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Gallery Vertigo
North Okanagan Artists Alternative

Regarding Covid-19: To keep our gallery hosts and visitors safe, we have reduced our hours. Please visit our Facebook page to see our hours during this difficult time.

Like so many in our community, we are taking this crisis seriously. If you are ill or think you are exhibiting symptoms of the novel coronavirus, STAY HOME, stay safe and follow provincial and federal guidelines to help "flatten the curve".

If you are able to visit us, we ask that you practise PHYSICAL DISTANCING of 6 feet, as recommended by our provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, and Minister of Health,
Adrien Dix.

Gallery Vertigo storefront

About Gallery Vertigo

Gallery Vertigo is an artist-run centre for artistic innovation in the North Okanagan.
It is the physical home of the North Okanagan Artists Alternative, a registered non-profit society and
recognized charity composed of local and regional artists and friends of the arts.

We welcome you to stop by, visit our two gallery spaces, reading nook with resource centre,
and chat with our studio artists. Conversation is the heart of Gallery Vertigo and the NOAA.
We are located next to Sun FM, across the street from the Georgette Shop,
at Suite #102, 3105 – 28th Ave, Vernon BC. Our hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 12 noon to 4:00 p.m.

A Short History of the
North Okanagan Artists Alternative
and Gallery Vertigo

In early 1999 a small group of local artists recognized the need for an alternative to the existing established art venues in the Vernon area.  The group began to meet regularly to discuss art-related issues, identify the needs of artists and arts audiences in the region, and to lay the foundation for the formation of an artist association.

In December 2000, a call was issued to all artists in the region for a group exhibition which was subsequently held in a vacant storefront in Vernon’s downtown district. A second exhibition was planned for the Spring of 2001.

In February of 2001, encouraged by the overwhelming response from both local artists and the public, the association (which had grown to about 40 artists) incorporated as a registered non-profit society, the North Okanagan Artists Alternative. NOAA continued to exhibit in random spaces over the next year.

first home of Gallery VertigoIn the spring of 2002, the NOAA Society organized a members’ exhibition in a particularly appealing second story location, notably, the Winnipeg Union Bank Building, a heritage building in Vernon’s downtown core. A core group of NOAA member artists rented the space in the Winnipeg Union Bank Building soon after, renovated it at their own expense and launched Gallery Vertigo, Vernon’s first alternative gallery.

The gallery’s artists officially merged with the NOAA in May 2003, forming an even larger, stronger, more vibrant and unified artistic community thereby creating the North Okanagan’s first Artist-Run Centre.

In 2013, Gallery Vertigo became a registered charity.

In January 2017 Gallery Vertigo moved from the original location in the historical Winnipeg Union Bank Building in Vernon to our new, (just as amazing and invigorating) home at suite #102, 3105 – 28th Ave in Vernon. Check out the video of our move!

Our Continuing Legacy

Since the formation of the North Okanagan Artists Alternative, we have been actively engaged in creating public awareness of the arts in all its forms by establishing and maintaining Gallery Vertigo, the first and only artist run centre in the North Okanagan. Over these past 18 years,visual artists, writers, film makers, university instructors, musicians, fine arts students, performance artists, artisans and many citizens who support the arts have come together in a true spirit of co-operation to offer their support to the organization and its objectives. Gallery Vertigo operating under the auspices of NOAA houses two gallery spaces, a reading nook with resource centre, and several rental studios. Programming at Vertigo includes offerings in the literary, visual, and performing arts as well as musical events and a regular schedule of visual art exhibitions. We provide Arts-related workshops, lectures, and learning opportunities for all people of all ages in our North Okanagan community.

For those of you who are visiting our site and wish to have an overview of some of our past events, we have chosen to use Facebook for our archives.  You may find those here by clicking here and checking under "Events".



Gallery Vertigo and the North Okanagan Artists Alternative have studio spaces available for rent in the building that houses our gallery. For more information, email us at:  with “studio rental” in the subject line or drop by the gallery during open hours (Tues/Sat noon-4:00 pm.) to view available spaces.

Artists renting studios have access to the studio 24/7, and are able to sell their work free of commission. Studio artists are encouraged to become members of Gallery Vertigo and are required to sit the gallery a minimum of one day per month (4 hrs). This is a great chance to network and meet the art-going public. Writers are welcome. Studio space may be shared.

  • Join a dynamic network of artists
  • Create your work in an engaging vibrant space
  • Offer your work for sale. Sell your work commission free
  • Gain experience in the running of a gallery while contributing to
    the operation of the Gallery Vertigo

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