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Vaelei Walkden-Brown

Art Gallery Owner + Curator, 557 Artist Gallery in Penticton Canada

Vaelei established the 557 Artist Block in July, 2015. Intended to run as a one month pop-up shop the 557 Artist Block quickly became a cultural hub for the small city of Penticton, British Columbian and the pop up became a 1 year venture. Through the exhibition of works by over 30 British Columbian artists and designers, a myriad of live music events and even Kundalini yoga classes, the 557 Artist Block fed the appetites of many creative souls in the area.
Vaelei's background in Interior Architecture has helped her understand the way the arts in all forms help to feed and enliven urban culture.

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557 and Beyond!

@ VOL 5 ON SEP 08, 2016

From Edmonton to Australia and back again Vaelei Walkden-Brown speaks about starting the 557 gallery and her impetus for founding Pecha Kucha Penticton. In part catalyzed by her study in interior architecture, Vaelei explores the interconnection between community building and visual and physical spaces, featuring her past projects and current artistic endeavors, as well as some of the key community players that have helped her along the way.

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DIY Creative Culture

@ VOL 8 ON JUN 08, 2017

A trio of local arts peeps take to the Pecha Kucha Penticton stage to talk up local arts and culture ahead of the Arts Rising festival. Join Vaelei Walkden-Brown and Petra Holler for a glimpse of colour that's sure to brighten up your day.

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Penticton @ Cannery Brewing
Jun 08, 2017

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Penticton @ Cannery Brewing
Sep 08, 2016