Arts & Artisans
The creative spirit is alive and well in Naramata, with cottage industries blossoming in abundance. Visit our local renowned potters, the lavender farm, view designer lines of clothing with natural fabrics, see beautiful jewelry, metal and wood creations or explore upscale antiques, restored and found objects, sculptures and paintings and so much more. There are treasures in the village and on the benches of Naramata that are well worth prospecting for. Follow the illustrated map (see MAP section) to find them.
Cormier’s Studio Gallery & Sculpture Garden
250-493-3273 see map: L-20
495 Vancouver Avenue, Penticton.
A cultural tourism feast! Enjoy the comforts of our modern luxurious B&B/Art Gallery & Sculpture Garden, nestled hillside overlooking Okanagan Lake – in the city yet in the country. At the gateway to the Naramata Bench wine route, take a short stroll to the beach, the KVR Trail, restaurants, shopping & some wineries. For your convenience, each suite has a studio kitchen allowing you to do your own breakfast or join us in our dining room/art gallery. Lawrence sculpts & Kena creates bright, colourful mixed media wallart. B&B open year round, Gallery most days 12— 5 pm.
Dennis Evans Art Studios
250-496-5023 see map: I-3
680 Robinson Avenue, Naramata.
Painting, pottery, portraits, art cards, books of poetry, all produced on-site. Hours of operation, mid-May to September long weekend. 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, daily, October Wine Festival and, by appointment. Dennis Evans is a landscape painter and potter bringing fifty years experience to his creations. Dennis works full time in his Naramata studio to produce images which capture the spirit of the Naramata landscape which he portrays in the soft hues of the semi-arid enviroment of the Okanagan Valley. Recently, his images have been complemented by poetry written by his life partner, Patricia Evans, and her first book of poetry, Naramata Impressions and Other Memories was published in 2013. The book makes a delightful, easily transportable, memento for visitors to take home from Naramata. The work at the Studio has been conscientiously priced to appeal to a wide variety of budgets. Browsers are welcome.
James Hibbert Pottery/Victoria Clayworks
250-496-5150 see map: J-4
3015 Naramata Road, Naramata.
Web: Victoria Clayworks
James works in a variety of firing techniques including Raku, Saggarware, Medium & High Temperature Stoneware to achieve a wide variety of colour, texture and form. Visit our Showroom and Studio. Open most days from 10 am to 5 pm or by appointment.
Marianne Meyer Art Studio
778-514-4407 see map: I-4
3190 Hayman Road, Naramata.
Marianne Meyer was born and raised in Switzerland. Having started out with realistic paintings, she soon discovered that she preferred to express emotions and to experiment by using strong colour and abstract form. The basis for her pieces often emerges spontaneously through a variety of different textures which can range from individual sketches and drawings all the way to thick spatula layers. Marianne’s abstract paintings catch the viewer’s eye. To really understand her wonderful sense of humour & joy for life, one must view her colourful creations. By appointment only.
Poplar Grove Cheese
250-492-4575 see map: M-14
1060 Poplar Grove Road, Naramata.
Come and taste our luscious & creamy camembert and blue cheeses, or indulge in a true Okanagan experience, pairing the cheeses with award winning wines. Open May – Oct., 11 – 5 PM.
Preserved Light Photography
Canadian photographer Caillum Smith is an international award-winning visual artist from the South Okanagan Valley, BC, who specializes in adventure, landscape, tourism and commercial photography. The unique and intricate relationships that we all share on this planet are what compel Caillum to visually document the stories that connect us all. A photograph will never do justice to the moment it has preserved, but by simply being attentive and implementing various techniques learned over the years, Caillum strives to illustrate the experience of those present.
Sax Among Friends
Sax Among Friends is a group of talented and enthusiastic musicians led by saxophonist Don Wade. We provide the best of musical entertainment throughout the South Okanagan region playing the light jazz standards that everyone seems to know…music for chatting, humming, or dancing. Our flexibility offers options for our clients’ needs, preferences and budgets. Sax Among Friends has a wealth of experience entertaining many audiences. We have been very pleased with our acceptance and our reputation for keeping folks in their seats sipping and eating. If gently swinging music fits your plans, we’d be eager to hear from you.
The Art of Terry Isaac Gallery
250-492-6590 see map: M-18
475 Upper Bench Road North, Penticton.
Shop: Terry Isaac Art Instruction
Visit the gallery of internationally renowned nature artist, Terry Isaac. Featuring originals, limited edition prints and art cards all capturing those “magical moments” in nature. Terry also provides art education ranging from individual private lessons to workshops and to biweekly group lessons.
The Bench Market
P: 250-492-2222 see map: K-20
368 Vancouver Avenue, Penticton.
The award-winning Bench Market is set at the entrance to the much-travelled Naramata Bench winery route. The Bench offers daily breakfast, weekend brunch, baked goods, gourmet lunch, takeaway meals, catering, and grocery – along with the best coffee in town, made using locally-roasted organic beans. The healthy menu items are made from scratch using fresh, local ingredients. All meats and eggs are from BC-raised, ethically treated animals. And the shelves are stocked with a wide variety of unique, local artisan grocery items. Open 7:00 am — 5:00 pm Monday-Friday and 8:00 am — 5:00 pm weekends and holidays.
Upper Bench Winery and Creamery
250-770-1733 see map: N-20
170 Upper Bench Road South, Penticton.
Cheese please! A visit to our picturesque patio here at Upper Bench Winery & Creamery is the perfect addition to your itinerary during your stay in the beautiful Okanagan. Experience award-winning winemaker Gavin Miller’s wines perfectly paired with his wife Shana’s highly acclaimed hand-crafted specialty Brie, blue, and washed rind cheeses, all while enjoying our sunny Naramata Bench patio. Can’t stay long? Take one of our picnic boxes complete with our wine/cheese wherever the day takes you. You may even get to meet our vineyard pups Bella and Emma. We are family friendly and accessible to all.
Wade Works Studio
250-809-8122 see map: J-6
940 Aikins Loop, Naramata.
Be sure to visit this unique Art Boutique Studio, located across from Elephant Island and Deep Roots Wineries. Featuring “The Wine Stain Series”; art made with wine. Original paintings, prints, art cards, jewellery and gift items. Creative expressions by artist Trudy Wade. Open most days from 11 am – 4 pm or by appointment.