Arts and culture

Rossland’s TR Byhand will feature fibre work and soapmaking, #5 on the Columbia Basin Culture Tour list this weekend.(Columbia Basin Culture Tour/Facebook photo)

Columbia Basin Culture Tour hits the road this weekend

The 2022 culture tour has 84 locations featuring the work of talented West Kootenay artists

 

To read about the cast visit the follies’ Instagram page. Photo: Gold Fever Follies/Instagram

Rossland Follies cancan bring it again this summer

Gold Fever Follies kicking up rip-roaring entertainment now and until Aug. 27

 

Picture of the Vancouver art gallery from 2014. (Kay Yamagishi/Flickr)

Sustainability and world class art to meet in new Vancouver Art Gallery building

Federal government kicks in $29 million to help fund ‘passive house’ arts centre in downtown Vancouver

 

“The Flaming Revelation,” by Frantisek Strouhal. Photo: Submitted

International exhibit showcases West Kootenay artist

FCA exhibit showcases West Kootenay artist Frantisek Strouhal

“The Flaming Revelation,” by Frantisek Strouhal. Photo: Submitted
Harrison Firefighter Fred Webber smiles as he holds copies of the two Chicken Soup for the Soul books that contain his story. (Adam Louis/Observer)

Harrison firefighter publishes story in 2 ‘Chicken Soup’ books

Fred Webber fulfilled his firefighting dream in his mid 50s

Harrison Firefighter Fred Webber smiles as he holds copies of the two Chicken Soup for the Soul books that contain his story. (Adam Louis/Observer)
Fernie artist Michael Hepher working on yet another new addition to his solo exhibition, ‘All in this together’, which will go on display at the Fernie Museum gallery from July 1. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

The Columbia Basin in bright, bold colour: Fernie artist paints the region

Michael Hepher’s solo exhibit ‘All in this together’ will appear at the Fernie Museum gallery from next month

Fernie artist Michael Hepher working on yet another new addition to his solo exhibition, ‘All in this together’, which will go on display at the Fernie Museum gallery from July 1. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The Rossland Council for Arts and Culture is accepting applications from artists and art groups for COVID resiliency grants. Photo: Jim Bailey

Resiliency grants open for Rossland artists

Artists are eligible for cash awards of up to $5,000 per application for COVID resiliency grants

The Rossland Council for Arts and Culture is accepting applications from artists and art groups for COVID resiliency grants. Photo: Jim Bailey
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Rossland student wins prestigious playwright award

Sety Roshdibenam’s play ‘The Christmas Heist’ earns Young Playwrights Festival top honour

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Twin Rivers Elementary students helped to plant a pollinator meadow near the Kootenay Gallery of Art last fall. Photo: Castlegar Butterflyway

Five West Kootenay arts organizations receiving provincial grants

Kootenay Gallery of Art and Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre to benefit from funding boost

Twin Rivers Elementary students helped to plant a pollinator meadow near the Kootenay Gallery of Art last fall. Photo: Castlegar Butterflyway
The Sheepdogs will be headlining the Wapiti 2022 music festival in Fernie, out of a lineup of 11 bands from Fernie to as far as Toronto. (Image courtesy of Wapiti Music Festival).

Summer’s looking brighter for Fernie: Wapiti Music Festival 2022 lineup announced

The lineup of the August music festival includes 11 bands, including Fernie locals and from afar

The Sheepdogs will be headlining the Wapiti 2022 music festival in Fernie, out of a lineup of 11 bands from Fernie to as far as Toronto. (Image courtesy of Wapiti Music Festival).
The Rossland Museum and Discovery Centre accessed funding from the provincial COVID Impact program grants. Photo: submitted

Greater Trail arts community benefits from provincial funding

Funding will help artists and art organizations in the West Kootenay recover from the pandemic

The Rossland Museum and Discovery Centre accessed funding from the provincial COVID Impact program grants. Photo: submitted
Renowned Canadian writer, Margaret Atwood speaks after Canada Post unveiling of a special stamp in her honour in Toronto on Nov. 25, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

QUIZ: How much do you know about poems and poetry?

April is National Poetry Month in Canada

Renowned Canadian writer, Margaret Atwood speaks after Canada Post unveiling of a special stamp in her honour in Toronto on Nov. 25, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)
The Time Keeper, by Frantisek Strouhal, has garnered the West Kootenay artist a silver medal from the prestigious Mondial Art Academia.

