The Columbia Basin Culture Tour showcases art and artists in their chosen environment.
Each location will be open 10am-5pm on Saturday & Sunday, August 12 & 13 (plus regular opening hours).
The tour is completed at your leisure and is self-directed, as well as free of charge! This event is a great opportunity to witness fine art of many different styles and to explore studios that are not normally open to the public.
Be sure to pick up some unique pieces of art! A Kootenay-wide initiative, Fernie is pleased to be featured in on the tour through two gallery locations in 2017, both in beautiful heritage buildings and featuring the work of multiple artists:
Fernie Forge – Eye of the Needle Studio & Gallery
Located across from the Fernie Heritage Library at 260 5th Street
The Eye of the Needle Studio & Gallery is the downtown gallery & textile arm of the Fernie Forge. In the catacomb-style basement is a series of rooms featuring metalwork, fibre art, glasswork, candles, and jewellery from over 15 artists.
During the Columbia Basin Culture Tour, resident artist Sandra Barrett will be on hand to demonstrate wet felting techniques. Drop in to watch this fascinating style of textile art, browse the store and view the exhibition pieces.
Fernie Arts Co-op
Located in Historic Downtown Fernie at 572 2nd Avenue
The Fernie Arts Co-op features the work of over 30 artists including painting, sculpture, jewellery, metalwork, soap, photography, quilting and encaustic/3D mixed media.
During the Columbia Basin Culture Tour, many of the artists will be working out on the street (or in the studio in the case of wet weather) for live demonstrations. Drop by and meet the artists, watch them work and learn about their art.