SMARTIES invites families to drop-in for artistic fun

Gallery Vertigo

For those who have been missing their Sunday afternoons at Gallery Vertigo, the wait is over: SMARTIES returns Sunday and welcomes all ages to drop in and get creative.

New SMARTIES coordinator Anne Mihalcheon is also Sunday’s instructor, guiding participants in a workshop on mosaics.

She will walk you through the whole process. You will learn the technique while creating your own personal interpretation of this ancient medium.

“You’ll proudly take home your completed creation,” said Gallery Vertigo executive director Judith Jurica. “Let’s get messy and have fun together.”

SMARTIES takes place every Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the gallery’s new space that has been set aside just for the program.

“This dedicated space will allow for easier access to materials, sink for clean-up, and walls for display of the SMARTIES art produced,” said Jurica. “Feel free to come by and check it out.”

No registration necessary, just drop in for some fun. Everyone is welcome — wear old clothes and bring your imagination.

“We’ll supply materials, encouragement and smiles.”

There is a suggested donation of $3 per person. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Teens are welcome too.

“We strongly encourage parents to be part of the fun, and we also welcome grandparents to take part! Volunteers interested in art are invited to come down and assist at the workshops. No experience necessary.”

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SMARTIES coordinator Anne Mihalcheon is currently working towards earning a bachelor of fine arts degree at UBC Okanagan. The artist has been an active participant in North Okanagan Artists Alternative for many years, contributing to the Almost Famous fundraiser and showing her work on the members’ wall and in group exhibitions. She is currently a studio artist at Gallery Vertigo.

In addition to producing her own art work, Mihalcheon enjoys sharing the joy of art making with others, especially children.

“Anne excelled at our Strategies for Teaching Art program here at the gallery a couple of years ago and related experience includes participation in the House of Dwarfs Daycare after-school program as well as having taught numerous SMARTIES sessions, including sessions creating three dimensional objects such as masks, wind chimes, mosaics and treasure boxes,” said Jurica. “At Gallery Vertigo we take having fun very seriously, and that’s why we have rounded up some highly qualified instructors to lead a variety of exciting art-making activities that the entire family will enjoy.”

Gallery Vertigo is upstairs at 3001-31st St., downtown Vernon. For more information, or to volunteer, please call 250-503-2297, see or e-mail or friend the gallery on Facebook.