Banner Project 2016


For over the past decade, Elk Valley artists have added their own flair to the city’s streets offering works of art for the 36 banners that line Highway 3 and downtown. Now, in its 13th year, we are calling out to the amazing artists that call the Elk Valley home to once again contribute to Fernie’s annual Banner Project. We are thrilled to again highlight various artistic mediums from artists of all ages! What are the adjudicators looking for? “Bold colours, striking imagery that stands out from a distance, variation in themes and artistic disciplines,” says Project Coordinator, Donna Miller and “it has to be eye-catching to the street-level observer”. What kind of mediums will be accepted? Submissions of paintings, quilts, stained glass, sculpture, pottery and photography are welcome.

Submission Details:
Deadline: 2pm Friday, February 19th, 2016  NO EXCEPTIONS
Mail or drop-o a USB memory stick with the jpeg file and contact/bio info to:
The Arts Station, 601 1st Avenue
P.O. Box 1453, Fernie BC V0B 1M0
Do not email information. Thank you.
One USB stick per person (no exceptions).

Artists are asked to submit up to 2 images maximum and the work must be submitted as a jpeg file(s) on one memory stick (which will be returned). Also, please consider carefully the dimensions of the photographed works as the artwork needs to be cropped to a 1 wide by 2 high ratio. In other words it must be twice as high as it is wide. Images that do not fit this ratio will not be considered. Accompanying this we would like documentation on paper stating your name, phone number, email address and mailing address along with the name and medium of each photograph of your work that you are submitting. Ideally this will be written on an envelope containing the memory stick. On the memory stick we would like this identifying information along with a short biography. Please drop this off at the Arts Station before the deadline. If an artist needs assistance with creating the digital photograph of their work, contact Sam Lloyd at The Arts Station at 250-423-4842 or Donna Miller, Project Coordinator at and they can put you in touch with a local photographer who is available to help.

Next in Film…

driveIFF Films presents:

Learning to Drive

Monday March 7th
7pm at The Vogue Theatre
Members: $9/adult; $8/youth
Non-Members: $10/adult; $9/youth

As her marriage dissolves, a Manhattan writer takes driving lessons from a Sikh instructor with marriage troubles of his own. In each other’s company they find the courage to get back on the road and the strength to take the wheel.

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In The Gallery

by Pamm Ciupa

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 28th at 7pm
Exhibit Continues Until: Monday, February 22nd

Pamm Ciupa: “In the snow I feel free, especially when I’m floating on my skis as I drift and dodge through the trees! I’m always looking to see how the winter light affects each ever changing day. From a hushed white out at top of the White Pass as skier, snow and crystallized air all combine into one, to the a stellar Blue Bird Day that makes the heart soar winter envelopes us mostly in the whites, blues and greys of calm, quiet reflection.”

This stellar show captures the Fernie Winterscape beautifully.


Next in Concert….

LauraHomeReleaseLaura Smith

Wednesday February 24th, 2016

FDAC Members: Adults $15/Youth $10
Regular Admission: Adults $20/Youth $14

Smith’s music is direct and honest. Sometimes, fiddles and guitars gently lift and carry her spirited vocals, while her melodies and careful poetry dig deep. “My work is all very simple, earth-based,” says the Maritime-based singer/songwriter. Her work is not so much written, as painstakingly designed, cut and stitched together. “Like quilt craft,” she explains. “I make it body and soul, with everything I have available – my sensibilities, my ability to play. So many things come into the making of a song. When I say write, it limits what I bring to bear.”

Listen to Laura here

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Brand new fun and exciting workshops are planned for Winter of 2016!!

Register now to avoid disappointment!

Adult Workshops

ipBack by popular demand!

Intuitive Painting with Marla deBoon
7:00-9:00pm Mondays February 29 & March 7
9:00am-4:00pm Saturday & Sunday March 12 & 13
$ 165 + cost of supplies

Are you brave enough to leave preconceived ideas behind?  To allow intuitional inspiration to guide the process of discovery?  To layer and mix paints, while pulling images from your sub-conscience? To challenge yourself and turn loose your creative process with the freedom to do no wrong?  Come to this exciting workshop available to all levels of painters, to be guided and supported while you learn to release the painting within you.


brushesLiterally Painting – an Experiment with Expressions in Painting, Writing and Recreating Ideas with Aidan Lindsay

