Copy cats welcomed for Almost Famous auction

Early 20th century art is the inspiration for Gallery Vertigo’s annual fundraiser.

Gallery Vertigo’s Amber Powell interprets Pablo Picasso’s The Bull for last year’s Almost Famous art auction fundraiser at Vertigo.

Gallery Vertigo’s Amber Powell interprets Pablo Picasso’s The Bull for last year’s Almost Famous art auction fundraiser at Vertigo.

It could be the neoplastic grid art of Dutch painter Piet Mondrian, or the complicated constructivism of Russian’s Wassily Kandinsky, it doesn’t really matter as long as it is a masterful copy or fabulous fake.

Gallery Vertigo’s eighth annual Almost Famous art auction and fundraiser features work by local artists imitating the masters, a term to be interpreted as widely as possible, said Heidi Maddess, who is director of Vernon’s non-profit artist-run studio and gallery

“We thought we’d add a twist for the eighth annual event with the theme Gin & Sin. As an artist, you could imitate any artist, in any style, from any country, who was working in the years between 1900 and 1955,” she said. “We’ll encourage dressing the part for the event and we will serve appetizers and cocktails.”

Other examples of artists working in the time period include Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall, René Magritte, Edward Hopper, Gustav Klimt, Tamara de Lempicka, August Macke, Paul Klee, Diego Rivera, Franz Marc, Edvard Munch, Joan Miró, Georgia O’Keeffe, Guy Rose and Maxfield Parrish.

Deadline for artists to submit their work for the event is Oct. 24, 25, and 26. All sizes will be accepted (no canvasses will be provided) and the name of the artist copied, title of piece, and historical description should be provided. Artists who enter a piece will receive one ticket for admission to the Almost Famous Full Regalia Gala and Art Auction on Nov. 3.

Tickets for non-donating artists and  the public are $20, available at the Bean Scene and Gallery Vertigo.

For more information, contact Gallery Vertigo at 250-503-2297 or visit www.galleryvertigo.com