Allen Berendin was one of the local Penticton artists to come together for July 21, 2020 evening of Plein Air painting to support homegrown produce. (Mellisa Hartman photo)

Penticton group hosts art in the garden event to expand fresh produce project

Eight local artists came together for a ‘really lovely evening’

Penticton’s Medical Arts Health Research Group recently (July 21) hosted an event which saw eight local artists come together for some outdoor painting.

The event called “Plein Air in the Garden” was held at the Salvation Army community garden to support the group’s garden box project.

The research group is seeking households without access to a garden, who are in need of fresh produce, and providing them with two small garden beds which can be used to grow fresh vegetables. The group will provide households with supplies and help them build and install the boxes, while also teaching them about gardening. Supplies include lumber, seeds, and soil.

Half of the produce grown in the gardens is donated to the Salvation Army food bank.

READ MORE: Penticton group growing produce for those in need

The photos of the paintings taken at the event will be used to create a calendar will which be sold to support next year’s garden box project.

Sierra Hartman, a summer student with the Medical Arts Health Research Group and founder of the garden box project, says she is hoping to expand the project next year. This year over 60 garden boxes were installed. Next year Hartman hopes to double that number.

The 2021 calendars are expected to be on sale in October.

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