Vernon Community Arts Centre

Centre Gallery

The Centre Gallery is a dedicated space for displaying the artwork of both emerging and established artists.  All artists are members of the Arts Council of the North Okanagan. Work is not juried, but must fit the criteria of the changing monthly themes. If you’re interested in showing and selling your work, look for Artist Calls on the ACNO website.


Finding JOY
August 21 to September 8

We wanted to see and experience what awakens people’s joy, laughter, happiness, and sense and fun and whimsy –  So, we asked our members to bring in pieces that fit the theme.  Life during a world pandemic has been challenging for many of us, and finding joy has been more important than ever. What activities or subjects make you playful? What makes you laugh out loud? How does joy show up in your artistic practice? What do you enjoy creating?  We hope you find many moments of joy and come down to see how local artists expressed their own sense of joy.


Awaking the Spirit – Art Show & Sale
July 24 to August 17

The 17th Annual Awakening the Spirit Art Show & Sale celebrates the creative talents of people living with mental illness. Art has a therapeutic quality that has proven to benefit the mental health of individuals. Artwork on display is from those living with mental illness who have used art to positively improve their mental health. Through art and creativity we hope to break down some of the barriers and stigma surrounding mental health and mental illness.

July 4-20, 2020: Art Through Isolation

When Covid-19 was announced a world pandemic, the Arts Centre closed and months of isolation began.   Creative pursuits became a life line for many.  People began to paint, sculpt, journal, sketch, take photos, remodel living spaces and engage in a variety of artistic endeavors. When we were able to safely re-open, we asked our members to bring in some of the pieces they created during this time. Here are just a few…

June 2020: Snowflakes on My Shoulder

CeramAIR Artist in Residence Ela’s Mukherjee’s work is about her journey living in Vernon. Each unique piece has a story to tell. It portrays a transition from winter to the onset of spring, and ranges from stark geometry in monochrome to a wider color palette and more fluidity with the changing season. The reflections are not narrative in nature but worked as reference points for the work. Ela’s residency was cut short when a world pandemic was announced. She tried to stay for as long as possible so she could finish what she started, but eventually, she had to make the decision to return home. It was Ela’s wish was to return to Dehli, India with only her memories and experiences. Her legacy, her work, was left behind in a city she came to love.  Most of Ela’s clay and glass pieces have since found new homes with the people of Vernon, however some remain available for purchase.  Each piece is $50 and funds go directly to Ela.

March 2020: Creating Community – An Exhibit of Collaborative Art

This exhibit is especially unique as we challenged members to create artworks in collaboration with at least one other person.  Any mediums and styles of art were welcomed.  Artists quite often work on their own, however, at times this can feel isolating or even cause some creative blocks. Since February marked Family Day and Valentines Day we thought this creative challenge would encourage people to join in community, create with family, friends, fellow artisans, or even a willing stranger, and find benefit in this team approach.  We were delighted to see how people came together, and to hear their stories of the process that involved both triumph and tribulation.

February 2020:  Mixed Media and 3D

ACNO members were invited to submit mixed media pieces and or three-dimensional works.  To our delight, they brought in a large selection of mixed media paintings as well as glass work, metal art, clay sculptures, wood carvings and more.

November 2019:  North Okanagan Federation of Canadian Artists

October 2019:  Light

October 2019:  Process and Possibility (Instructor Showcase)

September 2019:  Youth Artists in Residence

Each year, the Arts Council of the North Okanagan supports a local youth in a residency at the Vernon Community Arts Centre.  This year, two youth were awarded the opportunity to utilize studio and have their own exhibit.

Darcie-Li Morrison is fascinated by graphic novels and animation because of the way their stories are told through art. Feeling inspired by these types of stories, Darcie-Li uses materials such as fineliners, markers, and pencil crayons to bring her ideas to life. She tends to create art that focuses on interesting characters but she does not like to limit herself to just
one subject.

Rebecca Fux focuses primarily on portraits of young women. Her favourite mediums are watercolour, drawing with graphite and acrylic painting. “For me, creating portraits is the most interesting” says Rebecca. “I love painting people that intrigue me, capturing their moods and personalities”. Her goal is to create beautiful portraits that embrace all forms of beauty and all kinds of people.

July 2019:  CMHA Awakening the Spirit

2019 was the second year that we hosted 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.

June 2019:  Wearable Art/ Summer Solstice of the Arts

Art is not just a painting on the wall!  On June 21, the Arts Council hosted its first ever Summer Solstice of the Arts event at Paddle Wheel Park.  This gala dinner and fundraising event featured a fashion show of wearable art, live painting, music, and a static art show.  Members of the Arts Council were given an open invitation to submit their work to the Centre Gallery preceding the event which ranged from jewellery and accessories to full ensembles.  Here you will see some of the wearable arts that walked down the runway on the 21st.

May 2019:  Vernon Photography Club

This show offered 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.

To learn more about the club, visit their website at:

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 to Thursday
9:30am to 9:00pm
Friday & Saturday
9:30am to 4:30pm
Sundays & Stat Holidays
* Closed for Sanitization between
12:30-1:30pm and 4:30-5:00pm
  • Vernon Community Arts Centre
  • 2704A Hwy 6, Vernon, BC V1T 5G5
  • (250) 542-6243
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