Join Okanagan artist Barb Hofer for a day of painting in our lovely gardens.
This session is one of a series of opportunities to refine your painting skills under the guidance of some of our favourite South Okanagan and Similkameen artists. Each session lasts four hours and includes a break for lunch (bring your own picnic or order fresh seasonal soups, salads and sandwiches from our kitchen).
Registration ($50) for this session will be available online or at our front desk beginning on July 24, 2017. Space is very limited.
This series of sessions includes the following dates:
WHY PLEIN AIR AT THE GRIST MILL?
In 1896, a woman named Julia Bullock-Webster travelled from England to visit her son in the Similkameen Valley and spent the next year and a half documenting her visit in her daily journal entries and many sketches and watercolours paintings of the indigenous plants and spectacular Similkameen landscapes. Her artworks have been a major influence on the design of our gardens and historic site since. Hopefully, our plants, people, history and landscapes will inspire you to pick up canvas and brushes to set down some of this natural splendor.
“Barb Hofer grew up in the Okanagan Similkameen and from an early age had a love of art which has stayed a focus throughout her life. She is inspired by the natural beauty and biodiversity of the valley landscapes and all it has to offer.
Barb has a BEd from UBC and taught children of all ages in public schools in BC with an emphasis on Art. She also spent a number of years doing pottery and enjoys creating mosaic pieces. Since retiring from teaching, Barb has devoted herself to painting which she is passionate about, attending many workshops and art retreats.
Barb is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists since 2000, and has enjoyed many of the opportunities offered through this organization.
Barb’s style is continually evolving as she experiments with a variety of new techniques using watercolours, acrylics and drawing materials. She also uses mixed media and collage in some of her paintings.
Landscapes and animals as well as the abundance of produce and flowers grown in valley orchards, vineyards, and gardens provide much of the subject matter for her paintings. Light and colour capture the exquisite rural settings of the Okanagan Similkameen.”