Artsolutely counts down to Christmas in North Okanagan

14th annual Vernon Community Arts Centre fundraiser underway daily until Dec. 24

Artsolutely counts down to Christmas in North Okanagan

An advent calendar of art is counting down the days until Christmas.

The Vernon Community Arts Centre presents the 14th annual Artsolutely, an annual fundraiser which runs for 24 days straight from Dec. 1 right through to Christmas Eve.

The Artsolutely market is a shopping extravaganza that fills two large studios and the front gallery space at the Arts Centre, which is located in the heart of Polson Park. Every piece of art is carefully handcrafted and locally made, and each artisan is selected through a jurying process to ensure the highest quality throughout. This year Artsolutely has 28 feature artisans with pottery, paintings, glass art, metalwork, photography, fibre arts, jewelry, natural products and a whole lot more. Plus new work arriving daily.

“Having been around arts and craft shows all my life, I always find this one to be the most inspiring,” said Gale Woodhouse, executive director of the Arts Council of the North Okanagan. “You’ll see things here that you won’t see anywhere else. For some artisans, this is the only show they do.”

Shopping at Artsolutely is an opportunity for people to show their community spirit and shop local. People can feel good knowing their purchases support local artists, small business, their local economy, and their Vernon Community Arts Centre. The Arts Centre, operated by ACNO, is a non-profit society and registered charity. Through this annual fundraiser, 20 per cent of proceeds go to programs like Joining Hands, a twice-weekly drop-in arts program for people with diverse abilities. Not only does this program provide an opportunity for people to build their artistic skills, but it offers a place for building connections with others and helps reduce isolation that many of the participants face. Funds raised also support kids art camps, allows the centre to host family friendly events for the citizens of Vernon, and helps the centre maintain the drop-in studio space where artists of all ages and abilities gather.

“The Arts Centre is more than a place to create,” said Sheri Kunzli, marketing and program manager for the VCAC and ACNO. “It’s a community space that offers a place for healing, growing, relieving stress, laughing, building friendships, and developing skills. Arts matter and we have the privilege of witnessing the ‘why’ that arts matter on a daily basis.”

While visiting the marketplace, guests are encouraged to take a tour of the centre and get inspired! Chat with the artists, explore the studios and discover Vernon’s hidden gem. While some newcomers to Vernon say they chose Vernon as their home because of the Arts Centre and what it offers, other long time locals have yet to discover the diamond in their backyard.

“This year we’ll be doing weekly prize draws, thanks to several generous community sponsors,” adds Kunzli. “Be sure to put your name in the draw box each time you come in for a visit.”

Artsolutely is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Christmas Eve hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

READ MORE: Prepare to be awed by Okanagan artists

READ MORE: Vernon artist waves women’s flag in Penticton


@VernonNews
newsroom@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Ron Flockhart and sister, LaVerne—who’s holding her grandson, Conner—at the Sicamous and District Recreation Centre for the unveiling of the sign honouring Rob Flockhart on June 6, 2021. (Contributed)
New sign honours the late Rob Flockhart at Sicamous and District Recreation Centre

The sign was unveiled on June 6 to a small group of Flockhart’s family members

Effective Aug. 1, 2021, Donna Kriger will be the superintendent of schools for School District 83 North Okanagan-Shuswap. (Photo contributed)
North Okanagan-Shuswap School District hires new superintendent

Candidate from Saskatchewan to hop to the helm on Aug. 1, 2021

Erin Jackson, the city’s director of corporate services, was appointed acting chief administrative officer for the City of Salmon Arm on June 15, 2021. (Photo contributed)
City of Salmon Arm appoints acting chief administrative officer

Heads of two city department to temporarily fill empty CAO position

The old Dirty Dirt Farm Co-op sign now hangs in the forest behind one of the cabins. (Jim Cooperman photo)
Column: The saga of the Dirty Dirt Farm Co-op

Shuswap Passion by Jim Cooperman

Brook Kosick competes in the barrel racing event at a BC High School Rodeo Association rodeo in Quesnel, which was held from June 11-13, 2021. (Cassidy Dankochik - Black Press)
VIDEO: 14-year-old Salmon Arm rodeo athlete Brook Kosick competes at provincial level

Quesnel rodeo on June 11-13 was first of season for Kosick, who said it meant everything to be back

Bear wanders Kelowna on June 15. (Michelle Wallace/Facebook)
Bear climbs fence, uses crosswalk in Kelowna

The bear was spotted on Baron Road Wednesday evening

More flames
Lake Country home destroyed in large blaze, 11 dogs rescued

Fire crews are responding to 10839 Hallam Drive

(Facebook/Kelowna Cabs)
Kelowna Cabs reaches tentative agreement with dispatchers union

The tentative agreement could help end the dispute between the taxi company and the dispatchers

FILE – A science class at L.A. Matheson Secondary in Surrey, B.C. on March 12, 2021. (Lauren Collins/Surrey Now Leader)
Teachers’ union wants more COVID transmission data as B.C. prepares for back-to-school

BCTF says that details will be important as province works on plan for September

201 First Street West 1980s. Prior revitalization. (Photo from Revelstoke Museum and Archives)
Man who redesigned downtown Revelstoke honoured with lifetime achievement award

Robert Inwood has worked on historical projects across the province

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry outlines B.C.’s COVID-19 restart plan, May 25, 2021, including larger gatherings and a possible easing of mandatory masks on July 1. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. records 120 new COVID-19 cases, second vaccines accelerating

Lower Pfizer deliveries for early July, Moderna shipments up

The weekly COVID-19 map for June 6 to 12. (BC CDC)
South Okanagan sees only 5 new cases in last week

The Similkameen Valley went a second week without any new cases

A heart of ribbons is seen on the fence of Highroad Academy along Chilliwack Central Road on Friday, June 4, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Orange Heart Memorial campaign launches in Vernon on National Indigenous Peoples Day

North Okanagan Friendship Center raising funds for bench, mural memorializing 215 discovered in Kamloops

Most Read