Arts Council of the North Okanagan launches new projects

Council announces its new youth artist-in-residency program at the Vernon Community Arts Centre, and new indoor/outdoor mural project.

The Arts Council of the North Okanagan (ACNO) has announced  two exciting projects taking place at the Vernon Community Arts Centre (VCAC) this summer.

The first is a new youth artist-in-residence scholarship.

The first recipient, Joshua Wallace, has received a bursary and a studio at the VCAC this summer, and will be exhibiting his work at the centre in a month-long exhibition in September.

“We are thrilled to launch the pilot project this year, and will be looking forward to expanding the program and partnering with other local arts organizations next year,” said VCAC executive director  Lynne Gayan.

“The arts council recognized the need for a program to support young artists and developed the youth artist-in-residence program to provide emerging artists living in the North Okanagan, between the ages of 18 and 25, the opportunity to explore, improve and further develop their artistic skills and style.”

Besides the free studio space for July and August, bursary for materials and equipment, and exhibition, presentation or performance at the end of the residency, the artist also receives promotion and publicity.

For more information about the program, call  Gayan at (250) 542-6243 or e-mail

The VCAC is also undergoing a major transformation over the summer in the creation of an indoor/outdoor multimedia mural.

A grant from the B.C. Winter Legacy Fund has enabled the ACNO to move forward with the project that has lead artists Gale Woodhouse and James Postill combining their artistic talents and  styles.

The outside mural is being painted by Postill in a fresco-secco style and will be the first public mural of its kind in the Okanagan, and possibly the province, said Gayan.

The interior, by Woodhouse, will be a clay relief mural/donor wall that will incorporate glass, metal, stone and fibre throughout the work. Youth will make stamps that will be included in the mural.

“The mural project is designed to reflect community involvement, support and participation – exactly what the Vernon Arts Centre is,” said Woodhouse, adding  the mural will incorporate what is offered at VCAC and have a mixture of organic elements, reflecting the geographical setting of Polson Park.

The public is invited to visit the VCAC and meet all the artists.

The ACNO will officially unveil the mural Sept. 26 at its Council Crash event.