Local musicians to help art gallery recover from flood

Fundraising concert to help in the restoration efforts caused by the recent flooding at the Vernon Public Art Gallery happens Feb. 28.

A group of local musicians is holding a fundraising concert to help in the restoration efforts caused by the recent flooding at the Vernon Public Art Gallery.

Tanya Lipscomb, Eli Garlick and Peter McKillop will perform at the VPAG Friday, Feb. 28.

Reopened in mid-January, the gallery was closed in early December when a water main pipe broke in front of its doors, with water seeping inside and causing damage.

The original opening date was pushed back by one week in order to allow necessary time for drying, cleaning, dry walling and painting the walls of the gallery.

“We wanted to help with the restoration as the gallery is a precious resource for art in our community,” said Lipscomb, a Vernon-based singer with a three-octave range.

Also a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Lipscomb has released 10 albums, and currently uses a loop pedal to round out her sound.

Joining Lipscomb is Garlick, a 16-year-old violinist who attends Kalamalka Secondary School.

He began studying classical violin when he was five years old and is currently preparing for his Grade 10 Royal Conservatory of Music exam.

Garlick has performed at the Provincial Music Festival and has recently begun experimenting with more modern music using a loop pedal and his violin as well as adding guitar and drums to his music.

Last year, he and fellow violinist Hana Friedman placed third in the local Our Kids Have Talent competition and performed at the J.E.S.S. for kids scholarship fundraiser and at the VPAG’s Riot On The Roof.

McKillop is a Vernon born and raised musician who has been performing around town for the past eight years.

He has built himself a name by playing in many local productions, including last year’s Vernon Glee Club production of Across the Universe.

A singer-songwriter at heart, McKillop’s main focus is guitar and voice, but he has recently stepped into the world of looping and vocal effects.

The Feb. 28 concert at the VPAG, located at  3228-31st Ave., starts at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are $15, available at the gallery.