For Immediate Release

Who: Vernon Public Art Gallery
What: The 31st Annual Midsummer’s Eve of the Arts
When: Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 6:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Where: Turtle Mountain Winery

The Social Event of the Season! Gallery Fundraiser Features Rail Trial Painting and Mother-Daughter Duo

“Things are ramping up at the VPAG in preparation for Midsummer’s Eve of the Arts!  We have received so many generous donations for this year’s auction, it’s shaping up to be a great evening. 

I was touched to see that this year we have submissions from a mother-daughter duo.  Heidi Thompson a long time Vernon Artist is known for her large-scale abstractions of the landscape. Her daughter Carmen an emerging artist, created for us a soothing sky-scape. It is a very special thing to see the support of the art gallery being passed from one generation to the next!

For all of you Rail Trail lovers out there, we have a very special piece up for auction this year from Rick Bond!  Always an auction favourite, Bond’s submission this year is sure to be popular as a way of recognizing the significant project that is taking place in our community with the development of the rail trail.  I am looking forward to seeing who the lucky bidder is on this one.”

-Dauna Kennedy Grant
VPAG Executive Director

Join us for the 31st annual Midsummer’s Eve of the Arts art auction & garden party. This event is the annual benefit event for the Vernon Public Art Gallery.  Don’t miss the social event of the season in the North Okanagan. The event will take place at Turtle Mountain Winery (3111 Agnew Rd. Vernon B.C.) Proudly sponsored by Bannister Honda (presenting), KPMG (corporate), and Norval Equipment Rentals (silver).

Enjoy gourmet appetizers by Cracked Pepper Catering, The Fig Catering, Italian Kitchen and Wings Bar and Grill. Quench your thirst with local beer provided by Okanagan Spring Brewery, Gray Monk Estates Wine and cocktails provided by Okanagan Spirits! Local band Feet First will add to the evening ambience with live music along with the exciting live art auction with Don and Peter Raffan of Valley Auction & The Raffan Brothers. The live music will be playing until 11 pm, with dancing after the auction. Enjoy the stunning Okanagan landscape while supporting the Vernon Public Art Gallery, for more information join our weekly email update list or check out our website.

Tickets are NOW on sale and are $60 each. Tickets can be purchased at the gallery (3228 31st St.), over the phone at 250-545-3173, and online via V.I.P tickets are already SOLD OUT!

Please note that we have a shuttle service for event guests again this year. Please park at Kal Tire place and take the provided shuttle vehicles to the event venue from there. V.I.P ticket holders will receive a parking pass to park in the top lot at Turtle Mountain Winery if desired

Sealed Bids:

Advanced sealed bids are open again this year!  If you see a piece you like online or in the auction preview at the gallery and want to place a bid in advance you are in luck! Download this form Midsummer’s Eve of the Arts Sealed Bid Auction Form and email it to us at admin@vernonpublicartgallery.comPlease note: advanced sealed bids are closed the day prior to the event (July 18, 2017, at 5 p.m.)

View the Auction Preview Here

Rick Bond, The Rail Trail, acrylic, 12 x36 in.

Heidi Thompson, Orange Earth Patina, acrylic, 29.5 x 36.5 in.

Carmen Thompson, Wild Skies, oil, 36 x 24 in.

Left: Artists Ann Holtby MacLeod and Tatianna O’Donnell, with some of this year’s donated artwork.

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