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ART IN THE GARDEN HOPES TO DRAW LARGE CROWDS THIS WEEKEND
Art and nature have always had a very symbiotic relationship.
That’s why last year’s inaugural Art in the Garden event was such a success and why organizers are hoping for an even better response this weekend when the second annual event takes place, said Osoyoos artist Katie Foster.
“We had our first event last year and it was very successful,” she said. “It involved a lot of work and a lot of time, but it was a lot of fun and everyone involved wanted to bring back a bigger and better event this year.”
A total of 12 area artists – the vast majority being from Osoyoos – will showcase and sell their paintings, pottery, photography and quilts in a garden setting this Saturday and Sunday.
The dozen artists will be showcasing and selling their work at four separate locations, including three in Osoyoos and one off Highway 3 on Hallis Road on the way to Keremeos, said Foster, a well-known local potter.
“We have the same number of gardens as last year, but we’ve doubled the number of artists involved, so we’re all pretty excited,” said Foster.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, members of the public are invited to attend the various gardens and view and purchase the work completed by the participating artists.
The work of Foster, Gay Ross and Ilene Steel will be shown in the garden at Foster’s home located at 8705 22 Ave. in Osoyoos.
The work of Bonny Roberts, Myra Hammond, Bev Smith and Lisa Zbinden will be shown at 423 Vanderlinde Dr. in Keremeos.
The work of Sharon Leonard, Shannon Leonard and Budz Crace will be shown at 4402 37 St. in Osoyoos.
The work of Jane Scheffler and Dianne Hughes will be shown at 102 Hallis Rd. off Highway 3, about 50 km west of Osoyoos.
“All of the artists in this show have had their work shown at the Osoyoos Art Gallery and many of us have also shown at the gallery in Oliver and other galleries around the South Okanagan,” said Foster. “The calibre of art that will be on display and put up for sale is very high.”
Foster’s work is shown regularly at the Road 13 Winery gallery, located near Oliver.
Posters can be seenaround town promoting the show and inviting members of the public to visit the various gardens and enjoy this unique event, she said.
“The idea is to promote the local arts scene, but to do it in beautiful garden settings, which often provides the inspiration for a lot of the paintings and work that will be on display,” she said.
Those who attended last year’s event raved about the format, she said.
“We were very pleasantly surprised by the response,” she said. “There are a lot of tourists in town this time of year and they want things to do, so we had a lot of tourists as well as a lot of local support last year and we’re hoping for more of the same this year.”
The majority of work to be showcased this weekend will be paintings in various forms, but there will also be pottery, hand stitching, quilt work and other mediums, she said. The entire event is free of charge and there’s no pressure to purchase any of the art that will be showcased, said Foster.
For more information, go online and visit www.osoyoosnow.com