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The North Okanagan is a hot spot for arts & culture

When people think of the North Okanagan, the amazing lakes, the views & landscapes and the abundance of fresh produce are usually the first things that to come to mind. But the North Okanagan is so much more than just the land. What makes the North Okanagan one of the greatest places to live, are the people and the rich arts & cultural community we have living here.

One of the most prominent supporters of the arts & cultural community, is the Vernon Public Art Gallery and the important part of cultural tourism they bring to our region. The VPAG is a centre for educational and cultural activities in the North Okanagan and presents exhibitions featuring emerging, mid-career and established artists working in a variety of media, including paintings, sculpture, video and installation art. The Gallery is the largest public gallery in the North Okanagan and offers approximately 20 exhibitions per year for public viewing. Admission is by donation. The Gallery also includes an Art Rental Program and Gallery Shop filled with original art and hand-made gifts available for purchase. VPAG delivers education and programming for the community including artist talks, film screenings, workshops and hands-on art activities for all ages.

The Vernon Public Art gallery has:

  • an average annual attendance of 15,000 visitors (from all over the world).
  • over 6,000 participants in their child and adult art education programs.
  • over 400 members.
  • over 100 volunteers dedicating more than 6,000 hours yearly.
  • In 2012, the VPAG is celebrating 67 years as an active and vital part of our community!

The Vernon Public Art Gallery is a non-profit organization that relies on the support of our community.  In 2012, one of their main fundraisers is the 26th annual Midsummer’s Eve of the Arts, a garden party and art auction at Cenotaph Park in the heart of downtown Vernon.  The event is being held tonight, July 18th starting at 6:30pm.  For full details, please visit:  http://vernonpublicartgallery.com

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