In The Gallery…

Craig.portrait.35Life With Style
Mark Gallup
Opening Reception Friday January 2nd at 7pm
Exhibition continues until Monday January 26th

The life of a legend is captured in big bold prints by Mark Gallup. Craig Kelly has been called the “Godfather of Snowboarding”. “The Master of Style” and “Elmer”. The last one was a nickname from close friends and Mark Gallup was one of the closest. Sharing years of friendship, Mark captured Craig from the quietest moments, to the loudest moments. “Craig had his public side and his private side”. Says Gallup. “His guard would always be up, but when he had someone’s trust, the real Craig came out.” Mark was able to capture Craig Kelly, the pro snowboarder, and Craig Kelly, the confidant. Jason Ford, one of the best snowboarders of his time was quoted in the book, Bears Above The Valley as saying “Mark and Craig were like brothers. They lived together, worked together, and travelled together…..I know they loved each other tremendously.” This exhibit captures all sides of Craig. Legend, friend and brother.

Next in the Gallery…


As I see It
Graham Fowler
Opening Reception Thursday 29th January 2015
Exhibition continues until Monday 23rd February 2015

Graham Fowler is a Fernie based visual artist working in watercolor and acrylics. His work reflects his introspective personality and basic need for hands-on spontaneous creativity.  It is simply a reaction to the last brush stroke.  There is no plan, it is a journey of creative instinct. He loves the completeness of the experience of painting.  There is no sharing, no division of labor, no complex relationships. Just the white canvas, and the childlike unity of self with the task at hand. He does however have a strong desire to show his work and to share the creative process with others.

Fowler’s work is a complete and professional package as he strives to attend to every detail from the building of the frames and stretching of the canvas right through to the signature and hanging. You can expect to be inspired through his creative use of colour and textures and energetic synergy of landscape and abstract elements.

Next in Film…

prideIndie Films Fernie Presents…
Pride (2014)
Monday February 2nd 2015
7pm at The Vogue Theatre
Members: $9/adult; $8/youth
Non-Members: $10/adult; $9/youth
Tickets available at The Arts Station and online HERE

Its the summer of 1984 Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is on strike. At the Gay Pride March in London, a group of gay and lesbian activists decides to raise money to support the families of the striking miners. But there is a problem. The Union seems embarrassed to receive their support.
But the activists are not deterred. They decide to ignore the Union and go direct to the miners. They identify a mining village in deepest Wales and set off in a mini bus to make their donation in person. And so begins the extraordinary story of two seemingly alien communities who form a surprising partnership.

To watch the trailer, click HERE



reel_film.1.1 (1)Reel Canadian Film Festival
January 16th 17th and 18th 2015
Tickets available at The Arts Station and online HERE

The Reel Canadian Film Festival takes a more focused approach, featuring only films with a strong Canadian connection. The festival welcomes Canada to Fernie for a showcase of film excellence and a schedule packed with entertaining, challenging and exceptional work.  Our program will feature five feature films; shorts from filmmakers around Canada; and our gala and closing receptions.

Tickets for individual movies are available at the door; $10 each or 2 movies for $15!
Little reels for Kids on Saturday January 17th at 10am at The Arts Station $2
For more information, click HERE


Next in Concert….

PeripheralVision2Jazz- Peripheral Vision
Wednesday January 21st at 8pm
Members: Adult $15 youth $10 / Non-members: Adult $20 Youth $14
Tickets available at The Arts Station, Freshies and online HERE

Peripheral Vision is one of the most exciting and innovative jazz quartets to have recently appeared on the international jazz scene. Based in Toronto, the creative leaders of the group are long time musical collaborators, guitarist Don Scott and bassist Michael Herring. They have assembled a synergistic musical unit designed to push the boundaries of jazz while engaging the listener with a grooving, toe-tapping immediacy. Their distinctive musical voice bridges tradition and innovation, with deeply felt influences ranging from Wayne Shorter, Booker Little, and Charles Mingus, to David Binney, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and The Bad Plus.

 To listen, click HERE




Brand new fun and exciting workshops are planned for 2015!!

Register now to avoid disappointment!

Adult Workshops

charcoalDynamic Life Drawing
With Anna Weston
Thursdays January 27th with more classes TBC
from 7.00-9.00pm
At The Fernie Arts Station

Arts Station Members: $20 per class, or $45 for all 3 classes
Non members:  $22 per class, or $51 for all 3 classes
Please register at the Fernie Arts Station. 
Registrations deadline 7th of January. 
** Please note places are limited, so register early to avoid disappointment!
$3 for materials (sketch paper and charcoal) per class, or you are welcome to bring your own

Dynamic Life Drawing classes are just that: dynamic.  They are a great gateway to move beyond the hesitation & resistance people often associate with drawing.  Classes are free flowing and enable you to find your own unique style and inner creativity. The nude model moves frequently, including holding poses only briefly, and some together with movement.  Background music is played to help you to get in the flow and enjoy the class.  This style of class is great for the complete beginner (now is your time to make the leap!), through to the professional artist.  There is no right or wrong, the process is completely individual.  


