The mood was vibrant and inspiring on Sunday for local artist Jessica Sarrazin’s vernissage at Arbor Gallery in Vankleek Hill. Visitors showed up in a steady flow to admire Altered States exhibition, running until April 24. The relaxed rhythm allowed for vibrant conversations and exchanges with the artist, and for a thorough visit of the gallery’s collection by artists members and gift shop.

Conversation with Tom Cooper highly anticipated by former neighbours and friends

Places filling up quickly for conversation evening with author and storyteller Tom Cooper.

Well-liked by his former community of Vankleek Hill, Cooper returns to Arbor Gallery on April 23, when he will present a few short stories from his books, offering glimpses into the comedically frenetic side of everyday senior life from his light-hearted, at times irreverent perspective.

“Our conversation series evenings take a casual yet structured approach,” explains gallery’s Sylvie Bouchard, “Tom will first present his stories, and then guests will be invited to chime in, having a conversation. We are quite looking forward to it.”

Cooper will be at the gallery on Saturday, April 23, in the Main Hall. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Admission: $10 suggested donation at the door. Limited seating, reservations strongly recommended by writing to [email protected]

Tom’s books will be available on site that evening. They are also available for sale locally at The Review (online and from the shop) and at Vankleek Cottage.

SUSSEX in concert

Friday, April 22 – SUSSEX in concert – presented by Saken Music. Praised roots/blues song writer Rob Lutes on guitar, banjo, and vocals, with Michael Emenau on vibraphone and pianica are sure to please guests. Their repertoire is an eclectic, exhilarating journey that is guaranteed to please music lovers. A few places still available. Reservations and tickets at ($20 prepaid/$25 at the door)

Fundraising at the gallery

April 28-May 1 – Not to be missed! The Gallery Backroom Art Sale – for four days only –  from Thursday, April 28, to Sunday, May 1, the gallery is holding a fundraising art sale. Slashed prices for posters, paintings, prints and much more from the donated art collection! Main Exhibition Hall.

Arbor Gallery Cultural Centre is located at 36 Home Avenue, at the heart of Vankleek Hill, and can be reached at [email protected] To find out more or to register: [email protected]org Program and notifications on Arbor Gallery’s Facebook page, on Twitter or by subscribing to the gallery’s newsletter at

Visitors tour Arbor Gallery on Sunday, April 10. Submitted Photo