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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Designated the Sculpture Capital of Canada, Castlegar's downtown comes alive each year with a stunning selection of public art.
Castlegar Sculpturewalk showcases over 30 outdoor sculptures from local and international artists, located on a walking tour within Castlegar's downtown (total tour time is approximately 1.5 hours).
We invite the public to vote for their favourite sculpture via ballot - the winning piece is purchased for the City's permanent collection, with a total of $25,000 in prizes available to the artists. All of the sculptures are available for sale and lease (download a catalogue from our website for full details).
Brochures/maps are available along the route, or pick one up at City Hall, the Chamber of Commerce, or the Kootenay Gallery.
1720 4th Ave
Invermere, British Columbia
Pynelogs Cultural Centre & Art Gallery is the home to the Columbia Valley Arts Council & is the primary cultural venue for Invermere & the Columbia Valley. This log building features an Art Gallery, Gift Shop, Cafe, as well as space for concerts, films, workshops & special events. Built in 1914, this heritage building with a rich history will be celebrating its 100th Birthday in 2014, with all kinds of events throughout the summer. Located on the shores of Lake Windermere, Pynelogs is a cultural destination for visual, performing, culinary & literary arts.