2011 Tour of the Arts lands this weekend

There’s a buzz around the Columbia Valley. Everyone is talking about the 2011 Tour of the Arts running July 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There’s a buzz around the Columbia Valley. Everyone is talking about the 2011 Tour of the Arts running July 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fourth annual fundraiser for the Columbia Valley Arts Council has become a highlight of the August long weekend.

Chris Evans, CV Arts President, said “The Tour is an amazing event that showcases our beautiful valley and the incredibly talented artists who live here, and are inspired by what is around us.”

Forty-five Valley artists, who work in a variety of media, will display, demonstrate and sell their work at five different locations.

The Tour Sites are different every year. This year the Tour visitors will experience five stunning properties near Windermere and Fairmont Hot Springs.

All locations are private properties, not usually available to the public. The tour is an opportunity to experience wonderful views of our valley and surrounding mountains, enjoy beautiful gardens and take in lovely landscapes. Local musicians will be featured at each location.

Tour of the Arts Passports are $25 ($30 on tour day) and grant admission to all five sites. Passports may be purchased in Invermere at Pynelogs, Village Arts, and Essentials; in Radium at N’Deco; in Fairmont at Smoking Water Cafe. Or visit tour volunteers outside Village Arts on Saturday morning.

At the end of day, all passport holders are invited to a reception from 4  to 6 p.m. sponsored by Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. Visitors will take in the magnificent view from the Fairmont Ski Chalet and enjoy the music of the Parson Jazz Cooperative.

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