Taking place August 10 and 11 from 10 a.m. to 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!
There is a wealth of Culture Tour activities in Nakusp this year. Meet Suzanne Schneider at her studio. Her black and white images are hallowed while her colour images are impressionistic and abstract. Suzanne’s favourite subject matters are landscape, street photography and photographing people especially the very young and very old.
The Studio Connexion is a fine art gallery located in downtown Nakusp, operated by Anne Elizabeth Beliveau, that showcases Canadian Visual Artists.This year for the Culture Tour the Studio Connexion Gallery is proud to exhibit the paintings of Madeleine Wood and Don Cunningham.
Visit Debra Rushfeldt in her gallery/studio to view her varied exhibition of artworks and cards. During the tour she will be open Sunday as well.
Original moody paintings inspired by the Kootenay landscape and its inhabitants are exhibited at Betty L. Fahlman’s studio-gallery. Works of acrylic on plastered board and watercolour on paper capture images of domestic and wild animals which Betty sees from her studio windows.
Fujibayahi Studio/Gallery is a destination that must not be missed. Stone sculptures are on display in a wide variety of stone from around the world and mixed media drawings include Chinese ink, coloured rice paper, acrylics, and watercolour pencils.
From her studio in Hills, Donna J. Shaw will be featuring her ‘folk stichie’ line. Using scrap fabric, needle and thread Donna suggests themes of Kootenay winters in front of the fireplace in a cozy house.
In the quaint lakeside town of New Denver you will find the work of Nadine Stefan, a contemporary artist whose artwork includes installations, mixed media paintings, drawings and sculpture. The art on exhibit is a new series that addresses the notion of ‘home.’ Using fabric, pencil, paint, grass, brush and branches, Nadine Stefan “weaves and tethers the mercurial dance of life into narrative tapestries that provide a home for vulnerability, self-reliance and interconnectedness.”
From New Denver you can take the scenic route to Kaslo and visit The Live Art Shop which is located in the beautiful downtown. The store is part studio, part gallery, and part boutique shop. Composed of many members, the store has a wide variety of art available, including photos, pottery, mixed media, watercolour paintings, felt, and much, much more. What makes it fun is that, most of the time, you will be able to watch an artist creating right before your eyes. Located at the west end of Front Street, it’s an easily accessible shop where you can browse around and take home a perfect piece of Kaslo as a souvenir of your time spent here.
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.