Garden Beauty captures seasonal greeting card cover

What does vibrant winter look like in Penticton? The Rose Garden blanketed by snow, with a dream-like sunset above the lake.

The City of Penticton sends seasonal greeting cards each year in December to community organizations and stakeholders, and a call for artists was issued this fall seeking artwork depicting the theme of “Vibrant Winter,” to reflect the community’s vision to be a “vibrant, innovative, adventurous waterfront City that focuses on sustainability, community and economic opportunity.”

Twenty-five submissions from seven artists were received by the deadline. Selection was overseen by a selection of Arts, Creative and Cultural Innovations Committee members, who unanimously endorsed a submission called “Garden Beauty” by Brenda Campbell – an image of Penticton’s Rose Garden covered in a lovely layer of snow.

“Art makes you look at the world in a different way. This piece perfectly showcases our community’s beauty over four seasons, but also shows how the Rose Garden is a stunning public space even in winter,” said Mayor Andrew Jakubeit. “We congratulate Brenda Campbell on her winning entry and thank all the talented artists who submitted their vibrant winter pieces for consideration.”

Campbell’s work will adorn the cover of the City’s seasonal greeting cards, and a “Happy Holidays” message has been translated into 11 different languages. The multilingual greeting was achieved with the assistance of South Okanagan Immigrant Community Services.

All the artists and photographers who submitted pieces will be invited to take part in a “Vibrant Winter” exhibit in Council Chambers at City Hall. The exhibit is organized by the Shatford Centre Okanagan School of the Arts.