The Vernon Public Art Gallery is once again exposing the talents of its member artists.
The annual members’ exhibition, Exposed!, contains two- and three-dimensional works of art of modest sizes and is a celebration of creativity and local artists, said the gallery’s executive director Dauna Kennedy Grant.
“The ambiguous title, Exposed!, is open to interpretation. Artists are free to use the medium of their choice for their artwork, which adds a lovely variety of pieces to the show,” said Kennedy Grant. “The public can look forward to a wide array of artistic expression and execution, as artists explore the theme of this show.”
All the art is available for purchase and proceeds support the artist(s) who created the work, with a small percentage going back to support the gallery’s ongoing exhibitions and programming.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for the community to support local artists and the Vernon Public Art Gallery while finding unique original artworks to add to your collection,” said Kennedy Grant. “Because the works of art are of a modest size, the prices are reasonable and a great opportunity for art lovers to own or gift an original piece of art.”
The opening reception for Exposed! takes place at the VPAG Thursday, Nov. 12 from 6to 8 p.m. Locally crafted beer, wine and appetizers will be served.
Live music will be performed by Marv Machura.
(UPDATE:) Machura is a singer-songwriter/performer in the vein of Gordon Lightfoot, Ian Tyson, and John Denver.
He has released four CDs, published 20-plus songs in Nashville, and is a popular local performer.
Machura will be introducing his new group of musicians at this week’s Exposed! opening.
“It’s great to be a part of this event at the gallery and be a small part of all this great local artistic talent,” Machura explains.
Local talent has also been on Machura’s mind lately as he has been looking for players to form a duo or trio to expand his sound and scope of his performances. Hooking up with local bass player and fellow professor at Okanagan College Art Boehm is proving to be a breakthrough.
“We have a really nice acoustic power-duo going: Art is an amazing musician with a wealth of experience and musical knowledge,” said Machura.
They first met when Machura was hosting the jam at the Longhorn Pub, but never followed through with other gigs until they met again as fellow teachers at Okanagan College’s Vernon campus.
They are also performing next Thursday, Nov. 19 at the SPCA Wine and Whiskers Benefit.
For more information, visit www.marvmachura.com.
Exposed! and current exhibitions, Self-Similarity by Carolina Sanchez de Bustamante, and Legends, by the Kama? Aboriginal Arts Creative Collective, can be viewed at the gallery from now until Dec. 23.
Admission to the VPAG, located underneath the Vernon parkade at 3228 31st Ave., is by donation.