Bringing the past to life

Stories of the Past will come to life in Vernon as part of Culture Days.

Keyanna Burgher, Vernon Community Arts Centre administrative assistant, said she teamed up seven local artists with seven local seniors to create artwork based on life stories from the seniors’ past.

“Over several months, the artists and seniors have worked together to develop an incredible exhibition that will be on display for a month at the arts centre,” said Burgher. “Through conversation, these once-strangers have developed friendships and created works that deeply reflect a connection between artist and senior. “

As BC Culture Days Ambassador, Burgher said she wanted to host an activity “that really brought the community together. I believe art has a way of connecting people on a deeper level, and I have seen firsthand the connections these artists have made with their seniors.

“It has made the seniors feel as though their stories have worth and importance. Not only them, but their families have been very excited to participate. It’s brought a great group of people together.”

The arts centre will be hosting an opening reception during Culture Days on Friday, Sept. 30, in which the artists and seniors will talk about their experience and their final products. It is a free event, open to the public, and will have free food and beverages for all to enjoy.  

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