Columbia Basin Culture Tour – August 8 & 9, 2020

a project of the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance

Columbia Basin – Get a fresh perspective on the local arts and heritage scene!

Katherine Russell Glass Art

The twelfth annual Columbia Basin Culture Tour is a fun weekend that combines a road trip with a customized cultural experience like no other. Visit artists’ studios, museums, art galleries and heritage sites at your own pace. With venues, exhibitions, artwork and performances changing every year, there is always something new to experience.

Visit the Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre for some family friendly fun, learn about mining and social history of the area. Also in Rossland is local artist Tricia Rasku with TR By Hand. Visit Kootenay Gallery of Art and the Doukhobor Discovery Centre Museum and Selkirk Weavers’ & Spinners Guild in Castlegar before checking out Castlegar Sculpturewalk downtown on your way to visit the skilled artists in Robson and Glade. In Nelson, Touchstones Museum and Kootenay Co-op Radio will take visitors on tours of the facilities and many artists are opening up their studios to show their newest works.

This year there are a number of new artists’ studios including Reclaimed Wood Goods in Robson, as well as Rusty Redstar and Dave Dando in South Slocan. Also new to the tour this year is Black Star Studios in Invermere. Stop in to check out this fun and dynamic art gallery and workshop space. Featuring the unique handmade artwork of over 70 Canadian artists, visitors are also invited to experience art in the making! Another exiting addition to the tour is Effusion Art Gallery + Glass Studio. They offer a wide variety of Canada’s most talented and brightest contemporary artists, featuring an eclectic selection of original art, jewelry, and home décor, in a range of mediums.

In Elkford, see works in progress and learn about the glass making techniques of kiln forming, sandcarving and powder printing at Katherine Russell Glass Art. Katherine will also have a wide range of glass works for sale. We have new venues in Canal Falts and some returning favourites in Kimberley

Don’t forget to check out your favorite artists from past years too – the images of their new works are incredible! Take a sneak peek of the Artist/Venue Profile pages at, with additional images on Facebook and Instagram @cbculturetour.

Creston has three ‘not to miss’ venues on the Culture Tour this year! Visit the Creston Museum for gallery tours, curator talks and for a look inside the history of Creston. Also stop in at the Tilted Brick Gallery (contemporary artist-run gallery) and take a tour of their brand new location! Also in Creston, Wild Woman Studio will be joining the tour for the first time this year. Meet Pat Yarema and discover her exciting use of conceptual multimedia, wire sculptures, mosaics, clay works and large and small oil paintings.The East shore, Balfour and Ainsworth also have great spots to visit.

The Slocan Valley features the beautiful ceramics of Robin DuPont and Christine Fortier and many talented sculptors and painters, theorugh Nakusp and Revelstoke. These are just some of the fabulous venues abd communities on the 2020 Columbia Basin Culture Tour; there are 64 venues in total, with something to interest everyone.

This free, self-guided tour happens August 8 & 9, from 10 am to 5 pm. Venues are implementing COVID-19 protocols as per provincial guidelines. Look for directories at tourist info centres now or order one online. Grab a map, your Culture Tour Directory, and go!

For more information, visit the website at or call 1-250-505-5505, toll free 1-877-505-7355. The Columbia Basin Culture Tour is a project of the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance and The Columbia Basin Culture Tour is generously supported by funding from the Columbia Basin Trust.