Vernon Community Arts Centre

Centre Gallery

The Centre Gallery of the Vernon Community Arts Centre is a dedicated space for displaying the artwork of both emerging and established artists of all skill levels. These artists are members of the Arts Council of the North Okanagan (ACNO). Work is non juried, but must fit the criteria of the changing monthly themes.


May 2019: Vernon Photography Club

Drop by the Centre Gallery between May 3rd and 28th for a stunning exhibit by the Vernon Photography Club.  The show offers a range of images while demonstrating a common interest in capturing nature inspired photos.   The Vernon Photography Club is an active, friendly group of photographers whose members range from beginners to experts, and hobbyists to working professionals.  Many of the photographers are also talented in the area of digital editing and enjoy using a range of print formats to showcase their work.  The Club meets at the Arts Centre on the second and fourth Thursday each month from September to June.

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May 31 to June 11: En Plein Air

We are very excited to see what the artists bring in for this show.  On May 4th, more than 30 artists converged on the Okanagan Rail Trail between Coldstream and Lake Country as part of the Vernon Bike Fest, and the first ever Rail Trail Art Festival.  Painting and creating ‘en plein air’, artists plant themselves in the environment translate their unique perspectives of the landscapes onto their canvas.  Be sure to drop by the gallery to see the finished works and vote for a Viewer’s Choice award, sponsored by Opus Art Supplies, Kelowna.

June 14 to June 25: Wearable Arts

Art is not just a painting on the wall!  On June 21, the Arts Council will be hosting its first ever Summer Solstice of the Arts event at Paddle Wheel Park.  This gala dinner and fundraising event will feature a fashion show of wearable art, live painting, music, and a static art show.  Members of the Arts Council have been given an open invitation to submit their work to the Centre Gallery preceding the event which will range from jewellery and accessories to full ensembles.  The wearable arts that will be walking down the runway on the 21st will be juried in, and may go up on display at the VCAC Centre Gallery after the gala.

June 27 – July 23: CHMA Awaking the Spirit

This will be the second year that we host an exhibit the Canadian Mental Health Association.  For those with lived experience with mental illness, art creates a bridge to community, healing, and self expression.  The participants work inspires others and creates dialogue that helps remove the stigma and allows for open and honest communication.

July 26 to August 20: Open Show

This exhibit does not have a particular theme.  Artists are invited to bring in works that have not been shown at the VCAC previously.

August 23 to December: Stay tuned…

Stay tuned to hear about our Youth Artists in Residence, Culture Week, an Instructor’s Showcase, Diwali Festival, an exhibit by the Federation of Canadian Artists, and everyone’s favourite, Artsolutely!


April 2019: Breathing New Life

This show was all about Spring, and how it symbolizes promise, hope and new beginnings.  After hibernating for the winter, the season calls for an awakening, often starting with reflection and letting go. With this renewed energy comes growth, birth, new ideas and innovation.  ACNO members were invited to bring in new works that resonated with the season.

March 2019: Inspired by Earth and CeramAIR

Vernon Community Arts Centre hosted two exhibits in our Centre Gallery for the month of March.  “Inspired by Earth” was a collection of original artwork from members of the Arts Council of the North Okanagan, which included paintings and photography, ceramic wall art and even mixed media basket with fused glass.  We were also honoured to host our 2019 CeramAIR, Artist in Residence, Mona Lisa Ali, a Jordanian-American artist working in 3D.  Mona focused on using clay and hand-made materials requiring labour intensive processes to active spaces, allowing for rest and release.  CeramAIR is a partnership between Caetani Cultural Centre, the Vernon Community Arts Centre and the Arts Council of the North Okanagan.  Mona presented her full collection at the Caetani Cultural Centre on April 4th.  Most pieces were sold during the exhibit, however, she does have a few remaining pieces for sale at the VCAC Art Shop.

February 2019: Healing HeARTs

This exhibit was focused on our emotional relationship to art.  Doctors are now prescribing art classes and trips to the museums for their patients, so with this exhibit we wanted to demonstrate the importance of art interactions on the human psyche, our community, and our culture at large.  Artists explored their hand-heart connection and how the process of creating art impacts them on a personal level.  All artwork was submitted by members of the Arts Council of the North Okanagan.

