Steel boxes stick around

Satellite space used for Okanagan Print Triennial making an extended stay through summer

Vernon’s temporary satellite art exhibition space will be staying longer than planned.

City council unanimously supported a request to extend the satellite space across from Cenotaph Park through to Sept. 30.

The exhibit, housed in four BigSteelBox storage lockers, is displaying part of the Okanagan Print Triennial, which launched in March and ends Thursday, May 21.

“It’s been a great addition to that area,” said Coun. Juliette Cunningham. “If it goes through the summer, it’s going to be a great tourist attraction.”

The triennial features 90 works of art at both the satellite space and the Vernon Public Art Gallery. The additional space was created as the gallery isn’t big enough to feature all of the exhibits.

“It has been a very popular event,” said VPAG executive director Dauna Kennedy Grant. “The overall numbers for visitors and donations have been up.”

Admission is by donation at the door.

Kennedy Grant said the numbers encouraged the art gallery to seek extending the satellite space through the summer.

“The public has really enjoyed the extra space,” she said. “We’ve got some other programming that we can take advantage of to use at that space. “More people have been to the lockers than the art gallery so that indicates that the gallery is in the wrong place (located at the side of the downtown parkade).”

 

The storage lockers sit on the site identified as the future home of an art gallery.