Ron Holliday poses outside his home with some of his wood carvings.

CBT Culture Tour artists’ profiles

The Columbia Basin Trust Culture Tour kicks off on Saturday, August 8. Meet the Rossland artists on the tour.

Wendy Morrison and Ron Halliday

Spouses Wendy Morrison and Ron Halliday moved to Rossland a year ago from Calgary, where they also welcomed the public to view their art at their ranch.

Both Morrison and Halliday do metal work, creating unique pieces of jewelry from bronze, silver, gold, and semi-precious metals.

Morrison also creates bronze sculptures, which take lots of time and care, and has done work as a graphic artist. Heartland Cookbook, which she illustrated and designed, won gold in Alberta and bronze internationally for design and production.

Back in Calgary, Morrison ran ArtLink, a marketing agency for the arts. Now that she’s in the Kootenays, she’s been using that experience to advise local business owners.

Halliday teaches music, and plays a number of instruments including all four types of saxophone, the guitar, the harmonica, and the keyboard.

Much of Halliday’s work is inspired by his love of music, including sepia-paint portraits of jazz musicians, which he’ll have on sale during the culture tour. Halliday also carves from wood and sandstone, often creating faces that reveal themselves to him from the material.

Both Halliday and Morrison take on commissioned work, and their work can regularly be viewed by appointment.

Tricia Rasku

Working in a studio on the top floor of her house Tricia Rasku creates soaps, dyes, and essential oils. She also weaves and felts, creating rugs, blankets, scarves, hats and bags.

Rasku started weaving in the 1980s and took a master spinner course in Olds, AB. She originally learned to felt so she could avoid learning embroidery, but eventually learned how to do that too.

Rasku regularly invites the public to her studio, as she no longer has the energy to take everything she makes to farmers’ markets. She’s also started teaching weaving one on one, and teaches soap making and dye making classes.

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