Sunday, September 22, 2013

Art in the Vineyards, Naramata, BC

What a time...Plein Air and Still Life painting led by Leslie Redhead and Sam L Boehner respectively, in the sun drenched hills of the Naramata Bench Wine Region of BC. 

Who would have thought the temperatures would reach  north of 30° C.   The sun warmed our weary bones, coming from as far away as the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and Prince Rupert, where it rains a fair bit. 

This area has been transformed into a mini Napa Valley with regards to the look and feel of the area.  It has however, a feel and look of it's own.  The sage brush, the dry hills, and the lush vegetation that is the vineyards and orchards of the Okanogan Valley.

Upon arrival, the Naramata Centre, with it's spiritual connection allowed us to ground ourselves with a walk in the Labyrinth.  Staying there also offered us the opportunity to refresh ourselves with a dip in the lake each day. After a long day of painting, wine tasting and more painting, it was a welcome treat.

We were 15 painters, experiencing gourmet food, wine pairings, an evening of Jazz, a visit to the largest Farm Market in the country (a still life painter's dream) and to top off we got to paint everyday. Could we have asked for anything more? 

Leslie and I have decided to do this again in 2015.  If you are interested in this type of experience, let us know early as we have a group already that want to come back.  You may contact us through .

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