Art Galleries & Artists
Glass artwork (Danielle Hayes photo)
Local art in the Kootenay Rockies region is found in more than just galleries.
Public art sculptures enhance the streetscape, coffee shops proudly display local artwork (and serve up regionally brewed coffee), and modest studios are hidden in backstreets.
There is a thriving arts scene in nearly all towns and communities across the region. Stroll through the heritage downtown of Nelson where galleries and stores brim with local art, or hop between working studios in Crawford Bay. Creston is home to colourful public murals.
Sometimes art is in the architecture. The Arts Station in Fernie is housed in an early 20th century Canadian Pacific Railway station, and Nelson’s Touchstones Nelson Museum of Art & History exists in a beautiful stone building circa the 1900s.
The Kootenay Rockies region is also home to some unique creative eneavours. In Kaslo, admire the fine-detail of the ancient Japanese art of fish rubbings (also known as Gyo-taku); or discover Doukhobor artwork and artists in Castlegar.
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276 Columbia Ave
Castlegar, British Columbia
Castlegar Sculpturewalk is an innovative display of outdoor sculpture, located on a walking tour within Castlegar's downtown core (total tour time is app. 1.5 hours). Showcasing both regional and international artists, the sculptures are available for purchase or lease.
Download a brochure and map from our website, or pick one up along the tour, and get Sculpturewalking! Vote for your favourite - the People's Choice winner will be purchased by the City of Castlegar for permanent display.
Come see what is turning into a major regional tourist attraction!
Fernie, British Columbia
Clawhammer Press is a working letterpress studio and gallery located in beautiful Fernie, BC. Our studio include 3 Letterpresses from the turn of the century which we use to print our products every day. We offer full design services, letterpress printing, as well as retail paper products, and fine art.
Our Shop features:
Letterpress cards, prints, posters, coasters
Locally made pottery
Fine Art Gallery
Clawhammer Press offers:
Workshops & drop-ins
Cards, posters & promo items
Special svents/musical venue
Find us downtown in the Fernie General Store building with Ghostrider Trading Company.
1720 4th Ave
Invermere, British Columbia
Pynelogs Cultural Centre & Art Gallery is the home to the Columbia Valley Arts Council and is the primary cultural venue for Invermere and the Columbia Valley. This log building features an Art Gallery, Gift Shop, Cafe, as well as space for concerts, films, workshops and special events. Built in 1914, this heritage building with a rich history, was lovingly restored and renovated in 2005. Located on the shores of Lake Windermere, Pynelogs is a cultural destination for visual, performing, culinary and literary arts.