GALLIPOLIS — Historic and public gardens throughout Gallipolis will be on display during the French Art Colony’s fourth annual Garden and Tasting Tour on Saturday.
Eight sites around town will be featured on the tour, including five private residence gardens and three public sites.
Adding to the beauty of the gardens, now in full splendor, will be a local restaurant offering tastings of their specialties, as well as regional artists creating original works and musicians performing live. Garden sites are situated within just a few blocks, making the self-guided tour easily walkable. The sites may be visited in any order, and at a leisurely pace between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Tour visitors are encouraged to return to the French Art Colony for a closing reception between 2:30-4 p.m. in the FAC’s Thaler Memorial Gardens, grounds and new pavilion with additional tastings and samplings of wine and iced teas. The artworks created during the day by the participating artists will also be available during silent auction, with a portion of the proceeds serving as a fundraiser for the French Art Colony, non-profit arts organization.
Tour sites for the 2016 French Art Colony Garden and Tasting Tour include: 414 Fourth Ave., 155 First Ave., 81 State St., 541 Fourth Ave., 525 Third Ave., The French Art Colony Gardens, Bossard Memorial Library and The Our House Museum & Gardens.
The styles of the private gardens span a wide variety of unusual features including everything from a Japanese-inspired retreat with bonsai and rock garden to a freeform cottage garden with a pond. Landscapes vary from new installations to established gardens with a story to tell. The Our House Museum, originally built as a tavern for the historic French settlement, features a colonial, brick-walled, summer kitchen garden. The French Art Colony’s gardens showcase statuary, a koi pond, and plantings in formal arrangements, while Bossard Memorial Library offers brand new landscaping as a result of recent structural additions.
Participating restaurants for the tour include Tuscany Cuccini, Honey Creek Barbecue, Guinther’s Custom Cuts Inc., Lorobi’s Pizza, Crossroad Bistro, Laurel Valley Creamery and Pip & Hud’s.
Participating artists and musicians include Paul Brown, Barbara Delligatti, Katie Dovyak, Joy and Ryan Duffy, Niles Elliott, Maria Hampton, Josh LaBello, Marcus Moore, Jeff Musser, Carrie Napora, Ben Roach, Ashton Saunders, Leslie Shoecraft and Linda Sigismondi.
Tickets may be purchased the day of the event, beginning at 10:30 a.m., or in advance at the French Art Colony, 530 First Ave., Gallipolis. Tickets are $20 and include all tastings, tour visits and the closing reception. Identification may be required for wine samplings. Bidding for the artwork created during the tour and offered in silent auction will close at 3:30 p.m.
The Ohio Arts Council helped fund FAC with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.
Call the French Art Colony at 740-446-3834 for more information or visit www.frenchartcolony.org.