"Window to the
Past," by Jim Nedelak
10 1/2 x 13 3/4 - charcoal drawing
shooting reference photos of a friend at the Pandosy
Mission in Kelowna B.C., I was struck by this image.
Father Pandosy, an Oblate priest, established the first
white settlement in the Okanagan Valley on this site in
1859. Here, he and the priests ministered to the area’s
Native population and the growing number of European
Restored remains of the Mission can still be seen, as
can the first apple orchard in the Okanagan, planted by
Father Pandosy himself. At its most prosperous, the
Mission farm held roughly 2,000 acres. In 1908, however,
the farm was sold and subdivided.
Today, the old Mission is jointly administered by the
Okanagan Historical Society and the Catholic Church.