2024: APPLEDALE / WINLAW / PASS CREEK / ROBSON / CASTLEGAR / BRILLIANT / OOTISCHENIA

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9 RABI’A ART

WHIMSICAL ART; STEEL SCULPTURES; GLASS MOSAICS; BRONZE; MIRROR AND CERAMICS

At Rabi’a Art you’ll find five acres on the Slocan River, gardens, trees, flowers and whimsical sculptural installations of all kinds, including two straw-bale cottages and an outdoor bath house. Be prepared to be delighted. A boardwalk through the wetland takes you to the river. Come, you’ll like it.

Address:
6676 Appledale Lower Rd., Winlaw

Directions:
From Winlaw bridge, follow sign to Artful Lodger, approx. 5 km.

Wheelchair Accessible:
Yes

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10 JENNIFER MCCAW AT SLOCAN VALLEY THREADS GUILD

JEWELLERY; STAR MAPS

Hi! I am Jennifer McCaw, a silversmith obsessed with outer space and rare gemstones. I create celestial terrestrial talismans, jewellery that connects you to the cosmos.

Using solid sterling silver and gold, and precious and semiprecious gemstones, I create jewellery featuring constellations, zodiac, planets and comets. Some pieces have kinetic components, moons or asteroids, which spin or move.

Constellations are on the front or back or the ring band. With these celestial maps, you can look up to the night sky and find your place under the stars. My hope is for a future archaeologist to find one of these artifacts and realize it is a map of the heavens.

I hand-make each one-of-a-kind piece of jewellery, using hand tools, a torch and ancient jewellery techniques, and I source rare and unusual gemstones for each star map.

For the Columbia Basin Culture Tour, I will be showcasing my jewellery at the Slocan Valley Threads Guild, Hwy. 6 and Perry’s Back Rd., Appledale.

If you see something you love, these celestial adornments will be available for purchase; please bring cash as there is no cell service here.

I look forward to chatting with you about stars and gems and jewellery!

Address:
7112 Perry’s Back Rd., Appledale

Directions:
On Hwy. 6, drive 10 minutes north of Winlaw, or 10 minutes south of Slocan; Hwy. 6 and Perry’s Back Rd.

Wheelchair Accessible:
Yes

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11 LISA HUTH

BLACKSMITHING; WELDING

Lisa was born and raised in the Okanagan, where she discovered a love for metalwork. She studied welding at Okanagan College in Kelowna. She also took instruction under master blacksmith Joe Delisimunovic in Vernon to learn the lost art of blacksmithing.

Then, in 2003, Lisa started her own business. Later, in 2015, after starting a family, Lisa and her husband had a strong desire to raise their children in a smaller town, which led them to the Kootenays. They now live on a small acreage on the outskirts of Castlegar.

Lisa finds inspiration from nature, the beautiful curves in plants and the unique details of animals. She loves the challenge that metal provides and the huge satisfaction of bending and forming it to her desired shape.

Address:
2221 Raven Rd., Pass Creek

Directions:
Take Pass Creek Rd. to Norns Rd.; then take 2nd left onto Raven Rd.

Wheelchair Accessible:
Yes

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12 LUMINOUS CREATRIX

SCULPTURE; POTTERY

Theresa Swan of Luminous Creatrix draws on ancient artistic expression to articulate a celebration of soul life and the power of mother nature. She deeply believes that since all culture is created, we have the power to recreate a lense that honours the life force in all. The last 5,000 years of dominance and violence is a blip in time—we can remember our heart’s connection, our irreverent reverence and playful belonging to all that is. Using clay, stone and mixed media, she explores psyche and spirit in sculpture. She also dabbles in functional pottery and jewellery. Beauty medicine delights the goddess!

Address:
1047 Blake St., Robson

Directions:
Just up from Robson Hall on right; green house; come in side gate.

Wheelchair Accessible:
No

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13 CANCELLED: CASTLEGAR ARTS COUNCIL: MAKERS MARKET

CULTIVATING CREATIVE COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

Immerse yourself in local talent at the Castlegar Arts Council’s Makers Market! This must-see location on the Columbia Basin Culture Tour features over a dozen talented artists showcasing their work in one convenient location. It’s your chance to discover a wide variety of artistic creations and connect with the vibrant and creative heart of Castlegar. Visit our website for a list of participating artists and details.

