HARROP-BALFOUR-RIONDEL-CRAWFORD BAY-CRESTON – Taking place August 11 & 12 from 10 am – 5 pm, 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!
Visit Molly’s Landing in Harrop to see whimsical needle felted animals, stained glass, hand painted boxes and zipper jewellery. The host will be serving refreshments while you browse her space and watch demonstrations. Also in Harrop, Chez Chasch , studio potter will open her space for the tour and will share her wheel-thrown and hand built pottery. Her earthly colours and style reflect the natural environment which serves as the inspiration for her work. She will also be demonstrating her process and displaying her work during the two-day event.
Take the Harrop ferry across Kootenay Lake to visit Michele Dupas’ Studio at the Procter Schoolhouse. Michele focuses mainly on sculptural ceramics and is attracted to conceptual projects that include various kinds of narrative. Her work has been described as witty and often with a childlike expression with views of the animated. Terry Huva and Grant Palfenier will also be at this venue. Terry will be demonstrating and displaying acrylic paintings while Grant will be sharing his collection of eclectic multimedia box art that appeals to the whimsy and humour of the onlooker.
Just 1 km past Balfour visit mixed media artist Heather Hutchinson, who will be on the tour for her fourth year! Her inspiration is from the landscape surrounding her, poetry, and music. Also at Heather’s studio is Evelyn Posgate who will have her paints and brushes in action as well as her assemblage art. Using found objects, paper, and multi-media, she demonstrates how ordinary objects can be transformed into playful art pieces which trigger memory and experience.
Now on to Riondel, visit the Circle of Friends Artisan Shoppe featuring multiple artists; fibre artists, mosaic, stained glass, crafters, watercolour and acrylic painters and those using natures treasures and more. There will be short demonstrations and free mini-workshops throughout the two-day tour.
Take the ferry across Kootenay Lake to visit the Artisans of Crawford Bay who pursue the ancient craft of making everyday objects with artistry. Walk along the main street, watch the artisans work, ask questions and purchase one of a kind items. At the Gray Creek Store, meet author Tom Lymbery signing copies of his two books, which feature BC history from 1911 to 1980, covering the fruit growing era, transportation from sternwheelers to highways, and operating a 103-year-old family-owned general store.
Creston has 6 venues on the Culture Tour this year! See original artwork by Elaine and Andy Alfoldy. They will be doing onsite demonstrations in the gallery using bright watercolours and acrylic collages. Next on the map is the Art Barn Studio. Visit Beth Swallwell and see her paper and bookmaking, mixed media and altered art. Fun for the whole family!
Mel Joy will be joining the tour again this year at Fly in the Fibre with her fibre art, weaving and felting. Her venue hosts a variety of local art classes, she sells yarn and fibre art and supplies, women’s accessories and coffee. Visitors are sure to be inspired!
The Kunze Gallery, located in Creston’s iconic red grain elevator, is home to an artisan studio and art gallery, exhibiting painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, and printmaking from both emerging and established artists.
Creston Museum tells great stories! They explain how Creston got its wacky time zone, about the steamship that became a tractor (sort of), the first airplane to land in Creston, and the teacher who refused to be fired. On August 12, the Museum is hosting their annual Afternoon Tea with interactive history performances. Note that some of the events on this day are not free so call ahead to find out what is included in the free Culture Tour activities.
For their first time participating on the tour, the Yaqan Nukiy Heritage Centre will open their doors with displays and guided tours of the Centre, which houses exhibits created by the local Aboriginal people to share their history, culture, and traditional lives with one another and the public. Demonstrations on-site during the event as well as guided tours with an elder of the community. Learn legends of the geographical area. Stop by during lunch (11–2) and have an “Indian Taco,” listen to drumming and meet new friends.
These are just a few of the fabulous venues on the 2018 Columbia Basin Culture Tour. Tour brochures are available at tourist information centres and participating venues. Visit the website at www.cbculturetour.com to view full artist/venue profiles for further details on each location’s activities or register to receive a tour brochure in the mail. For further information, call the CKCA at 1-250-505-5505 or toll-free at 1-877-505-7355. The Columbia Basin Culture Tour is generously supported by Columbia Basin Trust funding.