GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — The French Art Colony will host its 5th annual Garden and Tasting Tour on Saturday, June 17, from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., followed by a wine and specialty ice tea reception at Riverby, home of the French Art Colony, from 1:30 p.m. until 3 p.m.
This self-guided tour includes the gardens at five homes in downtown Gallipolis, plus the gardens at the Our House Museum and Riverby. At each of the home gardens, there will be a tasting from a local restaurant, live music by area musicians and regional artists, actually painting at each site, during the tour.
Guests will be welcomed to the gardens at the the Mayes home at 1073 Second Avenue, with a tasting by French City Foods, live music by Mark Ward, with Ashton Saunders, the artist on site.
At the Eachus home, 613 First Avenue, Courtside Bar and Grill will have the tasting, Barbara Delligatti will be the artist, with music provided by Ricky and Maggie Jackson.
Located at 627 Third Avenue is the Hanna home. Guinther’s Custom Cuts will have the tasting, Linda Sigismondi will provide the live music and Valerie Thomas will be the artist in the garden.
At 538 Second Avenue, the Matos home, the tasting will be by Tuscany Cuccini, Paul Brown will be the artist, with Rob and Leslie Shoecraft providing the live music.
The Campbell/Watson home is located at 317 Fourth Avenue, where the tasting will be by the Colony Club, the artist will be Joy Duffy and Ryan Duffy will be the musician.
In the courtyard garden at the Our House Museum, 432 First Avenue, visitors will find Sprinkle and Pop providing the tasting, Maria Hampton will be the artist and Jeff Musser, the musician.
When the tour of the homes and the Our House Museum closes at 1:30 p.m., everyone is invited to come to Riverby, home of the French Art Colony, at 530 First Avenue, where there will be a wine and specialty ice tea reception. Food tasting will be by the Tea Caddy from Jackson and the Laurel Valley Creamery.
Carol Mazurek will be the artist on site during the reception, with music, both inside Riverby and outside in the gardens. Inside will be Taae Hamid at the piano, and outside, Lindsey Pennington. The artwork from each of the tour locations will be displayed at Riverby, as will a special painting by Marcus Moore of the sculpture, “Water Babies.”
Tickets are now available at the French Art Colony, or by calling the FAC at 740-446-3834. The cost is $20 and covers the entire day, both the tour of gardens and the reception that follows, at Riverby.
According to organizers, this promises to be a very enjoyable day.
Marianne Campbell is a volunteer with the Gallia County Chamber of Commerce, reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.