Like stones rolling down the riverbed in springtime, making a rumble while on their way to creating something new, the creative nature of so many Kaslo and area residents rubs off on virtually everybody. Original artwork, a lively arts scene and an audible rumble during some key weekends in the year is created.
What is it about this community that attracts such a great number of creative people? Is it the scenery? Is it the sense of acceptance felt here? Is it the support of the community?
Whatever the answer, Kaslo has attracted all kinds of artists and artisans. There are portrait painters, landscape artists, silversmiths, candlemakers, sculptors, woodworkers, potters, felt crafters, soap makers, musicians and just about any other creative person, including a duct tape jewellery maker.
Check out the numerous shops and restaurants which have local work displayed on the walls. There are galleries that showcase artists during the whole year, and some studios where you can watch the artists at their work. The North Kootenay Lake Arts & Heritage Council works tirelessly to promote local artists. The Council arranges an annual Artwalk in the downtown area, manages the Kaslo Saturday Market wherein local crafters can display and sell their wares, holds the annual Salon of the Arts and silent auction featuring the work of North Kootenay Lake artists and supports the Columbia Basin Culture Tour.
With such a variety of talented people, Kaslo is proud of its extensive arts scene. The following pages will introduce you to some of them.