West Kootenay artist awarded silver medal in international competition

Owner of Mirage Studio in Passmore, Strouhal’s works can be found in many private collections

The Time Keeper, by Frantisek Strouhal, has garnered the West Kootenay artist a silver medal from the prestigious Mondial Art Academia.
FILE - A man, wearing a protective face mask to prevent the spread of coronavirus, is tattooed at Paul and Friends tattoo parlour in downtown Brussels, March 26, 2021. The European Union is imposing restrictions on the inks that tattoo artists can use as of Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022. The EU says it is a necessary move to protect the health of consumers because thousands of chemical elements now in use can cause anything from allergic reactions to cancer. The tattoo industry complains it is unfairly targeted and is losing an essence part of its art. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)

Tattoo artist anger over new European rules goes beyond skin deep

Commission says alternatives to the banned products do exist

FILE - A man, wearing a protective face mask to prevent the spread of coronavirus, is tattooed at Paul and Friends tattoo parlour in downtown Brussels, March 26, 2021. The European Union is imposing restrictions on the inks that tattoo artists can use as of Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022. The EU says it is a necessary move to protect the health of consumers because thousands of chemical elements now in use can cause anything from allergic reactions to cancer. The tattoo industry complains it is unfairly targeted and is losing an essence part of its art. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)
Lana Swanson, the new VISAC Gallery director, invites the community to the Holiday Pottery Sale on Friday and Saturday. It will be held in the downtown Trail gallery, located in the basement of Selkirk College. Entrance is gained through the red door, located underneath the Cedar Avenue-facing “Gallery” awning. Photo: Jim Bailey

Trail gallery welcomes new director, throws pottery sale

The VISAC Gallery has a new executive director whose first order of…

Lana Swanson, the new VISAC Gallery director, invites the community to the Holiday Pottery Sale on Friday and Saturday. It will be held in the downtown Trail gallery, located in the basement of Selkirk College. Entrance is gained through the red door, located underneath the Cedar Avenue-facing “Gallery” awning. Photo: Jim Bailey
Kwakwaka’wakw and Coast Salish artist Maynard Johnny Jr. beside the unveiled design of the Salish Heron vessel. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

BC Ferries unveils Indigenous design for next Salish Class vessel

Including Island artist Maynard Johnny Jr.’s artwork seen as meaningful act towards reconciliation

Kwakwaka’wakw and Coast Salish artist Maynard Johnny Jr. beside the unveiled design of the Salish Heron vessel. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
(Contributed by Michelle Malan)

Sparwood seniors pose as firefighters in fundraising calendar

Funds raised will go towards the supported living facility

(Contributed by Michelle Malan)
Artist Andrew Raney and Inga Leavell of the Sons of Norway Nordic Lodge are looking for a serene space to harbour the Viking ship garden bench in honour of the Lodge’s 60th anniversary. Photo: Jim Bailey

Sons of Norway ship seeks friendly harbour in the Kootenays

Viking ship/bench celebrates the Sons of Norway’s, Nordic Lodge 76, 60th anniversary in West Kootenay

Artist Andrew Raney and Inga Leavell of the Sons of Norway Nordic Lodge are looking for a serene space to harbour the Viking ship garden bench in honour of the Lodge’s 60th anniversary. Photo: Jim Bailey
Instagram images: @VancouverFineArtGallery/@JMcLeanGallery

Trail-born talent on Instagram

Janice McLean’s paintings are on exhibit at the Vancouver Fine Art Gallery

Instagram images: @VancouverFineArtGallery/@JMcLeanGallery
From The Bailey Theatre’s newly renovated box office, Nadine Tremblay is counting the days until she can welcome in live performers and an in-person audience. The box office, which no one has seen because the building was mostly closed to the public, was updated earlier this year. The box office project was funded by Creative BC, the Trail and District Arts Council and Columbia Basin Trust. Photo: Submitted

The Bailey primes to welcome live performers and theatre-goers this fall

$1.2M functional makeover now underway in the downtown Trail venue

From The Bailey Theatre’s newly renovated box office, Nadine Tremblay is counting the days until she can welcome in live performers and an in-person audience. The box office, which no one has seen because the building was mostly closed to the public, was updated earlier this year. The box office project was funded by Creative BC, the Trail and District Arts Council and Columbia Basin Trust. Photo: Submitted