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annabis, a controversial topic in our country right now with the proposition of legalization just around the corner in 2018. The VPAG would like to welcome you to our opening reception on October 19th to explore and discuss the issues of cannabis production through Tara Nicholson’s exhibition, Cultivate. This glimpse into the hidden realm of grow ops is seen through the lens of Nicholson’s camera, as she ventures into both legal and illegal operations and provides us with a view rarely seen by the public. Joining Nicholson at this opening reception is Ann Willsie, our Artist in Residence from the Mackie Lake House. Her exhibition titled 21 Days of Light was produced during her recent stay at this historic home. I’d like to thank the Mackie Lake House for this partnership which results in an annual exhibition each year. In November, the VPAG will present the work of our members. This annual tradition provides members of the gallery with the opportunity to exhibit up to two pieces of their work. Always a popular group show, this is the only exhibition where the works are available for sale with partial proceeds going to support the gallery. We thank the artists for their support through this show and encourage our visitors to come in quickly to get first choice at these great Christmas gift giving ideas. If it has a red dot beside it, then you missed it, it’s already sold! Fall is the time we reflect on the past year and look towards the year ahead. We hope you have enjoyed our exhibitions and programming during 2017 and will remember to renew your membership and if you are able, provide a donation which will be used to carry on our work in 2018. I look forward to seeing you at the galley! Sincerely,

Dauna Kennedy Executive Director The Vernon Public Art Gallery


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Stellar by Destanne Norris, July 27 - November 1, 2017 photo by Josh Palmer



Tara Nicholson: Grow Op (work in progress), 2015, c-print

October 19 - December 20, 2017 Tara Nicholson Cultivate Victoria-based artist Tara Nicholson’s latest body of large-scale photographs focus on the instigation of a dialogue about the nature of cannabis cultivation and its use in the light of proposed decriminalization of cannabis for recreational use by federal government planned for July 2018. Nicholson visited and photographed grow operations both licensed and unlicensed on Vancouver Island and the interior of BC in order to document the artificial environment created for the indoor cultivation of cannabis. The images capture various sites which were engineered to control the environment in which the plants are cultivated. Nicholson’s photographs portray almost laboratory-like conditions where the exposure to light during the day, amount of water, nutrients, air flow and venting are precisely controlled. Despite the fact that most of Nicholson’s


Tara Nicholson: Summer Plants, 2015, c-print

photographs are devoid of humans, in some images the viewer gets a glance of activities performed by people during the routine cycle of cannabis cultivation. Just like in her previous bodies of work, Nicholson documents the work spaces and people working there, whether in a small size cubicle grow op or a large warehouse-sized production. Tara Nicholson completed her BFA at Ryerson University and followed to complete her MFA at the Concordia University. She teaches art at the University of Victoria since graduating in 2010.

Upcoming Opening Receptions Join us for the opening of Cultivate by Tara Nicholson and 21 Days of Light by Ann Willsie, the Mackie Lake House Artist in Residence at the Vernon Public Art Gallery on Thursday, October 19, 2017 from 6 p.m – 8 p.m Join us for the opening of the annual VPAG members exhibition For the Love of Art at the Vernon Public Art Gallery on Thursday, November 9, 2017 from 6 p.m – 8 p.m


Ann Willsie, Summer Song V, 2017, oil, 48 x 36

Opening reception of 2016 member’s exhibition: Exposed (photo: Josh Palmer)

October 19 - December 20, 2017 Ann Willsie 21 Days of Light

November 9 - December 20, 2017 VPAG Member’s Exhibition For the Love Of Art

Ann Willsie was selected to be the 2018 Artist in Residence at the Mackie Lake House. For the 21 day residency, Willsie had a goal to produce 21 paintings which comprise her exhibition at the Vernon Public Art Gallery along with some sketches and works in progress.

VPAG creates an annual exhibition to showcase VPAG members and to present their works of art in a professional gallery setting, highlighting local artists working in a variety of mediums. Join us this year for an exciting new theme For the Love of Art and check out what local Vernon artists are creating! All artworks in For the Love of Art will be for sale and each piece will retail at $150.00 or less.

Willsie’s subject matter is rooted in the landscape representation, but in some instances, she focuses on some of its elements and creates more intimate views of plants and flowers, trees and grasses; other times she portrays the greatness of natural vistas of open landscapes and mountains. Her paintings capture the quality of light which is her guiding principle when making a painting. Her brushstrokes are somewhat gestural, jet controlled and deliberate. Willsie is a prolific artist and in addition to her creations in her studio, she has produced bodies of work directly on various sites in the en plein air settings.

Artist Talks An Artist Talk and presentation with Tara Nicholson will take place during the opening reception at the gallery on Thursday, October 19th. Admission is by donation. An Artist Talk and presentation with Ann Willsie will take place on Saturday, October 21st at 1 p.m at the gallery. Admission is by donation.


