PAST EXHIBITIONS

Silver Springs

Life Through Art

July 29 - Sept 29

The VPAG has teamed up with the Silver Springs Senior community to showcase the diverse array of artworks. The image above is titled: Winter's Edge by Barbara Wolf and is made of 53,000 beads. 

UBCO

Emergence

May 27 - July 21

The exhibition Emergence features the works of nine artists who have completed their studies at UBC Okanagan's BFA program in 2021. Thie exhibition exemplifies carious approaches to research and studio practice and asserts an active hands-on attitude while creating their work. This exhibition includes painting, drawing, sculptural installation and videos of outdoor performances. Emergence participating artists: Sage Cannon, Pip Mamo Dryden, Lareina Mcelroy, Coralee Miller, Adrianna Singleton, Stephanie Tennert, Faith Wandler,  Tony Yu, and Jade Zitko.

Legacy of Hope

Where are the Children?

May 27 - June 30

The Vernon Public Art Gallery presented a portion of the traveling exhibit: Where are the Children by the Legacy of Hope. Between 1831 and 1996, residential schools operated in Canada through arrangements between the Government of Canada and the Roman Catholic Church, Anglican, Methodist, United and Presbyterian churches. This partnership ended in 1996, with the Government of Canada taking over the management of residential schools adn beginning the transfer of control to Indian bands. The last federally-run residential school, Gordon Indian Residential School in Punnichy, Saskatchewan, closed in 1996. 

SD #22 High Schools

Art and Soul

Feb 11 - March 10

Artwork created by secondary students from School District No.22 displays a maturity of handling various mediums and more importantly, demonstrates a strong conceptual approach.

Shawn Serfas

This Kind of Wilderness

July 29 - Sept 29

Shawn Serfas is presenting a new body of work pushing the edges of abstraction in the exhibition at the Vernon Public Art Gallery. The large scale paintings are not only stunning to see at a glance, but with closer examination, the surfaces are extremely textural. Serfas added additional 3D elements built from pigmented polymer resin. The viewer is faced with the paradox of viewing 3D structures built on presumptively two-dimensional surfaces. Despite the abstract quality of Serfas’ paintings, there are obviously hints of narratives mostly implied in the paintings’ titles which serve as an entry point to invoke possible associations. 

MEA Preview

Midsummer's Eve of the Arts 

July 3 - July 14

The 35th annual Midsummer's Eve of the Arts benefit auction took place on July 21. 2021. See the silent auction items here. Thank you to everyone who helped make the 35th year one of the best yet!

Okanagan Print Triennial

International printmaking exhibit

March 18 - May 19

Launched in 2009 at the Vernon Public Art Gallery, the Okanagan Print Triennial once again took place in March of 2021 at the Vernon Public Art Gallery. The brainchild of Kelowna-based printmaker Briar Craig, and supported by the Kelowna Art Gallery, the University of British Columbia, and Vernon Public Art Gallery, this exhibition is an open, juried show dedicated to showcasing the creative forays made with printmaking in Canada and beyond. The winner of each Triennial is given a solo show at the gallery not hosting the show the third year following. The 2021 exhibition featured 28 artists from around the globe, some of which participated in an artist talk series which can be viewed here.

SD #22 Elementary Schools

Art from the Heart

Jan 7 - Feb 4

Artwork created by elementary students from School District No.22 displays creativity and various approaches to art making. 

Sean Caulfield & Susan Colberg

#INFODEMIC

May 27 - July 21

#infodemic is an artist's book project made up of text and image pairings that were created out of an interdisciplinary project between Sean Caulfield, Timothy Caulfield, and Sue Colberg. The images were first shared on social media in the hope they would make people stop and think before hitting 'retweet' or 'share', potentially spreading misinformation about COVID-19. More broadly the Infodemic project is also an attempt to explore creatively the sense of uncertainty and anxiety that has arisen out of the COVID-19 crisis. 

Teen Junction

Through Our Eyes

May 27 - July 21

Launched in 2009 at the Vernon Public Art Gallery, the Okanagan Print Triennial once again took place in March of 2021 at the Vernon Public Art Gallery. The brainchild of Kelowna-based printmaker Briar Craig, and supported by the Kelowna Art Gallery, the University of British Columbia, and Vernon Public Art Gallery, this exhibition is an open, juried show dedicated to showcasing the creative forays made with printmaking in Canada and beyond. The winner of each Triennial is given a solo show at the gallery not hosting the show the third year following. The 2021 exhibition featured 28 artists from around the globe, some of which participated in an artist talk series which can be viewed here.

Scott Bertram

We cannot Say it is There and yet we cannot say it isn't

Jan 7 - March 10

Scott Bertram introduced a new body of large-scale abstract paintings in the exhibition titled We Cannot Say It Is There, And Yet We Cannot Say It Isn’t. Bertram’s paintings are ambiguous in the sense that they portray space which is often contradictory and the visual structures do not lend themselves to verbal interpretations which is always an issue with non-representational abstraction. His painting process relies on setting up circumstances for the chance and accidents to occur, then accepts the outcomes as a partial solution of his pictorial propositions.