Arts and Culture

Sun-soaked harmonies and gentle guitar medleys heralded the start of a long-awaited summer, while the weather, although not exactly summery, stayed dry.

Looking back, Chris knows now that he was blessed with something very special, something more special than talent - singular passion.

Event Date: 
Saturday, September 15, 2018
11:00am - 12:30pm

Six significant Fernie heritage buildings have recently been successful recipients of Heritage Grants funded by the Columbia Basin Trust and managed by Heritage BC. Join heritage consultant, Elana Zysblat, on a walking tour to learn about their history, evolution, a few fascinating and little known facts, and the plans for their conservation. The buildings on tour are: City Hall (former Crowsnest Pass Coal Co. headquarters), Christ Church, Holy Family Church, Fernie Courthouse, Knox United Church and the Fernie Museum (former Home Bank of Canada).

Event Date: 
Sunday, September 16, 2018
10:00am - 12:00pm

Join the Johnny Summers Quintet for an intimate jazz brunch at the Park Place Lodge. Johnny has worked and performed with a number of award winning artists including Ellis Marsalis, Tommy Banks, and Maria Schneider.

As a recording artist Johnny has toured Internationally, directs the Calgary Jazz Orchestra and is the recipient of 10 Global Music Awards, a Gospel Music Award, and numerous nominations for YYMCA, AMPIA and GMA.

Event Date: 
Repeats every day until Sun Aug 12 2018.
Saturday, August 11, 2018
Sunday, August 12, 2018
10:00am - 5:00pm

This year's culture tour will include many returning favourites as well as a number of exciting new locations to explore.

Self-directed and free of charge, the culture tour is a great opportunity to meet people behind the scenes at galleries and museums, visit studios and venues not normally open, shop for original art or fine crafts and experience special events planned only for this weekend.

Event Date: 
Saturday, September 8, 2018
10:00am - 4:00pm

Join fine artist Michael Hepher for an introduction to the art of plein air painting, the style of painting directly from and in nature. 

Michael Hepher is a blacksmith, musician, printmaker, and has recently returned to his previous passion of painting landscapes. His work is reminiscent of the Group of Seven and he often travels with a pochade box to transport his studies, as many of the Group of Seven artists did.

Many of us were first exposed to Troy Cook through his multiple artistic murals found throughout the town of Fernie. They were hard to miss, unlike anything else you had ever seen. So alive, colourful and captivating.

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!

Event Date: 
Thursday, July 26, 2018

Join visual storyteller, Mimi Sahlstrom, for an opening reception with cash bar & complimentary nibbles.

The City of Fernie, along with Artists Michael Hepher and Paul Reimer, will be officially unveiling “A Hardy Town” sculpture on June 1, 2018 at 12:00 PM at the Fernie Arts Station.