Bloom Where You Are Planted Art & Garden Tour
By Mike Redfern
The hijinks and shenanigans of the special Canada Day 150th birthday party during Kimberley’s First Saturday arts, culture, & heritage celebration on July 1, which will include the second annual bed race, no less, will be contrasted on Sunday, July 2, by an event offering the peaceful and sublime beauty of nature and art when the ‘Bloom Where You Are Planted’ Art & Garden Tour takes place in six gardens throughout the community.
Kimberley Arts Council’s visual arts committee invites you to tour these lovely private gardens in each of which you will not only be able to enjoy the cultivated beauty created by the gardener but also the artistry of a Kimberley painter who will be bust painting in the garden. Each garden will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for self-conducted tours, so you can visit them in any order you wish.
However, you are invited to finish your tour in the garden courtyard at Centre 64 on Deer Park Avenue where champagne and strawberries which will be served from 1 to 4 p.m.
The gardens you can visit include the Romanowicz garden at 80 Kimberley Avenue where Margaret Moe will be the artist, the Douglas garden at 58 Howard Street where Lori Joe will be painting, the Kennedy garden at 2111 Norton Avenue with artist Marianne Rennick, the Paterson garden at 437 Fortier Street where Grant Smith will be painting, and the Robertson garden at 373 Lindsay Street where homeowner Helen Robertson will be the artist in residence. At the final garden in the courtyard at Centre 64 you will find artist Jeannie Miller painting away. To help you locate all these gardens the tour pass includes a nice map.
This event replaces the silent auction at the annual Arts on the Edge gala as a fund-raiser for the Kimberley Kaleidoscope arts & culture festival, which, this year, will take place from August 5 to 12.
Art & Garden Tour passes are just $20 each, which includes the champagne and strawberries. Can’t ask for better than that, can you? They can be purchased at Centre 64. You can find more information about the ‘Bloom Where You Are Planted’ Art & Garden Tour and about other arts council events this summer on the Kimberley Arts Council website at www.kimberleyarts.com.