Taking place August 8 & 9, 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!
Son Ranch is a working forestry museum and joins the Tour for the first time this year. Featuring the largest logging museum in the Kootenays, including over 400 saws and thousands of local photos depicting the "good old days” Wander the incredible gardens of Son Ranch or tour the saw mill and molding process, there is something for all. gallery 2 in Grand Forks prides itself on presenting a diverse assortment of contemporary art exhibitions including selections from its own collection. Its heritage galleries house a permanent history of Grand Forks and region as well as shorter-term exhibitions. The featured exhibitions are: Richard Reid: The Ephemeral Landscape, Leah Weinstein: Between Subject and Object and Zshu-Zshu Mark: Studio Watch. The heritage exhibition is: Tom Thomson and The Grey Canoe.
There are two fine venues in Christina Lake this year! Visit Joan Bartlett at Little Burro Western Art Gallery, Joan is a western and wildlife bronze artist, Joan shares her gallery with long-time friend and kindred spirit, Faye Gustafson, who is well-known for her oil paintings reminiscent of her ranching heritage. Both artists have had works juried into many major art shows in the U.S. and Canada. Also offered for sale in the gallery are note cards, postcards, aprons, hand-painted clay sculptures and some unique horseshoe and iron art. On the tour weekend, Joan will be demonstrating her sculpting techniques and Faye will be working on her latest oil painting. Arts on 3 Gallery is located inside the Christina Living Arts Centre, the vibrant hub of the Lake. Enjoy lunch or a coffee at Lisa’s Bistro while you tour the Gallery and see a great representation of regional artists working in wood, stone, pottery, paint and jewelry. Canadian and American glassblowers are featured here, alongside native art and fiber. Stroll to the lake for a dip, marvel at the 3-D floor mural and "green" designed building, and enjoy the trails in the nearby nature park.
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.