December 2018 – Artsolutely

Every December at the VCAC is Artsolutely, the annual shopping extravaganza and fundraiser for the Vernon Community Arts Centre.  In 2018 we featured 28 of the North Okanagan’s finest Artists and Artisans, with an array of jewelry, glass art, fiber art, pottery, wood products, greeting cards, natural products, paintings, and so much more!  We thank all those who come out to shop local and support this important fundraiser for the Arts Centre!

November 2018:  Artistic Visions

The Okanagan Artists of Canada Society presented “Artistic Visions,” a show and sale of original fine art in a variety of mediums and styles.  The Okanagan Artists of Canada Society is a non-profit society art club whose membership is made up of talented and creative artists from the City of Vernon and surrounding areas. The OACS is one of the oldest art associations in BC and many of its alumni have become well known Canadian artists.

October 2018:  Diwali in Vernon Festival 

2018 welcomed the inaugural Diwali in Vernon Festival, so the Vernon Community Arts Centre chose to make this festival the theme for the Centre’s Gallery’s monthly exhibit.    Through a celebration of fusion art forms, members of the Arts Council of the North Okanagan submitted original artwork related to themes of Multiculturalism, Inclusiveness, Diversity, Light, Dance, Music, Storytelling, Fireworks, and Festive Colour.  A collection of lanterns were also on display, which were created by members of the public, members of the Arts Council, and staff of the Vernon Community Arts Centre.  We thank all who participated in this festival of lights, and look forward to growing this special event in the years to come.

September 14 – Sept 26, 2018:  Youth, Teen and Student Show

Youth creativity is what this show was all about!!  Our ACNO (Arts Council of the North Okanagan) members range from age 5 to their early 20’s, with students in kindergarten and university.  We celebrate these emerging artists and admire their diverse talents!

August 24 – September 12, 2018: Inspiring Creativity, an Instructor’s Showcase

This exhibit was dedicated to showcasing our instructors here at the VCAC (Vernon Community Arts Centre).  Our instructors displayed an array of works demonstrating their multitude of talents in various mediums, ranging from painting, print making and pottery, to glass art, jewellery, fabric art, sculpture, and mixed media.  Some instructors revealed hidden talents with new art forms, and many of those that stopped by to view the show were inspired and ready to sign up for fall classes!

July 27-August 22, 2018:  Okanagan Summer

Most of August at the Centre Gallery featured an open show, with art work created by members of the ACNO (Arts Council of the North Okanagan).  These works were created with a variety of mediums ranging from pencil crayon, water colour and acrylics, to tile, glass and fabric.  All pieces were inspired by our Okanagan Summers and displayed the range of landscapes and emotions that our summers evoke.

July 2018: Kalview Group of Painters

July at the Centre Gallery hosted a show by one of ACNO’s member groups, the Kalview Group of Painters.  Comprised of the students of Linda Edwards and Joan Rowan, this group featured a large display of brilliant watercolour paintings by 22 local artists.

June 2018: CMHA Awakening the Spirit Art

This month at the Centre Gallery was the 15th Annual Awakening the Spirit Art Show & Sale by the Canadian Mental Health Association and the Mental Illness Family Support Centre. Artwork on display was from those living with mental illness who have used art to positively improve their mental health. Thanks for inspiring us with your stories and amazing works of art!

May 2018: Vernon Photography Club

May at the Centre Gallery was all about photos and showcasing the incredible talent of the Vernon Photography Club.

March 2018: ABSTRACT

This month at the Centre Gallery we encouraged our members to submit artwork with the theme of ABSTRACT! As always, we received many amazing entries from talented local artists.

January 2018: Open Members’ Show

To help ring in the New Year at the Centre Gallery we left the theme wide open and encouraged our members to submit any work of their choice! As always, we received many amazing entries from talented local artists.

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
9:00am to 9:00pm
9:00am to 5:00pm
9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Vernon Community Arts Centre
  • 2704A Hwy 6, Vernon, BC V1T 5G5
  • (250) 542-6243
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