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 event, Midsummer’s Eve of the Arts, the Vernon Public Art Gallery welcomes four new exhibitions beginning on Thursday August 2nd. Several artists from the Central and North Okanagan will exhibit series of paintings, from abstract to realism, representing a variety of painting practices in all four Gallery spaces.


“I have had the opportunity to tour Alistair’s artist studio recently, and meet with him to discuss this exhibition in preparation for writing the exhibition brochure for the Gallery. In getting to know the artists in their personal work space, I develop a greater understanding of the intention or motivation behind the work and in turn, a greater appreciation for the art. We are all really excited to welcome Alistair in the Topham Brown Gallery at VPAG; this is going to be a great exhibition of large scale abstract paintings.” – said Lubos Culen, Vernon Public Art Gallery Curator.


Alistair Rance: Everett Series, August 2 – October 22, 2012

Alistair Rance, an Armstrong, BC-based artist will exhibit a body of abstract paintings in the exhibition titled Everett Series. Rance’s studio practice is based on an employment of linear elements (lines) as the main means for production of paintings. While the structures of his artwork are loosely based on landscape patterns, repeated layering and interpolation of linear elements, the result includes abstract structures devoid of any representational references. Rance’s work will further contribute to the discourse about abstraction and relational aesthetics.

David Wilson, Great Sacred Flowering Tree, 201,1 5 x 7 feet


David Wilson: We Are the People of the Heart, August 2 – November 1, 2012

David Wilson, a Vernon, BC-based Sylix First Nation artist, will exhibit paintings based on the exploration and contemporary interpretation of traditional narratives and cultural symbols of the Okanagan First Nations’ people. After the exploration of West Coast and Plains First Nations’ art forms in his early artistic career, Wilson started to draw inspiration from his connection to the Okanagan First Nation art. He studied pictographs in historic publications in local museums, various First Nations art books and on-line. In the later stages of his artistic practice, Wilson has developed his own unique style, combining vibrant colours and linear forms within a circular picture format. His art work continues to draw from the stories of his Okanagan First Nations heritage and culture with an emphasis on the meaning, symbolism, and contemporary context of his work.

Marlene McPherson, Okanagan Dream Series (I), 2011, acrylic on canvas, 5 x 7 inches


Marlene McPherson: Okanagan Dream Series, August 2 – October 22, 2012
This exhibition will feature a body of paintings focused on an intimate portrayal of Okanagan landscapes in response to nearly twenty years of studying and recording the many visual and ephemeral characteristics which have contributed to making this geographical area so desirable. McPherson is an artist and art educator based in Winfield, BC. Marlene is scheduled to teach a workshop titled “Inspired by Nature” on Wednesday August 8th from 9am – 12pm. This workshop will be on location at Polson Park, en plein air, and is suitable for beginners and experienced painters and caters to those who enjoy the Okanagan landscape, local wildlife and garden spaces. The Gallery is currently excepting registrations for both members and non-members.


Creekside Landing Retirement Home Artists: Featuring Vernon, August 2 – October 22, 2012
The Vernon Public Art Gallery will create an exhibition opportunity for people participating in the art program administered by the Creekside Landing Retirement Home in Vernon, BC. This exhibition will feature artistic creations produced by people of varying abilities and ages who work outside of an artistic mainstream.


The Vernon Public Art Gallery welcomes guests to attend the opening reception on Thursday, August 2nd, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Enjoy food, drinks and music, while perusing the new exhibitions the Gallery has to offer. This event is open to the public by donation.


For more information about the Vernon Public Art Gallery contact or call 250-545-3173.

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