Columbia Basin Culture Tour! Rossland- Trail

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Sarah Elizabeth Fibre Works, featuring rugged bohemian fibre art and supplies

Taking place August 12 and 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!

Rossland is home to TRBy Hand, the working studio of textile artist Tricia Rasku, who works with natural materials in all media. For the tour: looms will be set up, spinning wheels in place and fibre everywhere ready for felting, dyeing or spinning. Joining the tour this year for the first time is Sarah Elizabeth Fibre Works whose art focuses on unique blends, stunning colour combinations and a touch of sparkle, all traceable to the source. Check out the fabulous fibre supplies to work with and exquisite wearables.

The Rossland Light Opera Players are the oldest musical theatre group in the BC interior and will be welcoming Culture Tour visitors to its rehearsal hall in the historic Bodega Hotel in Rossland. Discover how sets are designed, costumes created and how the magic of musical theatre is created. Stephanie Gauvin has been painting professionally for 13 years and will be showing her work at her studio/gallery on Washington Street. In 2016, four designs from her work were chosen by the Royal Canadian Mint to represent the Canadian Landscape Series of fine silver coins. Next to the Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre for family friendly fun, gold panning, mining and social history of the area on top of the historic Black Bear Mine on Red Mountain. Special activities are planned for the Columbia Basin Culture Tour.

In Trail, visit Pottery by Fran where you can view both wheel-thrown and hand-built pottery. Visitors to Fran’s studio will be able to see the various steps she goes through when making her pots. For the Culture Tour, Fran will do wheel throwing demonstrations by request. Bea&Glad Studio will be featuring a new line of bamboo and upcycled clothing for women. The new line involves printing lace patterns using a watercolor screen printing technique and adding some flatlock sewing details. Bea&Glad’s emphasis is on creating a unique look with comfort and style.

Tour brochures are available at tourist information centres and participating venues. Visit the website at www.cbculturetour.com 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.