Address:
Robson Community Hall, 3067 Waldie Ave., Robson

Directions:
Follow Broadwater Rd. south toward town of Robson; turn slight right on Waldie Ave.; hall is on right.

Wheelchair Accessible:
Yes

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14 RIVER & ROSE STUDIO

POTTERY; SUCCULENT SCULPTURES; ART; CLAY

River & Rose Studio is my clay and art studio where I explore the endless possibilities of creative process. I assemble wheel-thrown forms into unique and functional sculptures. Playing with the subtle variations of wee bowls and bottles brings me joy. I like to make one-of-a-kind pieces that make the ordinary extraordinary, and turn our daily routines, like morning coffee or adding a pinch of salt, into playful rituals. My addiction to succulents has inspired me to create a series of succulent sculptures!

For the Columbia Basin Culture Tour, River & Rose Studio will have an outdoor display and sale of clay art, succulent sculptures and pottery. There will be an art zone where all are invited to collage, doodle, paint and contribute to a mural.

Address:
1014 Vine St., Robson

Directions:
First left on Vine St., about 1 km past Lion’s Head Pub.

Wheelchair Accessible:
Yes

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15 NORDIC STUDIO

YARN; KNITTING; CROCHET; FELTED SCULPTURES

Nordic Studio is a fibre arts store that holds a range of fibres, accessories and notions to use in knitting, crochet, macrame, felting, spinning, weaving, dying, rug punching and more. We are home to the work of many local artists and makers, in our mini-shop and adorning our walls. Examples of some of the pieces you will find in our studio are watercolour paintings, oil and acrylic paintings, prints, pottery, needle-felted sculptures, handmade jewellery, woodwork, textiles, macrame decor, amigurumi, hand-knit and crochet garments, etc. We offer classes in knitting, crochet, macrame, needle felting and dying fibres. Nordic Studio invites all people to enjoy art and making, and exists to be a place for creatives to gather, learn, share knowledge and spread the love of fibre and creativity.

Address:
295 Columbia Ave., Castlegar

Directions:
Across from downtown Pharmasave (previously Central City Shoes).

Wheelchair Accessible:
Yes

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16 CASTLEGAR SCULPTUREWALK

SCULPTURE; OUTDOOR; MULTI-ARTIST; VARIETY

Castlegar Sculpturewalk is an annual, rotating exhibition of outdoor sculptural art located in downtown Castlegar, known as the Sculpture Capital of Canada. Now in our 14th year, Castlegar’s growing downtown is Sculpturewalk’s canvas: an incredible outdoor sculpture exhibit that fosters and supports our talented local artists and attracts artists from across the globe. Each year, viewers vote for their favourite sculpture: the People’s Choice winner is purchased by the City for its permanent collection. All of the sculptures are available for sale or lease, and the region’s growing public art collection can be viewed in our partner cities throughout the Kootenays and beyond!

Address:
600 Block of Columbia Ave., Castlegar

Directions:
Walking tour starts at Kootenay Market plaza downtown.

Wheelchair Accessible:
Yes

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17 BARBARA LEGG

ACRYLIC & PASTEL PAINTINGS

I am excited to invite you to my studio on my property in sunny Brilliant during the Columbia Basin Culture Tour.

As a long-time resident of the Kootenays, I am inspired by the changing landscapes and unique history of the area.

I am an avid reader and community musician and I approach my art like a storyteller, hoping to achieve an emotional response.

Although my usual medium is acrylic, I also do chalk pastel portraits and I welcome commissions.

All my original paintings will be available for purchase, as well as a variety of art cards. I have a book entitled Music and the Beast, a compilation of my poetry and art, which can be purchased.

While strolling through my garden, you will see a carousel-inspired gazebo, a trompe-l’oeil and a few whimsical characters.

I look forward to meeting you and sharing my love of art.

Address:
1919 Makayev Rd., Brilliant

Directions:
From Robson Access Rd., turn onto Makayev Rd., cross railroad tracks and Brilliant Rd.; first driveway on left with eagle sign.

