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.


March 2019: Inspired by Earth and CeramAIR

Vernon Community Arts Centre is excited be hosting two exhibits in our Centre Gallery for the month of March.  “Inspired by Earth” is a collection of original artwork from members of the Arts Council of the North Okanagan, which includes paintings and photography, to ceramic wall art and even a glass and mixed basket.  We are also very excited to be hosting our 2019 CeramAIR, Artist in Residence, Mona Lisa Ali, a Jordanian-American artist working in 3D.  Mona is 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 will have her full collection on exhibit at the Caetani Cultural Centre on April 4th.


April 2019: Breathing New Life will be our exhibit theme for March 29 to April 16.  Spring symbolizes promise, hope and new beginnings.  After hibernating for the winter, the season brings an awakening, often starting with reflection and letting go. With this renewed energy comes growth, birth, new ideas and innovation.  What seeds are you planting this spring?  ACNO members are invited to bring in new works that have not been shown.


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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