The Caetani Centre is located two blocks from beautiful downtown Vernon, British Columbia, and is within walking distance or public transportation to shopping, as well as most public facilities and amenities. The Centre provides guided and self-guided museum tours, and scheduled festivals and cultural events throughout the year for visitors to access the house and gardens, engage with member artists and enjoy the facilities.
The Greater Vernon community is located between three lakes, Kalamalka Lake, Okanagan Lake and Swan Lake, and 25 minutes from world class cross country and downhill skiing, mountain biking, and award winning wineries.
The House – built in 1895 by Samuel Sommerville, the house is a designated heritage site, and described as Late Victorian Vernacular Revival style. (Designated 86.03.10 (Bylaw #3370, HRA Bylaw#4813 – HRA-2003-018).
The former home of Sveva Ersilia Giovanella Caetani di Sermoneta – artist, writer, teacher and mentor, the house and grounds were bequeathed to the City of Vernon in 1994 by Sveva Caetani for use as a community cultural centre. In 2008 a separate society was formed to manage this community cultural centre.
Studios – There are five artist studios onsite that are in use on a year round basis by local artists and visiting artists participating in the C3 Artist and Writer in Residence program.
Gardens – with the assistance of the City of Vernon and the Regional District of the North Okanagan and many volunteers, the 1.3 acres of gardens at C3 are beautifully maintained and provide a peaceful and inspiring setting for artists to create and share their work with the community.
The Caetani Centre is a 30 minute drive north from Kelowna International Airport. Approximately 5 hours from Vancouver by car, 6 hours from Calgary. Vernon has a small airport with limited access. Bike trails and bus service are available to larger centres.