Vineyards and Art by Steve Staresina
Vineyards and wine making in the Wine Capital of Canada is the prominent industry in the Oliver area and brings thousands of tourist dollars to the economy. Tourists use wine as the main reason for coming here and wine is a large tourist purchase, but they also buy food, accommodations souvenirs and more.
The “more” is often art at the Oliver Art Gallery. The gallery sells about half of its total sales to tourists in the summer months. The best souvenir is a painting of local scenery, vineyard field or any wine related subject. However other subjects are also good sales.
During the month of August the gallery will be featuring vineyards and wine as its theme art. There are paintings of the local fields and wineries, grapes, barrels and other wine related subjects.
As an added bonus during August the gallery will also feature the art of Bonny Roberts (pictured: Hawthorne Vineyards). Bonny is a very popular B.C. artist and holds the A.F.C.A. status with the Federation of Canadian Artists. She will be displaying a variety of her many famous landscapes and abstract paintings. Bonny lives in Keremious and works out of her studio there.
The Oliver Art Gallery represents and shows beauty and culture for Oliver and the South Okanagan. If you still have not been to our beautiful gallery, you must visit it this month. You will see art priced at half or even a quarter of similar art in the big cities. That is why the tourists from the big centres buy the art here, because it is produced by great high quality artists and when they get home with the art, it will double or triple in value.
Our Oliver gallery has reached a point where it has achieved a reputation as a very High Quality Destination Art Gallery. Collectors come from all over B.C., other Provinces, the U.S.A., and even return a repeat trip from Europe to buy the high quality art displayed right here in Oliver.
There are eighteen artists making up the Art Gallery Co-op, from Summerland down to the American border, east from Greenwood and West to Princeton.
They work in all mediums with their own styles making up a beautiful variety. The gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday from 11:00AM to 4:00PM at 6046 Main Street. Since it is a co-operative gallery and is owned by the artists, there is always an artist on site to host and guide its visitors.
Come and enjoy the spectacular pieces being shown in August and get in the habit of visiting the Art Gallery. Every month there is new art. Look forward to a new subject for the different monthly themes. Coming up in September, will be a display on Wildlife.
Ask about art classes taught at the gallery. Whether you are a beginner, a novice or an almost professional we will have classes for you. The gallery also sells prints and gift cards. There are Gift certificates you can buy and pass on to family members or friends. Prices start with art at $3.00 and go up to a fair priced value.