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Hands-on Mixed Media & Hallowe'en decor


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Coyote Crossing Villas (MHP) (Okanagan Indian Band lands)

#121 - 12560 Westside Road

Vernon, BC

Directions: From Hwy 97, turn left onto Westside Road (signs for Fintry and Bear Creek Provincial Parks). Immediately, after passing 3 Marijuana dispensaries on your right, turn right into Coyote Crossing Villas (12560 Westside Road). We are in unit 121 with parking out front or where the signs indicate. (Some GPS systems like to send you about 25km down Westside Road. Don't believe it!).


Free, and accepts optional pay-what-you-may donations for admission.

Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible and has gender-neutral washrooms.


Hello, my name is Mellissa and my art-and-crafts business is called It's My Bag Studios.

I'm inviting you into my studios to see:

• how I create my art

• the types of supplies I use, and

• watch as I work on one of my many crafts and art:

• a mixed-media collage

• a paper collage

• a sculpture with air-dry clay or liquid polymer clay

• creating a Hallowe'en decor item

• painting with acrylic or watercolours, or

• sewing an upcycled, reusable tote bag.

The hands-on component of your visit will include the opportunity to create your own piece of art from the categories I list above. Two visual training posters will be available to help you develop your piece: the 6 principles of good design and a colour wheel.

<strong> Behind The Curtain:</strong> If you like scary Hallowe'en decor, a section of the studio will feature the ghastly and ghoulish decor pieces that I create and feature at craft shows and markets at this time of the year. There will be a curtain across this display so that no one has to look at these "goodies" unless they choose to walk behind the curtain!

The event features a "pay what you may" bucket, but there is no charge for admission or most supplies.

Photos by me.



Mellissa Ruryk, maker (It's My Bag Studios)

I am a retired technical writer who is finally indulging a life-long love of the arts. I make mixed media crafts and specialize in creating frighteningly good Hallowe'en decor.

What happens in this event? You have access to my studio and you can practice making a multi-media collage, sewing a pre-cut totebag, or painting with acrylics. I supply all the materials (although you can bring your own) and a frame if that's required. I also have dolls available for starting the process of turning them into "creepy babies" for Hallowe'en.

Not a hands-on kind of person? Come and look at my crafts and studio, and get ideas for setting up your own maker space. Ask me questions, watch me at work, immerse yourself in experiencing an artist's studio.

This event is part of a hub:

Sundog Festival - Vernon Culture Days

Arts Council of the North Okanagan Vernon, BC

The Sundog Festival - Culture Days is an immersive public experience for all ages that elevates and celebrates Arts and Culture in Greater Vernon. Join us between September 22nd to October 15 for Culture Days – a national celebration of ar...