Vernon Public Art Gallery offering virtual tours, lessons

COVID can't stop art

If people can't get to the art, the Vernon Public Art Gallery will bring the art to them.

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic isolation, the VPAG will be hosting online events so people can still check out the art on display as well as learn how to create their own masterpieces.

Lubos Culen, gallery curator, said the VPAG will be offering virtual tours of the exhibits starting later this month.

The gallery temporarily shut down as of last Friday with staff working from home due to the need for social isolation.

The virtual tours will be presented on the VPAG website and their social media platforms.

The VPAG’s Learning and Community Engagement Curator, Kelsie, will be live streaming tours of their current School District 22 exhibition, Art from the Heart, as well as Bryan Ryley’s exhibition Morning Briefing.

The gallery will also be providing virtual art lessons, for those at home needing a creative outlet or simply looking for something to do. Kelsie will walk participants through various art activities that can easily be completed at home with basic art materials on hand. These art lessons are simple and fun to do on your own, or as a family with kids.

“This is a stressful and uncertain time for everyone. In an effort to help ease the situation, the VPAG has decided to continue to provide opportunities for creative thought and practice through online activities to support our community as we practice social distancing," said Dauna Kennedy, gallery executive director. 

"We hope our online tours and activities will help ease stress throughout this lonely and isolated time. We will be introducing additional online programs soon, so check our social media accounts to stay up to date."

Dates and time for the online programming will be posted on their YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook accounts, as well as on their website.

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