# 54 – Columbia Basin Culture Tour 2014 — Arts & Crafts Vacation

# 54 – Columbia Basin Culture Tour 2014 — Arts & Crafts Vacation

The Sixth Annual Tour is August 9 – 10th

Get ready! If you’ve got some time this weekend, take a tour of the artisans and artists who live and work in our neck

I am glazing up all this work to be ready for my open studio sale this weekend. Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 10-5 as part of the Columbia Basin Culture Tour. Everyone is welcome!

I am glazing up all this work to be ready for my open studio sale this weekend. Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 10-5 as part of the Columbia Basin Culture Tour. Everyone is welcome!

of the woods. The sixth annual Columbia Basin Culture Tour runs both Saturday and Sunday, August 9th and 10th, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. As one experienced tourist notes, “Take one day, at least!” The tour is a self-guided journey connecting the participating artists and artisans on one tour, which takes you along back country roads and through the Nelson Kootenay Lake area.

Bring Your Checkbook!

You don’t have to spend any money, but you will be disappointed if you’re not prepared to. The artists and artisans will have limited edition pieces for sale that you very well may not be able to buy at any other time. You’ll be tempted, for sure! So be prepared, and bring along a bit of money or your checkbook, just to avoid disappointment. That said, there is no obligation to buy anything, and this tour is meant to highlight the beautiful art we have in this area, and help share this artistic spirit with a growing audience. The more people who can share and learn about the art being created in our area, the better! So no need to feel obligated to buy art, but, as a seasoned participant has noted, you very well may want to buy some of the pieces you see.

Be Ready for an Adventure

The streets are often country roads, and you’ll want to bring along your copy of “Back Roads of British Columbia” if you have one. Put on your sturdy walking shoes and plan for a long, meandering day in the country. You may find yourself wandering through back roads, along cul-de-sacs, and through gardens to get to the artists’ studios. But remember, all who wander are not lost! Prepare to take your time, slow down, and enjoy the creativity around you.

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry  🙂

This is a day (or two) for you to enjoy friends and family (so bring ’em with you!). Find a new restaurant or

cafe to try out, and spend some quality time outdoors celebrating the creative spirit and the artists and artisans of this area. Take the time to explore the area, find some new places to eat and drink, and spend some time with those you love. The Columbia Basin Culture Tour is a great chance to learn more about the incredible creative talent we have in the Columbia Basin, and find out more about the people who make their lives here, doing what they love and sharing that love with others.

The Columbia Basin Culture Tour is Ready for You!

So take a few hours this weekend to get to know your local artists and artisans a bit better. Check out their website for more information on the Columbia Basin Culture Tour, or find them on Facebook. And if you are in Nelson, Oxygen Arts Centre will open their exhibit to coincide with the Columbia Basin Culture Tour. This exhibit opens Friday, August 8th from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, with an artist’s talk on Saturday at 1:00 pm. The exhibit hours continue Wednesday through Saturday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Hope to see you there!

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