Ashpa Naira Gallery Present the Garden and Arte Funktional 2012 exhibition

By Staff Writer – Vernon Morning Star


West Kelowna’s Annabel Stanley has a seat on her vineyard garden chair, made from pinot noir vine canes, wire and a wine barrel. The chair will be a part of the Garden and Arte Funktional show and sale at the Marie Fleming Hall in The Vernon Performing Arts Centre, opening this week.

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There is no time to rest on their laurels as artists prepare to exhibit and sell their latest pieces of functional art this week.


Presented by Ashpa Naira Gallery, the  Garden and Arte Funktional 2012 exhibition and sale showcases several Okanagan artists specializing in three-dimensional contemporary artwork such as ceramic, textile, metal, jewelry, wearable art, glass, and furniture.

“The Garden Chair is  the feature object in this exhibition, in which several artists will create an artistic garden chair for contemplation in Okanagan gardens,” said Ashpa Naira owner and ceramic artist Carolina Sanchez de Bustamante.


One of the artists is Mark Sundby, a furniture and architectural millwright who has worked in the movie industry in Vancouver designing and making movie sets.


Other chairs have been created by valley artists Howard Brown, Cheryl Meier, Doug Alcock, Annabel Stanley, Bruce Taiji, and Sandra de Vries among others.


Various other pieces will also be on display, designed by Julie Oakes, Leonard Epp, Sanchez de Bustamante, Deborah Wilson, Annemarie Fux, Dan Irvine, Susan Richards, and Robert Bigelow among others.


The Garden and Arte Funktional opens Wednesday and continues to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Marie Fleming Hall at the Vernon Performing Art Centre. Admission is free.  For more information, visit  Ashpa Naira Gallery, at



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