Cranbrook Arts celebrated its 50th anniversary from July 28 to 30.
The non-profit kicked off celebrations with a reception in its new gallery space at 1401 5 St North., which featured local paintings, photographs and textiles. It hosted an artisan market on Saturday and a series of free art workshops on Sunday. Participants were able to try their hand at needle felting and painting, and they were able to make their own trading cards, buttons and clay plates.
The Cranbrook Arts and District Council was officially born on May 17, 1973. Over the years, it has played a significant role in supporting artists, and promoting cultural and ethnic diversity. Although its area of focus is mostly visual arts, it did play a role in developing local theatre and music industries.
The new gallery was a stop on the Columbia Basin Culture Tour, which was held the same weekend. The tour is an annual event that encourages locals to travel around the Kootenays to view displays of art and live art demonstrations. It gives participants the chance to explore studios and galleries and gives them free access to heritage sites and museums. Locals visited the Cranbrook Arts studio as they hopped from site to site on the tour.
Cranbrook Community Theatre also took part in the tour. It offered tours of its historic theatre building on 11 11 Ave. South.