2012   Where: Vernon Public Art Gallery, 3228 31st Ave. Vernon BC, V1T 2H3 250-545-3173 When: Thursday, August 2, 2012 Why: Opening Reception, Four New Exhibitions Who: Vernon Public Art Gallery   There is no break for summer at the Vernon Public Art Gallery. Two weeks following a hugely successful annual Fundraising... Read More

Vernon Public Art Gallery Expands Its Programming

By Staff Writer – Vernon Morning Star   The Vernon Public Art Gallery is expanding its public programming for both artists and those wishing to explore their inner artist.     The sunny weather not only brings tourists to the gallery, but it also inspires art enthusiasts to learn a new medium, art practice or be inspired by other local, national and international artists, said VPAG executive director Dauna Kennedy Grant.     “The... Read More


By Kristin Froneman – Vernon Morning Star For Marissa Brown and Heather Leier, 2012 not only marks the Mayan calendar’s supposed end of the world, but the year they wrapped up their schooling at UBC Okanagan.   Both recent graduates of the bachelor of fine arts (BFA) degree program, housed in the university’s department of creative and critical studies, the women are hoping the doomsday prophesy will wait just a little while longer... Read More

Grafitti as ART at the Vernon Public Art Gallery

Artist is taking it back to the streets By Kristin Froneman – Vernon Morning Star Benny Hannya stares at the wall in front of him. Shaking a can, he triggers the nozzle, emitting a stream of crimson that erupts against the stark, white surface. There’s no thought-out plan, as he reaches for more cans, their hiss bringing the wall to life, streaking it with colourful lines, lettering, squiggles that resemble symbols, and even smiley-faced... Read More


Currently at the Vernon Public Art Gallery is the work of UBCO Fine Arts Grad Stephen Lee Scott in an exhibition titled “Beauty and Other Forms of Violence”. I had a chance to speak with Stephen at the opening of the show in early January. Hanss Lujan was also on hand to snap some photos. Stephen’s work is on view until March 22nd. KB: Your previous seemed that it was more about fine pen work, whereas here you’re delving into... Read More

SHOP LOCAL THIS HOLIDAY- the oook gift guide 2.0 (we found a few more)

oook is a big supporter of our local artists and artisans. So with the Christmas season officially on the horizon, we thought that we would help you find where all to get great LOCALLY made gifts and art made by Okanagan Artists.  We’ve learned about a few more spots for great locally made artistic gifts, so here’s the updated listed.   North – Vernon & Area   Okanagan Artisans – Show & Sale – Nov... Read More

Fern Helfand’s About Looking ~ A Photo Essay

Recently our newest contributor Hanss Lujan, took some great photos of at the opening of Fern Helfand’s show called “About Looking” at the Vernon Public Art Gallery. We  present them here to you as a photo essay, to give you a glimpse of just what a terrific show this is. All the images are of various museum installations in Canada, China and Paris, France that recreate the outdoors and their animal inhabitants within a... Read More