Our original name, Offbeat Concrete began it's life in the spring of 2013. Pottery, sculpting, painting, woodworking, welding & homebuilding have been some of our creative pursuits during the past 35 years.
In the quest for a new multi-media garden art line of humorous art pieces, Offbeat Concrete was the culmination of our past experience. Following our passion of working with clay, our pieces still begin as unique sculptures. From there, and with our other skills, we use a proprietary process to create unique, individual concrete art pieces which are suitable for garden or indoor use.
After a thorough search of the Okanagan area of British Columbia, Offbeat Concrete changed it's name and found a new location in beautiful Keremeos, British Columbia. Our 2500 sq. ft. facility opened it's doors December 02, 2017. The new building is called "Laugh Factory" because, between our original concrete critters and new humorous wood signs, we find that, by our customers response, we are in the business of creating 'Laughs'. Contained within the Laugh Factory is a new gift shop is called 'The One Eyed Budgie Gift Shop' and an art gallery (see below). "Where did we get the name?" people ask. It all began with a little bird we called a budgie, who was our first cast concrete garden critter, ever. Having suffered injuries (ocular), being new to the process, and being the first one out, he became the being that our entire business model was built on. The Original One Eyed Budgie has a special home within the Gift Shop. Please stop by to see the little fella and read his story.
The Ferdinand Gallery opened it's door in the Spring of 2018. The Gallery is host to British Columbia artists and is receiving submissions from these artists, to display their work on a 2 week basis. Two artists, generally, per exhibit will be displayed. Now entering it's 7th year, the Gallery has enjoyed a full schedule of many talented B.C. artists. On display has been a variety of media including resin pour abstracts, birch bark & form mixed media, felting, 3D sculpture along with many watercolour, acrylic and oil works of art.
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