The Penticton Art Gallery is pleased to once again partner with the Meadowlark Festival and feature the fused glass work of the Summerland based artist Val Eibner. Val’s fused glass sculpture 'Eye Spy a Meadowlark' was selected as the signature piece for this year’s festival and as in past years, the work will be raffled off to benefit the ongoing work of the Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance.
‘Eye Spy a Meadowlark’ was inspired by Val’s early childhood memories of growing up the prairies. The wide-open and expansive prairie field was her playground and the meadowlark’s song and presence left an indelible impression. The meadowlark also serves as the bridge, which connects the span of time between her youth growing up in Manitoba and her present life here in the Okanagan. Through it all the bird’s presence continues to act as a touchstone constantly providing her with an unending sense of joy and harmony.
Val received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Manitoba in 1972. After graduation she worked in the Fine Arts Departments at the School of Design, Sheridan College, Mississauga and the University of Calgary before moving to the Okanagan. She established a successful professional pottery studio in Summerland but was then invited to join the Emerging Artist Program at Banff School of Fine Arts in 1986/87. After Banff, Valmoved to Abbotsford where she once again established a professional pottery studio/school and began work as a sculptor and set dresser in the film industry.
In 2002 with knowledge gleaned from years of kiln work, Val returned to Summerland and dedicated her creative efforts to exploring the creative and sculptural potential of fused glass. Over the intervening years she has honed her craft creating stunning glass art pieces from the very small to impressive large-scale architectural features found in prominent private and public collections across the province. Some of her public commissions can be seen locally at the Nk’Mip Winery and at Moog and Friends Hospice House. Val is a member of the Glass Artist Association of Canada, the BC Glass Artist Association and Ars Longa, an artist group located in the Okanagan Valley.
The Meadowlark Nature Festival is organized by the Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance (OSCA) and has been voted the ‘Best Annual Community Event in the South Okanagan' by readers of Okanagan Life Magazine. Over the past 15 years it has evolved into one of Canada’s premier outdoor nature celebrations offering over 80 environmental tours and events from Canada’s unique pocket desert to the alpine meadows high above Okanagan Lake. For more information on programming and events, please visit their website at www.meadowlarkfestival.bc.ca.