Hope Art Gallery a true treasure

Visitor finds local gallery a wonderful “Oasis of Culture”

About two weeks ago I stopped into a local Cafe, The Blue Moose, en route to visit my father in the Okanagan Valley. While there, I noticed a drawing on the wall as part of an event known as Art Walk.

It was entitled Raven Resting and it was for sale and it grabbed my heart.

A local person in the cafe directed us to the Hope Art Gallery where we might find the artist and we spent an hour  enthralled with the variety of art and jewelry, textile art and photographic art on display and all from the imagination of local artists.

I have driven that Hope Princeton Highway hundreds of times between 1965 and the present day and I never knew about that wonderful “Oasis of Culture.”

My companion and I were both so delighted.

I left with a glorious painting by Joan Pelles that caught fallen snow  so perfectly to my eye, the weight of it and the cold of it.

And my friend left with a delightful sculpture created from driftwood.

Hope residents must be very proud of that gallery.

I had to pull myself away from all that I saw. The photographic art of historic sites around B.C. was enlightening and the hour spent in the Gallery was exhilarating and joyful.

I didn’t want to leave.

Thank you so very much for the Experience of Hope through the Hope Art Gallery and the artists she houses

I urge Hope citizens and anyone passing by to spend time and perhaps some money in a place of true treasure.

Nicola Cavendish