The Allan Brooks Nature Centre's Janice Buick

The Allan Brooks Nature Centre's Janice Buick

Reception welcomes new artists in residence

Meet new artists in residence Destanne Norris and Gabrielle Strong at a reception in the Vernon Community Art Centre, Thursday, June 4.

  • Jun. 2, 2015 11:00 a.m.

Along with ushering in the summer months, June also welcomes some new artistic energy and activity to Vernon.

The Caetani Cultural Centre and Allan Brooks Nature Centre welcome another artist into its Fresh! AiR residency program.

Vernon artist Destanne Norris is at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre to take in all the weather phenomena the one-time weather station can offer.

Her project, Whether from the Centre, comes from her fascination with the weather formations and light in the sky and translating them into paintings that depict both the inner and outer experiences of the land – both “inscape and landscape” simultaneously. Her project will take the form of a multi-paneled painting that will explore “weathering” and “whethering” directly as metaphor for inner and outer life.

The Caetani Cultural Centre’s newest artist in residence program, CERAM-AiR, in partnership with the Vernon Community Arts Centre, welcomes Vancouver-based artist Gabrielle Strong.

Strong will be working in the VCAC ceramic studio from June to September.

Having spent five years at sea, Strong is coming to the Okanagan to reconnect to the land. A recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, she works in both ceramics and painting.

Norris and Strong will kick off their residencies with a public welcome reception at the Vernon Community Arts Centre from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, June 4. This event is free and open to the public.

In conjunction with this reception, the Vernon Community Arts Centre also welcomes the artists exhibiting in Source of Inspiration, on for the month of June at the VCAC.

This show depicts the journey that each artist has made since participating in the two day workshops at Lake Country Art Gallery and Vernon Community Arts Centre this past year. Artists included in this exhibition are Chris Clayton, Patricia Doyle, Laurel Fredin, Heide Hirschkorn, Angelika Jaeger, Noreen Jodoin, Sheri Kunzli, Denise Patrick, Nancy Vince, and workshop instructor Gale Woodhouse.

Opening remarks and short artists’ talks from Source of Inspiration artists will commence at 5 p.m.

Strong will give a presentation on her work June 20 at 3 p.m. at the Vernon Community Arts Centre.  Norris will give a presentation on the work she’s completed during her residence June 24 at 7 p.m. at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre. Both talks are free and open to the public.