Vernon’s artist-run centre Gallery Vertigo is once again asking locals to uncover their treasures for their annual Christmas fundraiser.
Formerly called Picasso’s Cupboard, which featured a silent auction of donated goods, this year’s event has a new twist and a new name, said Vertigo’s longtime curator/director Judith Jurica.
“This year’s theme is a Gift Re-Gift sale, with donations coming from anyone with a sympathetic attitude towards local artists and supportive attitude towards artist-run culture,” said Jurica. “We’ll accept second-hand treasures, as well as new items/services. And, this is the perfect chance to part gracefully with those unwanted gifts that clutter your cupboard.
“We are offering folks a way to politely dispose of those pesky gifts that were not ideal by re-gifting them to a good cause.”
The gallery is looking for anyone to donate goods and services for the cash-and-carry event, which will run from Thursday, Dec. 8 to Dec. 17.
“Scour your cupboards and your attics for treasures you no longer need. Goods can start arriving right away, but please try to have your stuff to us by Wednesday, Dec. 7. We will not turn away late arriving items, however,” said Jurica.
“Please keep in mind that we are looking for items that would make good gifts –– no garage sale leftovers please,” she added.
Donations of Christmas baked goods are also needed.
Vertigo studio artists and members will also be selling their handmade wares, with 100 per cent of the proceeds going to the gallery’s programs.
“We will be making homemade wrap and using interesting found and recycled materials to host a gift wrapping experience,” said Jurica. “You’ll be able to do something good for the environment while supporting Gallery Vertigo.”
The gift wrapping event will take place Dec. 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is by donation.
In addition, the gallery is busy stocking its DIZZY gift shop.
“Many local artisans and artists are bringing in their wares to help you find the perfect gift,” said Jurica. “Shop where you can find one-of-a-kind unique and well-priced gifts made by local artisans, or browse for a book by a local author, locally-made cards and art by local artists.”
Gallery Vertigo, which is run by a non-profit society and is a registered charitable institution, is located upstairs at Suite #1-3001-31st St., in downtown Vernon.
Business hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m. Call 250-503-2297 or visit www.galleryvertigo.com for more information.