July 27, 2017, Opening Reception for Perfect Music: High Voltage photo by Josh Palmer


Join us for the 9th annual Riot on the Roof On Saturday August 26, 2017 from 7 p.m - 11 p.m on the downtown Vernon parkade rooftop.



Saturday October 28, 2017 1:00 p.m. Family Saturday: Black Cat Mono-prints inspired by Kandinsky Join us this month and learn how to create spooky black cat mono-prints inspired by Wassily Kandinsky! First we will create our cat design and learn about drawing stylized animals. Then we will use the print-making press to create our design and mount it on cardstock so it can be used as a card!


Monday October 30, 2017 10:00 a.m. Mini Artists: Bold Salmon Paintings This month we will start our session off by engaging with Sheldon Louis’ paintings in his exhibition titled Ancestors of the Columbia. Inspired by his bright, bold, and graphic paintings, we will head to the classroom to paint our own Salmon paintings using acrylic paint.


Wednesday November 1, 2017 1:00 p.m Discuss and Create This session will start off with an informative tour of the artworks in Tara Nicholson’s exhibition Cultivate. Inspired by her photographic works dealing with the politics of cannabis, we will create our own narratives using the medium of collage.

Saturday November 25, 2017 1:00 p.m. Family Saturday: Picasso Inpisred Cubism Tree Ornaments Join us this month and learn about Picasso and cubism! We will create our own cubism inspired face tree ornaments with colourful oven bake clay. Experiment with shape, colour and form in this fun and festive sculptural exploration!


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OCTOBER Thursday Oct 19, 6:00 p.m - 8:00 p.m

Exhibition Opening Reception at VPAG

Saturday Saturday Oct 21, 1:00 p.m

Artist Talk: Ann Willsie, 21 Days of Light

Saturday Oct 28, 1:00 - 3:30 p.m

Family Saturday at VPAG

Monday Oct 30, 10:00 a.m

Mini Artists at VPAG

Tuesday Oct 31, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m

DVA Halloween Treat Trail at VPAG

NOVEMBER Wednesday November 1, 1:00 p.m

Discuss and Create at VPAG

Thursday November 9, 6:00 p.m - 8:00p.m . Member’s Show Opening Reception Friday November 10, 2017


Saturday November 11, 2017

Remembrance Day - CLOSED

Saturday November 25, 1:00 - 3:30 p.m

Family Saturday, Picaso Tree Ornaments

Monday November 27, 10 a.m.

Mini Artists at VPAG





Double Discount Monday in the Gallery Shop

Wednesday Dec 6, 1:00 p.m

Discuss and Create at VPAG

Monday Dec 11, ALL DAY

Double Discount Monday in the Gallery Shop

Saturday Dec 16, 1:00 - 3:30 p.m

Family Saturday at VPAG

Monday Dec 18, ALL DAY

Double Discount Monday in the Gallery Shop

Monday Dec 18, 10:00 a.m

Mini Artists at VPAG

Sunday Dec 24, 2017 through to Monday Jan 1, 2018

Gallery Closed


New Year’s Day

Wednesday Jan 3, 1:00 p.m

Discuss and Create at VPAG

Thursday Jan 11, 6:00- 8:00 p.m

Opening Reception at VPAG

Saturday Jan 27, 1:00 - 3:30 p.m

Family Saturday at VPAG

Monday Jan 29, 10:00 a.m

Mini Artists at VPAG


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Linda Wadley, At Lake O’Hara, oil, 2014 retail price: $595.00 rental price $23.80/month


he Art Rental Program at the Vernon Public Art Gallery is an excellent and affordable way to enjoy original artwork in your home or oďŹƒce. Choose from a selection of contemporary and new media art by local, Okanagan artists. All works are original and vary in style, medium and size. The selection is regularly updated and available for viewing to all our guests. Choose from a wide range of subject matters including abstracts, landscapes, floral studies, photography, and sculpture. Prices for art rental vary, starting as low as $7/per month. The artwork in the Art Rental Program are available to rent, rent-to-own, or purchase, and any rental fees paid goes toward the purchase should you choose to buy the artwork. Proceeds from the Art Rental Program support both the local artist and the Vernon Public Art Gallery.



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Cover image: Tara Nicholson: Spray Suit, 2017, limited edition archival print, 42 x 52 in


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BOARD OF TRUSTEES: President: Andrew Powell | Vice President: Ann Holtby MacLeod | Past President: Marion Morrison | Trustees: Sigrid-Ann Thors, Bonnie Thomas, Jay Gilman, Blaine McNaueal, Lars Glimhagen, Kyle Britton, and Edward Woolley. Executive Director: Dauna Kennedy Grant | Curator: Lubos Culen Marketing & Programming Coordinator: Laura Ashton |Administrative Assistant & Education Coordinator: Kelsie Balehowsky The Vernon Public Art Gallery Society gratefully acknowledges financial support from:

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October - December 2017 | VPAG Newsletter  

The news, exhibitions, and events at the Vernon Public Art Gallery,

October - December 2017 | VPAG Newsletter  

The news, exhibitions, and events at the Vernon Public Art Gallery,