For Immediate Release

Who: Vernon Public Art Gallery
What: Exhibition Opening Reception | Art and Soul
When: Thursday, April 19, 6 p.m – 8 p.m
Where: Vernon Public Art Gallery

School District 22 Secondary Students Artwork Showcased for the Community to Enjoy!

The Board of Directors and Executive Director, Dauna Kennedy Grant, invite you and a guest to the opening reception of Art and Soul by school district 22 secondary students at the Vernon Public Art Gallery. Enjoy an evening of music, contemporary art, punch, and appetizers on Thursday, April 19th at VPAG.

Students from all the high schools in the Greater Vernon area have the opportunity to display their artwork in a public gallery setting at the VPAG. With all the excitement and professionalism of a big exhibition – including the right lighting, an opening reception, and plenty of community exposure – young artists get a taste of what it’s like to show their work to the public, often for the first time.

Art and Soul is an expression of the artistic talent coming out of our high schools in SD #22. Three gallery spaces will be dedicated to featuring the creative pursuits of the youth in our community with an opening reception taking place on Thursday, April 19th. We are excited to have live music performed by one of the exhibiting students this year at the opening reception.  A big thank you to Kal Tire for their continued support of this popular community exhibition.”

-Dauna Kennedy Grant
VPAG Executive Director

Works in the secondary school exhibition are displayed alongside professional Canadian artists elsewhere in the Gallery, which holds four exhibition spaces. For students thinking about post-secondary education in the arts, showing next to established artists is an inspiration and a motivator to continue developing their own artistic styles while still in high school. Each year the diversity of mediums and subject matters and the inclusion of some work intended for university applications creates a unique and varied exhibition of strong student artwork.

Art and Soul will be open for viewing from April 19 – May 16, 2018. The artwork will fill the walls of the Caroline Galbraith, Community and Up-Front Galleries at the Vernon Public Art Gallery, and will run concurrently with Active Workings by Edmonton-based artist, Sean Caulfield.

We invite members, friends, family and the general public to attend the opening reception on Thursday, April 19 from 6-8pm. Enjoy appies, punch and music compliments of the gallery. This exhibition is proudly sponsored by Kal Tire.  Admission to the Gallery is by donation. VPAG is open Monday – Friday from 10am-5pm, and Saturdays from 11am-4pm. For more information on our exhibitions and events visit

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