Painter/photographer Heidi Thompson is the first artist to have her work exhibited at Spinner’s Sound Centre and Gallery in Downtown Vernon.

Painter/photographer Heidi Thompson is the first artist to have her work exhibited at Spinner’s Sound Centre and Gallery in Downtown Vernon.

New exhibition space opens in Vernon

Spinners Sound Centre and Gallery, a new high-end audio store and gallery in downtown Vernon hosts reception Friday

  • Dec. 3, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Artists have a new place to hang in Vernon.

Spinners Sound Centre and Gallery, a new high-end audio store and gallery in downtown Vernon, is inviting the public to its first opening exhibition featuring the work of abstract artist Heidi Thompson.

When Spinner’s owner Dieter Theiss and store manager Carl St. Jean moved into their 30th Avenue location, formerly Gregory’s Jewelry, they say they were dazzled by the elegant walls, antiquated ceilings, chandeliers and ambiance of the historic building.

They saw that the space was not only ideal for enhancing sound, which would be perfect for demonstrating their high-end audio equipment, but the expansive walls were calling out for inspiring art.

St. Jean, an artist himself, immediately envisioned a marriage of sight and sound and invited Thompson to be their first artist.

When Thompson stepped into the elegant space, she was also inspired. She felt that it would be perfect for her large non-objective and colourful paintings.

Thompson was born in Vernon and traveled to Europe in the ‘70s to study art. After returning home, she opened a photography studio and continued painting.

Thompson currently exhibits internationally and this year had shows in San Diego and Switzerland.

St. Jean and Thompson have selected paintings that complement music for this inaugural exhibition.  They both feel that abstract art is like music – colours, patterns and light create compositions that evoke similar emotions.

Theiss and St. Jean are looking forward to featuring other artists and welcome proposals. The public is invited to a free evening reception Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at 3107 30th Ave.

For info or exhibition proposals, contact St. Jean at 250-260-8425.