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We (Heart) Art! Kids Art ContestPosted: August 23, 2011

The Arts Station is pleased to be hosting its first Kids Art Contest on Sunday, August 28. Kids aged 5 to 11 are encouraged to submit art in any genre showing us what you love! The Arts Station, in conjunction with the Sunday Socials, is holding its first-ever ‘We Heart Art – Show Us What You Love!’ colouring and painting contest for Fernie and area youngsters up to and including the age of 11. We Heart Art – Show Us What You Love! is for young people to colour, draw, paint, sculpt, felt or somehow show their favourite pet, person, possession or scene (real or imaginary) and show it to the world.  It’s an opportunity for kids to let their creativity shine for the world to see.  The three age categories for ‘We Heart Art’ are five and under, six to eight, and nine to eleven. Contact Courtney at 250-423-4842 or for more info.

Artwork is to be handed in by 3 p.m., August 26 at the Arts Station and all submissions will be displayed and prizes awarded at The Arts Station on Sunday, August 28 at 2 p.m.

Submission Drop-Off: Friday, August 26 until 3 p.m.

Judging and Prizes: Sunday, August 28 at 2 p.m. at The Arts Station.


Parents take note! Under the recent Federal Budget, introduced on June 6, the government included a tax credit provision for up to $500 on children’s art program fees.

Art, Summer for Me!

When: Thursday, September 1, 2011

Times: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Bring a bagged lunch.

Ages: 5 – 10 years

Where: The Arts Station (601 1st Avenue)

Cost: $50 per child

The Arts Station has a most spectacular art extravaganza planned that is sure to be an amazingly fun and messy day for children ages 5 to 10! With this special day being led by three amazing facilitators – Lesley Graham, Jodie Parker and

Michelle Senior – art adventures are sure to satisfy!

Kids will have a blast and get dirty participating in colourful activities focused on their amazing summer memories! The kids will spend the day in a series of activities that focus on creativity and learning. Mediums to include clay, felt, found objects, and paint amongst others. The children also get the opportunity to experience the unique learning spaces (gallery, clay and painting studios, theatre, and verandah) that The Arts Station is home to by not only having special visits to them but also creating art in them!

The little artists will be creating art and taking home reminders of their awesome summer adventures! So whether they went camping, hiking, biking, visiting or swimming the kids are sure to have a fantastic art-filled day!

Please register at THE ARTS STATION by Friday, August 31 in order to ensure that this great day is a success!

Beat the Heat!

Pottery Drop-In for Kids. No limits on age or creativity!

Projects to be worked on include:

Pinch Pot and a Slab Built Plate

Wall Hanging Name Plate

Wind Chimes

Hand Built Eric Carle’s Hungry Caterpillar

Amazing Group Project! Shhh….this one is a secret…..

Who: Children of all ages!

When: Wednesdays, July 6 to August 24

Times: 11a.m.  to 12:30 p.m.

Where: The Pottery Studio at The Arts Station

Cost: $10/child and visit

For more information contact Courtney at The Arts Station:

250-423-4842 or

Landscape and Acrylics with Laura Nelson

Date: Friday to Sunday, September 16 to 18.

Times: Friday 7-9 p.m. / Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. -5 p.m.

Cost: $40 (if you’re not a member of the Visual Arts Guild)

The Details: Laura is a Fernie artist who devotes her time between painting and volunteering. Participants will explore different painting methods, use of colour and contrast to create dimension and movement in a painting. Class will include demos, individual counseling and group critique. Participants will hopefully start and finish at least one painting.

Register at The Arts Station. For more info contact Courtney at 250-423-4842 or at

Coming soon – The Arts Station Fall class schedule for adults and children! Keep your eyes open for  information on days and times for classes for pottery, encaustics, sewing, branding, letterpress printing, acrylics and more.

Other Items of Interest

Sunday Socials Schedule – Every Sunday until August 28.

Fernie Mountain Market

Every Sunday, until September from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Taking place every Sunday in Rotary Park, vendors and market lovers from the Elk Valley and beyond call Fernie’s Mountain Market the place to be. Experience our crafters, weavers, gardeners, farmers, artisans, woodworkers, painters, musicians,  bakers and more.

Bike Polo Match – In front of The Guide’s Hut

Trunk Treasures Sale – City Hall Grounds

Library Story Time – Fernie Heritage Library

Sidewalk Chalk, clowns and other kids activities

Food — Yama-2-Go and the Hot Dog Lady

Wednesday Downtown Socials

Happening this summer in downtown Fernie are the Wednesday Socials. A fun evening with a bonus Mountain Market day as well as live music and entertainment and a refreshment garden for the adults. All of this fun takes place on 5th Street in Station Square (across from The Arts Station).

Wednesday Socials are taking place this summer on: August 17 and 31 with the Mountain Market starting at 4pm and the music and refreshments running from 6-8pm. So after that bike ride stop by Station Square to buy some veggies, grab dinner at Yama-2-Go, get a cold one and listen to some great music – sounds perfect to me!

Concert Series: Wednesday, August 31 – Mike and Annie Hepher of redGirl with special guests.

Vignettes of Summer – Celebrating mountain culture. A group art exhibit presented by the Fernie Museum Gallery. Exhibit continues – August 1 throuogh August 30 at the Fernie Historical Museum (upstairs).


The Arts Station is always on the lookout for people willing and able to help with concerts, galleries, programming, gardening, building, postering, and on and on. If you are interested in volunteering at The Arts Station please contact us at 250-423-4842 or or

Calls for Entry:

Call for Artists & Art Instructors – Fernie Art Station’s exciting exhibition program. The Arts Station Gallery Committee is seeking submissions and accepting applications from individual artists and groups interested in exhibiting 2 and 3D art works. Your work is seen by all Arts Station visitors, regular user groups, concert and event audiences and Blue Toque restaurant goers! Your exhibit is advertised in Arts Station member e-newsletters and Art Station promotional materials.

Get an application at The Arts Station, or on line at or email or call Courtney at 423-4842 for more information.  Applications are juried by a committee. Interested in teaching an art-related course? Share your skills and earn revenue! A seminar, a workshop or a course, work with the Arts Station Administrator to develop a course that meets your needs and ours. Call Courtney at 250-423-4842 for more details or email Website:

ARTiculate Magazine — is now accepting submissions for our fall/winter events calendar. The calendar listings are a great way to get information about your concert, workshop, gallery opening, film series or other event of interest out to our readership in the East and West Kootenay. ARTiculate publishes 5,000 copies of the magazine, which are distributed throughout the Columbia Basin.  Arts, culture and heritage event listings are subject to a nominal fee, due to government funding cutbacks that used to subsidize this service. Event listings will only be accepted through the form on our website, Sorry, we cannot accept events submitted in any other way.

By Courtney Baker, The Art Station



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