Columbia Basin Culture Tour – August 10 & 11, 2019
a project of the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance 

Slocan Valley – Taking place August 10 & 11 from 10 am – 5 pm, the Columbia Basin Culture Tour allows you to explore artists’ studios, museums, art galleries and heritage sites during this free, self-guided event. Travel to studios and archives that aren’t normally open, see demonstrations, new exhibitions and collections or meet people behind the scenes. To participate in the tour, simply grab a map, your Culture Tour Directory and go! 

In Crescent Valley, Naomi Lewis will be sharing her figure drawings and intricate and elaborate bronze sculptures at her own home studio. Visitors will also be able to take a walk through her “Peace Park” which is under construction. 

Just along the highway in sunny Passmore is the Studio of Cameron Stewart. Cameron’s work is hand built thin slab porcelain pottery Kass Swankey makes wheel-thrown and altered porcelain pots. Gunda Stewart is a wood-firing potter producing domestic ware ranging from mugs to more elaborate, celebratory pieces. Her influences include English, German and Japanese folk pottery. Also at this location Barbara Brown; author, painter and writer will be sharing her new work for Volume II of SYLVAN REFLECTIONS: Wanderings, Paintings and Ponderings From the Forest — new oil paintings and poetry about the beauty and wonder, the inspiration and healing found in the forest. 

Next stop in Winlaw is the fine pottery studio of Robin DuPont, a contemporary ceramic artist specializing in atmospheric fired pottery. During the Culture Tour, visitors are invited to tour the various kilns and learn how the repurposing of by-products from the local forest industry plays an important part in achieving the unique surfaces on Robin’s work during his atmospheric firings. Choose from a variety of handmade, functional wares including bowls, mugs, teapots, dinnerware, pitchers, vases, pie plates, butter dishes and more. 

At venue #62 is Rabi’a Art. Rabia Gonzalez is known for her metal sculptures, glass mosaics, bronze work and carvings. Much of her work is seen in Nelson but she works from her studio in Winlaw where she continues to grow her practice. Visit her venue to see her whimsical art on her 5 acres of land. 

Grab a Tour Directory and hit the road! Tour Directories are available at tourist information centres and participating venues. Visit the website at to view full artist/venue profiles for further details on each location’s activities or register to receive a tour brochure in the mail. For further information, call the CKCA at 1-250-505-5505 or toll free at 1-877-505-7355. The Columbia Basin Culture Tour is generously supported by Columbia Basin Trust funding. 

For further information contact: 

Lily Andersen
Assistant Projects and Communications
Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance 1-250-505-5505 1-877-505-7355

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