Wheelchair Accessible:
No

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18 DOUKHOBOR DISCOVERY CENTRE

MUSEUM; HISTORY; HERITAGE; CULTURE

The Doukhobor Discovery Centre (DDC) is a public museum that preserves and promotes the historic cultural heritage of the Doukhobor people. The DDC officially opened in 1971 and stands as a replicated Doukhobor communal village modelled after villages that once stood in the nearby communities of Glade, Pass Creek and Ootischenia. The DDC houses over 1,600 artifacts that illuminate the Doukhobors’ culture and heritage in both Russia and Canada. Altogether, the DDC has six separate buildings that hold unique displays and artifacts, stretching from farming implements to textiles. Visitors to the DDC can explore our numerous displays, walk through our historic heritage orchard, and even enjoy a picnic lunch in our beautiful courtyard.

Address:
Doukhobor Discovery Centre, 112 Heritage Way, Castlegar

Directions:
Across from Castlegar airport.

Wheelchair Accessible:
Yes

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19 SELKIRK WEAVERS & SPINNERS GUILD

WEAVING; SPINNING; KNITTING; DEMONSTRATIONS

Make sure your Culture Tour outing includes a stop at the Selkirk Weavers & Spinners Studio & Giftshop located at the Doukhobor Discovery Centre! We are a local guild of fibre artists that has been around since 1972. We have members from all over the area.

Spend some time exploring all that goes into the ancient art form of weaving. Take in live demonstrations on the loom by our weavers, and see how our spinning and weaving ties in with the rich textile history of the Doukhobors. Catch our spinners in action creating yarn for their handmade items and explore different fibres such as linen, bamboo, cotton and wool.

Think about becoming a member for access to learning materials, equipment rentals, gift shop space and more! Meetings are the third Sunday of the month at 10 a.m.

Explore our studio and gift shop for great handmade items, open Saturdays in June, and Wednesdays to Saturdays from June to September. Watch for our fall exhibit and sale in November for all your pre-holiday shopping needs. Find us on Facebook and Instagram.

Address:
Doukhobor Discovery Centre, 112 Heritage Way, Castlegar

Directions:
Across from Castlegar airport.

Wheelchair Accessible:
Yes

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20 BARBARA BROWN AT KOOTENAY GALLERY

OIL PAINTING; NEW BOOK; POETRY; FILM

This summer I am so excited to be launching Volume II, SYLVAN REFLECTIONS: Wanderings, Paintings and Ponderings From the Forest, along with a new film and an exhibition of my whole series of 32 forest paintings, in Castlegar at Kootenay Gallery. I will be in attendance there throughout the Culture Tour weekend with books, miniature paintings, cards and prints for sale.

With my work I share the beauty and the wonder to be found in the forest. I paint in oil on canvas and each of my forest paintings incorporates a bit of mysticism or symbolism—sometimes hidden, always spellbinding—to express the magic of the wild woods. My poetry is meditative and philosophical and brings you into connection with nature. In the film, ON BEAUTY, As We Come to It in the Forest, we “revel in the beauty of nature and ponder the nature of beauty.”

This exhibition, and the launch of the book and film, are dreams come true for me and I can’t wait to share it all with you. Come find me, I would so love to see you there!

Address:
Kootenay Gallery, 120 Heritage Way, Castlegar

Directions:
Across highway from Castlegar airport.

Wheelchair Accessible:
Yes

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21 ROSEMARY MANARIN

WATERCOLOUR; ACRYLIC; PAINTINGS

I love revering our beautiful forests in British Columbia, as well as showing the disparity between how we live and how other less fortunate people live in other countries.

Address:
1360 McPhee Rd., Castlegar

Directions:
Ootischenia area of Castlegar behind airport; road nearest hill.

Wheelchair Accessible:
No

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22 DAN SALEKIN PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTOGRAPHY; PRINTING; LANDSCAPE; WILDLIFE

The rugged geography of the Kootenay region has a unique beauty and peacefulness that Dan captures in his images. Dan’s venture into fine-art printing began while working towards mastering the craft of photography. Through print and tall tales, Dan shares stories of his outdoor adventures.

Address:
618 Fernwood Dr., Castlegar

Wheelchair Accessible:
No

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