Friday’s Art and Garden Tour organized by the North Columbia Environmental Society and the Revelstoke Art Gallery was so good we should do it again next year. Hundreds of people walked, cycled and drove to gardens across town to see the hidden gems people cultivate in their backyards as well as the works of art created by local painters, sculptors and jewellers. By David F. Rooney and Laura Stovel
Friday’s Art and Garden Tour organized by the North Columbia Environmental Society and the Revelstoke Art Gallery was so good we should do it again next year. Hundreds of people walked, cycled and drove to gardens across town to see the hidden gems people cultivate in their backyards as well as the works of art created by local painters, sculptors and jewellers.
There were garden tours at least 10 years ago but, unless I’m mistaken, they focused mainly on flowers. This Friday’s tour was an enthusiastic celebration of the art of growing and could be equally successful next year.
But why blather on when The Current has dozens of images gathered by contributor Laura Stovel and I. Take look and please let us know what you think:
Martha and David Fehr have created a well-mannered garden in the back yard of their bed & breakfast, 7 Acres B & B, on Big Eddy Road. David F. Rooney photo Visitor and artist Kat Mather stares with amazement at Martha and David Fehr’s giant tomato and cucumber plants. Laura Stovel photo Krista Stovel’s photo transfer onto rough wood is striking on the old wood wall at the Fehr garden. Laura Stovel photo
Martha Fehr always cleans her tools before hanging them up. She sprays them with Pam cooking spray so they don’t rust. Laura Stovel photo After more than 25 years of gardening, Terry and Lisa Feuz have cultivated a verdant and lovely garden, which was the right location for paintings and sculpture by Barbara Maye. David F. Rooney photo Geoff Battersby welcomes a group of people enjoying the Garden & Art Tour. Geoff and his wife Gwen have a lively vegetable garden and magnificent rock gardens. David F. Rooney photo Geoff and Gwen pose in their garden with one of Jackie Pendergast’s lovely silk paintings. David F. Rooney photo Sandra Flood set examples of her ceramic work, including this gorgeous tea set throughout her lovely flower garden. David F. Rooney photo Sharon Kelley has not only a fantastic garden, to which she and her partner Jim Cook, devote lots of time but a fine sense of colour as exemplified by this work of hers. David F. Rooney photo Francis and Clara Maltby have a carefully nurtured wild garden that aims for biodiversity. Laura Stovel photo NCES urban junior farmer Sara Jeffries welcomes visitors at the Community Garden alongside paintings by Rachel Kelly and Kimberly Olsen. Laura Stovel photo Gardeners Sam and Betty Olynik show the perfect harmony between art, food and flowers. Their garden featured the paintings and ceramics of Patti and Satish Shonek. Laura Stovel photo Patti Shonek’s flower painting is right at home in the Olynik garden. Laura Stovel photo “I had a dream,” said Satish Shonek, “that Mount Begbie was an island.” This painting is called Begbie Island. Satish Shonek has only recently taken up painting. Laura Stovel photo Natalie Stefl (pictured here) and her partner Jeff Ferguson have a very well-organized small garden. Here, Natalie demonstrates the fact that the garden fences are actually gates that can be opened for easy access. The garden was beautifully decorated with the paintings of Stephanie Lynn. Laura Stovel photo Jean Takkinen’s garden features a bridge that was built by a friend of her son. Unfortunately, Jean could not be here for the tour but she posted a note: “So of course I had to create a creek bed to put the bridge over.” Laura Stovel photo Ceramic artist Kat Mather (right) tucks a beautiful mask into the arbor of gardeners extraordinaire Bob and Cheryl Willford. Laura Stovel photo Geordie Knoess poses with a new stained glass work into which he has integrated translucent agates. He and his partner, painter and sculptress Barbara Maye combine their sense of art with their garden on Oscar Street. David F. Rooney photo Barbara Maye waxes poetic about her scarlet runners to visitors at her garden and back-yard sculpture studio on Oscar Street. David F. Rooney photo Barbara Maye has slabs of slate and some beautiful chunks of soapstone she is working on. David F. Rooney photo Guiseppe and Laarni. Iaccino welcome David Rooney’s fitting painting, The Green Man, to their beautiful garden. Guiseppe spends three to four hours a day in his garden. He grows nectarines, peaches, pears, apples, figs (Yes, he has two full-grown fig trees (with delicious fruit), tomatoes, leeks, peas, beans, peppers, cabbage, egg plants, soy beans and other fantastic crops. Laura Stovel photo Guiseppe Iaccino grows some incredible tomatoes. Laura Stovel photo Guiseppe and Laarni pose in front of their garden. The image above them is a photo of an environmental work by David Rooney called Spirits of the Forest that was installed at Blanket Creek Provincial Park back in 2011. Laura Stovel photo Nancy Geismar’s beautiful ceramics are a perfect match for Ken Sakamoto’s artistic garden which features a fish pond, trimmed trees, a walnut tree and an abundant vegetable garden. Laura Stovel photo Gardener and wood artist Ken Sakamoto enjoys a laugh with NCES garden tour organizer Hailey Ross. Laura Stovel photo Ken Sakamoto, a noted local wood-carver, has a lovely back garden that includes this large year-round pond, which is home to at least a dozen koi. David F. Rooney photo Artist Bruce Thomas (left) and gardener Stu Smith both know that art and gardening go naturally together. Laura Stovel photo “How big?” Sara Jefferies tries to lift a pumpkin at the home of Stu Smith and Sarah Harper while her partner Gordon looks on. Laura Stovel photo Artichokes anyone? Stu Smith and his partner Sarah Harper have a garden that must be seen to be believed. Laura Stovel photo Gardener Sarah Harper is also a talented actor. Here she does performance art with Peter Oosterhof, who plays the flute. Laura Stovel photo