Alternative art show a riot

With the faint luminescence from Vernon’s streetlights filling the evening sky, the view from atop the downtown parkade is not one to be missed.

And it’s a view perfectly accompanied by the Vernon Public Art Gallery’s ninth annual Riot on the Roof, a multi-disciplinary alternative art show celebrating all forms of creativity, which took over the downtown parkade Saturday, Aug. 26.

The thundering of drums emanates from the lower of two levels as Zac Gauthier of Kelowna takes the stage. Gauthier is surrounded by plastic buckets creating his makeshift drum kit as audience members groove in the open space around the stage.

With his homemade rig, Gauthier proves that it’s not about the instrument, it’s about the musician. The crowd loved his dance-able grooves regardless of the delivery system.

While Gauthier jams, artists such as Cherryville’s Todd Mortensen and Vernon’s Brandon Robbins shake their spray paint cans to create cosmic and graffiti art.

Adjacent Mortensen and Robbins, fans inspect the outfits of models who walk the catwalk with sweaters hanging off elbows and track pants tucked into sporty socks.

Painters come and go, musicians come and go, and the audience enjoys the wide variety of artistic mediums on display.

The crowd gathers on the top level at 10:30 p.m. sharp. After a quick setup, headliners //AMISTAD// close off the night with an energetic alt rock performance.

It was certainly a night to remember.

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Aidan Andrews of //AMISTAD// ignites the stage during the Vernon Public Art Gallery’s ninth annual Riot on the Roof Saturday, Aug. 26. (Parker Crook/Morning Star)

Cherryville artist Todd Mortensen spray paints a piece at the Vernon Public Art Gallery’s ninth annual Riot on the Roof Saturday, Sept. 26. (Parker Crook/Morning Star)

Kelowna drummer Zac Gauthier improvises some dancing beats using buckets as drums at the Vernon Public Art Gallery’s ninth annual Riot on the Roof Saturday, Aug. 26. (Parker Crook/Morning Star)

Brandon Robbins of Vernon laughs as he accidently uses the wrong colour on his cosmic painting during the Vernon Public Art Gallery’s ninth annual Riot on the Roof Saturday, Aug. 26. (Parker Crook/Morning Star)

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