Artists alternative dreams in pattern

North Okanagan Artists Alternative hosts its open exhibition at Gallery Vertigo.

Vernon artist Colleen Couves holds some of pieces she has submitted to Gallery Vertigo's North Okanagan Artists Alternative open exhibition

Whether it be random or planned, patterns are all around us: in nature, in conversation, in architecture, in relationships, in thoughts, and in art.

Members of the North Okanagan Artists Alternative (NOAA), a non-profit organization that runs under the auspices of Gallery Vertigo, have taken the theme “pattern” and run with it.

They have applied brush to canvas, eye to viewfinder, hand to clay, and pen to paper for their 11th annual members show, which opens at Gallery Vertigo Saturday.

This year’s theme has seen a plethora of visual art submitted, said Vertigo curator Judith Jurica.

“The subject of pattern has been interpreted in a myriad of ways by our members for your enjoyment,” she said. “Forty artists submitted over 70 works: painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, collage and fibre works are represented in this extravaganza of colour and pattern.”

While at the gallery, visitors can also see recent work by Destanne Norris on the NOAA Featured Members Wall.

Currently based at Silver Star Mountain, Norris received her bachelor of fine arts honours degree from the University of Victoria in 1987, and in 2009 was awarded a master of fine arts from the University of Tasmania in Australia.

Primarily a landscape-based oil painter, Norris’ research interests include landscape and place, romanticism, embodiment and metaphor and symbol in material culture.

The artist has exhibited in university and public galleries, and is currently  represented by Gallery Odin and Mountain Galleries.

She recently co-curated the exhibition, Diversity in Drawing, at the Lake Country Art Gallery.

Saturday’s opening artists’ reception is also a Halloween party that will take place from 4 to 6 p.m.

“Join us and bring the whole family for Halloween treats and witches brew,” said Jurica. “Costumes are encouraged.”

The exhibition can be viewed at Gallery Vertigo, located at #1- 3001-31st St. (upstairs), until Nov. 26.

A number of Halloween events are taking place in downtown Vernon Saturday both prior to and after the Gallery Vertigo reception.

Local actress/storyteller Christine Pilgrim will tell some spooky tales at the Vernon museum’s Family Halloween Spooktacular from 1 to 4 p.m.

Following  Vertigo’s Halloween Party, the parade to the Caetani Cultural Centre’s Lantern Festival leaves from Gallery Vertigo at 5:50 p.m. A Caetani parade volunteer will come to Gallery Vertigo and whisk off anyone who wants to join the parade.

The parade will then leave from The Hub, located beside the Towne Theatre on 30th Avenue, at 6 p.m.

The Lantern Festival at the Caetani centre on Pleasant Valley Road  takes place until 9 p.m.


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