Thursday, October 30, 2014

Annual Pink Garden Tea Raises $500 For Creston Hospital

“Love only grows by sharing. You can only have more for yourself by giving it away to others.” ~ Brian Tracy

Above photo L-R:  Donna Grainger (EKFH) accepts proceeds from the Pink Garden Tea’s Debbie Graham  with Chris Ondrik (Creston Hospital Site Manager), Linda Panchyshyn, Shirley Mercier (Health Service Administrator – Creston/Fernie), Sheilah Moore (EKFH)  and Laura Leeder.

Just imagine sitting in a beautiful garden surrounded by flowers and gorgeous scenery with the scents of freshly baked scones and teas brewing filling your senses.  You may think it is imagination when in fact this is exactly what takes place annually in the garden of Debbie Graham as she and her team of tea fanciers welcomes you to the Pink Garden Tea.
The Pink Garden Tea took place earlier this summer (July 19) and proceeds from the event earmarked to support women in the valley.
The grounds are exceptional and the hospitality even more so.  Those in attendance came with anticipation of enjoying teas of all kinds while knowing they are making a difference in the lives of other women.
The tea also featured the sale of items including tea cup painting prints and gift cards by the talented Laura Leeder and scarves, blankets and afghans lovingly made by Linda Panchyshyn.
As the final drop of tea was poured and the unity of women celebrated, the Pink Garden Tea was able to generously donate $500 to East Kootenay Foundation for Health for the Creston Hospital.
The funds have been directed to the purchase of a pediatric crash cart ($4,000) for the emergency department.
Third party fundraisers of all kinds have an impact and benefit for health care in the community and for the region.
If you’re interested in creating your own event please contact Donna Grainger, Executive Director at East Kootenay Foundation for Health – phone: 250 489-6481 or toll-free 1-877-489-6481.

Garden Party, Watercolour by Laura Leeder, 2014
An 8x10 packaged print of my original painting Garden Party was donated to the Pink Garden Tea Fundraiser for silent auction.   A special "thank you" to 4 Corners Matting & Framing, Creston for donating the mat and gift packaging of the print and to Diane for your kind purchase of same. 
The above article was posted in the Creston Valley Advance, Thursday, October 23, 2014.
This article can also be found on-line at East Kootenay News Online, October 15, 2014. 


Due to an overwhelming schedule of tasks and commitments, both personally and professionally in October and November I will not be creating a weekly blog post.  

I hope to resume regular weekly blog posts and social media updates in December 2014. 

My artwork can be purchased on-line through my website or Etsy Shop:
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or Shop by Phone 250-402-6599
Laura Leeder, Creston Valley, BC Artist

Monday, October 6, 2014

New Paintings And Cards Ready For Fall Sales Plus My 1st And Last Post For The Month

"Each piece created, whether good, better, less than, or best, is at that moment in time a 'first,' a new adventure."  ~ Margaret Stone

Tango Dancers ~ Study in Watercolour, Ink  & Acrylic 
By Laura Leeder, October 3, 2014    SOLD
Image Size 8 x 6.5 inches

Don't you just love it when a newly finished painting resonates with a client?  This happened to me with Tango Dancers the 3rd painting in my current poppy series.  This small, cheerful and whimsical poppy study has tangoed it's way out the door and into a new home!  

Papaver Rhoeas- Study in Watercolour, Ink & Acrylic 
By Laura Leeder, September 2014 
Image Size 10.5 x 9 inches

Flamenco Dancers - Watercolour, Ink & Acrylic 
By Laura Leeder, September 2014 
Image size 10.5 x 15.5 inches

A New Selection of Notecards by Laura Leeder, October 2014 

Also new! I've added greetings to my Chrysanthemums notecard.
They are "Thank You", "Happy Birthday" and "Thinking of You".

Also new! Happy Birthday greetings on Dogwood Blossoms and Golden Mums notecards. 

This new selection of notecards is ready for fall sales.  They are available locally at Creston Card and Stationary.  My teacup series of cards can also be purchased locally at Tigz Designs in their new store in Creston, BC.   

My artwork can be also be purchased on-line through my website or Etsy Shop:
My Website:
Etsy Shop: 

This is my 1st and last blog post for the month of October. Due to an overwhelming schedule of tasks and commitments, both personally and professionally, I have decided to take a break from my blog and social media for the month.   

I wish each of you a fantastic fall filled with colour and wonder!   
Thank You for stopping by and as always your comments are most welcome! 

Laura Leeder, Watercolour Artist
Creston, BC "in the heart of the Kootenays"
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