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Midsummer's Eve of the Arts takes place online July 15

Art auction goes online

The annual Midsummer's Eve of the Arts is still taking place this, albeit in COVID fashion.

Because of the COVID-19 situation, the popular art auction will be held online, and there will still be an array of art to bid on.

Dauna Kennedy, with the Vernon Public Art Gallery, said bidding went live on Canada Day.

“Like we've had to with all of our programming we have had to go online,” said Kennedy. “On July 15 we are having an evening virtual party format where we will be focussing on 10 pieces as well as some entertainment.”

Kennedy said people are being encouraged to gather in small groups and caterers are available to provide food for the get together.

“So they can have Midsummer's Eve parties at their home,” said Kennedy. “We will be using both the Trellis and Zoom platforms so we communicate with everybody that night.”

The event will also feature live painting, live music and live bidding on the 10 pieces of art work.

Bidding for other art pieces is currently underway. For more information go to the art gallery website or Facebook page.

“It will all lead up to that final evening of entertainment and activities,” she said.

Kennedy said tickets for the July 15 event can be purchased online.

Holding the event online was a steep learning curve for the art gallery, but the Midsummer's Eve is one of the biggest events of the year.

“We recognize there are challenges all over but we also need to recognize we need to raise money every year. We felt it was still important to go ahead with this event,” said Kennedy of the event that has been held for more than 30 years. “We ask for people's patience, but we think it will be a fun event.”



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