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Columbia Basin Culture Tour – August 12 & 13, 2017 a project of the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance

NELSON-PROCTER-HARROP– Taking place August 12 & 13, 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!


In Nelson’s Rosemont area, visit painter Carol Reynolds. Carol’s vivid landscape paintings will be displayed throughout her house and yard, with a “Bargain Deck” that will have a selection of older work.  Tea Preville is an artist that works in many media, her best known work is a collection of 75 paintings in oil on linen canvas entitled, ‘Churches, Temples & Tipis – a 50k diet of Spiritual Locations’.  Artist Marilyn McCombe explores life through the act of painting. “This is where I find meaning” explains Marilyn “My aim is through the use of colour and composition to evoke the particular mood of whatever I find beautiful or interesting.”

Downtown, Oxygen Arts Centre’s residency program will allow visitors to meet artist Nicola Harwood and other team members of the project ‘Summoning (No Words)’, an interactive sound installation built from the female voice. The project is a response to violence against women, using women’s voices to create a space of sanctuary. Touchstones Nelson, Art Gallery, Museum and Archives, is presenting “Train Dreams” an experimental three-channel video installation examining the nature of memory and time, through history and railway culture and “Jack Shadbolt” an exploration of the diverse, seven-decade-long art practice of this formidable artist.


At Handsels, on Baker St., artist Vicky Issott – Vizzy Art is an animal lover who enjoys capturing the likenesses of pets, wildlife, particularly bears, eagles and ravens via mixed media. Stop by the Selkirk College – Kootenay Studio Arts (KSA) Victoria St. campus, where the magic of hands-on studio arts education happens!  KSA programs include Blacksmithing, Ceramics, Jewellery, Sculptural Metal, and Textiles. During the tour, faculty, students or recent graduates will be working in the studios. Any of them are happy to answer your questions about their work, or the studio in which they work. Artist Sue Parr paints in oil or acrylic medium on canvas working from sketches made en-plein air and photographs taken on trips, with subject matter that varies from calm or chaotic abstracts to bold and colorful landscapes.


eARTh Studios is home to potter Diane Walters, presenting her womanscape bowls, depicting the earth as female and the landscape as aspects of the female form overlaid with nature’s colours. Diane has invited a number of talented artists to join her: Gilded Petunia is showing pottery, including wood fired pieces, lustreware and some oxidation work, and Jill Kelley of Silver Waters, highlighting her handmade jewellery which reflects her love of simplicity. Joining the tour for the first time is Stanley Gyura (Stanko), an internationally known abstract artist originally from Yugoslavia. His art has been exhibited in various galleries in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and New York. Stanley will be exhibiting new pieces and will be doing a live painting throughout the weekend. PB Woodworks is a small, craftsman-owned and operated, custom wood working shop in Fairview where everything is handmade, functional and built with integrity.


Take a short ferry ride to visit 5 artisans in Harrop and Procter. At Molly’s Landing is Brenda Pirie, needle felter of whimsical animals and creator of stained glass and hand painted boxes. What was once Rudy the horse’s barn is now Chez Chasch Pottery Studio, a hub of creative energy and a dream come true for Chasch Ray where she makes quality handmade pottery to enhance the home and garden. Michele Dupas’ pottery studio is located in the Procter Schoolhouse. Michele speaks about her process “Through the processes of hand building, coiling, and slip-casting, clay allows me to convey my narrative sculpturally for which I cannot express with my ‘left brain’.” Also showing at the schoolhouse is Terry Huva and Grant Palfenier. Using acrylic paint, pencil crayon, and oil pastels, Terry’s work is about social and enviromental observations about life in the Kootenays. Grant creates thematic, intriguing shadow boxes. These multi-dimensional collages call your attention toward the delightful details of each piece, the characters in which are charming, quirky or sometimes a bit saucy!


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.

For further information contact:

Lily Andersen, Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance, 1-250-505-5505 1-877-505-7355



PROCTER:  Grant Palfenier, “Skully” shadow box collage, showing at the Procter Schoolhouse along with work from two other artists for the Columbia Basin Culture Tour, August 12 & 13, Venue # 38




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