Honouring McMechan

Gallery Vertigo holds sale of the late artist’s pottery

Gallery Vertigo will be holding a special fundraiser in honour of Ada Evelyn McMechan (née Kidner) (1915-1990) this weekend.

McMechan was a longtime Vernon potter and painter who settled on Okanagan Lake with her husband Archie after the Second World War.

She studied and practised art under Ernst Lindner, Topham Brown, Franz Poll, Leroy Jenson and others, and gained a notable reputation for her pottery and specifically for her glazes.

Her pottery was widely collected throughout the North Okanagan from the latter 1960s through the early ‘80s.

McMechan also taught glazing and pottery at Okanagan College briefly toward the end of her life. Several of her pieces are in the permanent collection of the Vernon Public Art Gallery.

A sale of some of the remaining pottery from her collection will be held at Gallery Vertigo today from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m., or while supplies last.

Proceeds from the sale will be split between Gallery Vertigo and the Ada McMechan estate.

Sale will be held at the gallery, #1-3001 31st St., Vernon.

For more information, email the gallery at galleryvertigonoaa@gmail.com.