Funding Plants Seeds of Art Installations at Vernon Gallery

A project aimed at improving the well-being of seniors and fostering inclusion and social engagement takes root in Vernon.

Gallery Vertigo and Michelle Loughery’s Wayfinder Sunflower project are funding recipients of the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program.

The funding will be used to create a community art installation to fill the gallery in September and October. The installation will focus on the patterns and ornamentation of skirts that women wore while traveling across Canada.

Sunflower Skirts will develop digital skills while sharing common experiences through inclusion and intergenerational skills exchange. The senior-led project will see all ages take part in action workshops on flowers, fabrics, painting and other exploratory Wayfinder artworks that will result in an art installation on display beyond the walls of the gallery.

“Community art is about people having an effect on their cities, taking responsibility for their visual and physical environment, leaving traces of their lives and concerns, and in doing so, transforming neighborhoods and sharing skills to create inspiring exchanges. It’s an art that people of all ages can participate in,” said Loughery, master artist and founder of Wayfinder.

The Sunflower Skirt stories will be shared on the Wayfinder Network podcast AR:T ROUTE RADIO.

“Art reflects life and depicts history by creating, viewing, and responding to activities that provide both private and shared experiences. People choose to live, work and visit communities because of the presence of unique and appealing visual aspects,” said Brigitte Red of Gallery Vertigo. “Through the New Horizons for Seniors program, North Okanagan Artists Alternative will make a meaningful difference in the lives of seniors in our community.


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