Castlegar-Salmo-Trail-Rossland – Taking place August 13-14, 2011 10 am – 5 p.m., the Columbia Basin Culture Tour allows you to explore artists’ studios, museums, art galleries and heritage sites during this free, self-guided event. Travel to studios and archives that aren’t normally open, see demonstrations, new exhibitions and collections or meet people behind the scenes. To participate in the tour, simply grab a map, your Culture Tour Directory and go!
See art and get creative by participating in “Open Door, Open Mind”, a 48 hour collage-a-thon for all ages at Muddy Tutu Art Studio! Located on Soukeroff Road , Muddy tutu is the studio of Kari Burk. Then visit Sandra Donohue. A weaver since 1975, Sandra has been painting in water colour in 1997 with acrylics and pastels recently added to her repertoire of landscape, floral and still life subjects. Just a little further down the road meet Mirja Vahala at Inspiring Minds Fine Art who creates paintings rich in colour and emotion. Mirja speaks of her creative process “ The painting unfurls itself in layers of color and contrast – form, light and space become a landscape carved from the passage of time.”
Guy Hobbs is a self taught artist working with graphite and coloured pencils. Working exclusively from his own photography, he creates intimate portraits of world wildlife. Visit the USCC Cultural Interpretive Society where you can meet a dedicated group of Doukhobor women and friends working on the preservation and celebration of traditional Doukhobor fibre arts and crafts.
Opposite the airport, the Doukhobor Discovery Centre is a ‘Traditional’ Village (originally built in 1908 from local clay bricks) that features over 1,000 artefacts on exhibit. Take a stroll through the grounds, study the photographs, documents and artefacts in the museum and visit the Village Bistro. At the centre, the Selkirk Spinners and Weavers Guild will be demonstrating the various techniques of making fabric, from preparing and spinning fibres to yarn, setting up a handloom and weaving cloth. Just down the road is The Kootenay Gallery of Art, a public art gallery featuring exhibitions by regional and national artists and a shop with handcrafted items created by local artists and craftspeople.
There’s lots happening in Salmo this year! Artist/blacksmith Patrick McIvor invites you to his Dancing Scot Forge. Patrick uses old world technologies, learned while studying in Europe with master blacksmiths, to create one of a kind forged sculptures and functional art. Nyla Raney , an interdisciplinary artist, uses simple symbolism to explore and examine social progress, politics and her relationships with nature. Around Back Music Studio is operated by the Salmo Valley Youth & Community Centre. For the tour meet and listen to original folk singer/ songwriter Kyla Hanna who has been enchanting audiences all over the Kootenays for 10 years and is working on her next cd to be released in 2012.
In Trail visit the VISAC Gallery and Creative Art Centre, which provides artistic training in visual arts and fine craft, as well as providing exhibition opportunities for emerging and established West Kootenayartists. Artisan specializes in quality handcrafted items made in the Kootenays and beyond, representing over one hundred makers. Lori Prest is the artist/designer at Bea & Glad Studio, where she creates unique, comfortable clothing. Lori creates her own art work for textile silkscreens, silk screening on natural fabrics. Fran Moll at Pottery by Fran has been potting for over 35 years. “I love being a potter and turning a lump of clay into a shape on my wheel.” says Fran “I make everything from teapots to casserole dishes to mugs, but I love making bowls and vases the most because I enjoy playing with the shapes.”