John Lawrence hangs Brendan Robinson's work for the Almost Famous auction

Time to choose your fabulous fake

Vernon's Gallery Vertigo gets ready for its annual Almost Famous auction, featuring local artwork copied from the masters.

Artists have dropped off their “fabulous fakes,” featuring their versions of famous works of art, for Gallery’s Vertigo’s Almost Famous.

The annual auction takes place Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Vernon Community Arts Centre (VCAC), however, the works are now on exhibition at Gallery Vertigo for viewers to get a sneak peek before they go to bid.

The event is the artist-run gallery’s main fundraiser of the year.

“We like to call Vertigo the little gallery that could,” said Vertigo director Michelle Mitchell. “Everyone involved in the gallery, from artist to administrator to writer to community activist, have shared roles within the gallery and the community to bring innovative art to Vernon, from both accomplished and new artists.”

Gallery Vertigo artists have reached into their community connections to bring the Almost Famous exhibition to life. That includes the VCAC (run by the Arts Council of the North Okanagan), which is providing the space for this year’s auction.

“Lynne Gayan and the VCAC have been generous in providing us the space for this show,” said Mitchell. “The North Okanagan has such a vibrant, supportive arts community and it’s great when we can come together this way.”

Kalamalka Secondary School art students will be displaying their fabulous fakery as well.

“Honestly, I picked Picasso’s The Lovers because I thought it would be easy – boy, was I ever wrong,” exclaimed Grade 11 student Paige Orcherton.

“Copying famous artwork is not a cakewalk, rather it takes time, planning, and deep thought combined with skill,” said Brian Montieth, Kalamalka Secondary art instructor, adding he is proud of the opportunity for high school students to show and auction work.

In addition, local musician, Brandon Schmor, a multiple-finalist for Our Kids Have Talent and who opened at the B.C. Winter Games in Vernon in 2012, will provide pre-auction entertainment from 7 to 8 p.m.

“Brandon is incredible,” said Mitchell. “He is always an enthusiastic and energetic supporter of the arts.”

People are also encouraged to dress up for the event.

“You can also come in whatever’s comfortable, but it’s always more fun to bring that extra level of participation,” said Mitchell.

Almost Famous starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the Bean Scene and Vertigo. Call 250-503-2297 or visit for more information.




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