It is an exciting time to be an artist. There are so many ways artists I personally know express themselves. They have found ways to comment on social issues and try to spur change. Her favourite is when her daughter, a fine arts graduate, used chicken wing bones which she enclosed in bronze or pastel coloured synthetic material and transformed into necklaces and mobiles to comment on an aspect of feminism. 

The Arts Station is a well-known and iconic landmark in downtown Fernie. Originally as a functioning train station, it was the hub of life in Fernie. Today in its second life it has become a hub for arts and culture.

Event Date: 
Repeats every day until Thu Aug 22 2019.
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Thursday, August 22, 2019
9:00am - 12:00pm

The Street Art workshop is an introduction to tagging and stencilling. You will learn the history of graffiti, discuss the legality and ethnical ways of this art form. You will create a tag for yourself, and learn how to make unique stencils that we will be using outside of the classroom.

We will not being using spray paint, but rather spray chalk to create a similar effect.

Event Date: 
Saturday, August 10, 2019
1:00pm - 4:30pm

Paper lanterns are integral to Japanese culture and a common sight in Japanese homes and at festivals.

Join creative artist Lesley Graham for a simple lantern-building workshop where you will create and decorate a lantern that you can take home.

This is a drop-in event that is free with Museum Admission. Activity is suitable for children with some dexterity, and will take approximately 30 minutes to complete.

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!

Event Date: 
Friday, July 19, 2019

Putting Away the Old is a one-act play with two scenes. The performance of the play is as for radio broadcasting.

For advance tickets phone 250-423-6091. Tickets will be available at the door too. $8 single (1 ticket) / $15 couple (2 tickets) 

Art is not a linear path. It can start out in one direction, and end up somewhere completely unexpected.

Event Date: 
Thursday, July 18, 2019
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Join Sue Hanlon for a social evening of painting. Sue will guide you through a painting step by step for 2 hours. Beginners are most welcome! She will be supplying all of the materials and instruction.

They’re putting the fun back into painting as you concentrate on the process on the way to a finished product!

Age: 12+
Adult $45 per person

For attendees of the previous workshop, we will be working on a painting with a new theme, so you are very welcome to come for a second time!

Event Date: 
Saturday, July 13, 2019
1:30pm - 2:30pm

Besides other traditional arts like poetry writing and reciting, flower arrangement, tea ceremony and calligraphy, geisha are also expected to be adept at elegant song and dance.

In this drop-in program, visitors will learn about the four different instruments mastered by geisha - the shamisen, koto, shakuhachi and tsuzumi, in a short presentation from 1:30 to 1:45 pm, followed by traditional music performed on the koto from 2:00 to 3:00 pm in the gallery.

Free with museum admission.

The seemingly endless energy of young children to both create and destroy throughout their day can make the clean up crew (parents) a little less than inspired. July’s art project, Colour Clusters, has two simple parts.