Does a leisurely drive along Kootenay Lake sound like a good idea? Then why not spend the day and take in the East Shore portion of Art Walk.
The first of the East Shore galleries north of Wynndel is the Flickering Goddess Soap and Candles, where Laurie Rhead has her fine display of soaps and candles. Next along Highway 3A in Gray Creek is the Emerald East Cliff Gallery, which has on view the sculpture, paintings and metal work of Geri Gomola. The Sacred Journey Import and Art Gallery has the photography, pottery and canvas art of several local artists. Wedgwood Manor has the watercolors of Laura Leeder on display.
One Thread Collective, new to Art Walk, has the handcrafted eco/recycled leatherwork of James Belcourt and Jessie Hobson. The East Shore branch of the Nelson and District Credit Union, a strong supporter of Art Walk for many years, has quilted items by the Many Hands Quilting Guild on display.
Close by is the hand forged iron lamps, fire tools, coat racks and art pieces of Cory Medhurst, Gina Medhurst and Randy Cruse at the Kootenay Forge Ltd and Fireworks Copper and Glass.
At North Woven Broom you can find the world-famous handcrafted brooms of wood and broomcorn created by Janet and Rob Schwieger. Just down the street is Junction Creek Hub where one can find the acrylic and watercolor paintings of Jenna Schell and Sarah Green. Across the street is Barefoot Handweaving where one can see the hand weaving of Janet Wallace and the contemporary acrylics of Ted Wallace.
At the Pilot Bay Resort you can view the wonderful pencil portraits of Dena Kubota as well as her Asian influenced quilted wall hangings. You can end your arts journey at Bob’s Bar and Grill in Riondel, where the Riondel Art Club has an excellent display of their artwork.
So, pick up one of Art Walk’s colorful brochures at any venue or tourism office, which includes detailed maps and hours of operation, and head north along Kootenay Lake’s East Shore for an exciting day of art hunting.