Welcoming New Artists!


Along with ushering in the summer months, June also welcomes some new artistic energy and activity to Vernon.

The Caetani Cultural Centre & Allan Brooks Nature Centre are welcoming another artist into its Fresh! AiR Residency Program.

Destanne Norris, a local resident artist, will be heading up to the Allan Brooks Nature Centre for June in the Fresh! AiR program to take in all the weather phenomenon the one-time weather station can offer.

Her project “Whether from the Centre” comes from her fascination with the weather formations and light in the sky and translating them into paintings that depict both the inner and outer experiences of the land – both ‘inscape and landscape’ simultaneously. Her project will take the form which will take the form of a multi-paneled 6’ X 8’ painting, will explore “weathering” and “whethering” directly as metaphor for inner and outer life.

Destanne and Vancouver based artist Gabrielle Strong, the Caetani Cultural Centres CERAM-AIR resident artist will be kicking off their residencies with a public welcome reception at the Vernon Community Art Centre from 4 – 6pm on Thursday, June 4th. This event is free and open to the public.

In conjunction with this reception, the Vernon Community Art Centre also welcomes the artists exhibiting in “Source of Inspiration”, on for the month of June at VCAC. This show depicts the journey that each artist has made since participating in the two day workshops at Lake Country Art Gallery and Vernon Community Art Centre this past year. Artists included in this exhibition are: Chris Clayton, Patricia Doyle, Laurel Fredin, Heide Hirschkorn, Angelika Jaeger, Noreen Jodoin

Sheri Kunzli, Denise Patrick, Nancy Vince, and workshop instructor Gale Woodhouse.

All artists will be in attendance for the reception from 4 – 6pm at the Vernon Community Art Centre. Opening remarks and short artists talks from “Source of Inspiration” artists will commence at 5pm.

Later this month, Gabrielle Strong will give a presentation on her work on Saturday, June 20th at 3pm at the Vernon Community Art Centre. And Destanne Norris will give a presentation on the work she’s completed during her residence on Wednesday, June 24th at 7pm at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre. Both talks are free and open to the public.


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