First ALFA Artwalk a great success; plans underway for 2015

For years, Nakusp artists had a gallery of work displayed inside Selkirk College during the summer months when there were no classes.

Trisha Shanks

Arrow Lakes News

For years, Nakusp artists had a gallery of work displayed inside Selkirk College during the summer months when there were no classes.  “Having volunteers sitting in the gallery took them away from their art,” says former Arrow Lakes Fine Art Guild (ALFA) President Denyse Marshall. “And it was a lot of work, overall, to organize it.”

The idea was scrapped but has been replaced with ALFA Artwalk — a combination of the former Nakusp Artwalk and the newer Saturday Art Tour. This year Nakusp and area enjoyed a successful Artwalk which was years in the making. The summer-long event was curated by members Debra Rushfeldt and Betty Fahlman.

The Arrow Lakes Fine Arts Guild is busy planning the 2015 artwalk, and will be putting out a call for entries for both artists and venues in the near future. The 2014 brochure had 18 venues, including the Nakusp waterfront, and over 25 local artists.

“There was still some money in the bank after taking a couple of years off, so it was used to make a beautiful brochure which was well received by locals and visitors,” Marshall said.

The board members would like to thank the artists, venues and sponsors; CKCA, RDCK, Kootenay Rocky Tourism and Columbia Basin Trust. The ALFA Guild AGM is coming up on November 13, 6 p.m. at Betty Fahlman’s house (140 Alexander Rd. Nakusp.) There will be a potluck dinner followed by the meeting. Newcomers and members are welcome.


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