Tatianna O’Donnell of Courtyard Gallery shows off the garlic-inspired still life she created for the Grindrod Garlic Festival’s art exhibit.

Tatianna O’Donnell of Courtyard Gallery shows off the garlic-inspired still life she created for the Grindrod Garlic Festival’s art exhibit.

Art has pungent flavour

The Grindrod Garlic Festival organizers are inviting anyone with an artistic bent to create and submit original artwork inspired by garlic.

  • Aug. 9, 2015 9:00 a.m.

The Grindrod Garlic Festival organizers are inviting anyone with an artistic bent to create and submit original artwork inspired by, you guessed it, garlic.

“We want people to be creative and let their inner artist out for a bit of fun,” said festival coordinator Gabriele Wesle.

The art exhibit is a new event for this year’s festival. Artwork will be displayed at the Grindrod Garlic Festival Aug. 16 from 9 to 4 p.m.

The public will be invited to vote for a people’s choice favourite, which will feature as part of next year’s garlic festival poster.

“We want to involve the community, and keep the festival interesting and fresh,” said Wesle.

Enderby’s Courtyard Gallery is promoting the event to its members via its website and social media.

“We put it out to all the artists at the gallery and also to local artists,” said gallery vice president and founder Tatianna O’Donnell.

Courtyard Gallery is a cooperative representing more than 23 local Okanagan artists working in a wide variety of mediums.

“Anyone from the community who wants to paint, to felt, to sculpt, to represent garlic, can participate,” said O’Donnell, who has just completed an original still life painting especially for the event.

“There’s still time for people to do something.”

Artwork can be submitted by 11 a.m. Aug. 16 at the sixth annual Grindrod Garlic Festival at Grindrod Recreation Park. For more information contact Wesle at 250-306-6582.