Price: $225 for 8, 2 hour classes
Mondays 7-9pm March 14-May 2

Capacity: 8-10

Description: Have you ever looked at a painting and thought, how did they come up with that? Do you want to paint but don’t know how to paint, or write but don’t know how to write? Yes to any of this and you are the perfect fit for this beginner class that will explore some painting foundations, how to find inspiration and work towards developing a deeper meaning to a painting with writing. Don’t let the technique scare you, let your imagination drive you.  Join this 8 week workshop that will take you on an exploratory journey of the inner workings of painting, where you will likely come out knowing a lot more about your inner self than the perfect name for that brush stroke. All of this while listening to great tunes and sharing those wild and crazy ideas in your head.
Supply List:
Included in cost:
  • Assortment of brushes and knives
  • Red, yellow, blue, black and white paint
  • Acetate sheets for technique practice
  • 2 canvases (each) to work withFun times

You will supply:

  • Palette (plastic plate, lid, etc)
  • Additional brushes you may have – a fine point detail brush would be good
  • Random material scraps (sponges, paper, cloth, metal, anything you don’t mind getting paint on)
  • Photographs, objects, or images to paint from (needed in later classes)
  • Sketch book or some form of journal for ideas.
  • Positive attitude and creative mind

March 14 – Basic foundations to get you going

  • Learn basic brush strokes, laying down a base, mixing colours, hues, blocking, gridding techniques and texture.

March 21 – Reading a painting, painting a reading

  • Find the focal points of paintings and what they can tell (reading a painting), find the interest points in an image/writing, find and tell the story (painting a reading)

March 28 – Re-create a created idea

  • An already painted piece or image that inspires you is the starting point to your next master piece. Explore what makes something intriguing and play with how to make it your own. Learn that art is often about re-creating an existing idea.

April 4  – Finding your inspiration

  • What inspires you to paint or create? Is it the movement in the trees, the sounds of wave crashing on a beach, the hollowness of a cold foggy day? Bring an image, thought, object, or idea to class to start developing your painting.

April 11 – Focused Painting

April 18 – Focused Painting

April 25 – Writing and/or Painting

May 2 – Writing and/or Painting




Kids & Youth Workshops

Little girl modelling clay toy

After School Clay Club
Fridays January 15, 22, 29 & February 5, 2016
Session 1 (Ages 4-Grade 2): 4:00-5:00pm
Session 2 (Grade 3 +): 5:15-6:15pm
$48 + $12 for materials = $60

Imagination will run wild during our upcoming pottery classes.  These small artist-led sessions are switching up the standard format and will focus on creative process opposed to technique.  Each session will work around a theme while supporting and encouraging children to explore their own ideas.  Children will work on the pottery wheel and on hand-built projects to create whatever their hearts desire.  Call 250-423-4842 to register







Season Passes

Concert Series Beginning Soon!
It’s that time of the year again- our great concert and Indie Film Fernie Series are about to begin in September
Don’t miss out on any of these great events and purchase your series pass now!
Seats are Guaranteed!

Indie Films Fernie- 1st Monday of the Month
September to December Pass
-Arts Station Member $28.00
-Non-Member $32.00

Concert Series 5-Pass- September to April
Choose any 5 concerts
-Arts Station Member $60.00
-Non-Member $75.00


The Arts Station Hours

The Arts Station Gallery will be open from 9:30am-3pm Monday through Friday all year long!  We are closed on Stat Holidays.  Come by pay us a visit, take a look around, and make sure to check out all of the great programs we have happening.
The Blue Toque is open
Mondays 9am – 3pm
Thursdays 9am – 3pm
Fridays 9am – 3pm
Saturdays 9am – 3pm
Sundays 9am – 3pm
Closed Tuesday / Wednesday and statutory holidays.

Guilds and Clubs

potterymakingThere are many guilds and clubs that call the Arts Station home, if you’re looking for more information on any of the following groups, please let us know, we’ll gladly put you in touch!

Spinners and Weavers – From traditional techniques to contemporary design, these ladies are having all kinds of fun. If you’re interested in anything to do with fibre art from felting to dyeing, you want to be a part of this vibrant and supportive group!
Quilters -Meeting regularly and Quilting until they’re wilting, these ladies are have a blast. Often learning new techniques from one another through their “in house” workshops, it’s never a dull moment!
Visual Arts – Whether it’s watercolours, acrylics, realism or abstract art that you love, you’ll find enthusiasm and inspiration from this prolific group.
Pottery– With access to a full pottery studio and support from experienced potters, even if you’re a beginner you’ll have a great time! With regular kiln firings, it won’t be long until you have the finished product in your hands!