Artists find their inspiration

Source of Inspiration class opens its exhibition of the same name at the Vernon Community Arts Centre.

The Vernon Community Arts Centre has opened a new exhibition

The Vernon Community Arts Centre has opened a new exhibition

“We do art because of madness. We do art to play,” said Gale Woodhouse, instructor of the Source of Inspiration class while speaking to the crowd of art lovers at the Vernon Community Arts Centre Thursday night.

More than 50 people of all ages came to enjoy the opening reception of the art centre’s June exhibit.

The exhibit, Source of Inspiration, features artwork from the art centre’s class of the same name. The work reveals both the progression and product of the artistic process.

Students were asked to bring to the table something that inspired them – ranging from swimming salmon to a beloved garden – and then push themselves to go somewhere they’d never been. The responses, as vocalized by each of the artists at the opening reception, were heartfelt and raw.

A variety of mediums are on display, including pencil charcoal, acrylic and pastel paintings, acrylic skins, photography, ceramics, glass fusing, resin, and collage.

This diverse collection features work by artists AJ Jaeger, Chris Clayton, Denise Patrick, Gale Woodhouse, Heidi Hirschkorn, Laurel Fredin, Nancy Vince, Noreen Jodoin, Patricia Doyle, Patti Rouch, and Sheri Kunzli.

Source of Inspiration runs until June 30. The Vernon Community Arts Centre is open Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Be sure to stop by and be inspired by the stunning artwork on display in this exhibit.

The July exhibit will be titled Interactive Art and is open to all current members of the Arts Council of the North Okanagan. Call the Vernon Community Arts Centre at 250-542-6243 or contact for more information.