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ArtBeat highlights best works in Elk ValleyPosted: June 23, 2012

Take a journey and explore Fernie’s artistic community during ArtBeat.  The self-guided tour of participating shops, galleries, and studios in all corners of town from Highway 3 to our historic downtown core highlights some of the best works in the Elk Valley.

Now more than ever creative juices are flowing and filling the streets of Fernie.  The support shown for local and national artists is evident once you continue from stop to stop on this scenic, captivating expedition.  Art has always had a dominant presence but, with the increasing number of establishments and studios featuring the works of so much talent, it was been decided an art walk is in order.

Courtney Baker (The Arts Station), Mike Hepher (Clawhammer Press) and Christa Moffat (ccmarketing) are no strangers to organizing community events. When the idea initially emerged, it wasn’t long before they managed to gather the troops and get a small scale Art/ Ski Walk to test the waters.  It couldn’t have been better timing to it coincide with the 50 Years of Skiing and Riding in Fernie this past winter.

Now, it is time to bring out the big guns and go for the art walk they had envisioned and that is how ArtBeat was born.

Although ArtBeat will primarily be a self- direct excursion, free guided tours will take place on most Wednesdays and Sundays over the course of the runtime. These tours will begin at The Arts Station and be led by knowledgeable individuals able to provide additional insight and explanation of the exhibits, displays, and studios.

On Wednesdays July 11 and August 8, as a special added bonus to the Wednesday Summer Socials Concert and Market Series, be sure to cap off your tour at the ArtBeat Market from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Arts Station.  Here you will have the opportunity to peruse and purchase works and wares of local artisans while enjoying live music and indulging at the Beverage Tent and delicious food vendors.

For more information on becoming an ArtBeat Market vendor or if you have further questions about ArtBeat, contact The Arts Station at (250) 423-4842, email info@theartsstation.com, visit their website at www.theartsstation.com or pay them a visit at 601 1st Avenue.

ArtBeat gratefully acknowledges the financial support of Colombia Basin Trust which supports efforts to deliver social, economical, and environmental benefits to the residents of the Colombia Basin.

ArtBeat runs from July to September.

The Arts Station

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