Vernon could host unique pop-up art gallery this spring

An artist's rendering of a satellite art gallery made up of storage containers.
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VERNON - Vernon could be home to a temporary, pop-up art gallery this spring.

To accommodate the 2015 Okanagan Print Triennial, a large, international art show, organizers have come up with the idea of using storage containers as exhibition space. 

The Vernon Public Art Gallery, which hosts the show in partnership with UBC Okanagan and the Kelowna Art Gallery, isn’t big enough to host the show without cutting down on the number of artists. There are currently 170 artists from 30 different countries competing in the show.

“We really didn’t want to downsize or minimize the calibre of the show,” executive director Dauna Kennedy Grant says.

Vernon city council gave its approval for the gallery to install a temporary exhibition structure made up of storage containers in the city-owned parking lot at 3007 31 Ave., pegged as the future site of the new art gallery. The property is located adjacent to the bus station downtown Vernon.

The containers would be configured in a way that the structure itself becomes an art installation for the four-month long show. City council is giving the gallery a total of six months on the property to give time for set-up and take-down.

“The amount of excitement happening already is unbelievable,” Kennedy Grant says. “We just need to make sure we firm everything up with our partners. Its not something we’re doing on our own.”

The gallery is working out the logistics with its business partners this week, and expects to know soon if the temporary satellite gallery will work out.

“I don’t want to say it’s a done deal, it’s not yet. But there’s definitely a lot of positive momentum,” Kennedy Grant says.

The art show is set to open in March 2015.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at chelston@infonews.ca or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.


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