FAC to host Gallipolis Garden and Tasting Tour

Staff Report

June 19, 2014

GALLIPOLIS — The French Art Colony will host the second annual Gallipolis Garden and Tasting Tour on Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., with a wine and specialty iced tea reception to follow in the French Art Colony gardens from 2-3 p.m.

Local patrons and out-of-town visitors will enjoy an array of garden styles, from whimsical to those tending toward formal, as well as delightful tastes and artistic surprises.

Seven sites will be featured in this year’s tour, showcasing a variety of beautiful gardens in the historic French City. The sites include homes on First and Second avenues; 615, 621, 1026 and 1032 First Ave., as well as 1226 Second Ave. Also, the gardens of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and the French Art Colony will be featured.

The tour boasts a new aspect to enhance the visitors’ experience by placing six regional artists among the gardens. The artists, Paul Brown, Gerry Enrico, Petcharut Channongsuang, Rhojean McClure and Valerie Thomas, will each create artwork during the tour, inspired by the gardens. The works will all be up for bid in a fundraiser silent auction, with the drawing taking place near the close the event. Watercolor artist Maxine Kinnaird will showcase her style of work and will offer a watercolor portrait of a home or garden as a silent auction bid item as well.

Area restaurants will be featured in select gardens and will offer tastings of a specialty item or two from their menu. Restaurants scheduled to participate are Tuscany Cuccini, The Wounded Goose, Honey Creek Barbecue, Courtside Bar & Grill, The Tea Caddy and Laurel Valley Creamery.

Gallipolis in Bloom and Bob’s Market, featured sponsor of the Gallipolis Garden and Tasting Tour, will also have displays representing the many ways the gardens of Gallipolis enchant our visitors throughout the summer.

The Gallipolis Garden and Tasting Tour is a self-guided walking tour. However, guests wishing to drive to the various sites may do so with ample street parking, and parking in select lots available. A guide map and event program will include a detailed map to assist visitors on their tour.

Visitors will be encouraged to return to the French Art Colony’s Thaler Memorial Gardens, from 2-3 p.m. for a specialty iced tea and wine reception. The participating artists will bring their original, garden inspired work to the FAC for the final silent auction bidding, which will close at 2:45 p.m..

Tickets for the French Art Colony’s Gallipolis Garden and Tasting Tour may be purchased in advance, or the day of the event, from the FAC office. The ticket includes all site visits, tastings and the specialty iced tea and wine reception following the tour.

For more information, call the French Art Colony at 740-446-3834.