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Plein Air Painting Session with Dale Matthews

August 2 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm

Join Okanagan artist Dale Matthews 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 May 9, 2020. Space is very limited.

This series of sessions includes the following dates:


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.


“Dale Matthews was born in Rossland BC. From an early age Dale showed that he much preferred drawing and painting the mountains to digging gold from them. After completing high school he went to the Vancouver School of Art (now the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design), receiving a degree in Fine Arts in 1961.

Dale worked as a commercial artist and architectural renderer in Toronto and Edmonton before establishing his own interior design firm in Vancouver. He had a long and successful career, raising a family with his wife Phyllis while dividing his spare time between boating on the coast and skiing in the interior. After several decades of business Dale retired from the design business and moved to Summerland to devote more time to painting and travelling. His paintings reflect his love for the out of doors and heritage architecture.

His work has been exhibited at the Seymour Art Gallery, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Tumbleweed Gallery, and his paintings are enjoyed in several private collections in Canada and the US.


August 2
10:30 am - 2:30 pm
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Grist Mill & Gardens
2691 Upper Bench Road
Keremeos, BC V0X1N4 Canada