potterymakingIntro To Pottery – 1
Wednesdays January 28th, February 4th, 11th and 18th
7pm to 9:30pm
$160  includes some clay
Join Fernie potter, Kerri Holmes to learn the basics of  hand-building techniques, using the slab-roller, molds, community studio procedures and policies, wedging clay, centering on the pottery wheel, making cylinders and bowls, and basic glazing methods.


gelli it upGelli it Up!  Playshop
31st January & 1st February 2015
Win Dinn is back from Creston with a new playshop with possibilities in all art forms!
Win’s Mixed Media Playshop last year was so much fun, get in quick to register for this new playshop! Don’t miss out!

Make the most of early registration with a huge discount! $195 if you register before December 25th, and $225 if you register after this date.
Supply list available, please email

***Warning:  You’re about to get hooked, whether you’re a mixed media artist, a quilter, a fabric artist or just love to play with colour.

The Gelli plate is a durable surface for mono-printing paper, fabric, canvas and body parts, if need be!  In this two-day playshop, we’ll use it with paper and mat board, but all techniques are transferrable.  Useful for collage, backgrounds, fabric swatches and much, much more, you’ll have more fun than a dozen rats in a dessert maze.

Using fingers, paint brushes, brayers, texturing tools and our infinite imagination, we’ll layer colour after colour to achieve some outstanding results.  Best of all, you’ll take your own Gelli plate home so you can keep it up***.

Previous participants have said this about the playshop:
‘Wow!  Outstanding – an overload of creative concepts for me to take home.’ 
Incredible value, especially given the supplies provided by the instructor, and SO MUCH FUN.’
‘Such enthusiasm, in-depth knowledge and experience of the instructor.’


potterymakingIntro To Pottery – 2

Wednesdays February 25th, March 4th, 11th and 18th
7pm to 9:30pm
$160  includes some clay
Join Fernie potter, Kerri Holmes to learn the basics of  hand-building techniques, using the slab-roller, molds, community studio procedures and policies, wedging clay, centering on the pottery wheel, making cylinders and bowls, and basic glazing methods.

pammciupaIntroduction to Watercolour Painting
Saturday April 25th & Sunday April 26th
10 am -4 pm
$120 Includes Paper, (paint and bushes need to be purchased, list available upon registration)
Register at the College of the Rockies 250 423 4691

Have you always wanted to learn how watercolour paintings are created? Join local artist Pamm Ciuppa for this great weekend workshop! Pamm will demonstrate and instruct on the wonders of this so-called elusive media through her guidance of the techniques that make up this form of painting. Learn washes, glazing with wet and dry brushes, colour mixing, and brush strokes. You will leave this great class with an understanding of and the ability to start your very own water colour journey!



Kids & Youth Workshops

photo 1 (3)Get Your Craft On!
Macramé Bracelets
Saturday January 24th
Ages 12-16
$35 supplies included
Forget about your younger sister’s Rainbow Loom! Join Kate as she teaches you how to use traditional macramé techniques and make your own unique bracelets. Register early at The College of the Rockies to avoid disappointment! 250 423 4691

photo 2 (3)Get Your Craft On!
Wire Wrapped Pendant
Saturday March 14th
Ages 12-16
$35 supplies included
This Saturday, Kate will show you how to make your own wire wrapped pendant using found objects!
Register early at The College of the Rockies to avoid disappointment 250 423 4691

photo 3Get Your Craft On!
Needle Felted Creatures
Saturday April 11th
Ages 12-16
$35 supplies included
Hang out with Kate for a few hours and get addicted to this awesome art form!



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

Jazz Series- September to April
Choose any 4 Jazz Concerts
-Arts Station member $50.00
-Non-Member $65.00

The Arts Station Hours

The Arts Station Gallery will be open from 9am to 3pm Monday through Friday all year long!  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.

New Arts Station Online Newsletter!

We have changed the format of our weekly newsletter that gets sent out to members!  It is short, sweet and better than ever.  Now, we highlight the events taking place the following week and that’s all!  We still have our full length newsletter available online including community events, call for entry and much more!  Click HERE for our full length newsletter or to subscribe to our weekly bulletin!

2015 Banner Project

Banners 2014 Winter FlowWe’re looking for artists to submit their work for the 2015 Banner Project!
What is the objective of the project?
To add colour and interest to Fernie by showcasing Elk Valley Artists on street banners
Local artists make our community vibrant in so many ways.  This project showcases different visual media and diverse artistic visions on high-quality outdoor banners, hung on Fernie lampposts.  The banners raise our sights and lift our sense of community spirit.  These intriguing and unique works welcome and warm us as we walk through the city.  They build a sense of community identity and let our guests know that we are proud of the rich arts and cultural life that goes on here.

For more information on the project, including how to submit your work, please click HERE

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!