Penticton Art Gallery dishes up art and food

Annual art auction, Tastes of the Palette, takes place July 5 in Penticton at the Ikeda Japanese Gardens.

Penticton chef’s served up colourful appetizers at last year’s Penticton Art Gallery Tastes of the Palette fundraiser. The event takes place again this weekend at the Ikeda Japanese Gardens.

Penticton chef’s served up colourful appetizers at last year’s Penticton Art Gallery Tastes of the Palette fundraiser. The event takes place again this weekend at the Ikeda Japanese Gardens.

The Penticton Art Gallery will be dishing up artwork and an amazing selection of food for its annual art auction, which was renamed Tastes of the Palette last year.

“I am very excited at the incredible breadth of items up for sale this year and it will promise to be our fastest paced and most fun-filled and inspired event to date,” said gallery curator/direcotr Paul Crawford of the event held Saturday.

After 35 years of hosting the annual art auction, last year the Penticton Art Gallery shook things up with Tastes of the Palette held in the Ikeda Japanese Gardens. The format has changed a bit again this year to get the business end of the evening done first, then allow guests to enjoy the amazing cocktail party in the Japanese Gardens.

Doors for the event open at 5:30 p.m. with a host bar until 7:30 p.m. The live auction will take place in the main gallery from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The cocktail party and Tastes of the Palette portion of the evening runs from 7 to 9:30 p.m. It is followed by a special fashion show and live auction in the Japanese Garden.

Items up for bid will be featured on the Penticton Art Gallery’s webpage at and in the gallery. Listed in the online catalogue are pieces of artwork from just over 30 artists, including Glenn Clark, Kindrie Grove as well as designer dresses and clothes. Tickets are limited, as will be reserved tables for the live auction. They are available for purchase at the Penticton Art Gallery or online at

Tickets are $55 and include food and the host bar from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Reserved tables for eight can be purchased for $440. These include a plate of hors d’oeuvres and two bottles of wine.

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