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Membership

VPAG members play a crucial role in our sustainability and hold great value to the organization. Not only does a Gallery membership provide great benefits, it also shows local politicians and funders that you support the initiatives of the Vernon Public Art Gallery.

We offer 5 levels of membership at the VPAG: Student: $10, Individual: $31.50, Family: $42, Corporate: $75 and The Club: $100 (tax included). Memberships are valid for 12 months from time of purchase. Each VPAG membership comes with a membership card, and welcome package.

VPAG Member Benefits:

  • Gallery newsletter in electronic or hard copy format
  • Weekly e-news updates
  • 10% discount on merchandise in the Gallery Shop with periodic members only sales throughout the year
  • Opportunity to exhibit artwork in the annual members’ exhibition
  • Voting privileges at the Annual General Meeting
  • Reciprocal Membership Agreement (discounts at other participating galleries) Click Here for a complete list
  • Member pricing on workshops & Gallery programming
  • Access to the Art Rental Program
  • Access to the Video Rental Program
  • Access to Members Only events

Corporate membership packages include 5 corporate membership cards so that you and 4 employees receive the benefits mentioned above. The Club gives its members access to an even larger reciprocal program! The North American Reciprocal Membership Program (NARM) is one of the largest reciprocal membership programs in the world. With your VPAG ‘The Club’ membership card you receive the membership benefits above, as well as the opportunity to visit 892 museums, art galleries, and historic sites from across North America with free admission and/or discounts. Some examples of the fine institutions included in NARM are the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, the Walt Disney Family Museum, the Museum of Art and Design, and the Norman Rockwell Museum as well as our closer to home options of the Kelowna Art Gallery, the Kamloops Art Gallery, the Two Rivers Art Gallery and the Royal British Columbia Museum. Current holders of The Club have already earned their membership value in just a couple of visits to these larger institutions. For more information on your NARM benefits, please visit: www.narmassociation.org

 To sign up for a VPAG membership online login or create a new account in the form below:

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Membership Form

Volunteer

The Vernon Public Art Gallery would not exist without the help of our Volunteers. The Gallery was originally founded by volunteers and still to this day, we rely on the generosity of volunteers for their time and expertise. Our volunteers assist with the daily operations in the Gallery, they help organize events and fundraisers, and our Board of Directors and Facility Steering Committee are active business and community volunteers.

Volunteers are an important part of the Gallery, and we welcome your assistance in any of the areas listed below.

  • Gift Shop/Gallery Attendant (3 hours per week)
  • Opening Receptions/Special Event assistance
  • Office Assistance
  • Poster Delivery
  • Food/Beverage Service
  • Art Rental Program Promotion
  • Midsummer’s Eve of the Arts; annual benefit event – various positions

For more information, please contact us at (250) 545-3173 or download the Volunteer Application Form

2nd Annual 2013 Volunteer Appreciation Event

With over 50 volunteer guests from over 10 not-for-profit organizations, the second annual community wide Volunteer Appreciation Event was a great success. Vernon Councillor and GVRD Chairperson Patrick Nicol spoke to the audience on the importance of volunteerism and how it shapes our community in a very positive way. Thank you goes out to Investors Group for presenting a cheque to the Greater Vernon Volunteer Bureau, as a means to continue to show appreciation and give recognition to Vernon’s volunteers. Plus, The Fig Catering provided a scrumptious treat for our guests. Let’s continue to make this event bigger and better each year. See you during National Volunteer Week in 2014.

2012 Volunteer Appreciation Event

Thank you to the following organizations for participating in our first annual community wide Volunteer Appreciation Event: Vernon and District Volunteer Bureau, Royal Bank, Canadian Cancer Society, Greater Vernon Museum, Performing Arts Centre, Vernon Women’s Transition House, Seniors Info Resource Centre, Common Threads Vernon Alliance Church, Family Resource Centre, Okanagan Regional Library, Downtown Vernon Association, City of Vernon, and of course a special thanks goes out to the VPAG Board of Directors, Midsummer’s Eve of the Arts and VPAG Gallery Shop volunteers.

Donate

Monetary donations play an important role in the operations of the Gallery, which assist with the expenses not covered by government grants. Charitable tax donation receipt will be issued for your cash donation. Cash contributions can also be directed to our endowment fund by request. Cash donors have the option to remain anonymous or be recognized in the VPAG Annual Report.

The Gallery also accepts in-kind donations of items from our Wish List. These items include: flooring (continue removing carpet & refinish concrete), specialty lighting fixtures, transition floor covers for extension cords,  art supplies for VPAG Art Education hands-on activities, display shelving and stands for the Gallery Shop, seating area furniture, lateral filing cabinet.

Every July, the Vernon Public Art Gallery holds an annual benefit event Midsummer’s Eve of the Arts (MEA), featuring a live and silent auction of original artwork and specialty packages. Participating artists and businesses donate items to the auction and all or part proceeds from the sales go directly to the Gallery supporting ongoing exhibitions and programming. Donating to MEA is another avenue of which you can help support the Vernon Public Art Gallery.

Sponsor

Sponsoring an exhibition helps the Gallery to maintain professional standards and bring the highest calibre of exhibitions possible to Vernon.  Sponsorship allows the Gallery to pay artist exhibition fees set by CARFAC (Canadian Artists Representation/Le Front Des Artistes Canadians) to the artists exhibiting in the Topham Brown Memorial Gallery and the Caroline Galbraith Gallery. Sponsorship dollars also allow us to produce quality publications for each of our exhibitions. Supporting the arts helps to increase sponsors’ visibility in the community and enhance their corporate or business image.

• **$1200 Topham Brown Memorial Gallery
• *$800 Caroline Galbraith Gallery
• $500 Community Gallery
• $500 Up-Front Gallery

Sponsorship benefits:

• Company logo displayed on appropriate Gallery wall for the duration of the exhibit
• Company logo on our website for the duration of the exhibit
• Company logo on corresponding publications, invitations, posters, and newsletters
• Recognition in our Annual Report
• **$1200 Topham Brown Memorial Gallery sponsorship also includes a free Gallery rental for a private event for clients and/or family and friends, recognition in Gallery produced ISBN registered exhibition catalogue, and 1 piece of artwork on loan from our permanent collection for display at your office location for 1 year
• *$800 Caroline Galbraith Gallery sponsorship also includes 1 piece of artwork on loan from our permanent collection for display at your office location for 1 year

Sponsorship opportunities are also available in other areas such as the Permanent Collection, Artist Accommodation, Art Education, Caterer/Winery of Choice, and Special Event sponsors. For more information about all of the sponsorship options download the 2013 Sponsorship Brochure or contact Dauna Kennedy Grant, Executive Director: dauna@vernonpublicartgallery.com | 250-545-3173

2017 Sponsorship Brochure