Category: Art Scene

  • West Kootenay Regional Arts Council

    We have several deadlines coming up, so make sure to take a look at these opportunities:

    1: Kootenay Festivals & Events Brochure: book your listing by March 10. READ MORE

    2: CKCA Arts and Culture Grants: 
    apply by March 3 or 10, depending on the program. READ MORE
    Register now to take part in the Columbia Basin Culture Tour if you’re an artist or an organization or venue focused on arts, culture and heritage. By having people visit your location and appearing in the tour’s brochure and website, you’ll expand the reach of your cultural practice—and may make some sales! The early bird rate ends March 31.READ MOREPLANNING FOR THE FUTURE TO HELP ARTS, CULTURE AND HERITAGE THRIVE
    We have a new strategic plan! Our vision is to see the West Kootenay Regional Arts Council act as a catalyst to build capacity in the creative ecology so that arts, culture and heritage thrive throughout the region. READ MOREFOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA
    To stay on top of the latest news about arts, culture and heritage in the Kootenays, follow us on Facebook and Instagram. You’ll get timely posts about the opportunities we offer, whether they involve CKCA grants, ARTiculate magazine, the Columbia Basin Culture Tour or workshops for arts professionals. READ MORENEW FUND AVAILABLE FOR FAIRS, FESTIVALS & EVENTS
    The Province is providing $30 million to support B.C.-based events. Through the B.C. Fairs, Festivals and Events fund, the government is providing one-time grants in response to challenges the sector is facing. The deadline is March 3, so submit your application ASAP!READ MOREREAD MORE NEWS STORIES HEREFEATURE STORYFERNIE SPINNERS & WEAVERS GUILD COLLABORATES
    The group show by the Fernie Spinners & Weavers Guild entitled “Second Skin: Saving the Planet One Garment at a Time” is all about sustainability and the positive environmental aspects of handmade and locally produced garments. “The specific message is a reaction to the fast fashion industry,” says curator Laura Nelson. “Slow fashion is having a revival.” READ MOREREAD MORE STORIES HERESELECT EVENTS IN THE REGIONDROP-IN WATERCOLOUR NIGHTSThe Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre’s beginner-friendly drop-in watercolour workshops focus on removing the fear from trying watercolour and don’t require any experience. (Revelstoke)READ MORELADIES WHO SING: AN ODE TO SONGThis intimate evening performance features three unique songwriters in the Nelson community: Carly Dow, Liz Arnason and Sarah Orton. (Nelson) READ MOREBEYOND THE LEGAL LIMIT COLUMBIA BASIN TOURPat Henman’s story of loss, grief and recovery captured in her memoir Beyond the Legal Limit: Surviving a Crash with a Drunk Driver has been adapted for the stage with original music and songs. (Kaslo, Golden, Taghum, Creston)READ MORESUMMER YOUTH PRODUCTION AUDITIONSIt’s time to come out and audition for the Summer Youth Production at the Capitol Theatre. This year they are excited to be presenting Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical! (Nelson)READ MORESUBMIT A LISTINGDo you have an arts, culture or heritage event you’d like to tell everyone in the Kootenays about? Submit your item now!READ MORESEE ALL EVENT LISTINGS HEREThank you to our funders:FacebookInstagramWebsiteForward to a FriendCopyright © 2023 West Kootenay 
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  • Columbia Basin Culture Tour

    Columbia Basin Culture Tour – August 8 & 9, 2020

    a project of the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance


    Nelson-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. Venues are implementing COVID-19
    protocols as per provincial guidelines. To participate in the tour, simply grab a map, your Culture Tour Directory and go!

    Nelson has a thriving arts community. Visit eARTh studios where Diane Walters will be sharing her ceramics, pottery, photography
    and paintings, along with visiting artist Underwood Art who will be showing bold, vibrant and textural abstract art. The Nelson &
    District Chamber of Commerce has joined the tour again this year. Take a tour of their visitors centre to see a large selection of
    Kootenay art and grab a coffee at Railtown. Next, stop at Kimberley Hyatt Studios, she will be displaying her lively animal drawings in

    New to the tour this year is Lainey Benson, sharing acrylic paintings of stunning Canadian landscapes. Touchstones Nelson: Museum
    of Art and History is a unique combination of Art Gallery, Museum and archives. Their exhibitions offer a diversity of topics and
    themes that reflect the broad interests and capabilities of people living in the region.

    We are excited to welcome Kootenay Co-Op Radio, also new to the tour this year! Drop in and take a tour of the facility as well as
    get a glimpse of how this live community radio operates behind the scenes. Karen Guilbault’s studio will feature her acrylic mixed
    media paintings, then visit Martha Stokoe for a combination of acrylic paintings of whimsical landscapes. Another new artist this
    year is Briana Lyon on Six Mile Road, which is a great location to see work focused on land art, forest art, painting and the outdoors.

    Tour brochures are available at tourist information centres and participating venues. Visit the website at 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 250-505-5505 or toll free at 1-877-505-7355. The Columbia Basin Culture Tour is generously
    supported by Columbia Basin Trust funding.

    Photo cutline: D.E Walters – eARTh Studios: Venue #20 on the Columbia Basin Culture Tour, August 8 & 9, 2020.
    For further information contact:
    Lily Andersen
    Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance 250-505-5505 1-877-505-7355