Sylvia Showers of Lumby is one of the 35 artists featured at Artsolutely, the 15th annual sale at the Vernon Community Arts Centre on daily Nov. 28-Dec. 24. (Contributed)

Sylvia Showers of Lumby is one of the 35 artists featured at Artsolutely, the 15th annual sale at the Vernon Community Arts Centre on daily Nov. 28-Dec. 24. (Contributed)

Artsolutely makes shopping local easy in Vernon

15th annual event features 35 artists and runs for 27 days

There’s no better place to find a unique gift than shopping for local art.

And once again, the Vernon Community Arts Centre has plenty in store for shoppers at the 15th annual artisan sale, Artsolutely. The sale is on daily right up to Christmas Eve, with plenty of time, and space, to browse and find that something special.

“The Arts Centre is one of Vernon’s gems. It’s more than a place to shop, and it is more than an arts education facility,” marketing and events coordinator for the Arts Council of the North Okanagan Sheri Kunzli, said. “It’s a community space that offers a place for people of all ages and abilities to create, play, laugh, gain skills, release stress, heal and develop friendships. Having to shut down the Arts Centre in the spring was devastating on many levels. As a non-profit, the closure set us back significantly, but it also impacted the hundreds of people that utilize the centre. We are working hard to keep the doors open because our community needs us. This place tells the stories of why the arts matter to individuals and our community at large. It’s a place that has been a haven for creatives and allowed people to thrive.”

READ MORE: Vernon art gallery gets a boost for Giving Tuesday

Each winter, VCAC’s regular classes and programs are put on hold to expand their range of local art and bring you the best of what Okanagan artisans have to offer.

As you walk through the front doors, the aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg will delight the nose, music will calm the senses, and you’ll quickly settle into a relaxed vibe so your eyes can feast upon an array of one-of-a-kind art. Every piece is carefully handcrafted and locally made, and each artisan is selected through a jurying process to ensure the highest quality throughout. Artsolutely has works from 35 feature artisans with pottery, paintings, glass art, metalwork, woodwork, photography, fibre arts, jewelry, natural products and more.

From the front gallery space, you will be guided through three large studios of artwork, with something even more inspiring awaiting you around every turn. In each studio, an artist will be available to answer questions and help ensure a safe flow of traffic. Staff will greet you at the end to carefully package up your goodies.

Shopping at Artsolutely is an opportunity to show your community spirit, plus you can feel good knowing that your purchases support local artists, small business, your local economy, and your Vernon Community Arts Centre.

The VCAC is operated by Arts Council of the North Okanagan, a registered charitable society

Shoppers are encouraged to speak to the staff and artists and pick up a class brochure to get inspired. Come back in the new year for a tour.

Artsolutely is open daily: Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday from noon to 4 p.m., and Christmas Eve hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.. The Arts Centre is located at the entrance to Polson Park, right next door to the Science Centre.

New work arrives daily so you will want to keep coming back. Each time you return, your name will be entered in a draw for a chance to win one of the daily door prizes from Artsolutely’s special Advent Calendar of local art. Starting Dec. 1, staff will draw a name and go live on social media to announce the winner and help everyone count down to Christmas 2020.

READ MORE: Horse sleigh rides on board at SilverStar


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
253 new COVID-19 cases, 4 more deaths in Interior Health over the weekend

More than 1,000 cases in the region remain active

COVID-19 related deaths at Oliver, West Kelowna and Vernon senior care homes

Sunnybank, Heritage Retirement Residence and Noric House recorded deaths over the weekend

A portion of 34th Street will be closed to through traffic as of Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, while sewer upgrades are underway. (City of Vernon)
Sewer upgrades to close Vernon road

Motorists are to expect some delays around portion of 34th Street starting Wednesday

This dog is going to the SPCA if its owner isn't found. (RDNO Dog Control photo)
Owners sought after dog ‘dumped’ near Vernon school

Pup is now either getting adopted or going to the SPCA

A member of the M.V. Beattie Elementary School community tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement issued Jan. 17, 2021. (photo submitted)
COVID-19 exposure at Enderby elementary

Member of school community tests positive for virus

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry prepares a daily update on the coronavirus pandemic, April 21, 2020. (B.C. Government)
B.C. adjusts COVID-19 vaccine rollout for delivery slowdown

Daily cases decline over weekend, 31 more deaths

Interior Health declared the COVID-19 outbreak at McKinney Place long term care home over Monday, Jan. 18, 2020. (File photo)
COVID-19 outbreak at McKinney Place care home declared over

‘This has been one of our most challenging outbreaks so far,’ says chief medical health officer

Penticton Bylaw officer Glenn Smith, as well as resident Zak Laycock (not pictured), received the Governor General Award from the Royal Canadian Humane Association to recognize their heroism in a summer 2019 incident. (Contributed)
Bylaw officer and Penticton resident given awards for intervening in sexual assault

Bylaw officer Glenn Smith said he was simply in the right place at the right time

A female prisoner sent Langford police officers a thank-you card after she spent days in their custody. (Twitter/West Shore RCMP)
Woman gives Victoria-area jail 4.5-star review in handwritten card to police after arrest

‘We don’t often get thank you cards from people who stay with us, but this was sure nice to see’: RCMP

An elk got his antlers caught up in a zip line in Youbou over the weekend. (Conservation Officer Service Photo)
Elk rescued from zip line in Youbou on Vancouver Island

Officials urge people to manage items on their property that can hurt animals

An Abbotsford man was killed in a motor vehicle accident on Highway 3 on Monday, Jan. 18. (Black Press file photo)
Abbotsford man killed in Highway 3 crash near Hedley

Fatality was discovered by passing tow truck driver

A Trail man has a lucky tin for a keepsake after it saved him from a stabbing last week. File photo
Small tin in Kootenay man’s jacket pocket saved him from stabbing: RCMP

The man was uninjured thanks to a tin in his jacket

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation Chantel Moore, 26, was fatally shot by a police officer during a wellness check in the early morning of June 4, 2020, in Edmundston, N.B. (Facebook)
Frustrated family denied access to B.C. Indigenous woman’s police shooting report

Independent investigation into B.C. woman’s fatal shooting in New Brunswick filed to Crown

Delta Police Constable Jason Martens and Dezi, a nine-year-old German Shepherd that recently retired after 10 years with Delta Police. (Photo submitted)
Dezi, a Delta police dog, retires on a high note after decade of service

Nine-year-old German Shepherd now fights over toys instead of chasing down bad guys

Most Read