A local artist has whimsically captured the spirit of the village’s extended peafowl family, and her art will make its debut at the Naramata Christmas Craft Fair, Sunday, December 5th.
Melanie Mehrer uses a process called gouache, a watercolor-like medium. Mehrer’s blog site posted her latest piece a few days ago. It tells the story of the peahen and her three chicks being captured and taken away to a petting zoo in Keremeos.
“This part is a painful story for some village goers who really loved the peacocks. I loved the peacocks too, as Naramata is a magical little place and it just seemed fitting that peacocks should roam the village. But, maybe not an army of peacocks. I can understand the panic of some villagers who were suffering damage to their vehicles because the peacocks had a penchant for roosting on the tops of cars. Anyway, regardless of where anyone stands on the peacock issue, the peacocks are now imbedded in the history of this little village. I decided to create a painting celebrating the Peacock family of Naramata as it was last intact. As some villagers had named the female peahen ‘Pearl’ the title of this painting is ‘Pearl and Company,’” says Mehrer.
The fair goes from 11 to 4 at the Naramata Heritage Inn. The winebar and spa will be open too.
Artists and artisans from Naramata and the surrounding area will be showcasing their works and products for your shopping pleasure. Take time to get in out of the cold and find some unique and useful gift ideas while supporting the local economy. The Artisan Faire runs from 11am to 4pm on Sunday, December 5th. Contact Heather Mehrer for more information at 250-496-5486.