Vernon Public Art Gallery curator Lubos Culen and preparator Joanne Salé hang the artwork for the annual members show

Vernon Public Art Gallery curator Lubos Culen and preparator Joanne Salé hang the artwork for the annual members show

Exhibition is no small matter

Members of the Vernon Public Art Gallery are showcasing their own creations in the annual exhibition, Visual Vernacular.

Members of the Vernon Public Art Gallery are showcasing their own creations in the annual exhibition, Visual Vernacular, which opens Thursday at the gallery.

The annual event and fundraiser provides an exhibition opportunity for members of all ages, whether they are professional artists or artists in training.

“The members exhibition is intended to celebrate our talented supporters. It’s our opportunity to support their work,” said VPAG executive director Dauna Kennedy Grant.

Formerly known as  SmallMATTERS, the  members exhibition now allows for artists to submit some of their larger format work, up to 40 inches in height or width.

On display in the Caroline Galbraith Gallery until Dec. 21, more than 70 mostly Okanagan-based artists have provided a variety of work in a variety of media, from paintings and prints to photography and sculpture.

All artwork is available for purchase, which supports both the artists and the gallery.

Thursday’s opening reception begins at 5 p.m., with food and refreshments. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Visitors will also be able to view three other exhibitions also currently on display.

In conjunction with the opening reception, artists and guests are also invited to attend a municipal election forum.

A moderated question period with Vernon and Coldstream’s mayoral candidates will begin at 6 p.m.

“All council and mayoral candidates are invited to attend the opening reception as an opportunity to speak directly to the membership, gallery supporters and the general public, on issues related to the future of arts and culture in Vernon,” said Kennedy Grant.

For more information, go to www.vernonpublicartgallery.com or call 250-545-3173.