Local Destanne Norris is one of six artists creating original artworks over the three-day festival at Silver Star Mountain Resort.

Local Destanne Norris is one of six artists creating original artworks over the three-day festival at Silver Star Mountain Resort.

Artists embrace Silver Star festival

Silent auction of the artwork created by six local artists at Wine and Food Festival will raise money for Vernon Jubilee Hospital

As Silver Star’s annual Summer Wine and Food Festival moves closer to a sellout, the stakes have increased for the Vernon Jubilee Hospital.

A silent auction of the artwork created by six local artists over the weekend will raise money for the local hospital. The pairing of art and wine will create an inspired­ ambience over the three-day festival from today until Sunday.

Art lovers will have the opportunity to witness a creative evolution on canvas by six Okanagan artists from the Odin Gallery, as they capture the beauty and serenity of Silver Star from the heart of the village.

Bids during a silent auction will be accepted in the village between 4 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday and winners will take home a special piece of art.

Proceeds from the auction will be split between the artists and the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation.

“This weekend we are celebrating all that’s uniquely Okanagan. The wine, the food, the artists – it’s all local,” said Anne Haight, director of sales and marketing.

“It’s the perfect opportunity to come for the weekend and enjoy food, wine and music, revel in the fresh mountain air and embrace some of the best views of the Monashee mountains.”

Tickets to events and seminars can be purchased by calling 250-558-6083 or emailing info@skisilverstar.com.

“We’re anticipating the weekend to be even bigger than last year and it’s selling out fast,” said Haight.

Chef David Hawksworth is headlining the festival with a very special dinner paired with Okanagan wines at 6 p.m. today and a cooking demonstration at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. From 4 p.m. Saturday is the Mile High Wine Tasting. Up to 30 winemakers will showcase their finest varietals.

Gallery Odin will be hosting a special exhibit between 10 a.m and 6 p.m. today and Saturday in the Snow-Sport School building.

This year’s group of six artists participating include Glenn Clark, Elizabeth Moore, Destanne Norris, Wendy Hart Penner, Barry Rafuse, and Julia Trops along with some of the Gallery Odin artists.