Cherryville Artisans Association harvests fun for festival

Cherryville Artisans Association gets ready for the annual Roots and Beets Art Festival, Aug. 10, in celebration of the harvest.

It’s a big month for the Cherryville Artisans Association.

Not only is the group currently showing a wide berth of work in the exhibition, Artist or Artisan; Where is the Line?, at the Vernon Public Art Gallery, the association is also getting ready for the annual Roots and Beets Art Festival, Aug. 10.

“The Roots and Beets Art Festival is a celebration of our harvest in creative ways that invites everyone to come participate and enjoy all that we have to offer,” said Helen Kovacs, with the association.

Artists will be demonstrating hot glass bead making, pottery on the wheel, wood carving and painting  along with a raku pottery firing, while workshops will include nature sketching, instrument making, pottery, leather pouch making and healing arts.

Vernon’s Society for Creative Anachronism, Krakafjord, will have a medieval display with arts and crafts, as well as live sparring demonstrations. There will also be healing arts and tarot card readings.

“The Roots and Beets Art Festival is held in conjunction with the Cherryville Farmers’ Market and includes artisans, vendors and a fresh food chef,” said Kovacs. “The Mountain Kid’s Creation Fort will also offer kids crafts celebrating our harvest all day.”

B.C. Parks will be in attendance to educate everyone about provincial parks, while local musicians will take the stage all day.

Performers include Sorella, with  Ellie Young on stand-up bass, Julie Armitage on guitar, Diana Ward on keys and percussion, and Wendy Aronyk on flute and percussion.

“They have an eclectic sound with superb three- and four-part harmonies,” said Kovacs.

Sibling songwriting-singing duo Frills, Jenn and Lindsay Millan, will perform their flowing harmonies, with a folk and rootsy blend of acoustic riffs and heartfelt lyrics.

Barefoot Caravan (Expression World Music Collective) will also perform French fusion songs and world music chants blended with three-part harmonies and upbeat arrangements.

“They will be accompanied by local musicians all day so come out and enjoy a family day celebrating our arts and culture here in Cherryville,” said Kovacs, adding, “We would like to thank our sponsor the Regional District of the North Okanagan and the volunteers who are making this happen.”

Roots and Beets takes place outside the Cherryville Artisans Shop, 1187 Highway 6 at Sugar Lake Road, Aug. 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is by donation.