Sookinchoot Youth Centre artist Clara Hovan is showing her digital print

Sookinchoot Youth Centre artist Clara Hovan is showing her digital print

VPAG opens exhibitions by Sookinchoot, Bulgarian printmakers

Works by Sookinchoot aboriginal artists and international printmaking exhibition by Bulgarian artists open at Vernon Public Art Gallery.

The Vernon Public Art Gallery continues to offer exhibitions in a variety of media, from artists locally and internationally, all while providing information and education about contemporary visual arts.

The upcoming exhibitions opening on Oct. 18 fill this criteria.

Besides Gabriel Newman’s interactive installation, the Funeral Café, the gallery is presenting the third annual exhibition by the Sookinchoot Youth Centre as well an international printmaking exhibition featuring the work of Bulgarian artists.

Located in Vernon’s Friendship Centre, Sookinchoot Aboriginal youth are once again showing their diverse work in the Tribes of Dawn.

Under the guidance of First Nations mentor Wayne LaRiviere, the exhibition brings together traditional and contemporary works of art that contribute to the understanding of cultural values and history of the Okanagan First Nations.

The exhibition will include two and three-dimensional artwork, photography, video works, and a contemporary interpretation of traditional crafts.

Artists include Harley Knife, Pierre Richard, Clara Hovan, Mary-Rose Cohen, Patrick Dobslaff, Emma Cohen, Jolene Denham, and Seth Tonasket.

The VPAG is also opening the Contemporary Bulgarian Printmakers exhibition, which showcases 63 prints produced by 33 Bulgarian artists.

Organized by Georgi Kolev, a founder and director of Lessedra Gallery and Contemporary Art Projects based in Sofia, Bulgaria, the exhibition has toured internationally to the Netherlands, Italy, Japan and the U.S. since 2007.

“I am pleased to have once again worked with associate professor Briar Craig (faculty member of UBC Okanagan’s critical and creative studies department) to bring the Bulgarian printmaking exhibition to the Okanagan,” said VPAG curator Lubos Culen. “As an advocate and educator of printmaking, Briar has helped in the selection of many outstanding works that provide a strong representation of art produced by Bulgarian printmakers over the last decade. We are fortunate to offer an exhibition of this calibre to the citizens of Vernon.”

In correlation with the printmaking exhibition, the VPAG, in partnership with UBCO and Craig, has coordinated a studio tour of UBCO’s fine arts department on Nov. 3.

UBCO students will be showing a variety of print mediums and Craig will give a guided tour of the facilities, providing insight on printmaking in the art world today.

He will also speak about the visual arts program and courses available at the university.

Those wishing to attend can meet at UBCO’s north Kelowna campus in the main floor foyer of the FINA (fine arts) building at 1 p.m.

The VPAG is also offering an introduction to monoprinting and stenciling at the gallery on Nov. 17 at 11 a.m.

This workshop is open to both beginner and experienced printmakers, as it teaches participants a number of printmaking techniques to explore, said Kelly MacIntosh, VPAG marketing and programming coordinator.

“This is a great opportunity to learn about printmaking with the inspiration of the Bulgarian printmakers in the very same location,” she added.

The workshop is available by a drop-in fee of $7 for VPAG members, and $10 for non-members.

All exhibitions open at the VPAG with a reception on Thursday, Oct. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. A live drumming performance will be given by Robin Red Hawk and the Earth Sisters. The exhibitions run at the gallery until Dec. 21.

For more information about the exhibitions, or to register for the UBCO studio tour Nov. 3 or printmaking workshop Nov. 17, contact the gallery at info@vernonpublicartgallery.com, 250-545-3173, www.vernonpublicartgallery.com