Fine art, food and wine planned for Penticton fundraiser

A night of fine art, fine food and fine wine is planned for this Saturday as a fundraiser for the Penticton Art Gallery.

A night of fine art, fine food and fine wine is planned for this Saturday as a fundraiser for the Penticton Art Gallery.

Tickets are limited to the wine-paired dinner and art auction at the Poplar Grove Winery, featuring the offerings of the Vanilla Pod Restauraunt.

The Penticton Art Gallery received 16 works of art for this event, representing a group of internationally recognized artists. Their works can be found in major public and private collections around the world.

Paul Crawford, Penticton Art Gallery curator, said it is a rare opportunity for those looking to start building a collection or those looking to expand and enhance their existing art collection.

The artists include Jack Shadbolt, Bobbie Burgers, Robert Rauschenberg, Laurie Papou, John Koerner (who has an exhibit running at the gallery until Nov. 7), Joseph Plaskett, Lincoln Clarkes, Gordon A. Smith, John Hall, Joice Hall, Harold Klunder, Michiko Suzuki and Wayne Eastcott, Julie Oakes, Rod Charlesworth, Michael Hermesh and David T. Alexander.

All proceeds raised will go towards funding the ongoing public programming of the Penticton Art Gallery.

Crawford said those unable to attend the event on Oct. 26, but who would like to bid on any of the works available can leave an advance bid with the Penticton Art Gallery and a staff member will exercise the bid.

All of the donated works are currently on display at the Penticton Art Gallery. A copy of the auction catalogue can be viewed online at

The evening will begin with canapés and refreshments served from 6 to 7 p.m. followed by a wine-paired dinner. The Vanilla Pod Restaurant, run by executive chef Bruno Terroso, will provide a five-course gourmet dinner made with local and seasonal ingredients featuring flavours of the Mediterranean. The auction will take place between courses.

There are only 75 seats and very few tickets remaining. Crawford suggests people purchase theirs immediately either at the Penticton Art Gallery or at Poplar Grove Winery.

Tickets are $125 and for more information call 250-493-2928 or email

The gallery is open Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on the weekends from noon to 5 p.m.

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