Submitted to The Morning Star
Artsolutely started with a bang at an opening reception Friday at the Vernon Community Arts Centre.
With more than 150 people in attendance, it was the perfect way to celebrate the Arts Council of the North Okanagan’s annual winter fundraiser.
“It’s great to see so many people supporting these local artists,” said Patricia Doyle, owner of Bella Vista Glass Art and an Artsolutely vendor and committee member. “The turnout was even better than last year and we couldn’t be happier.”
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Artsolutely is an annual juried Christmas show and sale featuring 25 local artists and artisans working in a variety of mediums such as pottery, fibre, painting, glass, photography, wood, and more.
Twenty per cent of the proceeds from the sale go towards the arts council to fund arts and culture initiatives in the community.
“By shopping at Artsolutely this Christmas season, you’re not only supporting local artisans, but you’re also supporting an ever growing arts community in the Greater Vernon area,” said Doyle.
The 25 artists participating in the sale include Laura Ashton, Buffy Baumbrough, Val Bosk, Chris Clayton, Patricia Doyle, Laurel Fredin, Marla Giles, Patricia Goodliffe, Christine Kashuba, Trixie Krogel, Erin Kronbauer, Mike Kronbauer, Nikki Marshall, Jill McDonald, Robin McDonald, Michelle Monker, Jeanette Moore, Annette Pollok, Chris Reimer, Gabrielle Strong, Terryn Thachuk, Rob Whiskin, Rosalie Williams, Gale Woodhouse, and Linda Zepik.
“Their diverse collection of works make for an amazing show and the perfect place to get all your Christmas shopping done for him, her, and most importantly, you,” said Doyle.
Artsolutely runs seven days a week until Christmas Eve at 1 p.m. Hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Call 250-542-6243 for info.