Columbia Basin Culture Tour 2019 - Fernie/Marysville/Kimberley

Taking place August 10 & 11 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!

Located in a beautiful heritage building in downtown Fernie, the Fernie Arts Co-op features a wide variety of media from over 50 artists that portray the region and the lifestyle of the Kootenay Rockies.During the Culture Tour weekend, a number of artists will be on hand at the Co-op. Come meet and see artists in action working in various media.  Also in Fernie, Eye of the Needle Studio & Gallery – Fernie Forgewill be sharing metalwork, felt, glass and copper jewellery. The studio will showcase Sandra Barrett's skill in felting. The gallery carries various works by a select group of artisans from across Canada and around the world, made from steel, fibre, glass, copper, beeswax and more. Fernie Forge is one of the 17 artisans whose local, handmade work is displayed and sold in a unique environment.

Also in Fernie stop at the Fernie Visual Arts Guild to witness alcohol ink demos, view watercolour and encaustic work by various talented local artists.

Next on the Culture Tour is in Marysville you can visit the Marysville Artisans who specialise in glass, leatherwork, ironwork and pottery. There will be artists there doing demonstrations and answering questions about the work. Also in Marysville is Laura Crawford Art Studio. View Laurie’s stunning and surreal colourful oil painting work of landscapes and wildlife. 

On to Kimberley, stop in a visit Dragon’s Rest Working Studios – Gallery and Dragon Iron Forge where Tony and Twila Austin will be displaying thir forgeworks, ceramics, jewellery and mixed media. They have been on the tour for several years in a row and never disappoint with their stunning work and innovative designs.

New to the tour this year is Chateau Kimberley Hotel & Gallery. Here you can see work from local artists from the area who will be displaying their work at the hotel. Also take a tour of this beautiful historic hotel.

Kimberley Arts Council - Centre 64 is Kimberley, BC's arts and cultural centre. Visit their beautiful art gallery featuringKimberley Kaleidoscope 2019 Exhibition“Celebrating Excellence in Fine Art”.

These are just a few of the fabulous venues on the 2019 Columbia Basin Culture Tour. 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 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.