Not only is the East Hill area of Vernon, British Columbia a great area for family living and a small town lifestyle, but it also is home to a number of cultural icons, one of the main ones being the Caetani House.
The Caetani Centre is one of the more unique historical and cultural gems of Vernon, BC. Originally the home of the Caetani Family, it is now used as an artist retreat and community centre, contributing to the cultural hub of Vernon.
Sveva Caetani was a talented artist who came from a wealthy Italian family. The daughter of a Duke and Prince, she moved to Vernon from Rome at an early age, and after the death of her father, was forbidden to leave the Caetani house by her ill mother. At the age of 43, and at the time of her mother’s death, Sveva was finally free to pursue her interests in art and teaching.
Sveva attended the University of Victoria and obtained a teaching position at Charles Bloom High School in Lumby, BC. It was not until her 50s that Sveva started painting, and her most famous collection consists of 56 paintings, some as much as 6 feet tall. Her paintings are colourful and reflect her troubled past. She painted up until her death at the age of 76. Much of her art is now held by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
If you are interested in learning more about the Caetani House, or other features of East Hill in Vernon, BC, feel free to call or email Charlie Veaudry. Having lived for over 20 years in the area, he’s a good guy to ask!