Update: July 3, 2020

The Vernon Community Arts Centre is open and operating at reduced hours: Monday to Wednesday, 9:30am – 9:00pm, and Thursday to Saturday, 9:30am – 4:30pm.  Please note we close for sanitization between 12:30-1:30 daily.

In this second phase of opening we continue to limit and control access to the building and have measures in place to ensure social distancing. Our studio drop-in program resumes June 29 by appointment only. We have reinforced new hygiene and safety protocols and increased frequency of cleaning. The coffee area and kitchen remain closed. If you have art work to pick up or drop off for an exhibit, please call to arrange an appointment.

If you are feeling unwell or have symptoms of Covid-19, please do not enter the building. The safety of everyone using the facility is our highest priority.   We take these protocols very seriously and respect all guidelines set out by WorkSafe BC.  We appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we navigate these interesting times.

Welcome to the

Arts Centre

The Arts Centre is a community based facility focusing on arts education for people of all ages and abilities.  The Centre is operated by the Arts Council of the North Okanagan, a non-profit organization and registered charity.

We offer a variety of Classes, Camps and Workshops for beginner, intermediate and professional artists and also provide studio Drop-in Sessions, allowing individuals access to specialized tools and equipment and space to work on their own projects.  Our Joining Hands program provides adults living with diverse abilities the opportunity to participate in artistic activities while interacting and collaborating in a social setting.  Throughout the year we host a number of community Events and our Centre Gallery and Art Shop showcase the work of local artists.  A wide selection of art supplies is also available to ensure our students and visiting artists have access to everything they need.

Visit us today to see all we have to offer! We’re located in the beautiful Polson Park with plenty free parking!  Cyclists will find us right on a primary bike path and will love the small art items that fit into their saddle bags!

For more information on the Arts Council of the North Okanagan, or to become a member and start reaping the benefits like discounts on classes, visit their website and join in all the fun!

Artsolutely is a juried show and shopping extravaganza put on by members of the Arts Council of the North Okanagan.  Each year we are open 7 days a week from December 1 to 24 at the Vernon Community Arts Centre. The sale features the Okanagan’s best artists selling their finest wares in different mediums such as paintings, drawings, glass, fibre, jewellery, ornaments, pottery, woodcarvings, natural products, and more! Artsolutely is Vernon’s one-stop shop for fun and unique hand-made Christmas gifts, and is also the Art Centre’s largest fundraiser of the year.

If you’re an artist interested in participating in Artsolutely 2020, be sure to apply today! You can download the Artsolutely Application 2020 here, drop by and pick up a copy from the front desk.

Application Deadline is Saturday, August 8th at 4pm!

Meet the staff and find out why they love working at the Arts Centre.

The latest issue of the ArtScene newsletter is hot off the press! Click here, give it a read, and learn about all of the exciting arts and culture events happening in the Okanagan throughout March and April 2020. ArtScene is bi-monthly publication put out by the Arts Council of the North Okanagan, and features activities and events hosted by more then 30 local arts and culture groups.

Bring in your receipts!

3% Fundraiser supports the Arts Centre!

Nature’s Fare offers an amazing program to non-profit organizations in the community. With every purchase made at any of the Nature’s Fare locations, the Arts Centre will receive 3% of the pretax totals submitted. The public can save their receipts and submit them to the Arts Centre at any time, which will help the Arts Centre and the Arts Council with some much needed funding. It’s just that easy!

To all those who have brought in your receipts to date, we greatly appreciate your efforts and support.  Thank you!

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Nancy Vince at navince@shaw.ca or 250-541-0028.

Special thanks to our generous sponsors:

Hours of Operation

Monday to Wednesday
9:30am to 9:00pm
Thursday to Saturday
9:30am to 4:30pm
Sunday & Stat Holidays
* Closed for Daily Sanitization
12:30pm to 1:30pm
** Please note we will be closed Saturday August 1st and August 8th. We apologize for any inconvenience.
  • Vernon Community Arts Centre
  • 2704A Hwy 6, Vernon, BC V1T 5G5
  • (250) 542-6243
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